IPL 7: CSK crush Daredevils
Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical performance to crush Delhi Daredevils by 93 runs and register their first win in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Electing to bat, Chennai Super Kings lost Brendon McCullum early while Dwayne Smith also struggled during his 29-run knock. (All BCCI images)
Suresh Raina looked in a sublime touch as he took the pressure off Dwayne Smith with some lusty blows. The duo added 54 runs for the second wicket.
Suresh Raina hit his 19th fifty in Indian Premier League. He scored 56 off 41 balls with the help of five fours and a six.
Jaydev Unadkat was the pick of Delhi Daredevils bowlers. He bagged three wickets.
Towards the end, skipper MS Dhoni used his long handle to great effect to race his way to 32 off just 15 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes. Faf du Plesis also made a useful 24 off 17 balls.
Young Ishwar Pandey was impressive on his IPL debut. He struck the first blow in only his second over by removing Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal was brilliantly caught by a running Raina at cover as the batsman went for an inside-out shot.
Murali Vijay (11) and Manoj Tiwary too did not help their side's cause as they departed in the next two overs. While Faf du Plesis pulled off a stunner to sent packing Vijay off Mohit Sharma's bowling, the South African pounced on another skier in Pandey's next over to remove Tiwary.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (21) and JP Duminy (15) tried to resurrect the Daredevils' chase with a 25-run stand for the fourth wicket but it was not to be as wickets continued to tumble like pack of cards. Duminy was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Dwayne Smith of his first ball before Ben Hilfenhaus induced an edge from an out-of-form Ross Taylor which was gleefully accepted by MS Dhoni.
R Ashwin (2/3), Ravindra Jadeja (2/18) and Ishwar Pandey (2/23) shared six wickets between them to bundle out Delhi Daredevils for 84 and helped Chennai Super Kings to register a massive 93-run victory.