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Delhi Daredevils salvage some pride against Chennai Super Kings

Prithvi Shaw

Chennai Super Kings’s (128-6) goal of climbing to the top of the table did not materialize as they were comprehensively defeated by Delhi Daredevils (162-5) by 34 runs on the back of the all-round performance of Harshal Patel.

This was essentially a dead rubber to begin with as lot was not as stake. Both CSK and DD had their fates sealed before entering into the game. While CSK had already qualified for the playoffs, DD were long eliminated from the tournament.

What CSK were aiming at was to beat DD by a big margin so that they could be equal to SRH on points (18) and then replace them at the top of the table owing to a better run rate. However, Chennai’s strategy of beating DD comprehensively did not go as per plan as the contrary happened.

Batting first, DD got off to a slow and wobbly start. Prithvi Shaw (17), Shreyas Iyer (19) and Glenn Maxwell (5) got out cheaply as Rishabh Pant (38, 26b) was the only batsman in the middle order to have a longish stay at the crease.

It was actually a late surge from all-rounders Vijay Shankar (36, SR: 128) and Harshal Patel (36, SR: 225) at the end that helped DD score 60 runs in the last 5 overs and take the total to 162 for 5.

This might have seemed to be a below par total but on a Feroz Shah Kotla pitch where the ball was gripping in the surface, it was a handful.

Shane Watson (14) and Ambati Rayudu (50) gave CSK a slow but sure start. However, once the two fell, no other batsman could actually weather the storm of the combined might of Amit Mishra (4-20-2), Sandeep Lamichhane (4-21-1), Harshal Patel (4-23-1, MoM) and Trent Boult(4-20-2). The mainstays of the CSK middle order – Suresh Raina (15) and MS Dhoni(17) – fell cheaply as well.

The mounting run rate proved to be too much for Chennai as they fell short by a good 34-run margin.

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