Maxwell's failure will hurt Delhi the most as their campaign is all but over. Pant's 79 and Vijay Shankar scored an unbeaten 54 runs off Delhi.
The next stop: Delhi next face the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday in a must-win clash for the Daredevils if they are to have any hope of reaching the final four, as Chennai head to Eden Gardens on Friday to face the Kolkata Knight Riders to cement their spot atop the IPL table. Chennai reclaim the top position in the points table with that win while Delhi sill remain at the rock bottom of the points tally.
Delhi's chase was ended at 198 for 5 as they exhausted the balls.
After being put to bat, CSK got off to a decent start with both Watson and Faf du Plessis scoring runs. du Plessis assisted Watson from other end. On the penultimate delivery, Rayudu got run-out in a rather comical way. The two batsmen who have shown repeatedly through the IPL that power-hitting can also be an art, with muscled boundaries and flat strokes looking like finely crafted shots. The match will start at 8 PM IST on April 30. However, for some reason, the TV umpire upheld the on-field umpire's call.
Liam Plunkett felt Watson's wrath, being slammed for four sixes over two overs, as CSK raced from 25 for no loss after four overs to 71 in seven. Watson hammered as many as seven sixes with majority coming straight or over square leg.
Dhoni, who came after Watson's dismissal, joined Rayudu in the 14th over.
The Australian was the dominant partner in CSK's 102-run opening partnership; he contributed 66 runs off 33 balls in that first wicket stand. The third one was a whip off Avesh Khan over square leg, which nearly went out of the park. Raina got out cheaply and Rayudu and Watson continued the momentum when the marauding Watson (who hit 78 runs off 40 balls with four 4's and seven 6's) got out at the wrong time.
All along, Rayudu played the flawless foil, contributing 28 in a 79-run fourth-wicket stand with Dhoni. The striker's ending was achieved by rayudu but Dhoni, nonchalantly, delivered him back again.
"It's quite bad, but nothing much can be done because there's not much of a resting period". Because there is no rest period in the middle. I haven't been training much because of that. "There is a bit of pain, but I think I will manage", Dhoni said at the post-match presentation. "That kind of form is obviously very important to us", he added. His batting looks effortless and his 286 runs from eight games have come at a strike rate of almost 170.
Shankar launched the three sixes into the stands in the penultimate over and another from second ball of the last to keep the game alive but Ngidi held his nerve to finish the job for Chennai.