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MS Dhoni Scores 3 But Faf, Rayudu, Jadeja Push CSK to 179/4 Against Delhi Capitals


Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson stitched an 87-run partnership.

Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson stitched an 87-run partnership.
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Delhi Capitals handed the ball to Tushar Despande for the first over, and in his second IPL game, the 25-year-old removed Sam Curran for a duck as Anrich Nortje took a stunner at the boundary.

From there, opener Faf du Plessis scored a half-century with a single on his 39th delivery and on the very next ball Nortje cleaned up Watson (28-ball 36) to end the 87-run partnership.

Faf was sent back to the hut for 58 (off 47 balls) after Dhawan took a diving catch off Rabada’s delivery. With this wicket, the pacer became the fastest to reach 50 IPL wickets.

Coming in to bat at number five, captain Dhoni could add only 3 runs before becoming Nortje’s second victim of the day.

Rayudu and Jadeja stitched an unbeaten 50-run partnership off 23 balls.

Rayudu and Jadeja stitched an unbeaten 50-run partnership off 23 balls.
(Photo: BCCI/IPL)  

Rayudu and Jadeja then stitched an unbeaten 50-run partnership off 23 balls. All-rounder Jadeja smashed four sixes in the last two overs while Rayudu’s knock included four sixes and a boundary.

Nortje, who bowled the fastest IPL delivery in their last game, finished with figures of 2/44. Tushar (1/39) and Rabada (1/33) took a wicket each while Axar Patel (0/23) and R Ashwin (0/30 in 3 overs) remained wicketless.

Sixth-placed CSK are looking to build on the win they registered in their previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Second-placed DC, on the other hand, come into the game on the back of a 13-run win against Rajasthan Royals in their previous match.

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