Watson and Dhoni power Super Kings triumph

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From 102 for one, CSK slumped to 131 for three at the end of 14 overs, but Dhoni launched into the Daredevils bowlers, cracking an unbeaten 51 off just 22 balls with five sixes.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) prevailed over a resurgent Delhi Daredevils (DD) by a mere 13 runs in a high-scoring encounter at the Maharashtra cricket Association (MCA) Stadium last night.

But in the end, it is the Super Kings who are back at the top of the table while Daredevils's sixth loss in eight games means they are all but out of the play-off race.

It was also a bit surprising that the tournament's leading run scorer Ambati Rayudu (41, 24b, 5×4, 1×6) did not open the innings with Watson. Daredevils, under Shrayas Iyer struggled to handle the pressure but Rishabh Pant (79 off 45) and Vijay Shankar (51* off 31) fought hard and ensured that the Daredevils get closer to the target but it was not enough as they ended at 198 for five. While CSK on the other hand, made four changes as they played KM Asif, Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and Karn Sharma.

Dhoni said it was important for CSK to have a good start against Delhi. Captain Dhoni has now scored 3356 runs; he overtook Gautam Gambhir's aggregate of 3518 runs. "He has got a lot of options, so it makes life hard for a bowler and a captain because he can hit any ball to wherever he wants to". The partnership was broken by medium pacer Vijay Shankar, who got rid of du Plessis on the fifth ball of the 11th over. He conceded just five runs off the first five balls, but got one length wrong and was punished. Suresh Raina couldn't contribute much as he departed for a duck.

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Australian show stopper and highly rated all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is having a miserable season. At that time the scoreboard was reading 103/2. He was caught by Plunkett at long-off.

Watson quickly made the most of his good fortune, hitting the next ball for four and then taking a particular liking to Liam Plunkett, smashing four sixes as the England's seamer's first two overs went for 35. Rayudu, who was demoted to the fourth spot, initially gave the strike to Dhoni and the Ranchi stumper milked the bowlers.

DuPlesis also mentioned about the incredible flexibility of Ambati Rayudu.

In the 19th over, Delhi got the chance to stop the Dhoni juggernaut as Avesh delivered a short ball and Dhoni pulled it aerially to deep mid-wicket but Munro dropped it. Dhoni has been in awesome form during this year's IPL and once again showed just how valuable he can be.