Super Kings edge Daredevils

  • Super Kings edge Daredevils

Super Kings edge Daredevils

The pitch is expected to play the same as it had in the game between CSK and MI and would provide assistance to spinners in later part of the match.

Three weeks ago, when the tournament began, neither Chennai Super Kings nor Delhi Daredevils would have envisaged themselves to be in this position midway into the tournament. 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.

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.

New skipper Shreyas Iyer led from the front in that match. Put in, Chennai ride on blistering half-centuries from old warhorses Shane Watson and Dhoni himself to stack up 211 for 4, the highest total at this venue.

Delhi opted to field on a good batting wicket and Super Kings pounced on the opportunity.

Chennai have five wins from seven games and are second in the points table while Delhi are bottom placed after just two victories in seven games.

Back into the tournament after serving a two-year suspension, CSK played just one game in Chennai before the orgainsers made a decision to shift its remaining home games to Pune in the wake of Cauvery protests and threats to disrupt more fixtures.

Pant, blameless in his captain's dismissal, lit up the evening with gorgeous strokeplay even as Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh pushed the required rate past the 15s.

New batsmen Rayudu and Dhoni then launched the counter attack. The entertainment was electric while it lasted. A quickfire 22 on debut was just a warm-up as he became the joint-youngest player to hit an IPL fifty in his second match.

Lungi Ngidi dismissed the southpaw but Vijay Shankar wasn't done yet.

Watson and another member of the 30s club Faf du Plessis provided a strong foundation to Chennai Super Kings through a century opening alliance in a shade over 10 overs.

But MS Dhoni's side are looking to get back to winning ways following their surprise defeat to Mumbai Indians last time out.

Delhi fast bowler Avesh Khan has been a revelation this season. After a blistering 91 not out in his first game of the tournament, Jason Roy made scores of five and one before he was dropped and the emergence of Shaw could make it that much more hard for him to force his way back into the side.