Delhi Daredevils 111-2 (Pietersen 43no) beat
Chennai Super Kings 110-8 (Bravo 22) by 8 wickets
Indian Premeir League, Delhi
Delhi Daredevils got back to winning ways in their first home game of the Indian Premier League 2012, beating the Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets.
It was Delhi’s second win out of three games and Chennai’s second loss in as many and a very one-sided game.
The match wa delayed briefly due to a passing thunderstorm, but when it did get underway, Delhi won the toss and elected to field first. Chennai got off to the worst start possible, with Faf du Plessis (15 off 12 balls) and Murali Vijay involved in a mix-up on the very first ball. It cost Vijay his wicket and set a trend for the innings as the defending champions just couldn’t get their calling right, losing wickets to three more run outs.
Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath and Ravichandran Ashwin were the batsmen out in this fashion, and the first three of these dismissals hurt them badly. Barring Vijay, both Raina (17 off 16 balls) and Badrinath (15 off 16 balls) had got going, but fell before they could reach even 20.
With four run outs in their innings, Chennai were never in the game really, as the chance to build partnerships never came along.
Dwayne Bravo top scored with 22 and was not able to replicate his performance against Deccan Chargers. Mahendra Singh Dhoni came a little too low in the batting order, and at seven was too late to resurrect the innings. He was out for 11 off 18 balls and when Bravo was bowled by Umesh Yadav in the 19th over, the score only read 100 for seven.
Chennai eventually ended up with 110 for eight and Morne Morkel was Delhi’s best bowler with two for 19 off his four overs.
The hosts were given a flying start by the new opening pairing of Naman Ojha and Virender Sehwag. They raced to 32 for the first wicket, before Ojha was run out, the fifth such on the night.
Sehwag carried on though, making 33 off 21 balls, including four fours and one six, and he was out in the sixth over with the score reading 50 for two.
From there, Delhi’s recently arrived star overseas players, Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene took center-stage, putting on 51 for the third wicket and completing the formalities in only 13.2 overs. Jayawardene made a near run-a-ball 20 (off 21 balls) but Pietersen was ruthless, stroking 43 off 26 balls, with three fours and two mighty sixes.
It was a crushing defeat for the champions while Delhi Daredevils, buoyed by their foreign power, are looking more the part of true contenders now.
© Cricket World 2012