In yet another dismal show, three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suffered a 44-run defeat against a charged-up Delhi Capitals (DC) on Friday night, and will now need a quick turnaround to put their campaign back on track.
This was the second consecutive defeat of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team as they were outplayed in every department of the game by Delhi, who rode an all-round effort to set up their second win of the season.
Chasing the 176-run target, CSK started on a cautious note but the openers - Shane Watson (14) and Murli Vijay (10) -- once again disappointed their team with their poor show with the willow. Faf du Plessis, however, kept the scorers busy but lacked support from the other end as Ruturaj Gaikwad, too, departed soon after contributing just five runs, as CSK was reduced to 44/3 in 9.1 overs.
After the end of 17 overs, CSK needed 65 off the final 18 balls.
Dhoni (15) and Ravindra Jadeja (12) barely tried to play for a win and departed in the final over as their side fell short by a massive 44-run margin for another heartbreak loss.
Chennai are now fifth on the points table having lost two out of their three games so far.
Their next match is after a week, on Friday 2 October against Sunrisers Hyderabad and as fans pointed out, it would be enough time for Suresh Raina to return to Dubai, finish his quarantine and play for the team.
Missing Suresh Raina like never before.— Siddarth Srinivas (@sidhuwrites) September 25, 2020
CSK IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT RAINA— Suresh Raina FC™ (@CultRaina) September 25, 2020
CSK needs Mr. IPL in their batting line up! Raina should think of comeback.— Kunal Yadav (@_kunalyadav98) September 25, 2020
Perfect fielder, very good striker and can ball in crucial time as well. pic.twitter.com/4r2e6RxDNI
Comeback raina trend would be perfect now , suddenly everyone realizing his absence itha thane da nanga apove sonom— Laksha Raina (@imLakshaRaina) September 25, 2020
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