Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Delhi April 10, 2012

Delhi crush listless Chennai


Delhi Daredevils 111 for 2 (Pietersen 43*, Sehwag 33) beat Chennai Super Kings 110 for 8 (M Morkel 2-19) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings were disappointing with the bat for the second time in three games and their confused running allowed Delhi Daredevils to restrict them to their second-lowest total in the IPL for a comprehensive win. Three of the first four Super Kings batsmen ran themselves out as neither Daredevils' bowlers nor their fielders let up on the pressure.

Off the first ball of the game, M Vijay responded too eagerly to a call for a single from Faf du Plessis only for the latter to stop after taking a few steps. Vijay was almost at the other end and had no chance of making it back. Such chaos was to be a feature of the innings. Suresh Raina went too far down the pitch in search of a tight single but could not make it back in time; S Badrinath was to meet a similar fate a couple of overs later.

It did not help Super Kings that after hitting three boundaries and looking in fine touch, du Plessis found extra cover off Morne Morkel with another drive. It allowed Daredevils to come back from Irfan Pathan's second over, the third of the innings, which went for 14. Raina slogged a couple of sixes over the on side before contriving to dismiss himself. The last thing Super Kings wanted was for Daredevils wicketkeeper Naman Ojha to pull off a stunning diving catch off Ravindra Jadeja's outside edge.

With Super Kings struggling on 66 for 5, Daredevils were able to exert even more pressure through their left-arm spinners Roelof van der Merwe and Shahbaz Nadeem. The duo conceded just 24 runs off seven overs between them. Super Kings' final hope was the pair of Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni but they failed to push on after adding 23 in 41 balls. Super Kings' crawl was summed up by Bravo playing out seven consecutive dot balls against the spinners.

After plodding along to 11 off 18, Dhoni could not clear long-on off Morne Morkel as he tried to break free in the 18th over. Bravo followed in the 19th, and Super Kings signed off their innings with one more run-out in the last over.

Daredevils' first wicket, Naman Ojha, was also to fall courtesy a run-out but he had already launched the chase in style with three fours in three balls off Albie Morkel. Virender Sehwag sealed the issue with 33 off 21, including a back-foot punch off Albie Morkel that went for six over deep extra cover.

Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene had too much class to allow Super Kings a whiff of a comeback as the visitors slumped to their biggest defeat in terms of balls remaining.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ranga on April 11, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    The top 4 overseas players for CSK should be Hussey, Du Plesiss, Bravo & Kulasekara...CSK just load there live up with fire power but are they really utilizing that ammo is the question...There's no point packing your team with batsmen if eventually the lower order batters get only about 4-5 balls to bat..if MS can't bat 5 here he can't bat atleast 8 for India...Provided Hussey's not available at this time they should stick with Bollinger..Till Hussey arrives CSK should go with following.

    Anirudha, Vijay, du Plessis, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Kulasekara, Ashwin, Bollinger, Tyagi..

    Once Hussey returns drop either Kulasekara or Bollinger given who perform bad comparatively.

    Still all the teams are more seasoned this time around and I'd back Delhi, Deccan, Rajasthan and Pune to make it to the top 4 slots..

  • P Subramani on April 11, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    India lost the 20/20 World Cup in 2009 which Pakistan won. India did not even qualifyfor the knockout stage.Soon after that India did not qualify in the Champion's Trophy knockout stage as well. In the IPL that followed, CSK was beaten badly. I think the same is hapenning now also. Dhoni's luck deserts him quite suddenly and his side performs shockingly. After the World Cup win, India lost in England and Australia and did not qualify for the Asia Cup finals. I believe CSK will lose badly this time too. But mor importantly let us hope that Dhoni's good luck returns.

  • shailesh on April 11, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    just one doubt. by all chances the team for T20 world cup this year will have no new faces. in that case will SIR Jadeja come to bat before Dhoni????

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    You will see the comeback of chennai soon... CSK rox!!!

  • Madurai on April 11, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Here we go, people calling for heads, Dhoni this Raina that. Come on guys, Chennai had the same kind of start last year, look what happened then. Have a bit of faith.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    You will see the comeback of chennai soon... CSK rox!!!

  • Aujender on April 11, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Where the young trups of Dhoni have gone now. All the old hands like Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar and gautam are working well, at least better than Dhoni. It seems that days of Dhoni are over. He is just fit to take the team to winning position when the required run rate is within control say below. He generally play to remain not out at the end of the innings. This has happened since he become captain as he become possessive of captainship and do not want anyone to question his any wrong or right decisions as captain and thats why he is always afraid of seniors who have courage to counter him

  • Bhran on April 11, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @OutCast : Please stop predictions, It falied for Dhoni recent times, On 1st test match, he said we are slow starters, we all know wat happened. 2. If any match tied in a series, then IND will win the cup that also failed in CB series. SO stop predictions, i was worried when KP hit on Ashwin ball ( we beleived that he is a replacement of bhajii in INDIAN team) and also i was happy when he / sehwag hit 10 crore Over hyped Jadeja

  • Siddharth on April 11, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    What did ashwin do ? Agree that 110 wasnt defendable but there should have been some fight from CSK. It was awful to see ashwin targeting leg stump from around the wicket, did he seriously think his team could win by containing delhi. Dhoni said the pitch got better later but i could see it was better even before he came on to bat, so did it get worse only for the time he was in middle ? Nadeem kept on bowling on the same length and dhoni didnt had courage to dance down the track and take him on to make him think differenty.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Hello everybody who is saying that CSk is overhyped please go back and check the stats of 2010 IPL. They won only 2 matches out of first 7. But after that they bounced back and won the cup. Always csk rocks but now only the problem Mr.Dhoni's form and mental strength

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