After winning the toss, the Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer decided to put CSK into bat. Watson and du Plessis opened the innings for them. After silent first 4 overs, they launched the attack on Delhi.
Plunkett was their first target. In his first spell, Plunkett went for 35 runs in the 2 overs he bowled. From there, CSK never looked back. From 23 in 4 overs, CSK raced on to 102 in 11 before losing du Plessis in the 11th over. Raina followed soon. It was Watson and Dhoni’s marvelous innings that helped Chennai put a winning total on the board.
Watson set the innings well for the Super Kings, scoring a 40-ball 78 with the help of 4-fours and 7 sixes, striking at a rate of 195. He was well supported by du Plessis who scored a calm run a ball 33.
To end the innings, CSK had the services of Rayudu and the best finisher, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Rayudu played a great knock, scoring 41 runs off 24 balls, whereas Dhoni was in a league of his own. He smashed every bowler to evevry part of the ground. He went not out, scoring 51 runs off just 22 balls with the help of 2 fours and 5 sixes, striking at an unbelievable rate of 231.
Chennai ended their innings for a total score 211-4 in their 20-overs.
Chasing such a big total was always going to be tough for the Daredevils. And to add to their woes, Prithvi got out early. He could just manage to score 9 runs off 5 balls. After a steady partnership of 36 runs, Munro also fell prey to KM Asif. Shreyas too couldn’t manage to hold the crease for long and returned after scoring 13 runs off 14 balls. The next to go was Glenn Maxwell who scored only 6 runs. Rishabh Pant did hold the innings for some time and made Delhi believe that there is still something in there for them. But against the deadly bowling of Lungi Ngidi, he couldn’t do much and got out to him in 18th over with his team crumbling at 162-5.From there, it was just impossible for Delhi to come back into the game.
And it was just a matter of time before Delhi played out their entire quota of 20-overs. Delhi could just manage to score 198 runs and lost the match by a margin of 13 runs.
Delhi did give a good fight. At one point, it seemed as if they would lose by a margin of 50 or more runs. But Pant’s innings took them quite close to winning the game. In the end, luck didn’t favor them much as Pant got out and Delhi’s hopes shattered like a piece of glass.
MSD’s men put on a great show, both with the bat and the ball. They proved yet again that you don’t need to be under 28 years of age to be a good T20 side.