Chennai: From the first over of their innings till the final delivery of the match, Delhi Daredevils were subdued. Blame it on Ben Hilfenhaus who in the first over of the match produced the best delivery of the night to uproot Virender Sehwag’s off-stump paving the way for Chennai to dominate the visitors at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Saturday.
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Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets, moving one rung above to fourth in the points tally.
How table toppers Delhi Daredevils were outplayed can be easily gauged from the fact that during their batting, they could manage just four boundaries and three sixes.
Called in to bat after MS Dhoni won the toss, Delhi were off to a shaky start losing their captain in the very first over of the innings. Sehwag got off to the mark with a boundary to fine-leg. Hilfenhaus didn’t take it kindly as he got his next one to shape away a bit that skipped past Sehwag’s defense to crash on the stumps.
He then got rid of last match centurion David Warner in his next over, caught at mid-off by R Ashwin. He made it three in three overs when Naman Ojha was caught behind the stumps by keeper MS Dhoni. Daredevils were in a tricky situation at that point losing three wickets with just 24 runs on the board.
Troubleshooter Mahela Jayawerdene too bowed out early after playing one straight into the hands of Michael Hussey at mid-on giving Albie Morkel his first wicket of the match. He made just 8. The contribution from the top four added up to just 23 runs.
Yogesh Nagar first added 48 runs with Venugopal Rao and then along with left-hander Irfan Pathan took Delhi’s total beyond 100.
Chasing a modest target of 115 runs, Chennai were off to a good start as Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay added 70 runs for the first wicket in 10 overs. Hussey was aggressive of the two, scoring 38 off 32 deliveries including five boundaries and a six over third-man boundary.
Murali Vijay too looked in fine nick as he made 48* with the help of five boundaries and a six.
CSK had no difficulty in facing Delhi bowling that searched for ways to get the breakthrough until Irfan’s second over when Hussey’s cut was pouched by Jayawardene at point.
In the end, Vijay along with Suresh Raina drove them home safely winning the match by nine wickets.
MS Dhoni’s team seems to be peaking at the right time and will need more of such dominant performances in the matches to come to ensure a playoffs berth.
First Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 19:18