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

Clinical Super Kings thump Delhi

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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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  • ramv11 on April 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @caught_knott_bowled_old - Batting average represents how difficult it is to get a batsmen out. Hussey is very difficult to get out. That is why he hurts CSK more. He stays in without letting other big hitters in.

    Given that there are 120 legal balls in a game, you need to multiply the strike rate by 1.2 to see what team score it represents. Hussey's strike rate of 121 represents a team score of 145. Gayle's strike rate of 160 represents a team score of 192. See what a huge difference it makes? 145 is a mostly get-able score while 192 is mostly a winner.

    CSK constantly tries to compensate for Hussey's batting as they want to score more than 145. More runs Hussey scores (higher average) worse it is for CSK, as they have lesser balls to compensate for him.

  • SherjilIslam on April 19, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    No matter, what results come for Delhi, i will keep supporting it.Fans are meant to support their teams even in worst times, so i am doing my bit.Also looking forward for a better show from Sehwag and Warner. Still, all is not lost for Delhi, they just need to stick to a permanent team combination.It seems in every match, they are trying a hit and trial method,to get a perfect team combo. One point from my side is, Chand and Naman Ojha must find a place in Xi, juneja doesn't deserve a place. MJ should also utilize bowling of sehwag for a couple of overs to compensate for the expensive overs of other wayward bowlers. I just hope DD start winning from the next match onwards.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old 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!!

  • ramv11 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 :-)

  • caught_knott_bowled_old 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.

  • mohamedtoufiq 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.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ramv11 on April 20, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @caught_knott_bowled_old - Batting average represents how difficult it is to get a batsmen out. Hussey is very difficult to get out. That is why he hurts CSK more. He stays in without letting other big hitters in.

    Given that there are 120 legal balls in a game, you need to multiply the strike rate by 1.2 to see what team score it represents. Hussey's strike rate of 121 represents a team score of 145. Gayle's strike rate of 160 represents a team score of 192. See what a huge difference it makes? 145 is a mostly get-able score while 192 is mostly a winner.

    CSK constantly tries to compensate for Hussey's batting as they want to score more than 145. More runs Hussey scores (higher average) worse it is for CSK, as they have lesser balls to compensate for him.

  • SherjilIslam on April 19, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    No matter, what results come for Delhi, i will keep supporting it.Fans are meant to support their teams even in worst times, so i am doing my bit.Also looking forward for a better show from Sehwag and Warner. Still, all is not lost for Delhi, they just need to stick to a permanent team combination.It seems in every match, they are trying a hit and trial method,to get a perfect team combo. One point from my side is, Chand and Naman Ojha must find a place in Xi, juneja doesn't deserve a place. MJ should also utilize bowling of sehwag for a couple of overs to compensate for the expensive overs of other wayward bowlers. I just hope DD start winning from the next match onwards.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old 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!!

  • ramv11 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 :-)

  • caught_knott_bowled_old 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.

  • mohamedtoufiq 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.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • mohamedtoufiq 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.

  • ramv11 on April 19, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    To all those supporting Hussey's batting in the last match:

    It is never a good plan to score 60 runs of first 10 overs. It is never a good plan to score at run a ball and stay for 15 overs without letting Bravo, Morkel, Jadeja in. These were not "plans". That is how it happened because that is all Hussey could do.

    No sensible coach would plan for 10*6 + 10*10, because he knows that 10*10 is not always possible - even by the amazing Dhoni. He could do it yesterday because Agarkar dropped an easy catch.

    CSK lost the final last year because of Hussey's batting. They lost the match before last because of his batting. CSK must replace him with Duplesis.

    Stop all your hero worship. Don't keep saying how great he is. Look at facts and figures and convince me with numbers. What is Hussey's performance in IPL?

  • on April 19, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    We should also note that when Hussey fails Chennai struggles.Also Chennai bowlers have no answer when a big hitters in the opposite side start blasting .Dhoni cannot always manage his bowling quota with allrounders like Bravo and Jadeja and get away.

  • SherjilIslam on April 19, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    It's good to see fans coming out in numbers to support their troubled team DD.Be there guys, it's just a matter of a win, we know DD can dominate any team.

  • pinn on April 19, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Lack of form, by the time DD comes to bat, everybody can expect 2-3 wickets in first 6 overs. And then the usual fall of cards. Even if they are not scoring 60 runs in 6 overs, if DD can keep the wickets for the first 8 overs things will automatically change. Also try bringing Shewag at 3 or 4, Shewag-fever is always good to have.

  • A.Ak on April 19, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I have a feeling that DD are about to irrupt. Their bowling has been good. Batting doesn't looks consistent. With the kind of players they have got, it is just a matter of time and mind set. Watch out in the next game.

  • on April 19, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I know DD have the Guts to get away the stronger teams ......and thrash any team. i think DD would Gonna Rock in Upcoming Matches. DD Rocks......!!!

  • Thyagu5432 on April 19, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @Narbavi: That was supposed to be a joke. So just smile and have fun, you could also get a chance to be in DD's "Playing" XI.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Thyagu5432: What are you talking about? Every team's solution is to have players who can score runs, take wickets and be good on the field, so your point doesn't make sense, their squad is good enough, but they haven't clicked!! They do need to make a couple of changes though in their line up and approach!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    It is the Time for DD to Click through Bat and be Unite.... My Must Win and hard Hitting Middle Order Probables are... 1>Naman Ojha, 2>Warner, 3>Unmukt Chand, 4>Sehwag, 5>Ben Rohrer, 6>Kedar Jadhav, 7>Pathan 8>Botha, 9>Morkel, 10> Agarkar, 11>Nadeem. Drop Mahela jayawardene and hand over The Captaincy to JOHAN BOTHA. He is a very good T20 Player with Strategies and tactics.

  • Thyagu5432 on April 19, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    DD's solution to their problem is to find batsmen who can make runs, bowlers who can take wickets and fielders who can catch. As we see it, none of their existing team members will qualify and that is the reason they do not have a playing XI, they only have a XI. Anyway, I think they are having a lot of fun listening to "motivational" talk from their manager. I think they are all motivated enough to keep smiling while they continue to be in deep trouble.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @Ajit_Gupta: LOL, if they follow your advice they would be at the bottom, oh wait, that's where they are already!!

  • riverlime on April 19, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    What DD need to do is to put a West Indian in their playing XI. Gayle, Bravo, Narine, Rampaul, Pollard, Cooper, Badree, Russell, Samuels.........Need I say more?

  • Thyagu5432 on April 19, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    It is ironical that the team containing the strongest individual players is the weakest team in the whole IPL. It would take a miracle from DD to rise from the ashes. As far as CSK is concerned, they seem overly dependent on Dhoni. They want him to come to party everytime which is asking a little too much. It is high time others start doing their bit and Hussey has started the trend and I hope others follow suit. This has been the way CSK has performed in the past IPL (rusty, inconsistent, lose some, win a few more, wait for others to lose before knowing their position) and that indicates that their place in the last four is confirmed. CSK makes the match thrilling if not atleast the tournament as a whole.

  • Ajit_Gupta on April 19, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    DD crisis solution: Dump Jayawarhane....split Veeru and Warnie.... Open with Irfan and Juneja.....bring in Merwe...Jadhav one down....Warner 2 down and Veeru 3 down....3 best batsmen in top 3 order...bring in Yogesh Nagar

  • Morgan666 on April 19, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    It was a clear case that delhi would lose, its not because of the whole team, certain individuals...Mahela Jayewardne's captaincy was very much olskool and Viru is thinking that he will never be axed from the team no matter how he will perform. Van der Merve,Russel, and Bohrer, these guys should be included. in the team. i don mind Kedar or Irfan given a captaincy, but for God sake, let Mahela and Viru sit back, i dont think even Moren is justifying his role. How did Irfan become such a bad bowler??? All delhi needs to do is give some others a chance and axe Viru. Nobody would want a pleayer like him whose probality to perform is less than 10 percent.

  • ladycricfan on April 19, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Hussey played his role to perfection. Vijay played well until he was given out. Raina played 16 dot balls out of 32 balls he faced and scored less than run a ball. He should try to improve his strike rate. CSK seems to have found a good Indian young talent in Mohit Sharma. It's early days, still he looks promising. For the next match Gambhir will play his two spinners Narine and Senanayake. I expect CSK to play Jakati instead of MSharma and no other change. Expecting a thriller in Eden gardens.

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 19, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    One positive outcome for Delhi. The other franchise's fans would want DD to win! From now on, DD will get the support of all the fans except from the team that it plays against!

  • VinodGupte on April 19, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    DD should open with Jadhav and Sehwag and push Warner down the order for a late assault. Jadhav can keep one end intact and score at the SR of 100.

  • vinson2728 on April 19, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Only Kedar Jadhav is performing, do not dare to replace him. For others, they have lost it in their minds, I predict they will keep losing unless someone else don't loose mistakenly against them.

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Before the start of the match, some people were saying that CSK would get a pounding from DD. I don't understand where people get such weird ideas especially when DD had already lost 5 consecutive matches. DD are going to lose the next match against MI too. But if they are smart with their selection they can end up with some wins this season.

    As for CSK, they have not played their best cricket and haven't found their right combination yet, still they managed to win 3/5, tells a lot about the side. Next match against KKR is a critical one, if CSK wins that one, they will be on their way this season. Go CSK!

  • Alexk400 on April 19, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    I think in NFL you have GM who procure players. IPL its team director or some designation. Delhi should fire TA sekhar and even the coach for not getting balance right. Irfan pathan is useless bowler and batsman. DD use him in super over is downright laughable. After warner , delhi really do not have single T20 player with sehwag is blind. Bad procurement of players. They can blame all KP is out thats why they have problem etc. I doubt even KP would have fixed this mess. Mahela not working well with sehwag is a problem. Sehwag must move to 4 down immediately. if he refuses , he should be removed from DD team. I also think Jaywardene is not at all want to be captain of DD , he is forced to do it for money because dd do not need his services if he is not captain. I still think Mahela is brilliant captain , it is just that DD is stuck with useless indian players like irfan pathan and yadav. That said dhoni can make any player play 100%. Thats the difference when u lead by performance.

  • ningthoujam on April 19, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Selling Ross Taylor was a big mistake. They clearly banked on KP who is unfit

  • on April 19, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    CSK deserved to be winners, the way they build up their innings was superb. I'm not a great admirer of MSD as a captain. but as a Batsman, he is simply superb. their victory could have been sweeter without those blunders from the umpires. the LBW decision of Mahela was ridiculous. even the lbw decision against Juneja was wrong, but it was closer. M Vijay also got out to a bad deal. Yes or no to DRS??? up to BCCI..!!!

  • satishchandar on April 19, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    What i wish from next auction is, the teams should be allowed to retain only two players - One Indian and one foreign players.. What it will do is, will make the talented local players come out to auction and let the teams build it using their Indian players.. For example, the likes of Rohit, Raina, Bhajji all will come out of their respective teams into the pool.. The future of IPL can be determined over the course.. You can't expect Sachin and Dravid to be there forever.. Imagine Tiwary captaining a IPL team.. 9 teams will have different sets of Indian talent.. The first player they pick will be their captain and will go all out.. It should be a better level field..

  • class9ryan on April 19, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Delhi have been pathetic this season . I feel Chand should be tried in the middle order and not playing him in front of the new ball alongside Rohrer. U have to try different things when things are going bad for u. My order will be - Sehwag, Warner, Chand, Jadhav, Mahela, Rohrer, Pathan

  • British_North_America on April 19, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    The difference is made by Sehwag's form and Pietersen's absence.

  • satishchandar on April 19, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    The traditional stuffs are blocking DD.. They are themselves not sure of their batting line up at the moment.. Mahela usually performs a double fold while opening. Though Warner had done decently while opening, he need to move out.. Mahela opens with Viru.. Naman Ojha at 3 followed by Andre Russel at 4, Venugopal Rao, Jadhav, Jeevan/Botha/Negi, Irfan/Agarkar, Umesh, Morne, Nadeem.. Give the guys more freedom.. Let Mahela and Viru blast at the top and settle somewhere around 80-90 in 1-0 for max 2 wickets.. Then the lower order has enough hitters to move on for 180+ scoreline.. Their bowling lineup looks decent enough to defend it.. Play in Warner at 3 if Negi is picked as second spinner to lend more balance..

  • the_blue_android on April 19, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    The only way DD can win a few games this season is by dropping Mahela, Warner, Sehwg,Juneja, Jadhav and Mendis. Oh wait that's the entire team!

  • on April 19, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Umpiring was pathetic in this match.They must improve on this,otherwise fans would loose interest.

  • on April 19, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Wonder why DD ignoring overseas players Gulam Bodi, van der Merwe and local talents Venugopal Rao & Naman Ojha.... those are far better than mendis/Rohrer and Juneja/Jadhav....

  • shantiratnamaj on April 19, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    its obvious DD is the weakest team in IPL this year - i don't understand why/how people expect them to win. They have Warner and Shewag who are typical "hit or miss" players and apart from them they only have Mahela. There is no other proven talent with the bat - how can anyone expect them to win? look at all other teams they are packed with batting stars. Is DD the only team without a current generation "Mentor"? i think so and it is clearly reflecting on their performaence.

  • Lovetesh on April 19, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    I think MoM should be given to young fast bowler M. Sharma instead of a veteran like Hussey. That lad bowled his heart out and get CSK quick wickets at the top which were so crucial in their victory.

  • Lovetesh on April 19, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Except Parrera to some extent, all the Sri Lankan players have underperformed be it Jayawardhene, Sanga, Angelo, Dishan, Jeevan Mendis and so on. Even Parrera can be replaced by Darren Sammy. They all need to be dropped like RCB dropped Dilshan and Sanga dropping himself. Getting into playing XI in an IPL is more difficult than getting into your national team as there are only 4 slots and you are competing with foreign players from other countries as well. IPL is not a place to find your form.

  • Htc-Android on April 19, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    @ Narbavi. I agree with you. mahela was very effective when he opened the innings for SL. But cannot see warner getting dropped, since delhi doesnt have any quality overseas batsmen left.( Except for mahela and Warner). May be they can try Gulam bodi on jeewan mendis spot. May be he can provide the solidity they need in the middle order. Get mahela to open and play sehwag in the middle order. That might work for delhi.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 19, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    This is the same side that was trashing other sides with disdain, Exept Sehwag (5 50s), Warner (1 100s, 2 50s), Mahela (3 50s) hasn't fired.

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @TRAM: Can understand your concerns, yesterday what if he had gotten out after the 10th over, he needs to accelerate a bit sooner considering the depth CSK has, but still he is an asset, shouldn't drop the guy, he can turn a game on its head in a matter of few overs!!

  • phunny_game on April 19, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Delhi's woes continue to pile on.... And what strikes me looking back at the six losses, is the under performing captain. Foreign captains are not surely a liability but they are no asset either... And the fact that all the Indian captains have performed very well (GG, RD, MSD, VK) , should make the franchises scratch their heads... A good team doesn't always fetch the desired results as seen with Pune or Deccan charges in their first season with players like Gilly, Symonds, Gibbs, Afridi, Rohit.... They surely need a good leadership. And whn a captain is himself not feeling confident, he cannot give his 100% to his leadership as well...

  • Narbavi on April 19, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Surprised no one mentioned Warner's name, he has been failing too, i would like to see Mahela open the innings with Viru, Unmukt chand should be brought back in to the middle order, Mendis should be replaced by Van der merwe for that all rounder slot and Rohrer should play in the middle order replacing Warner as the overseas player!!

  • on April 19, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Hussey is a great legend.......... his play has always influenced other player to perform above their weights..........

  • Yasin123Patel on April 19, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @phataaka how can u say that hussey's inning was not great? Its a slow wicket. Hard to score runs and u can see it in 2nd inning. Even dhoni said that its a slow wicket. So hussey played a mature inning. Not play many dotball and hitting boundary at the end and standing at one end to let dhoni strike freely. If u don't understand the importance of this inning than uunderstand nothing about cricket.

  • sal7 on April 19, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    @TRAM: You're watching cricket since the 70's and comparing Michael Hussey to Mukund?? Michael Hussey is the best foreign player CSK could ever get from the whole wide world.

  • phaktaa_tikit on April 19, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    As always bowlers' contribution is ignored when it comes to MoM.The MoM for this match should have been M Sharma for three early blows from which Delhi couldnt recover & such economical rate. in T20, a wicket is atleast equivalent to 25 runs. Secondly Hussey's inning so not so great considering the strike rate wasn't extra-ordinary.

  • CricketAkshay on April 19, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    TRAM, he's actually not a slow starter. You would have seen his aggressiveness from the 6th over. Also, he is a brilliant fielder.

  • the_blue_android on April 19, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    @TRAM - I feel bad for you that you have played alongside Kumble and Ramesh and yet fail to recognize the abilities of Hussey in T20 format. Badris and Mukunds can score run a ball against mediocre bowling attacks. They will certainly fail to score even that, and get out against good bowling and put pressure on the entire team.

  • hayagriva on April 19, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    What a one sided game. The Daredevils did not even manage to score 50% of the total they had to chase. This is perhaps one of the most insulting losses they have faced this year. I wonder if it can get any worse

  • Guru2807 on April 19, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    @TRAM, Mukund for MHussey ? Mukund plays for RCB, he is not with CSK anymore !!

  • JustAnotherCricketFan on April 19, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    @Jay.Raj your are absolutely right bro. @TRAM Hussey played exactly according to the laid out team strategy. u can tell that by Murali Vijay's strike rate and Raina's initial strike rate. Its like Siddarth said 6 x 10 plus 10 x 10. he played brilliantly in both phases of the innings plus he anchored beautifully. compare him to Suresh Raina's batting and dot balls and you will know what I am talking about. if u need any more proof, just look at the way Hussey approached Morkel's over at the begining and at the end.

    Dhoni's strength as a captain is going out with well throught out strategy and sticking to it. And unlike Sehwag (i could be wrong here, so no offence to Sehwag) who does what he please in any situation, Hussey is Mr Cricket and he sticks to strategy and performs his role with grace under pressure.

    I think your problem is that Dhoni is such a special cricketer that his boundary off first ball and 191 strike rate made Hussey look less than competent unfortunately.

  • Feroz9700 on April 18, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Delhi should consider dropping Jayawardane, Jeevan Mendis and Juneja. Players to select should be Vander Merwa, Chand and Russel. Delhi team is not getting it`s combination right and losing too many wickets upfront and not getting any momentum. Middle order does not have any quality Indian batsman either. Sehwag will have to raise his game and also need to promote Irfan to bat a lot higher.

  • thalalara on April 18, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Can't Believe Mr.Sehwag is still playing this game!!!

  • on April 18, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    congratulation csk.welcome back M hussy.

  • Jay.Raj on April 18, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    @TRAM: Mike Hussey's role in T20 is play according to the situation and no else can do that better than Hussey at this moment for Chennai. You will know his worth when chennai batting fails and if someone is there to steady the ship most likely it would be Hussey like he did in so many instances.

  • Karai on April 18, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Problem for CSK is all the players are in form which is exact opposite to DD. Now what they will do once Nannes available for next match. Already T20 specialist faf is in bench and now they think twice to drop M sharma.

  • TRAM on April 18, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    For those questioning about my comments on MHussey: I am only questioning his role in T20 and that too with a strong csk team. There are many who can play slow and steady innings at about run a ball. (ex: Badri, Mukund). 130% rate is ok provided he does that rate from the beginning. If slow starter gets out after say 10 overs the team is in big trouble such as 6 of 16 balls the other match! Today he was saved because of 1: Dhoni scored at 200+ rate & 2: Poor DD batting. Any better opponent, csk would have lost for the 60 of 10 overs. He is wasting a foreigner slot. He is great fit in ODIs and Test matches. He would be good in many other T20 teams too such as SRH who dont seem to have good players. Btw, since some one asked about my cricket knowledge: I am watching cricket from early 70's. I too have played some cricket along/opposite some good players including SRamesh & AKumble, if that gets your approval for me to say my comment.

  • anton_ego on April 18, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Familiar sights once again. Why can't Delhi play sensibly? With due respect, I must admit MJ's captaincy is not impressive. At times it looked like he was feeding the hungry CSK batsmen with the right people to target. And am badly disappointed with the bowlers as well. When you have 2 bowlers who can touch 150 kph mark, why can't you bowl yorker? Both Morkel and Umesh were feeding length balls towards the death. Unbelievable. And the batting, no words to describe it. Perhaps it's the time to tinker the entire lineup, starting from the captaincy. Most successful teams in IPL had 3 aspects in their teams - 1 world class allrounder, 1 grafter at the top to anchor the innings and 1 world class spinner (preferably 'mystery'). And DD have none of these three aspects covered.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 18, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Jayawardene is caught in a team of non-performers. His form is not working for him either. Its sad that Delhi's batsman/fielders are not supporting almost the best bowling line-up in IPL.

  • sonu77 on April 18, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Delhi should include Vander Merwe in to the playing xi. He is a whole hearted player & will surely add some courage to the team which they lack at the moment. like to see this lineup for the next game. 1.Warner, 2.Mahela, 3.Vander Merwe, 4.Chand, 5.Sehwag, 6.Jadhav(w/k), 7.Pathan, 8.Russel, 9.Agarkar, 10.Nadeem, 11.Yadav.

  • Dragonboyz on April 18, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Just imagine if delhi daredevils had their ipl 1 team now, Sehwag,warner,gambhir,ab devilliers,dinesh karthik,amit mishra,dirk nannes,vettori. 8 match winners in a team.Wat a mess done by delhi think tank

  • Nampally on April 18, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    I was very disappointed with DD both in their bowling & batting. With a telent of 4 good seamers in Morkel, Yadev, Agatkar & Pathan + spinner Nadeem, how could they give 169 runs? Mahela should have bowled 4 overs of Agarkar to save some runs. But the worst sight was DD batting. Warner got out to most irresponsible cross bat shot which even a school boy does not play. It was pathetic of Warner to play such a stroke in the opening overs. Add to their misery Jayawarden was given out LBW to a ball going past the leg stump & ball pitched outside the wkt. range. Sehwag was bit unlucky not to get the full blade on his hook to be caught on the fence. The rest is history. How can DD keep losing with so much talent in the team? That is what they should be asking themselves. Take the example of SRH who win with limited talent.

  • quittthewhinging on April 18, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks. When the entire team is dismissed for plus minus 80, it seems a little unfair to say de Kock "failed miserably". Seems to me the entire team "failed miserably". De Kock played an attacking off-side drive, which was his role, & unfortunately found a fieldsman. To try to denigrate de Kock to bolster your support of Sanga harms your own cause. I'd bet de Kock would not "fail miserably" 4 or 5 times like Sanga.

  • SurlyCynic on April 18, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Going on current form, if all matches were played in Chennai would overall performances be better?

  • ladycricfan on April 18, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Well done CSK. Commiseration DD. Like Rahane and Hussey, Mahela should play anchor role, opening with Warner. Vijay's bad luck continues. Save all your luck for the later part of the tournament. That was whirlwind of a knock by Dhoni. New boy MSharma bowled well and derailed DD's chase. After that it was all Bravo and catches and dance routines..........

  • ThilankaK on April 18, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Ok, I'm Srilankan fan but deff DD should drop jeevan & get van der mawer, Drop warner & get rohrer & team should 1.VIRU 2.MAHELA ( last chance because he got a bad decision & send that umpire to home ) 3.Unmukd 4.Jahdev 5. Rao ( six hitter ) 6.Rohrer 7.Van der Mawer 8.Irfan 9.Morkel 10.Yadav 11.Nadeem . PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS, thanks. If next match fail please send Mahela to home & mathews also , send that jeevan NOW , pls,pls,pls !!!

  • NP_NY on April 18, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    @TRAM: I hope you are joking about dropping Hussey. A strike rate of 130 is plenty for an opener and he delivers consistently. He's still a very good fielder too. He sat out last game against PWI and you saw what happened.

  • NeverGvUp on April 18, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    @Noboundary on (April 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT) Mahela is at the third place in the rankings and you says he is not t20 player ?? Really ?? T20 is not only abt hitting the ball hard

  • Dragonboyz on April 18, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @srismilea-Definitely no mathews.He is not an impact player like other 10.At present form even Dilshan will sit out.

  • hashanvish on April 18, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    last year table toppers are ready to do it other way around in 2013. i guess PWI will give a good fight for it.......

  • Htc-Android on April 18, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    @Sparsh_The_Player. You drop Mahela and whom are you going to bring into the side. LOl. only botha, Van der merwe and russell left for replacement. The fact is Mahela is better player than Sehwag as an opener in t20s. If you look at both of their international stats in T20s you will understand what I mean. Mahela was very successful as an opener in T20s. So I think Mahela should open the innings and Sehwag should bat at the Middle order. May be replace Mendis with Russell.

  • sweetspot on April 18, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    T20 is still being discovered as a format and still being explored for means to win, no doubt. But it is not often that any team can "fully" utilize its batting resources to multiply its potential score. There is almost no chance that four or five batsmen will score 40 or 50 and push the score to over 200. CSK know what works for them, and Hussey and Raina in tandem today, took the game away from DD, since they played out a good partnership in that tricky middle over phase. Had they got out earlier, they would still have built another mini platform to get to around the same score of 170. It is what is possible to get in these conditions. In Fleming and Dhoni they have the best minds working, and like Flem said today, the decisions are all left to the captain and everybody simply supports him. Dhoni on the other hand, simply listens to the bowlers and has them set their own fields. This is a well oiled machine that can get what it wants on most occasions.

  • on April 18, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    DD batting Line up Must be 1) OJHA, 2)WARNER, 3)UNMUKT CHAND, 4)SEHWAG, 5)BEN ROHRER, 6)JADHAV, 7)BOTHA(CAPTAIN),8)PATHAN,9)MORKEL,10)NADEEM,11)AGARKAR/UMESHYADAV. This strong batting line up and combination of these hard hitters in Middle order would definitely wins the match for DD, i can bet it up and they will again starts to rock in ILP 2013. All The Best DD from one of the great Fan of u of all time........DD ROCKS!!

  • Vallabh on April 18, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @TRAM...you started watching cricket for cheer girls didn't you...very funny your comments on Huss..whole of AUS is lamenting his retirement and I was relieved he didn't play in the test series against us...else we wouldn't have whitewashed the Aussies...He is a honest unbelievable classy player in any format...

  • papade on April 18, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    sorry for mahela one of the best captains in world cricket i solely think he should take a break for a couple of games and let the rest of them feel the heat all the best to mahela nad the rest of the team through the rest of the ipl go on guys you can make it to the top 4

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 18, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @ Sparsh_The_Player ; Yo, Sanga wasn't dropped. He sat himself out. And FYI, he led his team to 3 victories before he gave a chance to De Kock who failed miserably. Get your facts right.. PS: Nobody can't drop the Captain of a team unless he chooses to sit himself out.

  • srismilea on April 18, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Is there a bowling line up to challenge this team. dream team fantsy team what you call gayle 1 warner 2 kevin petersion 3 devilers 4 dhoni 5 yuvraj 6 pollard 7 taylor 8 macullum 9 dilshan 10 mathews 11

  • Noboundary on April 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Sehwag is a former great.Warner just clicked in the last IPL... he hasn't anything great in any format ofthe game since then. Jayawardene is not a T20 batsman. DD will have to try something although its is too late now. DD are on their way to the bottom of the table.

  • Shan156 on April 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    I know it is a long way to go but one thing certain with the IPL is CSK would reach the semi-finals and more than likely will reach the finals too. Someone joked that IPL is a tournament where other teams compete to meet CSK in the finals. So true.

  • Alexk400 on April 18, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    if DD do not make sehwag play 4 down , they are not gona win single game. Warner and Noman Ojha should open. 1 down Mahela , 2 down Unmukt chand 4 down Sehwag 5 down Rao. DD has to shuffle players to mix and match to bring balance. Big Strong hitters has to be 5 ,6,7

  • DD_f0rever on April 18, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    LOL Nothing seems to be working for DD, no matter what. May be they will have to think out of the box.

    Just like SRH and PWI who dropped their captains Sanga and Matthews resp. (who incidentally are Lankans) and won matches, may be dropping Mahela too (another Lankan) might change DD's fortunes. #JustSaying

    DD's Ind bowlers bowled better than Morkel. Play another overseas batsman in place of Morkel; and Chand should be in too.

    Now it is certain (almost !) that DD won't make it to top-4 but I'm sure at some point of time some teams will have to beat DD to make it to top-4. That is when Team DD will play the role of "Party Spoiler" :P

  • Samychennai on April 18, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    As CSK was winning in huge margin is happy for the CSK fans but I was disappointed that how commentators also doing like normal fan especially Sanjay. We knew that many commentators from north fan of DD but the way they are commenting I reckon unfair. When Vijay was given out wrong (As it was far outside across the line and hit outside of leg stump) they were trying to judge out it should be right but when Mahela was plumb on back foot he was showing his disappointment which is unfair. It was clear nick for Jayawardana in Morris ball but Sanjay said that he couldn't hear any sound which everybody heard the sound. Anyhow he got out on the next delivery though Sanjay shown disappointment of that LBW.

  • on April 18, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Rajasthancoach: I reely agree with ur statement. I dont know why jayawardene is experimenting again and again if they have Match winner like Ben Rohrer & Unmukt Chand. Let see Rohrers Fantastic record in Domestic T20's in Australia. and if any one of them Unmukt chand or Ben rohrer, clicks they definitely swipe out the game in the hands of DD. So plzz Mr.Mahela jayawardene perhaps u pick both of them else u should step down from Captaincy as u r nothing but totally worthless this time in both strategies or in picking the right team.

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 18, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Its only bcos of the decent starts that dhoni is scoring at a 160 strike rate! if all scored at dhonis pace, the team score would be 200plus!! this IPL bcos of the relatively more sporting wickets, a 160-170 score is difficult to get. the prob with CSK is the poor form and lack of confidence of Vijay and Raina...as is the case with Uthappa/Taylor for Pune Warriors.

  • musingsofamoron on April 18, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I am glad that my Favourite Team DD is firmly on its way to win the coveted wooden spoon for the second time in six years. While winning the IPL needs a lot of skill, winning the wooden spoon needs lots of ineptitude on a consistent basis, an aspect in which DD have been unparalleled this year. After seeing Morkel bowl today, I finally understood why he did not bowl the super over against RCB!!! Overall its been a fabulous performance by DD once again and I am at a loss for words to describe the level of ineptitude that I witnessed today. Go Delhi Go!!!!

  • British_North_America on April 18, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    What a great player and captain DMPD Jayawardene is!

  • CricketAkshay on April 18, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    TRAM Do you know anything about Cricket. Tell me, had Hussey got out, do you think Dhoni would have played this kind of innings? Certainly not. Hussey's presence gave him the confidence. Please don't talk about Mr. Cricket. Despite the retirement he looks fit and confident enough

  • Sushildev on April 18, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    The Huss proved what a valuable player he is!

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    wow you guys bagging M. Hussey are seriously weird in the head he averages more then any other player this season of IPL. Strike rate isn't everything

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Jeevan Mendis for what? He is not bowling and he is not a specialist batsman I prefer relof wandermerv over him Unmukth chand should get more chance Juneja is not at all a T20 player Naman Ohja is far better than many other players

  • deol84 on April 18, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Delhi crashes out again fantastic.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I don't know what it is whether the IPL bowling standard has increased or Warners been found it maybe a bit of both cos he has been terrible this IPL

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @Tram I agree we barely get to see Bravo or Morkel bat - if CSK added Nannes or Holder they could easily move up place and they'd probably score higher totals as a tleast 1 of 3 Bravo Morkel or Jadeja will fire each game and they all go 2x as fast as hussey if 2 of them fire same game with Dhoni then fireworks 3 of them and Dhoni it's a massicre !

  • NP_NY on April 18, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Whatever happened to "benefit of doubt"! There were a couple of really bad LBW decisions today, especially the one that Mahela got. Talk about kicking a man when he is already down! NOTHING is going right for Delhi these days.

  • on April 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    CSK have put up a decent total in the match today against the Delhi Daredevils, but will DD finally pull it off today, in their own den ?

  • Rajasthancoach on April 18, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Poor delhi.why they dropped star player ben rohrer.unmukt chand is a talent.just few bad games. common mahela u are going to loose the sixth match im sorry to say this poor poor team selection..

  • TRAM on April 18, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I said before and say again. MHussey is killing csk. He is no better than SRT or Ponting. DOnt know why people are praisng him. Here is the number: If every other batsmen in csk played the same rate as Hussey (130%), the score would be 20x6x1.3 = 156 only. It was because of Dhoni the score went to 169. Whats the use of holding wkts like Albie, RJadeja, Bravi at the dugout ? MHussey should be replaced by Nannes and the batsmen should move up the order. AS I said before nothing wrong in trying Albie at opening slot. It is better than him sitting in the dugout, when he is in the playing 11.

  • on April 18, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Good Move.jivan comes back

  • on April 18, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Hmmm...can Raina be moved down & Badri be brought up? Similarly bring down Jadeja and move Albie up? It would be a win-win for CSK, in my opinion.

  • on April 18, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Hmmm...can Raina be moved down & Badri be brought up? Similarly bring down Jadeja and move Albie up? It would be a win-win for CSK, in my opinion.

  • on April 18, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Good Move.jivan comes back

  • TRAM on April 18, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I said before and say again. MHussey is killing csk. He is no better than SRT or Ponting. DOnt know why people are praisng him. Here is the number: If every other batsmen in csk played the same rate as Hussey (130%), the score would be 20x6x1.3 = 156 only. It was because of Dhoni the score went to 169. Whats the use of holding wkts like Albie, RJadeja, Bravi at the dugout ? MHussey should be replaced by Nannes and the batsmen should move up the order. AS I said before nothing wrong in trying Albie at opening slot. It is better than him sitting in the dugout, when he is in the playing 11.

  • Rajasthancoach on April 18, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Poor delhi.why they dropped star player ben rohrer.unmukt chand is a talent.just few bad games. common mahela u are going to loose the sixth match im sorry to say this poor poor team selection..

  • on April 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    CSK have put up a decent total in the match today against the Delhi Daredevils, but will DD finally pull it off today, in their own den ?

  • NP_NY on April 18, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Whatever happened to "benefit of doubt"! There were a couple of really bad LBW decisions today, especially the one that Mahela got. Talk about kicking a man when he is already down! NOTHING is going right for Delhi these days.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @Tram I agree we barely get to see Bravo or Morkel bat - if CSK added Nannes or Holder they could easily move up place and they'd probably score higher totals as a tleast 1 of 3 Bravo Morkel or Jadeja will fire each game and they all go 2x as fast as hussey if 2 of them fire same game with Dhoni then fireworks 3 of them and Dhoni it's a massicre !

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 18, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I don't know what it is whether the IPL bowling standard has increased or Warners been found it maybe a bit of both cos he has been terrible this IPL

  • deol84 on April 18, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Delhi crashes out again fantastic.

  • on April 18, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Jeevan Mendis for what? He is not bowling and he is not a specialist batsman I prefer relof wandermerv over him Unmukth chand should get more chance Juneja is not at all a T20 player Naman Ohja is far better than many other players