176dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Gambhir toils for hard-fought victory

On a pitch that offered bounce and sharp turn Delhi Daredevils lost three wickets for a song, before Gautam Gambhir and Mithun Manhas batted with determination to secure a valuable victory

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
57(56) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 12 7 2 22 7 0 6
S Badrinath
30(29) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 3 1 2 4 1 3 13

Best performances - Bowlers

A Nehra
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
V Sehwag
O4
M0
R18
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

15 April 2010 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Delhi Daredevils 2, Chennai Super Kings 0

I daresay this was one of the best innings in the IPL! Gauti has overcome his poor form, overcome his run-out epidemic, that too on a day when he had to run a lot. What's more, he has overcome a bowling and fielding unit in form, and most importantly overcome the almost other-worldly conditions in Chennai. Well played!

By taking this game so close, CSK have ensured their net run rate is still in reasonably good health. It is +0.270, which is better than Delhi and Deccan. Delhi have moved to third on the table and will breathe a humongous sigh of relief. But they will know, they can still be displaced if they lose their final match, and if Deccan wins both its games, while Chennai puts it past Punjab. Well... the possibilities are STILL alive. Bitter disappointment for the hosts, after winning four on the trot at home, they were really outdone by Delhi's bowlers. Great heart from Bollinger and Ashwin, but without Murali CSK looked thin on resources in the latter part of the chase. Hang on for the presentation.

Sreekumar: "That is called "sweat equity"! Well done Gauti..!"

Dhoni: "They got part-timers like Sehwag and Dilshan, we did not have that option and that made all the difference. We should have batted better. We will look to win our final game, Deccan needs to lose one and we need to win one. We are still in it."

Gautam Gambhir is the Man of the Match, no surprises there. He's not pleased with the early wickets. "The top order should have been more responsible, it is all about finishing the job.. hope they are more responsible in the next game. We never thought of run rate etc., we were only looking at two points. NEVER told anyone in the dressing room to finish it quickly."

Well, Gauti has every right to be annoyed, his star-studded top order left him to score all those runs in the hot and humid steam room that is the MA Chidambaram stadium, but then aal izz well that ends well. Delhi have got the two points in the kitty and arrested a huge slide, this win will give them great confidence going into their final outing. They look good for a third consecutive entry into the IPL semis.

That's it from us. Fascinating low-scoring scrap, it would have been even better if CSK had one more accomplished bowler. On behalf of scorer Binoy George and the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

18.4
2
Morkel to Gambhir, 2 runs, and Gauti finishes it off the way he set it up.Chips it over midwicket and runs through for two, with beads of sweat dripping all over the pitch from his forehead.
18.3
2
Morkel to Gambhir, 2 runs, cuts away the slower ball, in the air but safely over point. Two to win
18.2
0
Morkel to Gambhir, no run, driven straight to Haydos at cover, who fumbles and recovers. Dot.
18.1
0
Morkel to Gambhir, no run, back of a length outside off and Gauti can't work it away

END OF OVER:
18 | 9 Runs | DD: 109/4 (4 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.05, RRR: 2.00)

  • M Manhas25 (32b)
  • G Gambhir53 (52b)
  • DE Bollinger4-0-24-2
  • SK Raina3-0-15-0
17.6
0
Bollinger to Manhas, no run, full and wide outside off, Manhas can't connect with his swing. 4 to win off 12.
17.5
1
Bollinger to Gambhir, 1 run, full on offstump, tapped to third man for a single.

Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st1V SehwagDA Warner
2nd4TM DilshanV Sehwag
3rd1TM DilshanG Gambhir
4th32G GambhirKD Karthik
5th75M ManhasG Gambhir