Evin Lewis, who had scored a duck in his previous outing against CSK, has also survived his way to some early runs.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2018 match will be broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD in English Commentary. Dhoni perished in his attempt to accelerate. Crucial breaks for the visitors.
Pitch: Pune's pitch has always given us some good cricket matches to witness, and if these two teams bat well, we might have a cracker of a game.More news: Ford May Be Abandoning Car Market in US
Earlier, South Africans AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock's struck breezy half centuries to power RCB to a mammoth 205/8.
Dhoni took some time to get going but has quickly moved to fifth gear. His 209 tournament runs at an average of 69.66 have come at a meteoric strike-rate of 165.87 to stick two fingers up at pundits who had begun to write the 36-year-old off. Much needs to change for them if they are to have any chance of winning against the rock-rolling Chennai Superkings. Only Suresh Raina has been out of form and he would be keen to be among the runs. Raina remained unbeaten on 75 off 47 deliveries as Chennai Super Kings posted 169/5 on the board in their stipulated 20 overs.
Ambati Rayudu has found his flow and finished off the powerplay with a boundary and a six off Hardik Pandya. CSK faced many an anxious moment as RCB piled on the runs and set CSK a target of 206. A well-set Rayudu can be unsafe, something which has been testified earlier as well. Mayank Markande takes an easy catch to send the opener packing. That happened to be the first of Mumbai's four last-over defeats. Mumbai have a host of top-quality fast bowlers to call upon, including Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman and Mitchell McClenaghan.More news: Rise in interest rates spark panic on Wall Street
In OVERS 0.3 Ambati Rayudu opened with a big straight six. Positive start for CSK. When Rohit succeeds Mumbai play to win. Since the start of his career, MS Dhoni has been the most iconic cricketer in the history of this game.
They are likely to be unchanged, but Keiron Pollard's form can be a concern, and they might well have to drop him to get JP Duminy or Been Cutting off the bench.
After successfully winning the last game and securing a top spot in the IPL list, the captain cool of the Chennai Super Kings team was seen in a entirely different avatar. The two sides have had a rollercoaster ride so far in the current edition. The clash today is between the top and the bottom-most teams of the IPL.More news: 13 children killed in India after train hits school van
Five losses out of six have left them at a point of no return and there couldn't have been a more hard match for Rohit Sharma's boys at this stage than CSK at Pune. The challenge for MI now moves to CSK's adopted home Pune.
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