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    8.1 short ball, Smith has sent it straight down the throat of deep midwicket. Coulter-Nile plays a part in yet another wicket. Just one of those shots, though. The ball deserves to be hit, but it has perhaps skidded on to him, and he is hurried into the pull. Easy catch for Coulter-Nile at deep midwicket 71/3
    1.2 all right, this one hasn't cost Daredevils too much. Yuvraj gets a chance to make amends immediately. mcCullum charges at COulter-Nile who pulls the length back, and the top edge flies over the keeper's head. Yuvraj runs back to take an easy catch 20/1
    3.6 and Raina is bowled. Coulter-Nile has struck twice in two overs. Raina was pegged back first, then made to play defensive shots. And that's it. That is enough in T20 to create pressure that can make you play a low-percentage shot. And he just slogs already. The head falls away, is beaten, and the leg stump is pegged back 38/2
    12.2 the first special catch of the IPL, after eight drops. But it is a goodie from Shreyas Iyer, the Mumbai youngster. Du Plessis backs away again to go over extra, but is cramped up this time, which means he ends up hitting it mush straighter than he wants to. Iyer camps on the fence, and takes this coolly overhead 100/4
    15.2 well that was the plan with Jadeja to hit the leggie with the turn, except that Mishra turns this away. Jadeja hasn't been watching them out of the hand, which turns his advance down the wicket into a highly low-percentage shot. Beaten comprehensively by the googly, and is stumped by a mile 117/5
    19.5 and this is a lovely bouncer. He has been mis-hit for two sixes by Dhoni, but this is aimed right at the melon. Dhoni backs away, and is in no position to pull. Manages a massive edge that settles with mid-off 148/7
    16.4 skiddy ball and he out lbw. every batsman that Yuvraj misses gets out next ball. pretty straight, and just short of a length, and it skids through to beat him and trap him in front. Height is the only issue, but Vineet Kulkarni has raised his finger 120/6
    not out
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    Extras
    14 (b 1, lb 10, nb 1, w 2)
    TOTAL
    150/7 (20 Overs, RR: 7.5)
    Did not bat: IC Pandey, A Nehra
    Fall of wickets: 1-20 (BB McCullum, 1.2 ov), 2-38 (SK Raina, 3.6 ov), 3-71 (DR Smith, 8.1 ov), 4-100 (F du Plessis, 12.2 ov), 5-117 (RA Jadeja, 15.2 ov), 6-120 (DJ Bravo, 16.4 ov), 7-148 (MS Dhoni, 19.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    JA Morkel302809.3375010
    NM Coulter-Nile403037.50142201
    DJ Muthuswami301816.00103000
    Imran Tahir402716.7582000
    A Mishra402115.25100100
    JP Duminy201517.5041010
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    2.6 and Nehra has taken out the openers in one over. Agarwal tries one shot too many. Nehra has run his fingers on this. Slightly off-pace with another forceful shot, and he is early into it. The outside edge is taken by Dhoni 20/2
    2.3 and Nehra has won the early contest. Gautam never looked comfortable against him, trying to manufacture shots. Yet again he tries a shot that is not on. Looks to go over mid-on, but this length ball is too close to him, and he has sent this straight down mid-on's throat. Nehra blows him a kiss as he walks off. Love is in the air 15/1
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    4.6 this is not the smartest bit of batting. He has fallen to an old little trap from Dhoni. More experienced/better batsmen do better. After that four first ball, Dhoni has guessed off side is Iyer's game, and has placed a deep point and opened the third man region. The next three balls: a slog into the leg side, an attempt to open the face, and another slog. This slog goes a mile in the air and settles with du Plessis at extra cover. You have got to make them work harder for your wickets 39/3
    13.1 soft. Softest ever. Any softer and it would be wax. Jadhav looks like Duncan Fletcher giving catching practice to the slips and point. Just opens the face on a short and wide ball to give point an easy catch 87/4
    14.3 Yuvraj is not looking at the ball as he pulls. There has been a plan to bowl at his head, he has managed to keep it down twice, but this time he is late into the pull. The head falls away, he is not looking at it, and the ball comes and hits the bat as opposed to the hat hitting the ball. Easy catch for midwicket 99/5
    15.4 Duminy has been running balls down to third man well, but Pandey has kept getting closer and closer to off. This time Duminy gets the inside edge onto the stumps. Huge wicket 106/6
    17.4 and Ashwin has that wicket. Coulter-Nile makes up his mind to slog-sweep, Ashwin fires one in full and fast, and it squeezes under the bat to knock the stumps back. Ashwin has again done the job for his captain. All down to former Super Kings player Morkel now for Daredevils 123/7
    18.4 poor from Mishra. Nehra bowls a bouncer, which is a wide, but Mishra is not looking at his parter who has rushed up for the bye that gives him the strike. Mishra is run out because a) he is a slow runner, and b) he is not alert to the run. Good presence of mind from Dhoni, lobbing the throw to Nehra 129/8
    19.3 Tahir slogs, mis-ihts a length ball, he top-edges it to deep midwicket, and Tahir has done half his job of getting off strike, but has managed no run off it. Easy catch for Raina at deep midwicket 137/9
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    TOTAL
    149/9 (20 Overs, RR: 7.45)
    Fall of wickets: 1-15 (CM Gautam, 2.3 ov), 2-20 (MA Agarwal, 2.6 ov), 3-39 (SS Iyer, 4.6 ov), 4-87 (KM Jadhav, 13.1 ov), 5-99 (Yuvraj Singh, 14.3 ov), 6-106 (JP Duminy, 15.4 ov), 7-123 (NM Coulter-Nile, 17.4 ov), 8-129 (A Mishra, 18.4 ov), 9-137 (Imran Tahir, 19.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    A Nehra402536.25123010
    MM Sharma403318.2583110
    IC Pandey403017.5094000
    R Ashwin402516.2582010
    DJ Bravo403629.0063120

Match Notes

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  • Dhoni the finisher put on ice

    MS Dhoni's batting has shown signs of decline. The big hits have grown less frequent and there is a definite sense that we are seeing a most singular career winding down

  • It is good to win close games - Dhoni

    A round-up of all IPL related news on April 10, 2015

  • Morkel denied by six feet

    For six seasons, Chennai had cheered Albie Morkel as one of their own. Now he seemed to have hit the winning six against their team. Or had he? By the narrowest of margins, Morkel missed out as the ball bounced just inside the rope

  • Morkel's role reversal and Yuvraj's relief

    Plays of the day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils in Chennai

Strangling act

6

No. of times CSK have defended totals of 150 or less in the IPL - only KKR (7) have defended such totals more often.

Slow

43

Balls taken by Albie Morkel for his fifty - his previous-two IPL fifties had come in 26 balls.

Dhoni the Keeper

67

Number of dismissals for MS Dhoni in the IPL, the joint-most for any keeper, with Adam Gilchrist.

Trouble Chasing

12

Number of times Delhi have successfully chased down a 150+ target, the fewest among teams that have played in all IPLs

Wily Mishra

16

Number of times Mishra has had a batsman stumped in the IPL, four more than any other bowler.

Jaddu the Bunny

4

Number of times Mishra has dismissed Jadeja in T20s, more than he has dismissed any other batsmen

Skipping along

8

Number of consecutive IPL seasons where MS Dhoni has captained his side. No other player has done this.

Last long really long

268

T20s played by Albie Morkel, more than any other player, going past Kieron Pollard (267).

A Historic Start

16

Runs scored in the first over, the most ever for Super Kings in the first over of a T20 match.

Inspired by history?

38

Average opening stand for CSK in IPL 2014, by far the best for any team that season.