The Delhi Capitals reached the final for the first time last season before going down to the near invincible Mumbai Indians.
It was a season to forget for the Chennai Super Kings last year, when the tournament was staged in the UAE, with MSD’s side a pale shadow of their yellow. But they have got reinforcements, and some are making a return too, and that should renew their hopes. And although, there is no home advantage for any team this season, the fact that the tournament is back in India should help CSK. The Delhi Capitals, meanwhile, reached the final for the first time last season before going down to the near invincible Mumbai Indians. They would be looking to go one better this time.
7pm: Chennai muster below par score in first 10 overs
After that terrible start, Moeen Ali and Suresh Raina have brought a semblance of normalcy with a fine rearguard, although just 33 runs came in the powerplay. The two left-handers ushered in a 50-plus partnership for the third wicket despite Pant bringing on R Ashwin in the powerplay to counter the southpaws.
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Moeen has hustled his way to 36 from 24 deliveries with the help of four boundaries and two sixes but Ashwin finally gets him as he holes out to Shikhar Dhawan. It is still a below par first 10 overs for the Chennai Super Kings as they have mustered only 71 and lost three wicket
6:38pm: Delhi Capitals strike early, remove both openers
It is a bit of a quiet start from the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Capitals strike early. Medium pacer Avesh Khan sends back South African opener Faf du Plessis for nought, in the second over. Englishman Moeen Ali joins Ruturaj Gaikwad but the latter edges Chris Woakes to Shikhar Dhawan at slip. It is an exceptional start for last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals considering their first-choice pace attack of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are undergoing the mandatory quarantine after arriving in India on April 6.
4:37 pm: Chennai Super Kings take on Delhi Capitals
After a thrilling last-ball finish to open the tournament in Chennai, we are on to the second fixture of this season’s IPL. And the action shifts to Mumbai with three-time champions Chennai Super Kings taking on last year’s runner-up Delhi Capitals at Wankhede. This should be another interesting one with Chennai’s ‘Thala’ MS Dhoni going up against new captain and young gun Rishabh Pant.