Super Kings face rejuvenated Daredevils

CSK's MS Dhoni Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina in action on Monday

Super Kings face rejuvenated Daredevils

IPL 2018, Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils at Pune, latest update and cricket score: After 20 overs, Delhi Daredevils finish with 198 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with Vijay Shankar 54 and Rahul Tewatia 3 but the Delhi lacked the steam throughout the innings. While Delhi Daredevils recovered from the turmoil of their skipper Gautam Gambhir resigning from the position and outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders. While Watson set the foundation with a bludgeoning 40-ball 78 that set the tone of the innings, Dhoni turned the clock back to register a stroke-filled unbeaten 22-ball 51 to help CSK post a mammoth 211/4. It would still be an uphill ask for the Daredevils to beat CSK at their adopted home - the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium but they can not afford to lose.

Wicketkeeper batsman Dhoni has been batting with more freedom this season. Among those were handing IPL debuts to 24-year old Kerala fast bowler KM Asif and South Africa's Lungi Ngidi.

That Jadeja was retained by Chennai Super Kings was in itself a surprise.

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.

Shreyas Iyer: "Not just me, but the entire dressing felt it was out [Watson LBW off the first ball]". The visiting team took the DRS but the third umpire did not have conclusive evidence on whether it was bat-first or pad-first to overrule the not out call of the on-field umpire.

A mistimed shot off Amit Mishra's delivery meant Liam Plunkett took an easy catch to send him back to the hut.

DD have won three out of their five games in Pune including their last two. Score 56/0. In OVERS 7, Two more consecutive sixes - the first over long-off and the next a flick over backward square leg region as 15 runs came from the over.

However, Du Plessis soon departed as Vijay Shankar produced the breakthrough for DD.

Suresh Raina (1) was the only out and out failure in the CSK top order getting castled by Glenn Maxwell. But though they seem to have most bases covered, there are a few chinks in their armour, which were exposed by Mumbai on Saturday. This time, as Orange Cap holder Ambati Rayudu walked in at No. 4, there was no danger of any slackening of pace as he and Watson provided the impetus.

While Rayudu has amassed 329 runs from seven games, averaging 47, Dhoni and Watson have accumulated 235 and 203 runs respectively.

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