CSK vs DD match preview: Chennai play a rejuvenated Delhi at home

CSK vs DD match preview: Chennai play a rejuvenated Delhi at home

CSK vs DD match preview: Chennai play a rejuvenated Delhi at home

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

Watson (78) came out of the gate in his usual aggressive fashion while opening partner Faf du Plessis (33) was the more conservative in their opening stand of 102. Of course, Faf, who was playing second game of this IPL, looked rustic and struggled for timing. The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between CSK and DD will start at 8 PM on April 30 (Monday).

Two of the league's other strugglers - Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians - face off at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday with both sides on two wins and four points from seven games. He began cautiously and had a close shave with a first-ball wicket as Delhi went for DRS that should perhaps have sent him pack to the pavilion. His innings, along with Ambati Rayudu's 41 from 24, took the game well beyond Delhi's grasp.

The duo added 79 for the fourth wicket off just 36 balls that set the match up for the two-time champion.

Trent Boult thought he had dismissed Watson leg before from the first ball of the match when he struck him on the pad, but the third umpire detected an inside edge after Iyer signalled for a review.

Iyer-led DD might smell a "weakling" in CSK which has lost its strike bowler Deepak Chahar who limped off the last match against Mumbai Indians with a hamstring strain and has been ruled out of action at least for two weeks. Watson, who hit a hundred earlier in the tournament, got going by depositing Plunkett for two sixes in the fifth over that eventually leaked 20 runs.

After the departure of the former Australian all-rounder, the unsafe combo of Rayudu and Dhoni got together in the 14th over. "There is a bit of pain, but I think I will manage", Dhoni said at the post-match presentation. Shreyas Iyer won the toss and elected to field first.

With a total of more than 200 to defend, Chennai unleashed their debutant pacers - South Africa's Lungi Ngidi and Kerala quick KM Asif. And with Imran Tahir not having the best of times and death bowling a big concern, there was always a possibility of another. "It's very important for us to get off to a good start, not necessarily in terms of runs, but even a good partnership, and I can promote myself and come out at No. 5". But the day belonged to Dhoni, who played some typically MSD shots to relieve his magic days as a brutal hitter of the ball down the order.

Related news