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Delhi Daredevils made a scintillating comeback into the competition with a brilliant 90-runs knock from their new skipper, Shreyas Iyer. They are still languishing in the bottom half of the points table with two wins from seven games and will need to win at least five of their remaining games. They'll now take on Chennai Super Kings, who are sitting comfortably at the top of the points table, in an away game on 30th April at MCA Stadium, Pune. Coming back into the competition after two years, Chennai Super Kings have done really well so far in the competition. Chennai will be looking to build on to their excellent position in the table. Pune is a high-scoring venue and with the kind of hard-hitters in both the sides, it's going to be a slam-bang close contest.
Batting first against Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings were beautifully poised midway through their innings. Before their match against Mumbai Indians, they had scored at the rate of over 12 runs an over. They, however, failed to repeat that and ended up on 169 while batting first against Mumbai Indians.
Things were looking extremely bright for the Super Kings when Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina were batting in the middle. After the ten over mark, the hosts were at 91 with only Shane Watson back in the pavilion. Ambati Rayudu once again batted brilliantly and he continues to hold the orange cap.
As has been the case in the tournament so far, CSK's bowling did not make any mark on the opposition in the first few overs as Mumbai Indians got off to a steady start. Harbhajan Singh bowled beautifully and restricted Suryakumar Yadav and Ewin Lewis, but the wickets in hand allowed Mumbai Indians to cash in later.
With 42 required off the last four overs, things were once again left to Dwayne Bravo. He picked up Ewin Lewis and left the match hanging in balance. Rohit Sharma then took on Shane Watson and Shardul Thakur in 18th and 19th over and killed the match then and there. While a win for Mumbai could be a spark they were looking for, CSK won't mind the loss too much. They still occupy the top spot on the points table and will be looking to get back to the winning ways as soon as possible.
SR Watson, Ambati Rayudu, SK Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, KM Asif.
Gautam Gambhir gave up his captaincy, his salary, and his spot in the side and that perhaps instilled the energy and provided the motivation which young Delhi side was so desperately after. With Gambhir missing at the top, Delhi started with the combination of Prithvi Shaw and Colin Munro and the opening pair did not disappoint.
Colin Munro scored 33 off just 18 deliveries before getting bowled by Shivam Mavi. It was the Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer show as the pair added 68 runs for the second wicket. Rishabh Pant departed for a golden duck, but that didn't make any difference as Shreyas Iyer ably assisted by Glenn Maxwell's cameo carried the momentum forward to set the target of 220 runs. Shreyas Iyer scored 93 runs off just 40 deliveries which included three fours and ten sixes.
The party with was started by the batsmen was later joined by their bowlers. Trent Boult picked up two wickets for 44 runs to get the purple cap. Although failing pe pick up any wicket, Liam Plunkett was extremely impressive as he gave away only 24 runs in his four overs. He along with Amit Mishra (4-1-23-2) tightened the screws in the middle overs which never allowed KKR batsmen to get going.
The Daredevils will count this win as one of many steps required to make it to the playoffs. A big win has improved their net run rate to a good extent which might make a difference during the back-end of the competition. The Daredevils looked flawless in their previous game while playing under newly crowned Shreyas Iyer and if they continue playing the way they did, they will be a hard team to crack.
Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Glenn Maxwell, V Shankar, R Tewatia, LE Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Avesh khan, TA Boult.
Mumbai Indians chased down the total with ease in their last match. Dew is likely to be a possibility and chasing will be the way to go in this match.
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In the previous match, the pitch was a little two-paced when the bowlers were bowling on the shorter lengths. The track got better during the back-end of the innings and same is expected yet again. 180 will be a par score here, and chasing will be the way to go for the captains.
The Daredevils' campaign still hangs by a thin thread as they'll be desperate for another win. CSK are placed well at the top of the table, but they too will be looking to march forward with a win here. Ricky Ponting is familiar with the situation as he dealt with the similar situation with Mumbai Indians in 2015. Bowling looks to be a little thin on paper for both the sides and injury to Deepak Chahar might just add to Chennai's woes. Chennai Super Kings are playing at their home and they are expected to bounce back to the winning ways after a small hiccup in their previous match.