Rishabh Pant’s impressive 79-run knock went into vain as Delhi Daredevils lost the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 Match 30 to Chennai Super Kings by 13 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, on Monday. By the virtue of this win, Chennai came on the top of the IPL 2018 points table.
Earlier, Shane Watson and MS Dhoni smashed brutal half-centuries to power Chennai Super Kings to 211 for four. Watson (78 off 40) was back to his brutal best after three low scores and shared a 102-run opening off 66 balls stand with Faf du Plessis (33) after surviving a close lbw call on the first ball of the match.
Dhoni (51* off 22) showed his devastating touch in the last five overs which produced 74 runs. It was also Dhoni’s second fastest fifty in the IPL.
Delhi opted to field on a good batting wicket and Super Kings pounced on the opportunity. The Delhi bowlers were all over the place especially the experienced Boult and Plunkett who leaked 100 runs in seven overs.
Dhoni made as many four changes in the playing eleven, bringing in du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi and young Kerala pacer KM Asif.
Daredevils, on the other hand, did not make any changes after a much-needed win against KKR at home.