Watson and Dhoni bat Chennai Super Kings to top of the table

Watson and Dhoni bat Chennai Super Kings to top of the table

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni (L) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) skipper Shreyas Iyer.

Two tournament stalwarts - Shane Watson and MS Dhoni - blitzed their way to half-centuries, together accounting for 129 of Super Kings' 211 for 4 after being put in to bat. In what turned out to be a last over finish, the captain cool wasn't a happy man as he looked much animated on the field and wasn't reluctant to express the same during the post-match presentation.

Rishabh Pant scored an excellent 79 from 45 and Vijay Shankar added a rapid 54 not out off 31 but it was not enough as Delhi finished on 198-5 in reply.

But in the end, it is the Super Kings who are back at the top of the table while Daredevils's sixth loss in eight games means they are all but out of the play-off race. SunRisers Hyderabad and also CSK are both tied on 12 points but the Chennai franchise feature a far better.

RUN OUT! Iyer pushes one towards cover, makes the run but there is terrible miscommunication with Pant at the other end.




CSK had their best start of the season when their openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis added 56 runs in the powerplay and extended their association to 102 in 10.5 overs.

In the last over, Rayudu got run out but Dhoni managed to collect 13 runs. I would like to complain about the first ball wicket (smiles). Today was the 50th instance of Raina dismissed by a spinner - the second player to get out to spinners 50 times in IPL after Uthappa.

Watson quickly made the most of his good fortune, hitting the next ball for four and then taking a particular liking to Liam Plunkett, smashing four sixes as the England's seamer's first two overs went for 35.

"It's quite bad, but nothing much can be done because there's not much of a resting period". He has said that Dhoni can play well against any bowling attack and hit runs against all the kind of bowlers. His batting looks effortless and his 286 runs from eight games have come at a strike rate of almost 170.

The other CSK debutant, KM Asif, bowled with good pace, and ended up being CSK's most successful bowler in the match; the Kerala pacer was expensive, but picked up two wickets and ended with figures of 2-43 from his three overs. He had to wait seven balls for his first boundary, though his next four balls would see 16 runs yielded, finishing in a blaze, his final five balls giving him another 18 runs and a third IPL half-century this season, all of which have remained unbeaten.

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