IPL 2013: Super Kings Crush Daredevils To Move Up To Fourth

IPL 2013: Super Kings Crush Daredevils To Move Up To Fourth
IPL 2013: Super Kings Crush Daredevils To Move Up To Fourth
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Chennai Super Kings 169-4 (Hussey 65no) beat
Delhi Daredevils 83 (Sharma 3-10) by 86 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Delhi
Report by Chetan Narula

Chennai Super Kings returned to winning ways in the Indian Premier League 2013 with a crushing 86-run win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

The misery continued for Delhi, who were bowled out for the lowest total this season and continue to languish at the bottom of the points table. Meanwhile Chennai move up to fourth, with six points from five games. 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch that played truer than it did against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Delhi’s last home game. Murali Vijay (18) and Michael Hussey got off to a solid start, putting up 30 runs for the first wicket.

Vijay was trapped in front by Morne Morkel (1-42). Hussey was then joined in by Suresh Raina and the pair put on 60 runs for the second wicket, setting up a launchpad for an onslaught on the Daredevils' bowling. 

Raina scored 30 runs off 32 balls, with five fours and was out in the 13th over, caught behind off Irfan Pathan (1-30). Dhoni then arrived at the crease and thrilled his many fans at the Kotla with some lusty hitting.

He scored 44 runs off only 23 balls, inclusive of five fours and one six. With Hussey, he put up 74 runs for the third wicket, off only 40 balls. It propelled Chennai past the 150-run mark before Dhoni was finally out in the 20th over, caught off Umesh Yadav (1-33). 

Hussey remained unbeaten in the end, scoring 65 off 50 balls, with six fours and two sixes. Chennai Super Kings finished at 169 runs in their allotted 20 overs, setting a stiff target for their beleaguered opposition. 

Delhi's reply never really got going. David Warner (1) played on and Manprit Juneja (2) was trapped leg before by Mohit Sharma, who had a good second IPL career outing.

Sharma also sent back Virender Sehwag (17) to finish with figures of three for 10. In between Mahela Jayawardene (6) was trapped LBW by Chris Morris (1-13) leaving the hosts tottering at 30 for four in the sixth over.

Jeevan Mendis, in his first home IPL appearance for the Daredevils, added 31 runs for the fifth-wicket with Kedar Jadhav, but by then the chase was already over. He was run out after scoring 12 runs, while Jadhav went on to top score with 31 runs off 28 balls, hitting three fours.

It summed up Delhi's poor performance as none of the batsmen rose to the challenge, crushed under the mountain of runs Chennai had heaped on them. 

Irfan Pathan (2), Ajit Agarkar (3), Morne Morkel (2) and Umesh Yadav (1) formed a lower-order procession, as Chennai wrapped up the proceedings in only 17.3 overs. Delhi Daredevils were bowled out for 83 runs, their lowest ever total in IPL history.

Albie Morkel (1-13), Dwayne Bravo (1-8), Ravindra Jadeja (1-21) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-18), were all among the wickets, completing a comprehensive all-round performance for the two-time champions.   

© Cricket World 2013

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