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Rampant Delhi Capitals overpower Chennai Super Kings to clinch second win
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Rampant Delhi Capitals overpower Chennai Super Kings to clinch second win

Delhi Capitals registered their second win on the trot by comprehensively beating a meek Chennai Super Kings, who failed in yet another chase.

Although the target for CSK this time was lower compared to the one set during the defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their previous outing, MS Dhoni's men struggled for fluency throughout their ill-fated chase.

The foundation of the Capitals' victory was laid down by Prithvi Shaw, who conjured a masterful knock on a slow surface in Dubai.

As has been the dominant trend this season, Dhoni decided to field first after winning the toss despite chasing sides faring poorly over the past week.

Shaw began his imperious innings with exuberant flair by presenting the full face of his bat to a good-length delivery from Deepak Chahar.

The special boundary earned via the stunning cover drive served as the template for Shaw's controlled innings as he expertly navigated gaps and paced his stay at the crease.

On a more lucky day for CSK, Shaw would have walked back to the pavilion without adding anything to Delhi's total had the bowling team appealed a faint inside edge off the youngster's bat on the second ball of DC's innings. But no interest was shown by either Chahar or Dhoni behind the stumps as replays later suggested a slight deflection of the ball as it left past the bat.

Making full use of the reprieve, Shaw and opening partner Shikhar Dhawan cautiously journeyed to the end of the Powerplay, refusing to take any unnecessary risk.

The acceleration then arrived with Shaw not letting the spinners dictate proceedings and taking on Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja.

While Chawla accounted for Shaw (64 off 43) and Dhawan (35 off 27), the damage had been done and Rishabh Pant provided a flourish in the death overs to help Delhi post 175-3.

In response, everything fell in place for Delhi as they perfectly implemented their plans to apply the early throttle and deprive Chennai of a desperate surge across their innings.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was introduced in the Powerplay against a line-up populated with right-handed batsmen. The clever angle produced by Patel added scoreboard pressure on CSK as they could muster only 18 runs in his four overs and lost the scalp of Shane Watson to him.

Murali Vijay's frustratingly frugal approach in the start meant boundaries were hard to come by for the Super Kings and he perished off a seething short-ball from the rapid Anrich Nortje.

Even Faf du Plessis, dropped twice in his 35-ball 43, was restricted by the hard lengths smartly opted by the Delhi pacers and the wily spin bowling of veteran Amit Mishra.

The chase eventually faded into obscurity with the loss of Kedar Jadhav, leaving a tall ask for the lower-order.

CSK now have a week's time to recover from the dispiriting 44-run defeat to Delhi as their next clash will be against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.