CSK go top after defeating DD

MS Dhoni will be wary of a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils

MS Dhoni will be wary of a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils

During this, captain MS Dhoni scored two fours and five sixes. A large part of Delhi's troubles is the failure of big-ticket buy Glenn Maxwell with the bat, which makes the middle-order more brittle than it should be. Rishabh Pant (79) and Vijay Shankar (54) played quick innings in the end but the target always seemed too much.

It was the DareDevils' sixth loss in eight games and now they are all but out of the play-offs race. Whereas CSK slipped from it first position on the points table as MI crushed them. He has hit a 42 and a century this season and on Monday turned up the heat with an attacking 78 that included seven sixes and four boundaries. With a 13-run victory over Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Monday, they went back to the No 1 spot in the points table.

Shane Watson again got CSK off to a wonderful start in the company of Faf du Plessis and his purple patch is reaping huge benefits for his new franchise.

When the former Australian all-rounder departed, the risky combine of Rayudu and Dhoni got together in the 14th over. Gautam Gambhir has famously returned all his IPL earnings to the Franchise and also accepted full responsibility for team's dismal performance. That would be the first of two wickets to spin in the innings, Watson would fall to an ungainly heave off Amit Mishra for a 40-ball 78, after leaving Super Kings a platform at 130 for 3 in 13.5 overs.

Dhoni smashed 51 runs off just 22 balls and remained unbeaten till the end.

The Super Kings captain was able to complete a third half-century of IPL XI with a two off the final ball of the innings. The striker's ending was achieved by rayudu but Dhoni, nonchalantly, delivered him back again. "There is a bit of pain, but I think I will manage", Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.

Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to bowl.

While Iyer and Maxi could not step up on the night, Pant came up with a valiant 79-run effort.

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.

Shankar launched the three sixes into the stands in the penultimate over and another from second ball of the last to keep the game alive but Ngidi held his nerve to finish the job for Chennai.

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