Chennai Super Kings crushed Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets to win their sixth consecutive game in the Indian Premier League 2014. Catch all the highlights here (Scorecard | Commentary | Points Table | Full Schedule):
Dwayne Smith, Man-of-the-Match: The ball came nicely to the bat. We just try to encourage each other. If something goes wrong, we tell each other that we can make up. It was a very good chase for us. All the guys are performing and it's a great team and we can go from strength to strength.
That's the end of this game. It's Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings captain: We played good cricket today but we gave away too many in the last few overs. The rain helped us and it made it difficult for the Daredevils to execute those yorkers. It was a par score and the extra rain made it easier for us. What's important is to back yourself to play the kind of shots you can play. Smith and McCullum do not try anything that is not in their armory. Raina also batted well and stayed till the end. We need to improve our bowling.
Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils captain: We lost a bit of momentum. I thought some of our boys played really well. Wayne Parnell bowled well and we tied them down in the middle overs. We held the game nicely but the rain sort of affected it. But there are no excuses. Nobody is here to blame anybody. If we can win one or two overs, we can win some games. Anyways we have to win most of the games from here.
Chennai Super Kings win by eight wickets. They never looked uncomfortable chasing a challenging 179, thanks to a solid opening stand between Dwayne Smith () and Brendon McCullum (32). The Super Kings were slowed down after a quick start but Smith continued to play the big shots and he found an able ally in Suresh Raina, who came out all guns blazing. The drizzle made it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball but credit to the way the Super Kings batted, keeping their cool right through the innings.
23:22 IST: WICKET! Vijay takes a sensational catch as Smith tries to hoick Parnell over the ropes. Smith departs for 79 with CSK on 168/4 off 18.4 overs. MS Dhoni joins Raina in the middle.
23:18 IST: FOUR! Beautifully done by Raina, who are now edging close to a win.
23:14 IST: FOUR! Shami bowls a poor line there and Smith stretches wide to play it towards third man. 150 up for the Super Kings. SIX! Smith smashes that into the stands and it looks like the game is slipping away from the Daredevils here. Another FOUR! Smith moves to 79 not out and CSK to 163/1, who need 16 from the last two overs.
23:10 IST: CSK are 146/1 off 17 overs and need 33 off the last three overs. Smith and Raina are well set here.
23:04 IST: Back after the timeout. Raina on strike to Parnell. CSK 141/1 after 16 overs.
23:01 IST: Strategic timeout with CSK on 140/1 off 15.5 overs.
23:00 IST: SIX! Poor ball from Parnell and Raina hammers it over square leg.
22:58 IST: FOUR! Great shot by Raina, who perhaps anticipated a yorker from Parnell. S
22:55 IST: Parnell back into the attack with CSK needing 52 off the last 5 overs.
22:54 IST: CSK are 127/1 after 15 overs.
22:53 IST: FOUR! That was lucky for Raina, who got an edge off a very good ball. CSK are just about hovering around the D/L target.
22:51 IST: FOUR! Clever shot by Raina, allowing the ball to come to him and steered Unadkat to the fence.
22:46 IST: Shukla to continue. FOUR! Smith brings up his fourth fifty this IPL and ninth overall. SIX! Smith sends that packing into the stands. He is not going down without a fight.
22:43 IST: SIX! It's beginning to drizzle at the Kotla but Smith is raining sixes on the ground. 100 up for DD, who have reached 103/1 with seven overs to go.
22:39 IST: Shami back in the attack.
22:37 IST: FOUR! Too short from Shukla and he does not have the pace to bother Raina, who pulls it over mid-wicket. CSK are 92/1 after 12 overs.
22:36 IST: FOUR! The new man in, Suresh Raina blasts that one off Shukla, straight down the ground and gets off the mark in style.
22:35 IST: WICKET! DD had slowed Chennai down and the pressure finally got to McCullum who holed out in the deep off the bowling of Shukla. CSK are 82/1 off 11.2 overs.
22:30 IST: SIX! Another poor delivery to Smith from Nadeem and he will not miss out on those scoring opportunities.
22:23 IST: SIX! Nadeem continues and Smith plays a short-arm jab as the ball goes soaring into the stands. Smith now has the most sixes in this edition of the Indian Premier
22:21 IST: Excellent first over from Shukla, he had a catch dropped, beat the edge and troubled two well-set openers. CSK are 58/0 after8 overs.
22:17 IST: Bowling change after the timeout. Shukla in the attack and DROPPED! Jadhav gives McCullum a life there.
22:14 IST: CSK are 52/0 after 7 overs and it's the strategic timeout.
22:14 IST: 50 up for CSK in the seventh over - the fourth 50-run stand between Smith and McCullum.
22:12 IST: Parnell comes back into the attack and gives away just two runs. CSK are 49/0 after six overs at the end of the power play.
22:06 IST: Just six off that Nadeem over as CSK reach 47/0 off 5 overs.
22:05 IST: FOUR! Nadeem comes into the attack and is hit for a boundary immediately by McCullum.
22:02 IST: SIX! That's the third successive one from Smith. Unadkat is not doing it right. Poor, poor bowling and he has got the treatment.
22:01 IST: SIX! Smith makes full use of a poor line from Unadkat. SIX! Another short one from Unadkat and Smith will not miss out on those.
22:00 IST: Bowling change for DD with CSK on 23/0 after 3 overs. Unadkat into the attack.
21:55 IST: FOUR! Short from Shami and McCullum was quick to dismiss it from his presence - the ball goes flying off the blade.
21:53 IST: FOUR! Parnell drifts down the leg-side and McCullum clips it off the pads. Parnell is disgusted with himself.
21:49 IST: Parnell will share the new ball with Shami.
21:48 IST: CSK are 7/0 after the first over.
21:44 IST: Shami with the new ball for DD. Smith and McCullum the openers for CSK.
Delhi Daredevils are 178/5 off their 20 overs. After being asked to bat by the Super Kings, Delhi lost two Quinton de Kock and skipper Kevin Pietersen early. However, Dinesh Karthik (51) and Murali Vijay (35) added valuable runs to lay a solid platform for the team. JP Duminy (28 no) and Jadhav (29 no) came low down the order and unleashed some breathtaking shots against the pacers as Delhi reached a competitive total against a strong Chennai Super Kings batting line-up.
21:17 IST: FOUR! That was a beautiful shot from Duminy as DD reach 147/5 off 17.5 overs.
21:16 IST: FOUR! Duminy lifts Mohit in the air, but Manhas was not in a position to the catch and the ball teases him on its way to the fence. FOUR! Duminy edges and the ball races away to the ropes again.
21:14 IST: Mohit Sharma back into the attack. Jadhav on strike for the Daredevils.
21:05 IST: WICKET! Jadeja gets his 50th IPL wicket as he gets rid of Vijay. DD are in desperate need of acceleration with 122/5 off 15 overs.
21:03 IST: JP Duminy in the middle with Vijay after the timeout.
21:00 IST: WICKET! Another one goes down - Shukla departs for a duck as Ashwin gets his first wicket. And it's a strategic timeout. DD 119/4 off 14 overs.
20:59 IST: SIX! Vijay cracks Ashwin into the stands and Kevin Pietersen enjoys that. DD can still post a big score on the board.
20:57 IST: WICKET! That's the end of a good knock by Karthik as he is caught by Mohit Sharma off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus.
20:49 IST: Hilfenhaus back into the attack and SIX! Karthik hits him to the stands. Great innovation.
20:44 IST: SIX! Full toss from Mohit and Karthik was quick to send that into the stands. DD 88/2 after 11 overs.
20:41 IST: FOUR! Karthik is on fire as he sends Mohit to the fence. DD are rebuilding after two early losses. They have certainly recovered from the precarious 37/2.
20:32 IST: SIX! Karthik connects and blasts Jadeja out of the ropes. FOUR! Karthik prefers the onside again as DD look to gain some kind of momentum.
20:30 IST: Spin from both ends now. Jadeja first and now Ashwin in the attack. 50 up for DD in the eighth over.
20:20 IST: WICKET! Mohit Sharma removes Kevin Pietersen for a duck as the Daredevils slip into early trouble. DD 37/2 off 4.3 overs.
20:19 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock is run out for 24 off 16 balls asDD reach 36/1 off 4.1 overs.
20:15 IST: What a contrast. After starting with a maiden, Ishwar Pandey gives away 17 runs in his second.
20:10 IST: FOUR! de Kock hammers Hilfenhaus to the on-side. That was a terrific shot. FOUR! This time de Kock goes over covers. DD 17/0 off three overs.
20:07 IST: Pandey starts off with a maiden.
20:05 IST: Ishwar Pandey will share the new ball with Hilfenhaus.
20:03 IST: DD take eight off the first over from Hilfenhaus.
20:00 IST: Vijay and de Kock to open for the Daredevils while Ben Hilfenhaus will bowl the first over for the Super Kings.
Delhi Daredevils: M Vijay, Q de Kock, KP Pietersen (Captain), KD Karthik (WK), JP Duminy, KM Jadhav, LR Shukla, WD Parnell, S Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, JD Unadkat
Chennai Super Kings: DR Smith, BB McCullum, SK Raina, F du Plessis, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), M Manhas, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, BW Hilfenhaus, IC Pandey, MM Sharma
19:43 IST: Chennai Super Kings will bowl. They remain unchanged while DD bring in Laxmi Shukla for Rahul Sharma.
Delhi Daredevils face an uphill task of stopping a rampaging Chennai Super Kings as the two sides gear up to lock horns in an Indian Premier League match at Feroz Shah Kotla ground, here on Monday. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK is on a song with five victories on the trot while Delhi hardly have anything to rejoice with four defeats in six outings so far. Even the return to their home turf failed to change DD's fortunes as they copped a five-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday night.
Delhi have failed to click as a unit and that is a major reason for their misery in the Twenty20 League. In complete contrast, Chennai have been outstanding be it in batting, bowling or fielding. In batting, South African southpaw JP Duminy, and in bowling, India spearhead Mohammed Shami, along with Wayne Parnell, have been the saving grace for them.
Sitting just above the bottom-placed defending champions Mumbai Indians in the eight-team competition, Delhi need a miracle of sorts to move up the ladder and be in reckoning for the knockout stage. Delhi were humiliated by Chennai in the UAE-leg when they lost to them by an embarrassing 93-run margin after being all out for a paltry 84 in a chase of 178.
There has been only one match - against Sunrisers Hyderabad - against whom the manner of defeat was not embarrassing as almost all batsmen contributed even though the effort proved insufficient in the end.
Now Daredevils are in such a mess that they need Ross Taylor, Dinesh Karthik and most importantly skipper Kevin Pietersen to do something special if they aspire further progress in the tournament. Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay have got runs on and off but there is no time to relax.
However, it is always easier said than done when a team is going through a rough patch. Moreover, they have a team to contend with which can be described with only superlatives. Right from the top to middle and lower order, the batting line-up is equipped with match winners. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum have given the side the never-before solidity and in the middle order they have players such as Suresh Raina, Dhoni himself and Faf du Plessis.
CSK's attack is also formidable with Ben Hilfenhaus leading from the front. Mohit Sharma has been a revelation while the wily Ravichandran Ashwin always has a trick or two up his sleeves to restrict the rival batsman. If that is not enough, Ravindra Jadeja is there as a big asset for the team with his all round ability. The best way for Delhi is to put pressure on CSK batting- line up and restrict them to a gettable total but saying is one thing and doing it is another. (Read Full Preview)