IPL 2018: Rampaging CSK Look to Spoil KKR's Homecoming. Kolkata: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's vintage form has added to their strength and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings would look to continue their winning momentum when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match, here on Thursday. CSK are currently leading the eight-team table with 12 points from six wins out of eight games.
Both the teams are here on the back of two morale-boosting wins. While KKR successfully chased 176 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru, CSK reigned supreme against Delhi Daredevils at their adopted home in Pune.
Half-centuries from Watson and Dhoni blasted CSK to its third 200-plus score and then young fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and KM Asif choked Delhi's chase to hand CSK its sixth win of the season.
Dhoni himself has been a major factor in CSK's success with his batting and the ever-inspiring captaincy. His decision to make four changes against Delhi showed the team's depth and his faith in the bench-strength.
Ngidi looked reliable both in powerplay and at the death as the South African led the pace department in the absence of an injured Deepak Chahar.
Asif also impressed with his raw pace and quick arm action and took two wickets on debut, though the young Kerala pacer leaked 43 runs in three overs.
In batting, Watson, who struggled for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, has been a revelation.
Backed by Dhoni, the veteran Australian all-rounder slammed this season's highest score -- 106 -- his fourth T20 hundred.
Ambati Rayudu too has gone about his tasks quietly, be it as an opener or in the middle-order to lead the batting chart with 370 runs.
Then there is Dhoni himself. Dhoni is currently averaging 71.50 with three half-centuries.
His knock of 70 not out from 34 balls to hunt down RCB's 205 still remains the talk of the town. The way he sealed the game with his signature swing over wide long on boundary brought back memories of the 2011 World Cup triumph.