It could have been very different, Trent Boult trapped the former Australia allrounder with the first ball of the game, turned down with a review not showing enough evidence to overturn the decision.
Delhi did have a brief window of opportunity, when du Plessis and Suresh Raina were dismissed in successive overs.
After a few quiet overs, he smashed a six and a four off Ravindra Jadeja through the leg-side to recharge his innings. Super Kings' score after the first half read an imposing 96 without loss. Providing the ideal anchor to him was du Plessis who scored a run a ball 33 to ensure that Chennai got just the start they needed for. With a six wins in eight games, CSK further consolidated their position at the top of the points table. The move paid off as Shankar removed du Plessis off his fifth delivery to break only the third 100-plus opening stand (102) this season. A large part of Delhi's troubles is the failure of big-ticket buy Glenn Maxwell with the bat, which makes the middle-order more brittle than it should be. He hit an awesome 70 run knock in just 34 balls.
Dhoni's strike this season is close to 170.
Chasing 168, Duminy came to bat at number three after the wicket of Ishan Kishan in the first over.
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Wicketkeeper batsman Dhoni has been batting with more freedom this season. "He is hitting the ball incredibly, as well as he has ever hit". The over would cost Daredevils 21, and would be the trigger for another explosive finish.
However, MS Dhoni does have an experienced bowling line-up at his disposal which can stop DD 10 to 15 runs short of the 200-run mark.
Dhoni looked in sublime touch last night, from the go as he hit Amit Mishra for a six down the ground soon after walking in.
But then, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni joined the crease and they played extraordinary innings of 41 (24) and 51*(22) as MS Dhoni once again proved that he still has a lot of cricket left him. Wonderful debut for Ngidi who bowled the first and the last over as well. With the new ball at the other end, KM Asif, an MRF Pace Foundation trainee who impressed in the domestic T20s for Kerala with raw pace, also cranked it upwards of 140 clicks. Finsihed with 26 runs off his four overs and with the wicket of Rishabh Pant. The Uttar Pradesh batsman was bowled by off-spinner Glenn Maxwell.
"We don't see MS too much in and around lunch and breakfast". Watson (78 off 40) and Dhoni (51* off 22) gave a masterclass in power hitting to fire Super Kings to 211 for four after Daredevils opted to field on a good batting surface.