Super Dhoni burries Delhi
DELHI – Delhi Daredevils’ woeful Indian Premier League run continued as they lost their sixth match of the season by a comprehensive 83 run margin to Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi today.
Batting first, CSK put on 169 runs on the back of Michael Hussey’s undefeated 65 and MS Dhoni’s cameo after which their bowlers, led by Mohit Sharma, ran through the Daredevils batting line-up.
Chasing 170, Virender Sehwag got Daredevils off with a flick off his pad for a six in the first over. Mohit Sharma jolted the Delhi innings with two wickets in his second over. First he had David Warner (1) drag one onto his stumps before trapping Manpreet Juneja (2) leg before. Mahela Jayawardene (6) pulled away Chris Morris for a boundary, before the bowler came back to trap him leg before. It only got worse for Delhi as they lost Sehwag the very next delivery caught in the deep off Mohit Sharma leaving them at 30 for 4 in 5.1 overs.
Jeevan Mendis (12) and Kedar Jadhav consolidated before the former was run out attempting a risky second run. Irfan Pathan (12) departed soon after caught by Dwayne Bravo off Ravindra Jadeja to leave Delhi six down. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Agit Agarkar (3) and Morne Morkel (2) in quick succession and Jadhav (31) followed them back. Delhi eventually were bowled out for 83 falling 86 runs short.
Earlier CSK won the toss and elected to bat. The team started off briskly as Murali Vijay hit Umesh Yadav for two boundaries in the third over. Morne Morkel then struck, trapping Vijay (18) to give Delhi their first wicket. Suresh Raina, playing his 100th match for CSK, got off the mark with a gorgeous cover drive. The Delhi bowlers though held their own and did well to keep CSK down to 60 at the halfway stage.
Raina then got into the act smashing Yadav for consecutive boundaries in the 11th over. Agarkar playing his first match of the season bowled a quiet first over before Hussey (65 not out) hit him for a six and a boundary in the 12th. Pathan got the wicket of Raina (30) caught behind bringing MS Dhoni to the crease. Dhoni was given a reprieve on two occasions; Mahela Jayawardene dropped him when he was on 5 and Agarkar dropped him off Yadav when he was on 17. Morkel’s 17th over was taken apart for 19 runs as Dhoni (44) and Hussey attacked. With a few lusty blows CSK finished at 169 for 4 from their 20 overs.†