Delhi’s bowlers never troubled them and they looked flat. This win helps Chennai go to fourth position in the points table. It has also given a slight boost to their net run-rate.
IPL 2012 – CSK vs DD – CSK win by 9 wickets
Raina: The plan was to finish the match in the 15th over. I was told to play straight. Vijay and Hussey batted well and I am glad that we did it. Credit goes to the bowlers for setting this up. Hilfenhaus bowled really well.
Vijay: It is good to get some runs under my belt. I am happy that my contribution helped the team win. Earlier in the tournament, I was hitting the ball too hard. Now, I am focusing on my timing and I hope to do well as the tournament progresses.
DD 114/5 lost to CSK 115/1 (Hussey 38, Vijay 48 not out)
10:58 pm | 15.2 overs: And it’s all over for Delhi. Aaron to Raina, 3 runs, Chennai seal victory comprehensively, length ball outside off, Raina hammers it high over deep mid wicket but he cannot time it well, the ball lands in between the two fielders and Nagar fires a wild throw at the bowler’s end, there is no backing up and they sneak in an extra run to get a much-needed victory. CSK win by 9 wickets against table-toppers.
An interesting fact about Raina: He has not missed a single match in all editions of IPL till now
Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease
10:31 pm | 10.1 overs: WICKET! Irfan Pathan to Michael Hussey, out Caught by Mahela Jayawardene!! Finally, Delhi get the breakthrough. Not the best ball that he has bowled but they will take it. Short and wide delivery from Irfan outside off, Hussey cuts it hard but straight to the fielder at backward point, Mahela makes no mistake. Michael Hussey c Mahela Jayawardene b Irfan Pathan 38(32) [4s-5 6s-1] (CSK 75/1 in 10.1 overs)
10:06 pm | 5 overs: CSK are 38/0 at the stage with Michael Hussey (22*) and Murali Vijay (15*) in the middle. Solid over there for Chennai. Opener Hussey hit three fours off Morne Morkel in it. A reminder here – CSK is just chasing a target of 115 – so this should be over in no time is the hosts continue to bat the way they are doing now.
9:47 pm | 0.3 overs: A couple there to Hussey to start with. Morne Morkel to Michael Hussey, 2 runs, Morne bowls this short of length ball on the pads, Hussey tucks it to fine leg and they take a couple
9:45 pm | Michael Hussey and Vijay are at the crease. Michael Hussey is on strike. Morne Morkel will open the attack
Lalit Modi (predicts) tweets: Just checked score. Looks like 2 much needed points for CSK on way. ?
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Target 115 in 20 overs – Easy!
DELHI DAREDEVILS: 114/5 in 20 overs (Yogesh Nagar 43 not out; Hilfenhaus 3-27)
9:28 pm | 19.6 overs: INNINGS! Dwayne Bravo to Nagar, no run, last ball off the innings is a dot ball, that sums up the Delhi innings, another slower delivery, Nagar attempts the Dilscoop and connects only thin air. Delhi manage to score 114/5 – an easy target for CSK. All this because of some superlative bowling by thier Australian recruit Ben Hilfenhaus, who finished with impresive figures of 4-0-23-3
9:04 pm | 15 overs: Delhi are 78/5 at the stage with Yogesh Nagar (21*) and Irfan Pathan (4*) in the middle. The run rate is still a poor 5.20. Looks like Delhi Daredevils have lost their daredevilry, here in Chennai
Irfan Pathan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
8:58 pm | 13.2 overs: WICKET! And the fifth one goes down…Delhi in deep trouble! Ashwin to Venugopal Rao, out Caught by Albie Morkel!! Kamaal catch from Albie at covers, it was well flighted on off, he gave too much air on that, Venugopal Rao was looking to chip it over cover, but didn’t get the desired elevation and Albie dives to his left and pulls off a terrific catch at covers. Venugopal Rao c Albie Morkel b Ashwin 27(24) [6s-2] (DD
8:47 pm | 10 overs: Delhi are 52/4 at the stage with Yogesh Nagar on 10 and Y Venugopal Rao on 16. The run rate is a poor 5.20. That is because CSK’s Aussie recruit Ben Hilfenhaus did away with the Delhi top order.
Yogesh Nagar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
8:26 pm | 5.2 overs: WICKET! Delhi are losing wickets in a jiffy. Albie Morkel to Mahela Jayawardene, out Caught by Michael Hussey!! Delhi are losing wickets in a heap, another poor shot from from their batters, it was a fullish delivery on off and slower also, Mahela Jayawardene checked his shot at the last minute and chips it tamely to Hussey at mid on, who accepts it gleefully. Mahela Jayawardene c Michael Hussey b Albie Morkel 8(10) [4s-1] (DD 24/4 in 5.2 overs)
Venugopal Rao, right handed bat, comes to the crease
8:24 pm | 4.6 overs: WICKET! Naman goes down cheaply! Hilfenhaus to Naman Ojha, out Caught by Dhoni!! Excellent take from Dhoni down the leg side, it was back of a length delivery angling down the leg side, Naman Ojha was looking to play it down to fine leg, but got a bit of glove, the ball was dying on Dhoni, but he dived to his left and takes it just inches from the ground. Naman Ojha c Dhoni b Hilfenhaus 3(11) (DD 24/3 in 4.6 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene, right handed bat, comes to the crease
8:11 pm | 2.1 overs: WICKET! Warner too fails to make an impact! Hilfenhaus to Warner, out Caught by Ashwin!! Openers are back in the hut now, Hilfenhaus takes another one, poor poor shot from Warner, it was full and just outside off, Warner was looking to hit it over Ash at mid off, but gets too much under it and spoons an easy catch for Ashwin, Chennai have struck two deadly blows quite early in the innings. Warner c Ashwin b Hilfenhaus 8(9) [4s-1] (DD 12/2 in 2.1 overs)
Naman Ojha, right handed bat, comes to the crease
8:03 pm | 0.5 overs: WICKET! Oops Sehwag departs! Clean bowled… Hilfenhaus to Sehwag, out Bowled!! Terrific comeback from Hilfenhaus, you can’t get to see a better delivery, this one pitched on off and curved away late, he generated good pace also, Sehwag was. Sehwag b Hilfenhaus 4(2) [4s-1] (DD 5/1 in 0.5 overs)
8:00 pm | 0.1 overs: Hilfenhaus to Warner, no run, starts off with a full delivery on off, hint of some inswing, Warner drives it to covers
DELHI INNINGS – Warner and Sehwag are at the crease. Warner is on strike. Hilfenhaus will open the attack
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag(c), David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene, Naman Ojha(w), Venugopal Rao, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne Morkel, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Ben Hilfenhaus
Sehwag: As a team we are playing really well. Now we are in the crucial stage of the tournament and we need to continue with our form. Morkel and our fast bowlers are doing their job pretty well so far. Our batting and bowling has clicked this time. Russell and Nadeem are not playing. Van der Merwe and Umesh replace them.
Dhoni: Run outs are something we want to improve on. We would like to omit them and move on. Every game is a fresh game and we need to get on with it. The biggest negative for us is our top order batsmen. They have not fired in this edition. We will bowl first, as the wicket will remain same throughout. Delhi are good chasers and we need to contain them. Only one change in our side, Jakati comes in for Yo Mahesh.