Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs on Monday to reclaim the top spot in the IPL points table.
Chasing 212, DD’s Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar struck quickfire half-centuries to give CSK a late scare but in the end, the visitors managed 198/5 in 20 overs, slumping to their sixth defeat of the ongoing IPL season to continue to languish at the bottom of the points table.
Earlier, after put in bat first by the Daredevils’ skipper Shreyas Iyer, Chennai batsmen Shane Watson and MS Dhoni smashed brutal half-centuries to power CSK to a formidable 211/4.
Watson (78 off 40) was at his best after three low scores and shared a 102-run opening stand with Faf du Plessis (33) after surviving a close lbw call on the first ball of the match.
Dhoni (51 not out off 22) showed his devastating touch in the last five overs which produced 74 runs. It also Dhoni’s second fastest fifty in the IPL.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the match:
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) April 30, 2018
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) April 30, 2018
Lungi 1, Pant 0.
But well played Pant !#CSKvDD
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 30, 2018
The best Dhoni innings for me this season. Took quality bowlers apart. 👏👏👏#CSKvDD
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 30, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 30, 2018
Pant and Shankar made it a close contest but 213 was never going to be easy. Lungi Ngidi was brilliant on debut and he should be a regular in the next few matches at least. But the best thing for me was Dhoni's hitting in the first innings @ChennaiIPL #CSKvDD
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 30, 2018
Seven of CSK's eight matches have been decided in the last over.
Thrilling encounters! #IPL2018
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 30, 2018
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 30, 2018
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) April 30, 2018
Longest six of the season:
111m ~ ABD
108m ~ MSD*
106m ~ ABD
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 30, 2018
Rishabh Pant is the only player to make three 75-plus scores having an age less than 22 in IPL.#CSKvDD
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) April 30, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 30, 2018
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) April 30, 2018
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) May 1, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) April 30, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 30, 2018
This is why I love IPL, it gives such a great opportunity for players like Dhoni to watch talent like Rishabh Pant and learn how to bat under pressure
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) April 30, 2018