After other opener Colin Munro (26) departed on the last ball of the fifth over, it was up to the trio of Captain Shreyas Iyer (13), Rishabh Pant (79) and Glenn Maxwell (6) to chase down the mammoth total.
The 36-year-old Shane Watson (78, 40b, 4x4, 7x6), his age-club member MS Dhoni (51 n.o, 22b, 2x4, 5x6) and 32-year-old Ambati Rayudu (41, 24b, 5x4, 1x6) took Chennai Super Kings, who were asked to bat first, on a jet ride to 211 four 4.
On the other CSK, suffered a loss in their previous match due to nonperformance of the middle order, once the issue is dealt with Chennai is a force to reckon with. The heavy artillery dismantled by the Chennai juggernaut, so there was only so much the feisty wicketkeeper-batsman could do. Gautam Gambhir has famously returned all his IPL earnings to the Franchise and also accepted full responsibility for team's dismal performance.
Chennai Super Kings have been a dominating and most probably the IPL Winning team in 2018 Indian Premier League.
They brought the fifty partnerships in 5.2 over to lay the foundation for Super Kings to build on. "He is hitting the ball incredibly as well as he has ever hit". But Ngidi returned to send him packing and showcase the depth and quality in Chennai's bowling, even though Vijay Shankar took Dwayne Bravo to the cleaners like few have.
With 17 needed off 3 balls in the last over, Delhi needed a miracle but got three singles instead. Making the most of that semi-reprieve, he lay into the Delhi, who began well through Boult and Avesh Khan before falling away.
The Australian hit seven sixes and four fours in his blistering innings before eventually being caught by Liam Plunkett off the bowling of Amit Mishra in the 14th over.
But CSK bowlers were hammered by Mumbai and will need to regroup and come strong tomorrow.
Opening bowler Trent Boult was also expensive going wicketless in his four overs and conceding 48 runs though he might have had Watson trapped leg before early on were it not for the faintest of edges.
In the 11th over, Vijay Shankar finally dismissed Faf du Plessis for 33 from 33 balls, but CSK had already made it to 102 thanks to Watson's fireworks.
In OVERS 11.1Glenn Maxwell striked with his first delivery of the night as he cleaned up Suresh Raina with. If they perform on Monday the way they did against Chennai last week, Mumbai may as well win. Expect a squad turnaround by MS Dhoni as he would look to give his regular players a rest. Playing his first game as the captain, he scored a blitzkrieg of an innings as he smashed 10 sixes and scored 92 runs.