Score after 20 overs, DD 198-5: Vijay Shankar 54(31), Rahul Tewatia 3(4); Lungi Ngidi 4-0-26-1
Pune: Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar’s effort with the bat ended up in a losing cause as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cruised to a 13-run win against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Monday.
Batting first, CSK posted a mammoth 211-4 on board thanks to knocks from Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni. And the target proved to be too much for the visitors as the Yellow Brigade got back to winning ways.
KM Asif, deputising for the injured Deepak Chahar, removed openers Prithvi Shaw and Colin Munro. The wickets of Shreyas Iyer and Glenn Maxwell soon followed as pressure kept piling on DD.
However, Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar later on struck an 88-run partnership to keep their side in the hunt, but the men in yellow bounced back.
Lungi Ngidi dismissed the southpaw but Vijay Shankar wasn’t done yet. The all-rounder brought his side back in the game with some crucial hitting but in the end the task was beyond their reach.
CSK 163-5 after 18 overs:
WICKET! Pant's blazing knock comes to and end and Lungi Ngidi claims his first IPL wicket. Short delivery and Pant swings his bat, gets a top edge which is taken by Jadeja.
DD 74-4 after 9 overs:
BOWLED! Fast one off the deck. Maxwell misses and Jadeja hits.
DD 64-3 after 7 overs:
RUN OUT! Iyer pushes one towards cover, makes the run but there is horrible miscommunication with Pant at the other end. Fails to get back in time and Dhoni does the rest.
DD 46-2 after 5 overs:
CAUGHT! Short one, coming into the batsman and Munro swings hard only to find Karn Sharma at deep mid-wicket.
DD 11-1 after 2 overs:
WICKET! Banged in short, Prithvi Shaw plays across the line but mistimes his shot. Hands a dolly to Jadeja at mid-on.
1st innings: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted a massive 206-5 on board after a collective batting performance against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Monday.
Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got off to a cracking start with a hundred run stand before Vijay Shankar broke the partnership by dismissing the latter. Suresh Raina couldn’t contribute much as he departed for a duck.
Watson, as he did from the start, continued his fine run with some boundaries but his fiery knock came to an end by Amit Mishra.
But after his departure, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu took charge of things to ensure the hosts put on a satisfactory total.
CSK 211-4 after 20 overs:
RUN OUT! What happened there? A horrible mix-up as Rayudu wants a run but Dhoni stays calm in his crease. No co-ordination whatsoever and the Hyderabad batsman has to sacrifice his wicket.
CSK 132-3 after 14 overs:
CAUGHT IN THE DEEP! Mishra gets the big fish. Watson's fine knock comes to an end. The Australian aims for another biggie but holes out one to Liam Plunkett at deep extra cover.
CSK 108-2 after 12 overs:
FOXED! Raina has to walk back for a duck. Round the wicket from Maxwell, pitching outside off and the batsman misses his swing as the ball skids on straight to the stumps.
CSK 103-1 after 11 overs:
WICKET! Vijay Shankar draws first blood for DD. Full and wide outside off stump. Du Plessis hit it hard but doesn't make the desired contact. Finds the man at long off.
CSK 56-0 after 6 overs:
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! Just the start MS Dhoni and co needed. Delhi Daredevils are having no answers to stop the pair of Watson and du Plessis.
Preview: Delhi Daredevils’s (DD) will hope their fortunes under new captain Shreyas Iyer continues to bear fruits as they take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on Monday.
DD was undergoing a dismal campaign that also saw Gautam Gambhir give up his captaincy. However, Iyer shouldered the responsibility with aplomb as he kept the visitors in the hunt for the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) title in the previous match against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The hosts, playing on their adopted home venue in Pune will meanwhile look to find their feet once again after losing to the Mumbai Indians by eight wickets on Saturday.
MS Dhoni-led CSK are placed on the second spot in the IPL table and cannot afford a slip up here with teams fighting it hard to occupy the play-offs spot. Will CSK’s experienced side deliver the goods again or will DD present a surprise?
Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and elected to field. Here's the playing XI for both teams -
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf Du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willy.
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala.
When is the match?
The match is scheduled to start at 8 P.M. IST on Monday (April 30th).
Where is the match?
The match will take place at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Live telecast and timings:
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.
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