But the total Dad's Army put on the board was more than enough for them to walk past the line.
However, the eight-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians in their last game on Saturday will be a setback for the side, which has dominated the tournament so far with power packed performance.
With a sixth win in eight games, CSK further consolidated their position at the top of the points table.
But, they made a quick recovery and won the next three games on the bounce against Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The England paceman's first over went for 20, Watson striking back-to-back sixes and Faf du Plessis (33) scooped another maximum in an opening stand of 102 in only 10.5 overs.
Dhoni smashed 51 runs off just 22 balls and remained unbeaten till the end.
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From his Twitter account, Fleming posted a 28-second clip of a fan, holding a cardboard cutout of Dhoni and running up and down alongside the team bus looking for his hero.
In OVERS 3, Faf du Plessis began the over with a four, Watson struck his second four of the innings through point region.
In the 14th over, while trying to pace up the innings, Watson, who was clearing fences at will, mistimed his shot off veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and was caught by Liam Plunkett. Pant scooped, drove, pulled and shuffled his way to his 50 and Vijay Shankar also reached a half-century (54 off 31 balls with a four and five sixes).
In the last over, Rayudu got run out but Dhoni managed to collect 13 runs.
Rayudu too made sure the big hits kept coming as he hit five fours and a six in his entertaining cameo.
The Delhi bowlers were all over the place especially the experienced overseas pair of Boult and Plunkett, who leaked 100 runs in seven overs.
Delhi don't have much reasons to make any change in their playing XI while CSK will have some forced changes.
Asked to score an improbable 212 to win, Daredevils, whose season has seen more downs than ups, gave a good account of themselves.