Chennai Super Kings needed a win desperately and they would have been nervous going into the match because they were facing Delhi Daredevils, the team which has been the most dominating in this year’s IPL. There was a lot of excitement about this match as it was a clash between two good sides and a close contest was predicted.
But, CSK had a perfect match and they destroyed the Delhi team in all departments. Delhi were put into bat and lost four of their most important wickets within the first six overs. At the end they could only manage 114 runs which were easily chased down by Chennai.
Here are the hits and flops from both teams.
Partnership between Nagar and Rao: It was looking that Delhi will be all out before the 20th over, but these to batsmen steadied the ship and took Delhi past the 100 mark. Both batsmen played some good strokes and took Delhi out from an embarrassing situation.
Mahela Jayawardene: Jayawardene has only scored only 167 runs in the 11 innings that he has played. Sehwag and Warner have played some match winning innings and they were bound to have an off day. After the fall of some quick wickets it was Jayawardene’s responsibility to play a good innings but he played a horrible shot to get out. The Sri Lankan should consider himself lucky that he is still in the team even after such disastrous performances.
Bad finish: Delhi lost early wickets and they have hoped for a good finish, but they didn’t get that. Nagar and Pathan struggle to clear the boundaries and played far too many dot deliveries.
Chennai Super Kings:
Ben Hilfenhaus: He is one of the most dangerous bowlers with the new ball and it was his performance that restricted Delhi to a sub-standard total. He got the all important wicket of Sehwag in his first over and got Warner out in his second. He bowled some unplayable deliveries and was equally rewarded.
Albie Morkel: He complimented Hilfenhaus superbly. He also swung the ball and got Jayawardene’s wicket. He was the most economical Chennai bowler conceding only 15 runs in his four overs.
R Ashwin: He is always very hard to get away and he was once again at his economical best. Ashwin took the wicket of dangerous looking Rao and gave only 17 runs in his four overs.
Murali Vijay: He hasn’t had a good tournament but he batted intelligently against Delhi. He played some good aggressive shots and ensured that Chennai reach the target well within the 20 overs.
Chennai had a perfect outing and there wasn’t even a single week point in their performance.
By Gaurav Jha
Indian Sports News