Chennai v Delhi, IPL 2013, Chennai May 14, 2013

Chennai move top after clinical victory


Chennai Super Kings 168 for 4 (Dhoni 58*) beat Delhi Daredevils 135 for 9 (Warner 44, A Morkel 3-32) by 33 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Even before the match began, Chennai Super Kings got the news that they had qualified for the playoffs. Their next target was a spot in the top two, especially after they found out last season how difficult it is to win the title after finishing No. 3 or 4. Qualifying either first or second allows them the luxury of an opening defeat in the playoffs, while ending on third or fourth will leave teams needing to win three successive matches against the best teams in the competition.

With that as motivation, Super Kings set about dismantling the already demoralised and eliminated Delhi Daredevils on a muggy night in Chennai. As usual, Super Kings weren't in a tearing hurry at the start of their innings, but a series of big hits - led by MS Dhoni's power-packed half-century - took them to a competitive total.

Super Kings have one of the deepest and most dangerous batting line-ups in the competition, and the early reprieves for M Vijay - including a dropped catch and a missed run-out - allowed the openers to set up a base for the big-hitters to follow. Michael Hussey has been trading the orange cap with Chris Gayle virtually every match over the past few weeks, and though he couldn't wrest it back today, his run-a-ball 26* allowed Dhoni to take his time before exploding towards the end of the innings.

Dhoni scored only 17 off his first 19 deliveries before unfurling his unique brand of muscular hitting. Ashish Nehra was clubbed over midwicket for six and then dinked to third man for four. Siddarth Kaul's slower ball was hammered onto the roof as Dhoni looted 41 off his final 16 deliveries to pilot Super Kings to 168.

Daredevils, the best team in the league phase last season, have had a startling fall this season. Before every match, their fans have been placing their faith in the trio of match-winning batsmen - Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag and David Warner - to deliver results. There have been repeated failures from all three batsmen this season. Today, they were missing Jayawardene - since Sri Lankan players are prevented from playing in Chennai - and Sehwag fell for a duck in the first over of the chase, leaving Warner with the responsibility of making a match of it.

He top scored with a restrained 44, shedding buckets of sweat over the course of his innings, but with several of his team-mates perishing after attempting big strokes, Daredevils never really threatened in the chase. Johan Botha and Unmukt Chand briefly put up some resistance early on, but a series of wickets soon after the Powerplay effectively ended Daredevil's challenge.

The result left Super Kings on 22 points, two clear of their closest challengers, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. The easy victory was the perfect end to their campaign at home, which they marked with a celebratory lap around the Chidambaram stadium to salute their vocal and passionate fans.

*04.50GMT, May 15: The report had said Michael Hussey made 31. This has been corrected.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • srinivasan on May 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @Kavindeven, flat track and sporting wicket..this is your go to bed,..take some need that.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @kavindevan All the other temas that CSK beat have beaten MI and RR in their home grounds. I dont know what u r whining about. CSK is the best team in IPL history. Your analysis is pathetic....CSk has won a good number of games on sportive wickets and RR and MI have a lost a good number of matches on sportive wickets.

    I will give u a stat that even you can understand

    CSK - 6 times in the playoff, 4 times in the final, 2 times champion, won champions league.

    now you compare MI and RR stats with these, and see how superior a side CSK is. Be neutral atleast when u r analysing, its alrite to support a team, but they wont win the title unless u r supporting CSK :P

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Mohit Sharma has been the revelation of this IPL. What a finding he turned out to be . I think CSK think tank has outplayed several other management with such selections. ( remember RCB spend major part of their budget to buy pace bowlers , Domestic & international and yet Kohli has been crying that they didn't had any ignition power in bowling ) . I think Fleming is doing an excellent job with CSK both as Coach and also finding local talents.Also ,If Mohit continues to be consistent as his first IPL edition, call for national duties is not too far , I reckon. But if Fleming gets considered as Indian National Coach and Mohit to wear national colours , all will start saying its because they are in CSK !!! Really funny, but its the sad truth. They want to blame MSD & CSK one way or the other. I am so surprised to hear the criticism Dhoni having now when compared to those heard for " utterly failed" captains. No one remembers he has won so many matches ( including 2 WC).

  • Thyagarajan on May 15, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I think @Kavindeven is simply saying all winners are actually losers and all losers are winners. He is hoping that IPL will suddenly throw a spanner in the proceedings and announce that those who have lost are actually the winners and so teams like DD, PWI, KKR and RCB will suddenly make it to the playoffs while the current top 4 will actually find themselves in the bottom 4.

    Flat track bullies when they win on flat tracks actually beat those who are not able to play well even on flat tracks. Does it make sense? I think so.

  • Prasanna Kumar on May 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @Kavindeven CSK a flat track bully ??? ha ha good comedy...Think you never watch matches other than ipl... CSK beaten MI on a bouncy johannesburg pitch last year in CL..CSK won champions league in South africa where as MI won in Flat Indian pitches... And MI didnt even win a match in CL in SA last year.!!! More over CSK have beaten MI in 2010 finals in Mumbai !!! Enough i guess

  • mathew on May 15, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @ Kavindevan, when other teams wins ,its a flat track and when your team team wins ,its sporting wicket. ROFL.FYI, I support MI in this IPL 6 .CSK lost against MI where the wicket was slow and it was a low scoring game. Watson was the only difference against CSK win in Jaipur otherwise everyone saw how RR flat track bullies like rahane failed and made runs only in flat tracks in previous matches.Stats shows that RR are home track bullies and their two away wins came against a team who are badly managed teams.Hope RR lose the toss and bat first and I want to see then defend against teams like MI.You need to win outside to show that you are a champion side who wins in almost all the tracks.Till last match I heard that RR lost to CSK in almost all the matches since 2008 ,so much for sporting wickets,your teams doesnt know to win in flat or spin wickets.Come out of your delusion and start appreciating other teams who are most consistent in almost 6 season of IPl like MI ,CSK and RCB.

  • vas on May 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    On form, you would expect CSK, MI or RR to win the trophy. But if KKR manage to sneak into the play- offs even KKR can win the trophy, considering the finals will be at Eden Gardens. Nothing is certain until the last ball is bowled. CSK don't have big hitters like Pollard or Watson. But all the CSK batters ( except Badri) are capable of hitting sixes. If everyone of them hit two or three sixes it will equalise the carnage the power hitters in MI and RR unleash. Last match they gave chances to both Albie and Holder to play in the same match, to assess who was better. Albie won yesterday and we might see him playing all (maximum 4) the remaining matches.

  • DURAIRAJ on May 15, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Don't know why somebody is crying on CSK's winning and wishing their defeat? The game should be viewed and enjoyed like a game only. If CSK doesn't have qualification, how could it maintain it's performance throughout the IPL seasons? It is always good to appreciate the good team whatever it may be. Winners don't get the results easily as well as Losers don't lose the game easily. Being a CSK fan, I wish CSK's hatrick win of IPL title. At the same time, I hope the title will be gone for the best team in this tournament. CSK, MI, RR & RCB teams are best in this tournament and they show their performance in different platforms, situations and times. Let's enjoy the game and appreciate the winner whoever it may be for their total performance and there is no place for luck or chance!

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    playoffs and final will be played in neutral venues. (kkr chances are miracle) more interesting. captains role is more weight.dhoni...can ?

  • Sriram on May 15, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @Kavindeven - These flat track bullies are the same that bring laurels for India too. Lets not forget that! Mumbai overall is a stronger unit and they have finally justified thier buys this year (apart from Glen Maxwell, Ricky such a waste of money). CSK have always been made up of bits and pieces but an astute captain has handled them well. This is IPL a domestic tourney..lets keep it that way rather than accusing our own players.