CSK vs DD: Pant, Shankar Show Fight but DD Takes Loss

CSK vs DD: Pant, Shankar Show Fight but DD Takes Loss

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni (L) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) skipper Shreyas Iyer.

Pune: Shane Watson (78, 40b, 7×4, 4×6) and MS Dhoni (51 n o, 22b, 2×4, 5×6) hit brutal half centuries to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 13 runs in an IPL-XI encounter here Monday. Onn the other hand, Delhi could not do much.

Vijay Shankar added unbeaten 54 runs with his willow.

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

After this win, CSK move to the top while DD remain at the last spot in the Points Table and it's nearly impossible for them to qualify for the playoffs in this season. SunRisers Hyderabad and also CSK are both tied on 12 points but the Chennai franchise feature a far better.

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After Dhoni got a glove to the ball down the leg side that the Delhi keeper couldn't hold onto, Rayudu wanted a sneaky run.

It was also a bit surprising that the tournament's leading run scorer Ambati Rayudu (41 off 24) did not open the innings with Watson.

Rayudu too made sure the big hits kept coming as he hit five fours and a six in his entertaining cameo. Dhoni has been in unbelievable form during this year's IPL and once again showed just how valuable he can be.

The early departure of the left-handed Suresh Raina failed to perturb Rayudu and Dhoni, who ensured seamers Trent Boult and Liam Plunkett walked off the field with particularly expensive figures.

All along, Rayudu played the flawless foil, contributing 28 in a 79-run fourth-wicket stand with Dhoni.

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The Super Kings was able to complete a third half century of the IPL-11 with a double off the final ball of the innings.

"It's quite bad, but nothing much can be done because there's not much of a resting period".

It was the 22-year old Durban-born South African pacer Lungisani Ngidi, who gave a very good account of himself during the Test series against India a few months back, who literally saved the day for CSK by bowling a tight last over giving 14 runs (including two wides) when 28 was needed off the last over.

Dhoni said it was important for CSK to have a good start against Delhi.

While Iyer and Maxi could not step up on the night, Pant came up with a valiant 79-run effort. At one stage, a last-over six that earned Shankar a 28-ball fifty, reduced the equation to 19 off four, but all it managed to do was reduce Daredevils' margin of defeat.

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Earlier, CSK rung in four changes with Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar (injured) and Shardul Thakur making way for Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Asif and Ngidi.

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