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

Dominant Chennai down table-toppers

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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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  • 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

  • xylo 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?

  • zeaazmi 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.

  • Siddiee 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.

  • JG2704 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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

  • jhovee 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?

  • smiteswap 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...

  • 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 business...it is really tough for KKR, & DD to stand against those three..Real IPL starts from now....

  • 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

  • xylo 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?

  • zeaazmi 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.

  • Siddiee 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.

  • JG2704 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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

  • jhovee 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?

  • smiteswap 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...

  • 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 business...it is really tough for KKR, & DD to stand against those three..Real IPL starts from now....

  • Prajith4j on May 13, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Awesome Counterpunch 4m the Champs when comparing to the earlier game against DD!! Really they played like champions!! Good 2 c Vijay coming back to form! Gud Luck CSK!! Go..... U Can Do It-AGAIN!!!!

  • on May 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    i realy REALY love u CSK,, ITS TIME FOR ROARING,, AND SHOWING UR GREAT FORM..... REMEMBER UR SUPER KING............

  • vallavarayar on May 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene seems more a cheer leader than an active member of the team, with his once-in-a-blue moon contributions and happy high-five-ing when wickets are taken.

  • on May 13, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    i realy REALY love u CSK,, ITS TIME FOR ROARING,, AND SHOWING UR GREAT FORM..... REMEMBER UR SUPER KING............

  • on May 13, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    @Mohamed Riyas: Due to Malinga only MI wins i want to see a MI team with out malinga and see how they will be at May be P4 with hard fought contests

  • pai11 on May 13, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    @Sudharshan rajendhiran: mate, on a given day any team can beat any other team. this is not just restricted to CSK. all the teams have one or two potential match winners and all the teams have weakness too. so that makes this IPL even more interesting...

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 13, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    Super win by the Super Kings. Sehwag bowled Hilfenhaus has to be the ball of the tournament (or De Villiers b. Balaji). Hilfenhaus has definitely brought a spark into CSK bowling attack, but he looks more comfortable (and potent) opening the bowling. Bowling at the death, he seems to have trouble with bowling yorkers, which has gone for runs. I think Bravo and Ashwin might be better options to bowl the last 4 overs. Any idea whether Bollinger will be back from Oz before the KKR match?

  • dinuhebbar on May 13, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Cant help feel that one should not waste time on who will make it to play offs of IPL after yesterday's games. It would be interesting to know whether IPL comes under the purview of ICC's ACB and whether they would like to take a look at the two games played yesterday.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 13, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    @Prashant Kumar I think there was some good fortune for CSK in getting the wickets of Warner, Ojha, and to some extent, Jayawardena. Undeserving balls do result in some wickets in every match but to get 3 of the top 4 batsmen in the other team out that way is not something that CSK can bank on regularly. This resulted in a significantly below par score for DD and a no pressure (no test for their top and middle order) chase for CSK. A higher DD score would have been a more helpful outcome (as preparation for KKR) for CSK. As a CSK fan I am happy to take the win over DD, but I was simply observing the dark clouds in the distance.

  • on May 13, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    For the INDIA team, for the post IPL season, it is a relief to see guys like Aswhin & Vijay in this match and Rohit in the earlier match, coming into form. Reahane is also proving to be a good prospect. Dhoni and Raina still look out of their normal sorts. Hpe, they also reain the form soon.

  • on May 12, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @Mohamed Riyas agreed that MI is as ordinary as PWI if you leave out Malinga

  • Madhavan.Varun on May 12, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @JG2704

    Because DD were wobbling at 24-4 at one point... These two did a good job of steadying the innings... Not seeing the match doesn't help you see the flow of the game...

  • on May 12, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    4 semifinal 3 final 2 time champion 1 team chennai super kings...yanna raskala mind it....

  • on May 12, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    4 semifinal 3 final 2 time champion 1 team chennai super kings...yanna raskala mind it....

  • Iyer on May 12, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Had csk won that game against mumbai, they would be in a comfortable position to enter playoffs. I can still cannot believe we gave away 14 runs in last 3 balls to lose that game. Because of that loss, now we must win the remaining 2 games. What is interesting is, no team is yet guaranteed of a place in playoffs. If delhi loses their next 3 games (which is very much possible given that KP is not there for Delhi), then they won't qualify for playoffs. If deccan could win against rajasthan, punjab, and bangalore then these 3 teams could struggle to enter playoffs. any combination between the top 6 teams is possible. chennai must win the next 2 games.

  • Madhavan.Varun on May 12, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    CSK's fielding today was simply brilliant... That catch by Albie ... Nuff said..

  • vioo on May 12, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Well done ..... It was a pleasing win...Hifenhaus compensated wat he has done against MI...Gud luck CSK for d next game..Be confident..u can do it once again..Its nice to see M.Vijay with some runs..Albie's catch is incredible...

  • JG2704 on May 12, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Didn't see the game but just by looking at the scorecard - Did Nagar and Pathan not realise it was a 20 over game? And why didn't they push Van Der Merwe up the order? You are guaranteed fireworks every time he bats - no matter how long it's for. I start to wonder if they don't want a slection headache if he does better than one of their bigger name overseas players.

  • on May 12, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth : you mean if CSK have shown their skill then this match result must have been : DD 0 run for 10 wickets and CSK win by 10 wickets and 119 bowl Spare?

  • duncanmoo on May 12, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I have never seen such good bowling stats for Albie Morkel 4 overs 15 runs! Oh and a wicket! Playing against his brother's team spurred him on.

  • Varunan on May 12, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    indeed, Kanishka, boundaries as rare as mirages in a desert?? there will be plenty of mirages in the desert no? master of mixed metaphors are we? Did you mean 'like cascades in a desert'?? :)

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 12, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    To me it looks like too late for CSK to surge. Their losses against Kings IX and MI are going to hurt them in the coming weeks. To me, it looks like RCB will go to semis along with DD,MI and KKR.

  • Aristocratt on May 12, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    KP's left DD at a time they'd needed him the most, and Mr Cricket has joined CSK when they'd needed him the most. Also Gayle's set to go for RCB, so the momentum isn't going to be with DD or RCB.

  • sweetspot on May 12, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Hilfenhaus' ball that got Sehwag out was the ball of the tournament for me. When Danny Morrison asked him if he could have been moving his feet a little, Sehwag said he didn't think so, and frankly assessed it as an unplayable delivery. We all know how straight and decent Sehwag is even when he is speaking his mind. Love him for that. Funnily, CSK looked like they're playing below potential in all the matches so far, but today their potential was not even tested. Raw pace was great to see from the DD trio though!

  • samindashj2002 on May 12, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    i think MAHELA doing nothing for DD no doubt his world class player but at the present his not in his best.better given to somebody else a chance.they can give some more chance to russel.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    I think DD was a little overconfident after beating the sheep from Deccan.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Perfect Hunt by the LIONS today at chepauk....next will b on Eden Garden...KNIGHTS BEWAREEEEE!!!!

  • SurlyCynic on May 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Semis will be DD, KKR, RCB and CSK. Interesting that DD and KKR are losing form but RCB and CSK are coming into form.... RCB v CSK final? MI won today unfortunately but should lose again soon.

  • BarclaysRahul on May 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    That's thrashing on table toppers! You can't rule out Chennai Super Kings. They are no strangers to wriggling out of a difficult situation, and they did it again in Chennai, when it seemed their playoff prospects were in peril. When Dhoni gets it right, CSK play like the Champion side!

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    On a given day CSK can beat any team,...Its time for KKR to loose in next match..! CSK Rockss..>!

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 12, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    DD didn't put enough runs on the board so it became a non contest and not a good test of CSK's skills.. One critical comment about CSK -- Hussey wasn't timing the ball well. Would be interesting to see if he will make way for Faf in the KKR game on Monday. (Assuming Faf is physically fit).

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Dominant Chennai down table-toppers

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I really wish to see DD, KKR, CSK and RCB in the play offs. Mumbai Indians got 16 points so far by all luck and Malinga. Otherwise MI is as ordinary as PWI

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    chennai goning to get two vauable points and also going to get their NRR lifted......good show by hilfenus........CSK proved the fact that once you get shewag and warner out DD has nothing left in them........well the points table would now be something very interesting to watch after the CSK gets this formality done

  • AjitNarayan on May 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    18/2 after three as I type.. I think leaving out Nadeem was a big mistake! Let's see what happens.

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  • AjitNarayan on May 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    18/2 after three as I type.. I think leaving out Nadeem was a big mistake! Let's see what happens.

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    chennai goning to get two vauable points and also going to get their NRR lifted......good show by hilfenus........CSK proved the fact that once you get shewag and warner out DD has nothing left in them........well the points table would now be something very interesting to watch after the CSK gets this formality done

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I really wish to see DD, KKR, CSK and RCB in the play offs. Mumbai Indians got 16 points so far by all luck and Malinga. Otherwise MI is as ordinary as PWI

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Dominant Chennai down table-toppers

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 12, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    DD didn't put enough runs on the board so it became a non contest and not a good test of CSK's skills.. One critical comment about CSK -- Hussey wasn't timing the ball well. Would be interesting to see if he will make way for Faf in the KKR game on Monday. (Assuming Faf is physically fit).

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    On a given day CSK can beat any team,...Its time for KKR to loose in next match..! CSK Rockss..>!

  • BarclaysRahul on May 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    That's thrashing on table toppers! You can't rule out Chennai Super Kings. They are no strangers to wriggling out of a difficult situation, and they did it again in Chennai, when it seemed their playoff prospects were in peril. When Dhoni gets it right, CSK play like the Champion side!

  • SurlyCynic on May 12, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Semis will be DD, KKR, RCB and CSK. Interesting that DD and KKR are losing form but RCB and CSK are coming into form.... RCB v CSK final? MI won today unfortunately but should lose again soon.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Perfect Hunt by the LIONS today at chepauk....next will b on Eden Garden...KNIGHTS BEWAREEEEE!!!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    I think DD was a little overconfident after beating the sheep from Deccan.