Chennai Super Kings produced an all-round effort to register their second successive win in the Indian Premier League this season as they beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday.
Chasing a target of 148 on a tricky surface, Chennai Super Kings rode on Shane Watson’s swashbuckling 44 off 26 balls and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 32 to reach home with 2 balls to spare.
Watson and Suresh Raina (30) had laid a strong platform for the run chase after Ambati Rayudu’s early departure by adding 52 runs for the second wicket in just 24 balls.
Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav then took over and stitched a 48-run partnership for the fourth wicket to take CSK over the finish line. Jadhav contributed with a solid 27 off 34 balls.
Chennai Super Kings have now climbed to the top spot in the points table with Delhi Capitals trailing in second place. This was also Chennai’s 13th win over Delhi in 19 matches head-to-head.
Dhoni praised the Chennai bowlers after the win but also pointed out the areas were his team still needs improvement going forward.
“The wicket turned more than expected in the first innings. In the second innings there was enough dew. The bowlers did well to restrict them to 150. The batsmen we have like a bit of pace, and like it to come on to the bat. Losing Ngidi at the start was a big blow, because he was the quickest, but other than that we were well-covered in all the areas.
“I don’t think we will be a very good fielding side, but we will be a safe fielding side. You don’t want the XI to push too hard and get injured. We might bleed a few runs and make up for that with experience. We haven’t done well at the death, so plenty of areas to work on, but still a good victory,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
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Shane Watson was adjudged man-of-the-match for scoring runs on a wicket which assisted the bowlers more than the batsman. Watson gave CSK a great start which took the match away from Delhi Capitals very early in the second innings.
“It was a little better to bat on than in Chennai, so it was good to get a few off the middle. I had a few calf injuries, and I tried to keep myself up and running through the Big Bash.
“Really enjoyed playing the PSL, and coming here with a bit of cricket under my belt really helps. Really good to connect with the Chennai guys again,” Watson said after the match.
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Earlier, it was Dwayne Bravo who ran through the DC batting lineup with three crucial wickets to restrict Delhi to 147 for 6 in 20 overs.
CSK spinners Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja also played a crucial role in the game and chipped in with a wicket each along with Deepak Chahar.