Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, Chennai May 12, 2012

Dominant Chennai down table-toppers


Chennai Super Kings 115 for 1 (Vijay 48*, Hussey 38) beat Delhi Daredevils 114 for 5 (Nagar 43*, Hilfenhaus 3-27) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings kept their playoff hopes alive with a ruthless performance that cut the table-leaders Delhi Daredevils to size. Super Kings shook Daredevils out of their comfort zone by letting them set a target, and they came a cropper on a lively pitch, plodding to 114. Virender Sehwag failed for the second time, and the absence of a strong top-order base exposed a weakness in the same line-up that carried them to the top of the table. Super Kings coasted home courtesy an opening stand of 75, which helped them power back to No. 4.

Daredevils never recovered when Ben Hilfenhaus sent Sehwag's off stump for a tumble in the opening over. Sehwag was lost at sea with one that straightened and the rest of the top order were undone by arrogance. David Warner, who gave the Indian bowlers in Deccan Chargers a hiding in Hyderabad, was now confronted with the quality of Hilfenhaus, who had him swatting tamely to mid-off.

Naman Ojha, who partnered Warner in an explosive stand in Hyderabad, failed to match those heroics, gloving Hilfenhaus down the leg side. Daredevils were crawling at 27 for 4 after the Powerplay and the middle order was pushed into the deep end. Boundaries were like a mirage in the desert - the drought lasted 32 deliveries before Venugopal Rao charged Ravindra Jadeja and lofted him over wide long-on.

Jadeja was taken off after one over, in which he conceded 11, the most expensive in the first ten overs. Rao and Yogesh Nagar were stifled by the other two spinners - R Ashwin and Shadab Jakati. The fielding was sharp enough to stop easy singles. Rao and Yogesh Nagar had added 48 at a run-a-ball before Albie Morkel pulled off a stunner at short cover to send back Rao. Daredevils added only 36 in their last five overs and ended up with a barely defendable score.

The Daredevils bowlers couldn't extract the same kind of purchase and looked a deflated outfit, as if waiting to be struck down. The positivity shown by the Super Kings openers was reflected in the frequency of boundaries. Daredevils managed a total of seven boundaries in their innings; Super Kings knocked off the same number before the sixth over. Pace may be Daredevils' forte, but it counted for nothing today as they bowled the wrong lengths.

The batsman who had everything to gain was M Vijay. With underwhelming returns of 134 runs from nine games, the pressure was on him to reproduce his form from last season. Michael Hussey's enterprising start took the weight off Vijay's shoulders, as he played himself in initially, before opening up. He picked consecutive boundaries off Umesh Yadav, pulling and clipping past fine leg.

One of his trademark shots is the pull over midwicket and he managed that off Irfan Pathan, after having warmed up with four boundaries. A six over extra cover off Varun Aaron was his most elegant shot of the evening, merely using the pace of the ball. Wild slogs from Suresh Raina helped Super Kings knock off the runs with nearly five overs to spare.

Super Kings are known for their last-minute scrambles. With two wins on the trot, the momentum is with them again.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Dhoni team CSK won the matches with luck ......... this time luck is not with CSK so DD is going to win the cup friends

  • Vikram on May 13, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Sehwag and his cronies come a cropper when it comes to bowlers with the slightest hint of quality. Why am I not surprised again?

  • azmi on May 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    I wonder why they have dropped Shahbaz Nadeem from DD team.DD can do better if they play without changes.

  • Siddharth on May 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @ JG2704 - Agree, no matter how bad the start is batsmen need to take there chances to put all possible runs on the board, van de merwe should have come before nagar and pathan.@ Madhavan.Varun - There is no good in losing a single wicket in 15 overs while scoring at less than 6 an over.

  • John on May 13, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Madhavan.Varun on (May 12 2012, 23:04 PM GMT) Fair enough , but would you not have expected one of these 2 batsmen to accelerate their runrates so that they are at least going at better than a run a ball ? Nagur had been in for over 40 balls and still did not go above a run a ball and Pathan came in with less than 7 overs to go at 72-5 , so surely the emphasis would have been on quickening the tempo. For both to remain not out at the end and take the team total to less than a run a ball is surely not required and the fact that CSK chased it down so comfortably proves my point. Surely in T20 you have to gamble a little more.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    MSD ..... we knw 1 thng; u r master mind . dats why we call you = Captain Cool ... all d best :)

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    congrats csk keep it up to qualify for the playoffs. Dhoni should give a change to Scotty in the next game. Good to see vijay amongst runs

  • jho on May 13, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Can anyone explain the probability of CSK entering in playoffs? Will it happen if CSK win just 1 match out of 2?

  • swap on May 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @duncanmoo--the problem with albie is his consistency in bowling department.. He has problem bowling 6 deliveries in correct areas...Whenever he bowls in correct areas,,he is very lethal..remember that spell against rcb in 2010 semis? By the way ,,his bowling doesnt matter,,bcoz at instances ,, he has played in the SA team primarily as a batsman without bowling a single ball......TWICE HE WON THE MATCH FOR CSK IN THEIR 7 WINS....Its a different thing that dhoni doesnt give him chance to bat bcoz for him bravo and jadeja are better batsman(which is really funny).....Hope he comes to bat early,,,bcoz though they have won the 2 matches,,,with the pedestrian pace hussey,dhoni & bravo bat,,dnt expect chennai to win the remaining matches...

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    As i said Yesterday ..DD is just a team of two players..get them out. and get 2 pts .. DD cannot survive in SF....Top three teams of IPL CSK, MI, RCB back in to the is really tough for KKR, & DD to stand against those three..Real IPL starts from now....

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