New Delhi:What Ferozshah Kotla witnessed on Thursday was a fiercely fought game between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils. Chennai Super Kings avenged their defeat to Delhi Daredevils last week and won the return leg by four wickets in New Delhi. Daredevils lost their first match on their home ground.
Chasing a target of 188 runs, Chennai stuttered a bit in the middle of the innings after a brilliant start by S Viduyt and Stephen Fleming. They lost three quick wickets and were looking to be out of winning contention till captain Dhoni came for the rescue. He curbed his shots and held the innings together. After his fall, Chennai stumbled again and were six down from three down. Their tail-enders Manpreet Gony and S Badrinath finally saw them home.
Delhi pacers Pradeep Sangwan and Yo Mahesh picked two wickets apiece. While Sangwan got rid of Viduyt and Raina, Mahesh removed Dhoni (33) and Kapugedera (8). Pakistan pacer Mohd. Asif scalped Stephen Fleming for 44 runs. Albie Morkel, who fell prey to Sehwag's direct throw from the mid-on, added 30 runs in 15 balls hitting two fours and three sixes.
After being put in to bat by Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni, Delhi Daredevils made 187 at the loss five of wickets with the help of Gambhir's heroic knock of 80 runs. Gautam Gambhir is surely enjoying the form of his life as the Delhi opener slammed fourth fifty of the tournament and once again became the highest scorer of the event with 305 runs. He now owns the prized 'Orange Cap'.
Skipper Dhoni played a gamble after winning the toss and invited Delhi to bat. After initial thrashing, Chennai bowlers struck and it seemed his gamble had paid off as his bowlers picked two big wickets of Virender Sehwag (23) and AB de Villiers (0) in succession. Manpreet Gony, who has impressed one and all and features in the top five bowlers of the tournament, knocked off Sehwag's stumps after he started in his recognized fashion. Albie Morkel in the very next over bowled out his compatriot AB de Villiers for zilch. After their exit, Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan took charge of the Delhi innings. Gambhir scored 80 runs in 49 balls with the help of eleven 4s and one six. L Balaji, who made his IPL debut today, took his wicket.
Shikhar Dhawan (59) complemented Gambhir very well and added 121 runs with him. Morkel picked him as his second victim as Kapugedera caught him at long-on. No other batsman could contribute much.