Shane Watson and Suresh Raina made batting look easy on a lifeless track as Chennai Super Kings coasted to a six-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals in an Indian Premier League encounter here on Tuesday.
Shikhar Dhawan's painstaking half-century was the only silver lining in Delhi Capitals' sub-par total of 147 for six which the defending champions overtook with two balls to spare.
The scoreline might suggest that it was a close game but CSK were always in control of the chase despite a lot of balls being wasted by Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the back end of the innings. It was CSK's second win in a row.
When Delhi batted first, run-scoring looked an arduous job with a middle-order collapse dashing hopes of a big total.
When CSK started their chase, it was expected that the slowness will be a factor but it seemed Watson (44 off 26 balls) and Suresh Raina (30 off 16 balls) were batting on a different track. They showed positive intent which was singularly lacking in Dhawan and Co.
SCORES IN BRIEF
DELHI CAPITALS: 147 for 6 in 20 overs (Shaw 24, Dhawan 51, Pant 25; Bravo 3-33)
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: 150 for 4 in19.4 overs (Watson 44, Raina 30, Jadhav 27, Dhoni 32 not out; Mishra 2-35)
Result: Chennai won by 6 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Shane Watson.