Monday, 24 September, 2018

Du Plessis: 'Difficult to plan and bowl to Dhoni'

Du Plessis: 'Difficult to plan and bowl to Dhoni' Du Plessis: 'Difficult to plan and bowl to Dhoni'
Sergio Cook | 02 May, 2018, 02:00

After an impressive 13-run victory over Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings batsman Faf du Plessis praised skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his impeccable innings. Onn the other hand, Delhi could not do much.

Vijay Shankar did score 54 not out off 31 balls against all expectations but in all fairness that only helped narrow the margin of defeat as Delhi finished their innings on 198/5 in 20 overs.

With five wins in seven matches, Super Kings are now placed second while Daredevils continue to scrap the bottom despite a morale-boosting 55-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

After this win, CSK move to the top while DD remain at the last spot in the Points Table and it's nearly impossible for them to qualify for the playoffs in this season.

Even so, Rayudu has maintained a healthy lead over Sunrisers Hyderabad star Kane Williamson among the league's most prolific run scorers. Munro, who took seven balls to get off the mark, would then take Asif for two fours and a six in his second over, was beaten for pace as he mistimed a pull to deep midwicket in the fifth over.

Big names Colin Munro (26), skipper Shreyas Iyer (13), who played a huge role in Delhi's last win and Glenn Maxwell (6) failed to score which resulted in their loss.

Boult made no mistake when he broke the stumps at the non-striker's end, running Rayudu out for 41 which came off 25 balls with five fours and one six. Gautam Gambhir has famously returned all his IPL earnings to the Franchise and also accepted full responsibility for team's dismal performance.

Dhoni smashed 51 runs off just 22 balls and remained unbeaten till the end. I would like to complain about the first ball wicket (smiles).

Dhoni is confident of continuing in this edition despite a "bad back". Because there is no rest period in the middle.

The hosts, playing on their adopted home venue in Pune will meanwhile look to find their feet once again after losing to the Mumbai Indians by eight wickets on Saturday. "That kind of form is obviously very important to us", the 33-year-old said. His batting looks effortless and his 286 runs from eight games have come at a strike rate of almost 170.

In reply, Rishabh Pant made a match of it with a 45-ball 79 after Daredevils were reduced to 74 for four. "Besides, it is more fun when you go in at the eighth or the 10th over as the bowler does not know when you are going to go for it and you can keep him guessing".

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