Hyderabad chase down Delhi to share IPL lead with Chennai

Mumbai Indians back to winning streak

Having put the Super Kings into bat, Kolkata reduced them to 177-5, with captain MS Dhoni's 25-ball 43 pushing Chennai to a total they could at least have a chance of defending.

The side was undone by a sharp middle-order collapse, catalysed by Chennai Super Kings' spinners Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.

Earlier, CSK had a flying start, thanks to some clinical hitting by the accomplished opening duo of Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis. He started from where he had stopped against Delhi Daredevils, clobbering bowlers for huge sixes. He made heavy hit in his innings. Gavaskar has also urged Dhoni to revisit the strategy as he feels that demoting Rayudu hasn't helped his batting one bit.

Best economical pick: Ambati Rayudu has been a star so far in the tournament with him name at the top of the leading run-scorers list.

Watson and du Plesis took a swipe at everything and, while elegance took a beating at times, the runs came at a decent clip.

Gill (57 not out) and captain Dinesh Karthik (45no) helped Kolkata recover from a shaky start to successfully chase it down with 14 balls to spare. Southee' 36* was the second-highest individual score after opener Parthiv Patel's 53; the duo were the only ones to manage double-figure scores. Kohli has amassed 317 runs in seven matches at an average of 63.40 and a strike-rate of 140.26. Only Pant and Shankar played well in the match for DD.

He was the major contributor in his 54-run partnership with Jadeja. The Trinidadian southpaw, on six when he got the reprieves, went on to score a 20-ball 32 that had four fours and a couple of sixes. Watto is 6th on the list of top-run getters and one more big innings can take him to the top again. He played 31 balls so far. With 260 runs at 32.5 it's been far from a disastrous tournament so far for Lynn, but with only two fifties from his nine matches he'd be eager to capitalise on his clean striking with some more runs in the back-end of the tournament. So, Delhi Daredevils faced defeat by only 13 runs against CSK.



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