MS Dhoni, Trent Boult, IPL 2018, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils
MS Dhoni (right) was severe on Trent Boult (Image courtesy: AFP)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) trumped Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Match 30 of VIVO IPL 2018 to regain the top spot in the points table. CSK were invited to bat in the Pune encounter and they piled up 211 for 4 in their 20 overs. Shane Watson gave the side the apt start as he belted a 40-ball 78, smacking 7 sixes. MS Dhoni continued his rich form as he smacked his second fastest IPL fifty, scoring an unbeaten 22-ball 51. He was well supported by Ambati Rayudu.

Watson had targeted Liam Plunkett while Dhoni plundered runs off Trent Boult. DD were never in the chase. It was a gutsy 45-ball 79 from Rishabh Pant that provided them some glimmer of hope. There were some late fireworks from Vijay Shankar, who exorcised the ghosts of Nidahas Trophy but that was it.

CSK becomes 2nd team to win 100 T20s, after MI
CSK becomes 2nd team to win 100 T20s, after MI

Dhoni en route to his fifty went past Gautam Gambhir as IPL’s highest run-getter as captain. Also, CSK registered their 100th win.

Here’s how the players performed individually, contributing to the team’s success.

Delhi Daredevils’ Marks out of 10

Players Performance Marks out of 10
Rishabh Pant 79 (45) 8/10
Avesh Khan 4-0-28-0 7/10
Vijay Shankar 54 (31)*, 2-0-22-1 7/10
Amit Mishra 4-0-30-1 7/10
Shreyas Iyer 13 (14) 5/10
Prithvi Shaw 9 (5) 5/10
Glenn Maxwell 6 (5), 1-0-5-1 3/10
Colin Munro 26 (16), dropped Dhoni! 3/10
Trent Boult 4-0-48-0, 1c 2/10
Rahul Tewatia 3 (4)*, 2-0-23-0 2/10
Liam Plunkett 3-0-52-0, 1c 1/10

DD Team Average: 4.54 

Chennai Super Kings’ Marks Out of 10

Players Performance Marks out of 10
Shane Watson 78 (40), 2-0-27-0, 1ro 8.5/10
MS Dhoni 51 (22)* 8.5/10
Ambati Rayadu 41 (24) 7.5/10
Lungi Ngidi 4-0-26-1 7.5/10
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-31-1, 1c 7/10
KM Asif 3-0-43-2 7/10
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-26-0 7/10
Faf du Plessis 33 (33) 6/10
Karn Sharma 1c 5/10
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-43-0 1.5/10
Suresh Raina 1 (2) 1/10

CSK Team Average: 6.05

Brief scores

Chennai Super Kings 211 for 4 in 20 overs [Shane Watson 78 (40), Faf du Plessis 33 (33), Ambati Rayudu 41 (24), MS Dhoni 51 (22)*; Amit Mishra 4-0-30-1] beat Delhi Daredevils 198 for 5 in 20 overs [Rishabh Pant 79 (45), Vijay Shankar 54 (31)*; Lung Ngidi 4-0-26-1, KM Asif 3-0-43-2, Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-31-1] by 13 runs.

Man of the Match: Shane Watson.