IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's some typical MSD shots help CSK outplay Delhi Daredevils

The Chennai Super Kings regained their place at the top of the VIVO IPL 2018 standings after they defeated the Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs at the MCA International Stadium in Pune on Monday night. Watson already has a century under his belt and it is looking that he is enjoying his game and is batting without taking too much pressure and is staying in the present.

Delhi began a new era last week after Shreyas Iyer replaced Gautam Gambhir as captain following a run of poor results that has seen the side rooted to the bottom of the table this season. Watson, who got to his half-century off 25 balls, made 78 before he miscued an attempted big-hit off Amit Mishra and holed out to long-off.

Shane Watson was his in elements on Monday evening and punished the Delhi Daredevils for their slightest errors - on line or length.

It was the DareDevils' sixth loss in eight games and now they are all but out of the play-offs race.

Delhi opted to field on a good batting wicket and Super Kings pounced on the opportunity. Watson was back to his brutal best after three low scores and shared a 102-run opening stand off 66 balls with Faf du Plessis (33, 33b, 3×4, 1×6) after surviving a close lbw call early on.

Pant began his innings with a six and a four off Watson to get going immediately, but was involved in an very bad mix-up with skipper Shreyas Iyer that accounted for the latter.

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Joshua Kimmich, who scored Bayern's only goal in the first leg, scored again in the third minute in Tuesday's second leg. The equaliser came on 11 minutes as Mateo Kovacic spread play and Marcelo delivered a superb cross to the back post.

After two balls, Suresh Raina (1) also departed.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo and leggie Karn Sharma have also made breakthroughs for CSK at crucial moments.

The allrounder further added that he wishes to be an asset for any team that he plays for and will be ready for any challenge put in front of him.

The wicketkeeper-batsman raised the roof with five sixes in a breathtaking visit to the crease, putting on 79 with Ambati Rayudu (41 off 24) in just six overs.

Pant and Shankar added 88 for the fifth wicket but despite the best efforts of Pant the run rate continued to rise and he holed out in the 18th over, giving Lungi Ngidi his first IPL wicket. M.S. Dhoni, usually a cool customer, showed his frustration at the way Bravo was being taken for runs. Apart from an ugly full toss off the last ball that Dhoni sent soaring into the stands, he bowled a neat mix of yorkers and speedy low full tosses to keep the batsman in check.

Rayudu couldn't make in time, though, as Rishabh Pant quickly released the ball to Boult who knocked down the stumps at the non-striker's end with a direct hit.

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