Axar-Hetmyer lead Delhi to top of the points table, Dhoni's slow innings cost CSK
Delhi Capitals 139/7 (Dhawan 39, Hetmyer 28*, Thakur 2-13) beat Chennai Super Kings 136/5 (Rayudu 55, Axar 2-18) by three wickets
CSK made three changes
Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant won the toss and sent their opponents in to bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chennai Super Kings made three changes in their eleven from the last match by excluding Sam Curran, KM Asif and Suresh Raina to get Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar and Robin Uthappa in the side.
CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at the toss that their batting mainstay Raina has some back issues so he is excluded from the team to get some rest, while it will be the debut match for IPL veteran Robin Uthappa with CSK, who has scored over 4,000 runs in IPL.
As the pace arsenal of Delhi Capitals are known for fearsome bowling spells, fans were expecting gripping battles between Delhi’s intimidating pacers and the successful opening pair of Chennai - Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Delhi Pacers broke the wall of CSK openers in powerplay
The fastest pacer in IPL, Anrich Nortje, took the new ball for Delhi to bowl a riveting first over of the innings which cost 16 runs. On the second ball of the over, Ruturaj Gaikwad was given out by the umpire on an appeal for LBW, only to be overturned by the third umpire through Decision Review System (DRS).