IPL 2018, Match 30, CSK vs DD – Chennai Super Kings Player Ratings
Chennai Super Kings move to the top of the points table.
Updated - May 1, 2018 12:39 am
The Chennai Super Kings went in all guns blazing in the game against Delhi Daredevils after DD put them into bat first. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis provided them with the ideal start. Watson set the innings ablaze as he scored 78 off just 40 balls. He provided the platform for CSK to put up a big total on the board. His innings was bolstered by Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni towards the end.
Dhoni scored a brilliance half century off just 202 balls, his fastest. Furthermore, Rayudu played the perfect partner to MSD as he scored 41 off 24. But he was unfortunately run out in the final over of the innings. With all these blistering knocks, Chennai ended up getting 211 in their quota of 20 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. This proved to be a much above par total as it is never easy chasing at over 10 runs an over throughout.
CSK started off brilliantly with the ball as they picked the dangerous Prithvi Shaw in the first over. The other opener, Colin Munro was back in the hut in the sixth after he scored a brisk 26. Post the powerplay, Delhi never seemed to be in the chase. They lost their skipper Shreyas Iyer due to an unfortunate run out. CSK bowlers kept running through the DD line-up and the pressure was mounting. In the end, CSK comfortably won the match by 13 runs.
Here are the Chennai Super Kings player rating for the match:
Shane Watson – 8/10
He was exceptional with the bat this game. Watson got going right from the word go after he survived a close DRS call off the first delivery of the innings. He almost looked flawless after that one as he tonked the bowlers for 7 huge sixes and 4 fours. However, he looked a touch off-colour with the ball and has conceded 27 in the two overs he bowled. He was also involved in a crucial run-out of Iyer.
Faf du Plessis – 5/10
Faf made his second outing with the Chennai Super Kings in this match. However, he did not have the greatest of the games. Although he showed some intent trying to score at a brisk pace, he couldn’t really succeed. He had six and three fours against his name. But, he only managed to go at run-a-ball as he scored 33 runs.
Suresh Raina – 1/10
Raina has had an on and offseason this year. While he managed to get going in one inning, he failed in the next one. Similar was the case in this game as he failed to provide his team with the push that was required after du Plessis got out. He was bowled off Maxwell as he tried to hit an ambitious shot right in his second ball.
Ambati Rayudu – 8/10
Rayudu is in a rich vein of form. He has carried on his sublime form into this game after he was pushed down the order to the No. 4 position. Coming in at this crucial juncture of the game, he played a brisk inning of 41 from 24 balls to help take the Chennai total further out of the reach of Delhi Daredevils. He hit 5 fours and 1 six in his innings.
MS Dhoni – 9/10
Oh boy! How do you describe the carnage from MS Dhoni? He walked in at the fall of Watson’s wicket and it looked as if CSK would get to about 180 or 190. However, he changed the complexion of the game within no time. He started off slow as he usually does but was quick to shift the gears. Dhoni smashed Trent Boult for two consecutive sixes and a four and there was no looking back after that. He scored yet another half century and walked back unbeaten on 51.
Ravindra Jadeja – 5.5/10
This was the first time in the 11th edition of IPL that Jadeja bowled out his quota of four overs. He did really well as he operated with a good economy rate and helped mount the pressure on the DD batsmen. He conceded 31 in his four and also has picked the priced scalp of Glenn Maxwell. In the field, he was as safe as he ever is and pouched the important catches of Prithvi Shaw and Rishab Pant.
DJ Bravo – 1/10
DJ Bravo did not have much to do with the bat as the whole of the top-order fired. Bravo didn’t look at his usual best with the ball and has conceded a whole lot of runs for his liking. He failed to get his lines and lengths right and looked very uncomfortable. He gave away 43 runs in the 3 overs that he bowled giving away 21 in the last over that he bowled.
Karn Sharma – (Not Assigned)
Sharma has had nothing to do with either the ball or the bat. Hence, he is not assigned any rating for the match.
Harbhajan Singh – 5/10
Harbhajan Singh has had a pretty decent outing with the ball. He was brilliant in the first three overs although he leaked 13 runs in his last. However, he was still economical enough as he ended conceding 26 in the four overs that he bowled. He was unfortunate not to have a wicket against his name although he forced the batsmen to hit the ball up in the air on one or two occasions. He did not have much to do with the bat and was decent enough in the field.
Lungi Ngidi – 8.5/10
When you are defending a total above 200, you usually expect the opposition to go hard at you in the powerplay. But, Lungi Ngidi was more than brilliant with the ball. Playing his first IPL game, especially coming back after the demise of his father, he has only conceded 7 runs in the first two overs of the powerplay. Furthermore, he picked the most crucial scalp of Rishab Pant who was looking dangerous. Although he went for a few in his last, he ended the innings with figures of 26 runs for 1 wicket in his four and was absolutely brilliant on the day.
KM Asif – 6.5/10
KM Asif making his debut for CSK has had a decent outing. He sent the openers back to the pavilion in the powerplay denting DD’s chances. However, he was slightly expensive conceding 43 in his 3.