Delhi v Chennai, IPL 2013, Delhi April 18, 2013

Clinical Super Kings thump Delhi


Chennai Super Kings 169 for 4 (Hussey 65*, Dhoni 44) beat Delhi Daredevils 83 (Mohit Sharma 3-10, Ashwin 2-18) by 86 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the school of Chennai Super Kings cricket, they swear by a formula. Ten times six plus ten times 10 equals a winning total on a slow pitch. The corollary is, ten times six often begets ten times ten. On Thursday, Super Kings followed that formula like front-benching geeks. They reached 60 for 1 in 10 overs, then switched gears to score 109 in the last 10 with Michael Hussey and MS Dhoni turning it on like only they can. The chase was killed by the time Virender Sehwag joined David Warner and Mahela Jayawardene back in the dugout. Delhi Daredevils have lost all of their six matches in this year's IPL.

It was an all too familiar sight with Hussey back in the side and Super Kings biding their time at the start of the match, sizing up their prey. Suresh Raina seemed to struggle to find his touch a bit, but they reached that preliminary 60 in 10 without much drama. Just like that Raina drove Umesh Yadav over cover in the 11th over, and Super Kings were on their way.

In the next over, when Hussey pulled Ajit Agarkar over midwicket for a six, his strike rate finally crossed a run a ball. Despite Raina's wicket, the five overs immediately after the 10th went for 9, 14, 11, 10 and 12. A bit of it had to do with Dhoni, who not only finally came out to bat at four, but came with the switch flicked on that told him he didn't need to block at the start of the innings.

The first ball Dhoni faced he pulled disdainfully through midwicket for four, and you knew bad things were going to happen to bowlers. And then, horror of horrors, Agarkar, one of the best fielders among Indian quicks, dropped him at long-off. Dhoni would have gone for 17 off 10 had it been taken. That was also a period when Daredevils were trying to play games with that formula of ten times 10.

That Yadav over brought only seven, and in the next over Irfan Pathan conceded just four of the first five balls. Hussey, though, drilled the last one through long-off to reopen the flood gates. He went from 24 off 27 to 65 not out off 50. And Dhoni, by the time he played a dot ball he had reached 32 off 15, and would go on to add 12 off eight more.

The thing with Daredevils, though, is you can't count them out lest one of their big three has a crazy day with the bat. Haryana quick Mohit Sharma, coming back like Hussey, quickly put paid to that. First he got a bottom edge from Warner, and then had Sehwag holing out to deep midwicket. In between, Chris Morris got Jayawardene lbw. After that Dwayne Bravo kept taking catches and danced into the night.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • a on April 21, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    @Ramv11 The scenario you've presented is pretty much what happened in the CSK vs DD match. Only Vijay and Raina were dismissed and Dhoni came in to bat. And Hussey was unbeaten at the end (at a strike rate of 130). So, I thought he did his job perfectly, and deserved the MOM award. The second over by Morne Morkel was a perfect example of Hussey's batsmanship. Excellent deliveries that Hussey left. It shows up as dot balls, but a lesser batsman could've fished at them and gotten out. Anyway, its great to see such passionate support for CSK - and super debate. Its a pleasure. I like Faf too, but I feel Hussey is best man for the job. Go CSK!!

  • Ram on April 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @caught_knott_bowled_old you are mixing other issues while discussing Hussey. Definitely, Vijay and Raina's failures are a cause of concern. But there is no local player in the bench that is better than Raina or Vijay whereas, there is DuPlesis who may be better than Hussey (time will tell).

    Secondly, you are saying that CSK does not want to lose early wickets. But, no team wants to lose early wickets, right? The question is, how many runs should be scored in the first 10 overs if keeping wickets is the strategy. 60 is not acceptable. A minimum of 75-80 are needed.

    Answer this question: Assuming wickets have not fallen for CSK (just one or two wickets down), when should Hussey get out? 5th over? 10th over? 15th over? Or, play till 20th over? Analyze the finals last season to answer this.

    Lastly, you don't have to convince me about CSK's success. We are both fans of the same team :-)

  • a on April 20, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @Ramv11 Its has been an explicit strategy by the CSK think tank to NOT lose early wickets (MSD has said so on numerous post-match presentations). And if a high avg is an indication of how difficult it is to get Huss out, then its playing out exactly as per CSK's strategy. And to back this up, they've stacked up the middle order and lower middle order with big hitters. Has this strategy paid off?? 3 finals in 3 years, 2 wins. I think it has. Whats ironic is all this negativity on Huss' performance comes after a M.O.M performance! The guys who need to bear the brunt of the team's and fans' ire are Raina and Vijay. Both are putting pressure on the rest. NOT Hussey.

  • Mohamed on April 20, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    To @ramv11 its not just task skills of a person(Hussey) but there's a lot more to it to contribute to winning cause. It is only CSK that has a best season record of winning the title(twice) and their worst season record is only as low as Semi finals, whereas every other team's worst record is either last or last-but-one position across the seasons. The record speaks for itself. CSK has the highest win percentage compared to all the IPL teams. FYI its nothing against Faf this year, he is injured and will be in the playing 4 once he is fit.

  • a on April 20, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @Ramv11...Michael Hussey has been part of IPL for 5 seasons and has a batting average of 43.5 and Strike Rate of 121. Only two other batsmen in the history of IPL have a higher batting average - Gayle and Shaun Marsh. No one, I repeat, no one has a better batting average. And a SR of 121 is pretty good for an opening batsman. Faf, though good, averages 33 at a SR of 133. 10 runs on average less than Huss. Hussey's worth his weight in GOLD! CSK needs his skills, maturity, solidity, sensibility and most importantly the consistency at the top of the order.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Wow, can't believe people are bashing Mike... The wicket was slow and CSK needed someone to bat through. Apart from badrinath, none of the CSK batsmen, despite their big hitting reputation have even a semblance of technique, Raina has a defense with more holes than a flute. When in the last game, hussey was dropped, the renowned CSK batting collapsed, except for Badri. If I had to blame anyone for today's slow first ten over scoring, it'd be Raina. He's supposed to be the impetus providing batsman after all, less than run-a-ball in t20? Pathetic

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    every wicket that CSK looses, there is a more dangerous player walking in, thats what makes CSK the most formidable team.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    @ramv11 Thank you!!! This is the most logical comment I've read in articles related to CSK. Hussey plays way too many dot balls in the power play overs putting too much pressure on the powerful CSK middle order. Sometimes either Dhoni/Morkel/Bravo play a blinder and CSK set a decent target, but you can't bank on batsman to play such blinders every match. He is good enough batsmen to make it to the eleven IF he wasn't occupying the valuable foreign player spot. Unfortunately the "brilliant" knock he played against a weak DD will ensure his place for atleast for the entire season. CSK will end up following the poor strategy and it will be duly exposed as the season progresses and it might be too late then.

  • Mohamed on April 19, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    I beleive what Sachin is to the Indian team, Michael (Hussey) is (and Mathew Hayden was) to CSKs.