almost in the blockhole again, this one's angled into the pads, and it's squeezed out through midwicket
11.35pm CSK made it hard on themselves, thanks to a combination of some shoddy bowling and fielding - which saw Dhoni in a rare animated form - and excellent batting by Vijay Shankar. But at the end of it, CSK have bounced back after one bad game and risen to the top of the table. But once again, it's CSK's batting that has bailed them out. They may be top, but they need to address these death-overs bowling. The batting can't keep bailing them out. All it takes is one match for the batting unit to fail, and if that turns out to be a knockout match, it's curtains.
"Too many runs on the board. Losing four wickets had a massive impact," says Shreyas Iyer. "We got really close, which is a positive we can take into the next match. We need to win six out of six, which is the only motivation we can take into the remaining games. We are really effective in home games, and if we can keep the team stable, that should serve us well."
Ram Chandran: "Deep down in my heart I always felt that Lungi will be a perfect fit for the CSK !!!!"
Kapil: "Rahul Tewatia, hope Delhi make proper use of him as a bowler and not send him to bat at crucial times. 3 off 4, not done. Need 6 hitters from ball 1. Plunkett could have got couple of boundaries"
Time for presentations.
"It's quite bad, but nothing much can be done because there's not much of a resting period," says CSK captain MS Dhoni. "I haven't been training much because of that. T20 is not much workload, so it's manageable. It's very important for us to get off to a good start, not necessarily in terms of runs, but even a good partnership, and I can promote myself and come out at No. 5. It's more fun when you go into the 8th and 10th overs and the bowler doesn't know when you will go for the big runs. Looking at the wicket, we thought we'll get an overseas batsman in. We thought Sam needed a bit of rest. Having Rayudu in the middle and Faf open gives more stability to the middle order. And Rayudu can score runs at any position, so that was the best decision. Ngidi has been impressive since South Africa. He's tall and gets bounce. Death bowling hasn't been good, and if we reach the finals, which will be held in small grounds, the margin for error is very small."
Shane Watson is Man of the Match. "I needed to try and help the team a bit more with the bat, and it's good to do that, especially against a bowling line-up like Delhi's," he says. "I got a few balls to get myself going. It was nice to get a few off the middle. At this stage of my career, to get the opportunity to play in a wonderful tournament like the IPL is great. MS is hitting the ball as well as he ever has."
Elvis Joseph: "Time to drop Faf permanently? He struggled to hit the ball in the gaps and was just wandering around at Long Off"
Bhavin: "It's batting heavy CSK and bowling heavy SRH sitting at the top of the table."
Nitesh: "Delhi still doesnt seem to know their playing 11. after Maxwell there is nothing much to come. Shankar. Okay he played well, but doesnt strike fear in Bowlers heart. They need someone of that character. Also their Bowling is too weak. Need to shuffle the pack and get the balance right."
Alright then, that's a wrap of this game. CSK going as strong as ever, and continue to surprise everyone. Or is it even surprising anymore? Anyway, on that note, it's goodnight and goodbye from me, Akshay Gopalakrishnan, signing out on behalf of myself and Deiva. Thanks for your company, and see you all tomorrow!
wide yorker, very good from Ngidi, squeezed out to cover
backs away again but this time it's a fuller ball and his attempt to drill it through the off side results in an inside edge to short midwicket. Game over if the next two balls are legal
backs away again to a short of a length delivery and just chips it over the in-field to scamper back for two
length ball, angled down the leg side as the batsman backs away. Pressure getting on to Ngidi
is that a six? Yes, it is. Shankar with some timely blows here but have they come too late? Short of a length, he backs away to give himself room and heaves it over cow corner. DD need at least three more of these
short of a length outside off, punched to extra cover who moves to the right and cuts it off
short of a length, drifts it too far across as he sees the batsman back away
Huge, huge over for Daredevils. But after all that, they need 28 off six.
slower length ball again from Bravo. Shankar is ready for it, and pounces on it as he carts it over long-on
full toss, angled in, and he fails to whip it away as he wears it on the pad
now he switches over to a short length and Shankar crunches a pull over deep midwicket. Bravo getting his lengths all wrong at the death but CSK still well ahead
full outside off, slower ball as he rolls his fingers over it, and Shankar lofts it clean and straight over long-on
sprayed down the leg side
short of a length, angled across, drags a pull off the toe-end to long-on
back of a length, backs away and slaps down the ground
short ball, backs away and swings, and makes no contact
Dhoni runs back and fails to get his hands on it. Just brushes the glove as he's backtracking after Shankar gets a top-edge on the pull after getting tucked up on the pull
has he picked out the fielder here? Yes, he has. Short and angled across, Pant tries to slap it and ends up skewing it off the lower part of the bat as Jadeja runs forward from sweeper cover and snaffles it
fullish, angled across, Pant stays stapled to the crease and swings and misses
short and angled across, Pant fetches a pull from outside off and ends up dragging it to long-on