IPL 2018: CSK versus DD promises to be a thrilling affair

Deepak Chahar pulled his hamstring in the fifth over of the innings against Mumbai Indians

CSK were playing after losing to Mumbai Indians and coach Stephen Fleming saying that they had picked a Chennai-based squad and needed to get used to the Pune conditions, Delhi were coming from a emphatic win over Kolkata Knight Riders under new captain Shreyas Iyer. 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.

The Daredevils never looked like chasing down their target despite the best efforts of Rishabh Pant (79 from 45) and Vijay Shankar (54no off 31) as they fell short on 198-5. On the other hand, Asif took 2 wickets, while Lungi and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made their names 1-1. M.S. Dhoni, usually a cool customer, showed his frustration at the way Bravo was being taken for runs.

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. Speaking to reporters at the press conference, du Plessis said, "He (Dhoni) is in really good form at the moment, so its extremely tough to bowl to him when he is in a form like that".

The South African skipper, who opened the innings, also said that he was impressed with Ambati Rayudu's form, especially his flexibility in adapting to different roles. "With Suresh (Raina) at three and (Rayadu) at four, if we get off to a solid start, the two can just come in and play their natural game which ca be risky for the opposition". The move paid off as Shankar removed du Plessis off his fifth delivery to break only the third 100-plus opening stand (102) this season.

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Allrounder Vijay Shankar, too, refused to go down without a fight - and struck West Indian Dwayne Bravo for three sixes in one over - but also ran out of support. At that time the scoreboard was reading 103/2. Rayudu, who was demoted to the fourth spot, initially gave the strike to Dhoni and the Ranchi stumper milked the bowlers. He could have had the wicket of Dhoni but Colin Munro dropped him at mid-wicket in the 19th over.

All along, Rayudu played the flawless foil, contributing 28 in a 79-run fourth-wicket stand with Dhoni.

Dhoni and Rayudu were at their destructive best as the duo hammered Delhi bowlers towards the end of the innings and accumulated 79 runs in last six overs. The 36-year-old has also pitched in with handfull of wickets - eight thus far - as he remains a vital cog in CSK dugout.

Delhi medium pacers Boult, Shankar and Plunkett proved expensive.

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