IPL 2019: Watson, Bravo star as Chennai Super Kings notch second win in a row (Pics)
First Published Mar 27, 2019, 12:57 PM IST
When CSK started their chase, it was expected that the slowness will be a factor but it seemed Shane Watson (44 off 26 balls) and Suresh Raina (30 off 16 balls) were batting on a different track. They showed positive intent which was singularly lacking in Delhi Capitals's batsmen. CSK cruised to second straight win in IPL 2019
Shane Watson and Suresh Raina starred with the bat as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cruised to a six-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals (DC) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 encounter in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Shikhar Dhawan's painstaking half-century was the only silver lining in DC's sub-par total of 147/6 which the defending champions overtook with two balls to spare. Dwayne Bravo took three wickets.
The scoreline might suggest that it was a close game but CSK were always in control of the chase despite a lot of balls being wasted by Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the back end of the innings.
When Delhi batted first, run-scoring looked an arduous job with a middle-order collapse dashing hopes of a big total. When CSK started their chase, it was expected that the slowness will be a factor but it seemed Watson (44 off 26 balls) and Suresh Raina (30 off 16 balls) were batting on a different track. They showed positive intent which was singularly lacking in Dhawan and Co.
They hit eight fours and four sixes between them to add 52 runs in only four overs and there was no recovery from that onslaught.
After the match, Dhoni said, "The wicket turned more than expected. In the second innings there was enough dew to make it slightly easier to bat on. I thought the bowlers did very well to restrict Delhi to 147."
Meanwhile, US swimming legend Michael Phelps was at the ground to watch the match.