The start of the Delhi leg of the tournament did not change the fortunes of both teams. While CSK clinched his fifth straight win to regain first place in the points table with 10 points, SRH continued to languish at the bottom with just 2 points in 6 outings.
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Chasing 172 on a slow track, du Plessis and Gaikwad got off to the best possible start. The duo’s 78-ball stand laid the groundwork for CSK’s pursuit. The duo didn’t look worried from the start and lifted the 50-point stand in the Powerplay overs. The pair kept pace with their big hits and smart run between the wickets. The CSK forerunners were vigilant against leggy Rashid Khan (3-36), but were tough against left arm spinner J Suchith who was crushed for 45 points in his three overs.
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While du Plessis showed his aggressive intention from the start, Gaikwad opened up as the innings progressed. Halfway through, CSK was only 81 yards from the target. Du Plessis lifted his 19th IPL fifty in 32 deliveries to the 11th. In the next whole, it was Gaikwad’s turn to raise his fifty – his fifth in the competition. Gaikwad was cleaned up by Rashid Khan in 13th place, but not before the 24-year-old Maharashtra batsman virtually sealed the clash in his side’s favor. Rashid Khan then represented du Plessis and Moeen Ali (15) but the experienced Suresh Raina (17 no) and Ravindra Jadeja (7 no) saw CSK at home with 9 balls in reserve.
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The first half of the game belonged to Manish pandey. Dropped out for the last two games of the season, Pandey announced his return to SRH playing XI with a 46-ball 61 that helped SRH score 171 for 3. Along with the skipper David warner (57, 3×4, 2×6), Pandey added 106 points for the second wicket ahead of cameos from Kane Williamson (10 balls 26 *) and Kedar Jadhav (12 * of 4) saw them finish on a high note. Arrived at the fall of Jonny Bairstow (7) in the 4th above, Pandey came out of the blocks with a limit on the coverage zone in the second ball which he faced from Deepak Chahar. While Warner wasn’t getting his timing right for the majority of his innings, Pandey – on the other end – caught up with him with those quick shots on the fence. Pandey lifted her 50 out of 35 deliveries on the 14th. Warner entered his 50th half-century in competition twice later.
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Lungi Ngidi (2-35), who lost on the 18th, got rid of both Warner and Pandey. Ngidi first had Warner caught by Ravindra Jadeja in the sweepers’ coverage zone on the first ball of the 18th. Ngidi then cut Pandey’s stay at the fold short thanks to Faf du Plessis’ magnificent take in the vast long-term region. Williamson and Jadhav then added a 37-race quickfire from 13 deliveries at the end, but it turned out to be short against a raging CSK.