IPL Cricket: Watson and Dhoni star as Super Kings go top

IPL Cricket: Watson and Dhoni star as Super Kings go top

The chase for Iyer's men looked tricky as they were reduced to 74/4 in 8.5 overs.

Shaw's dismissal also had a stroke of Dhoni genius in it.

After yesterday's win of Sunrisers Hyderabad against Rajasthan Royals, they have replaced Chennai Super Kings and are on top of the points table. Making the most of that semi-reprieve, he lay into the Delhi, who began well through Boult and Avesh Khan before falling away. Later Rishabh Pant fought valiantly with a strokeful 79 from 45 balls which included seven fours and four sixes, while Vijay Shankar brought the team to sniffing distance with a brezzy unbeaten 51 from 31 balls which contained a boundary and five sixes but they lacked overs and fell short in the end. Munro, who took seven balls to get off the mark, would then take Asif for two fours and a six in his second over, was beaten for pace as he mistimed a pull to deep midwicket in the fifth over.

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. We need to win 6 in the remaining 6 matches and that is the only motivation going forward.

Delhi went on to lose the match by 13 runs with Vijay Shankar taking the match into the last over with a rear guard action.

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Watson, as he did from the start, continued his fine run with some boundaries but his fiery knock came to an end by Amit Mishra. But the day belonged to Dhoni, who played some typically MSD shots to relieve his magic days as a brutal hitter of the ball down the order. The graph of Delhi is exactly opposite to that of Chennai.

Coming in at four, Ambati Rayudu too joined the party, slamming 41 with the duo adding 79 for the fourth wicket off just 36 balls that set the match for the two-time champion. He was even trolled on the Chennai Super Kings' Twitter handle. There is a reason they have advanced to the last four stage of each of the eight seasons they have been a part of the Indian Premier League - and no, that reason is not Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Delhi, on the other hand, are unchanged. I have not been training much because of it.

Shreyas Iyer has won the toss and chose to field first. "Death bowling hasn't been good, and if we reach the finals, which will be held in small grounds, the margin for error is very small".

"He is in really good form at the moment and it's extremely tough to bowl to him when he is form like that because he has got such a big arch and if you want to bowl wide he can still hit you to leg side", said Du Plessis. The first option gave us stability.