Chennai Super Kings lost their first game and will be itching for that first win in the game against Delhi Daredevils who have ended their losing streak and will try to maintain the winning momentum for the rest of IPL 2014.
Delhi lost their first game but won their second game while Chennai lost their first game to Punjab despite scoring over 200 runs and that will make this game that much more important for those 2 points and to not fall in the net run rate trap from which they can’t recover.
No matter what happens on the field, a win is of pivotal concern for both teams. Chennai will have to look at their bowling after the shocking loss to Punjab with 7 balls to spare despite putting up a mammoth target of 206 to win.
Delhi will be relying on stellar performances from JP Duminy and Dinesh Karthik while they wait for Kevin Pietersen to recover soon enough to play a match soon. Delhi needs to find a way that their bowling can exert some pressure on the opposition and not fall apart against the middle order.
Chennai Super Kings has the better team if you see statistics and past records as a unit but Delhi Daredevils will not let that stand in the way of another victory.
Chennai Super Kings defeat Delhi Daredevils by 93 runs at Abu Dhabi
OVER 16: DD 84/9
Ravindra Jadeja comes back into the attack for a quick over. Shahbaz Nadeem gets a decent shot but the ball carries to the fielder and Nadeem has to walk back. Shahbaz Nadeem is caught out by Suresh Raina. Coulter Nile is injured and is unable to bat so Chennai Super Kings win the match by 93 runs.
OVER 15: DD 82/8
R Ashwin comes into the attack and Mohammad Shami gets caught out by Brendon McCullum. Mohammad Shami goes for 1 runs off of 3 balls. Jaydev Unadkat comes out to bat as Delhi Daredevils look in deep trouble.
OVER 14: DD 81/7
Ravindra Jadeja comes back into the attack to exert some more pressure on the Delhi Daredevils. Jimmy Neesham gets caught out off of Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling by Suresh Raina at deep mid wicket. Mohammad Shami comes out to bat and replace Jimmy Neesham.
OVER 13: DD 76/6
Delhi needs 104 runs to wins from 48 balls and Dinesh Karthik is bowled out by R Ashwin. SHahbaz Nadeem comes into the middle to replace the skipper of Delhi Daredevils.
OVER 12: DD 74/5
Ravinder Jadeja comes into the attack. A reverse sweep and MS Dhoni extends his foot and saved a few runs by doing that. Neesham gets the ball away for another couple of runs. Neesham frees his arms and gets a 4 after another 4.
OVER 11: DD 63/5
Dwayne Smith comes back into the attack and he will try to get a breakthrough again for Chennai Super Kings. Dinesh Karthik eases the ball and uses the pace to guide the ball for 4.
OVER 10: DD 53/5
Ben Hilfenhaus gets a odd delivery in and it goes for 4. Ben Hilfenhaus comes back with an out swinger and the ball carries after getting the outside edge as Ross Taylor departs after scoring 6 runs from 6 balls. Jimmy Neesham comes out to replace Ross Taylor and Ben Hilfenhaus starts him off with another good in swinging delivery. Dinesh karthik charges the bowler but the swing is too much for Karthik.
OVER 9: DD 46/4
Dwayne Smith comes into the attack and gets JP Duminy out for 15 runs off 14 balls. The umpire declares a strategic time out after the wicket of Duminy falls after the first ball. Chennai Super Kings look in total control of the match with 4 wickets including JP Duminy right before the strategic time out. Ross Taylor comes out to replace JP Duminy.
OVER 8: DD 42/3
Mohit Sharma is back into the attack to look for a breakthrough and get Duminy out. Dinesh Karthik flicks the ball and rotates the strike as they reconstruct the innings.
OVER 7: DD 37/3
Ishwar Pandey comes back into the attack for his third and final over. JP Duminy gets an inside edge again and the ball almost runs away for a 4 but stopped by the fielder. A good shot to cut the field by JP Duminy and the batsmen run fast for 3 runs.
OVER 6: DD 24/3
Mohit Sharma will try to exert more pressure on the Delhi Daredevils as they try to construct a partnership and save the innings. JP Duminy still on 0 runs from 3 balls. An outside edge gets him off the mark. The required run rate is at 10.94 runs per over.
OVER 5: DD 18/3
Faf du Plessis catches another amazing catch again running away from himself and a catch worth mentioning for ages by Faf du Plessis as Manoj Tiwary departs for a duck off of Ishwar Pandey’s bowling. Chennai Super Kings are beating Delhi Daredevils on the field. JP Duminy comes into the attack and a LBW appeal but the umpire nods to the relief of Duminy. Ishwar Pandey is trying some odd balls but they have delivered and he ends with a dot.
OVER 4: DD 16/2
Mohit Sharma comes into the attack and gets flicked away for 4 by Murali Vijay between square leg and mid wicket. Murali Vijay hits the ball high in the air and Faf du Plessis takes a stunning catch running behind. Murali Vijay goes for 11. Manoj Tiwary comes into the middle to replace Murali Vijay.
OVER 3: DD 11/1
Mayank Agarwal chips the first ball off of Ishwar Pandey into the air and Suresh Raina catches it. Mayank Agarwal has to depart for 2 runs off of 7 balls.
OVER 2: DD 8/0
Ben Hilfenhaus comes into the attack. Hilfenhaus has been getting excellent swing away from the batsman as he beats Mayank Agarwal.
OVER 1: DD 6/0
Murali Vijay and Mayank Agarwal will start the batting for Delhi while Ishwar Pandey opens the bowling attack for Chennai Super Kings. Murali Vijay goes high and the ball lands safely as it goes for a 4. A good ball from Pandey that swings away from the batsman.
—END OF 1st INNINGS—
OVER 20: CSK 177/7
Mohammad Shami comes in to bowl the final over of the match. Manhas gets a cracking 4 off of Mohammad Shami. R Ashwin gets run out for 1 run as Chennai seems to be collapsing at the end. Hilfenhaus finishes it of with a 4.
OVER 19: CSK 162/6
Jaydev Unadkat comes back into the attack for the 18th over. Dhoni slams another bad ball for a 4. Dhoni slams one in the air and gets caught out by Unadkat. Jadeja gets caught out in the next ball.
OVER 18: CSK 150/4
Mohammad Shami comes back to look to control the carnagebut Faf du Plessis pulls and gets a 6. Another high shot but this time Faf du Plessis gets caught out by Murali Vijay and Shami has provided the breakthrough that Delhi Daredevils were looking for. Ravinder Jadeja comes into the middle to try and continue the explosive batting and aggressive hitting. Dhoni and du Plessis crossed over and Dhoni strikes the ball over the ropes for a 6.
OVER 17: CSK 135/3
Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack and the athletic batsmen run swiftly for a couple of runs. Dhoni charges down the pitch and the ball goes high and goes for a massive 88 metre 6.
OVER 16: CSK 119/3
Shahbaz Nadeem comes into the attack for the 16th over. A run out opportunity and had there been a direct hit, MS Dhoni would have been short of his ground. The aggressive hitting not put to rest by Faf du Plessis.
OVER 15: CSK 111/3
Jimmy Neesham comes back after the strategic timeout. Faf du Plessis starts off again with a magnificent cover drive to get a 4. Suresh Raina gets one in the air and gets caught out by Murali Vijay for 56 runs off of 41 balls. MS Dhoni walks out to bat.
OVER 14: CSK 103/2
JP Duminy gets back into the attack to try and be the miracle bowler for Delhi Daredevils. Strategic time out has been called.
OVER 13: CSK 94/2
Jimmy Neesham comes back into the attack to try and get a wicket. A good over so far from Jimmy Neesham with just 2 runs from 4 balls. Suresh Raina is on 49 runs from 34 balls.
OVER 12: CSK 90/2
Faf de Plessi comes in to bat after Dwayne Smith departs. Suresh Raina opens his scoring card for the over with a cracking 4. He goes again and gets another 4. Murali Vijay is getting hammered to all parts of the ground in this over.
OVER 11: CSK 77/2
Shahbaz Nadeem comes into the attack. Suresh Raina charges the bowler and smashes the ball away for a 6. A sweep shot and the crowd is really excited, lots of Chennai Super Kings supporters here to cheer the 50 run partnership between Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina. Dwayne Smith bowled by Nadeem.
OVER 10: CSK 65/1
JP Duminy comes into the attack to try and slow the scoring for Delhi Daredevils. Suresh Raina chips the ball away and gets a run.
OVER 9: CSK 55/1
Neesham comes back into the attack. Raina gets a good drive but gets only 1 run. Dwayne Smith gets a meaty blow away for a 4 and the 50 runs have come up for Chennai. A good come back by Jimmy Neesham to Dwayne Smith but followed by a wide ball. Good running between Smith and Raina for a single.
OVER 8: 46/1
JP Duminy comes into the attack. Duminy has been successful in slowing down the scoring. A good over from JP Duminy. The strategic time out has been called.
OVER 7: CSK 42/1
Jimmy Neesham comes into the attack to try and get a breakthrough for Delhi. A wild swing and a miss from Suresh Raina as a shot barely gets the power he intended o use. Suresh Raina chips the ball over extra cover for a 4.
OVER 6: CSK 34/1
Jaydev Unadkat comes back into the attack. Suresh Raina frees his arms and gets a good shot but good field setting stops a certain 4.
OVER 5: CSK 30/1
Mohammad Shami comes into the attack and starts off with a yorker. Raina pulls the shot and gets a couple of runs.
OVER 4: CSK 25/1
Unadkat comes into the attack. Brendon McCullum drives a half hearted shot and the ball carries straight to JP Duminy and he drops it. McCullum swings and gets an outside edge, caught this time by Wayne Parnell. Suresh Raina comes into the attack to replace Brendon McCullum.
OVER 3: CSK 23/0
Shahbaz Nadeem comes into the attack. An inside edge from McCullum and Chennai Super Kings gets a single. McCullum slips at the stumps but still manages to get a couple of runs and smacks the next ball for a 4.
OVER 2: CSK 14/0
Mohammad Shami comes into the attack. Dwayne Smith smacks the ball away for a 4. A questionable decision from the umpire for a LBW and Shami comes back with a good ball.
OVER 1: CSK 4/0
JP Duminy starts the bowling attack and starts off with a wide. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith open the batting for Chennai Super Kings.
Dhoni flicks the coins and he wins the toss and elects to bat first
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Francois du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Ben Hilfenhaus, John Hastings, Samuel Badree, Matt Henry, Mithun Manhas, Vijay Shankar, Ronit More, Baba Aparajith, Pawan Negi.
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Mayank Agarwal, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Milind Kumar, Jimmy Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Wayne Parnell, HS Sharath, Laxi Ratan Shukla, Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Rahul Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
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