IPL 13: Rayudu, Jadeja Power CSK to 179/4 Against Delhi Capitals

Kagiso Rabada

DC crossed the 100-run mark in the 13th over after Marcus Stoinis hit a six and a four off Karn Sharma.

But this was all about Dhawan, who came out of the gate hot, taking advantage of a relatively flat wicket and pummeling the CSK bowlers to all parts of the ground. DC scored 9 off the 18th over as Dhawan sailed past his previous best IPL score of 97.

In the process, he has set a new IPL record by reaching 50 wickets quicker than any other bowler in the history of the tournament.

Dhawan remained though and, following half-centuries in each of his last two games, looked in excellent touch, putting on 66 with Shreyas Iyer (23 from 23) before Dwayne Bravo accounted for the Delhi skipper in the 12th over.

It all happened in the last over of powerplay when Du Plessis guided the ball towards mid-on and ran for a single.

After captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat, Chennai lost an early wicket in all-rounder Sam Curran (0). He slog-swept the second ball of the over for a six and then followed it up with another maximum over long-off. Watson was cleaned up by Anrich Nortje for 35.

Kagiso Rabada Fastest bowler 50 IPL wickets 50 wickets
Kagiso Rabada

The MS Dhoni-led CSK posted a competitive 179/4 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to Du Plessis' 49-ball 57 as well as some fireworks by Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja in the death overs.

Du Plessis and Rabada had an ugly crash during the game on Saturday.

Ambati Rayudu and Du Plessis had a 22-run brief stand for the third wicket before the latter was bagged by Kagiso Rabada in the 15th over.

Before this match, Kagiso Rabada got 49 wickets in 26 IPL matches as he was only one wicket away to complete his 50 IPL wickets. The duo were going strong but Anrich removed unsafe Shane Watson (36 off 28) to break a 87-run partnership for the second wicket between Du Plessis and Watson.

Soon after the match ended, Yohan Blake took to Twitter to criticise MS Dhoni's decision of giving a left-arm spinner the ball when two left-handed batsmen were batting.

CSK were 134/4 after the end of the 17th over and needed some big hits to end the innings on a high. The left-hander hit as many as four sixes in the last three overs while Rayudu hit one more as CSK scored 45 runs in the last three overs.

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