Super Kings face rejuvenated Daredevils

Super Kings face rejuvenated Daredevils

Delhi would also have to bowl out of their skins to pose any sort of challenge to the strong batting line up of CSK.

Earlier, Watson was back to his brutal best after three low scores and shared a 102-run opening off 66 balls stand with Faf du Plessis (33) after surviving a close lbw call on the first ball of the match. Making the most of that semi-reprieve, he lay into the Delhi, who began well through Boult and Avesh Khan before falling away. Bowling over 90mph regularly, the burly quick has proven to be hard to dispatch.

Raina vs DD: Raina has struggled against DD scoring only 491 runs at 28.88 with just two fifties from 20 innings. Rayudu, who was demoted to fourth spot, initially gave the strike to Dhoni and the Ranchi stumper milked the bowlers. The heavy artillery dismantled by the Chennai juggernaut, so there was only so much the feisty wicketkeeper-batsman could do. His batting looks effortless and his 286 runs from eight games have come at a strike rate of almost 170.

Watson made a brilliant 78 from only 40 balls and captain Dhoni bludgeoned an unbeaten 51 off 22 deliveries to take the Super Kings up to an imposing 211-4.

The Delhi Daredevils were the first team to hit the reset button midway through the season.

With a total of more than 200 to defend, Chennai unleashed their debutant pacers - South Africa's Lungi Ngidi and Kerala quick KM Asif.

DD have taken the most wickets in the last five - 21 - taking a wicket every 8.47 overs, conceding a boundary every 6.36 balls compared to the tournament average of 5.00 in this phase.

In the bowling department, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have been impressive, leading Chennai's pace attack.

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. All-rounder Vijay Shankar fought until the end, hitting 54 not out from 31 but it wasn't to be.

It has been a very different story for Delhi, the win over KKR was just their second of the tournament and they may need to win six of their last seven games if they are to reach the play-offs. On the spin front, veteran Harbhajan Singh will be crucial to choke up runs in the middle overs.



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