Apr 212014

Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by a whopping 93 runs in a completely one-sided game in Abu Dhabi.

Match Review: Indian Premiere League – Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils. 21st April 2014 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

The phrase ‘Catches win matches’ is appropriately describes today’s game. Three superman-like catches by Faf du Plessis (2) and Suresh Raina (1) ensured CSK an easy and their biggest IPL win.

Not surprisingly Dhoni chose to bat after winning yet another toss. A slow and steady start almost put CSK in trouble. DD bowlers managed not just to restrict runs in the Power Play but get a wicket too. By the tenth over, CSK could only muster up 65 runs.

Unfortunately for DD, Nathan Coulter – Nile had to retire injured when he hurt his leg while sliding to stop a ball. However, Jayadev Unadkat managed to fill the gap. He took three major wickets of Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni and Ravindre Jadeja, ending his 4 overs with an economy of 8.00.  Jimmy Neesham and JP Duminy were equally flattering with their stable bowling.

With a meek start despite Raina’s 20th IPL fifty, CSK had no choice but to launch an assault in order to reach a defendable score. MS Dhoni who shelled 32 off 15 balls initiated the assault. Jadeja smashed off a six but perished right after. Rest of the lower order could not do much either.

MS Dhoni had said that any score under 200 is a hard one to defend. With that in mind, Dhoni led his team with precise determination to defend the score – and defend they did with all power in them.

One by one Delhi’s batsmen were sent back to the pavilion. Their Power Play went for only 24 runs along with the loss of three major wickets – and one brilliant catch by du Plessis.

CSK restricted Delhi not just with great bowling – where each one of the six bowlers earned himself a wicket, but by containing runs and excellent field placements. Only 7 boundaries were allowed, none going for a six.

All six bowlers finished off effortlessly with overwhelming bowling figures. Delhi could not hold a chance against it.

Chennai Super Kings 177 for 7 (Raina 56, Unadkat 3-32)Delhi Daredevils 84 (Ashwin 2-3, Jadeja 2-18, I Pandey 2-23)

Player of the day: Suresh RainaDisappointment of the day: Murali VijayUmpires: RK Illingworth (England) C Shamshuddin (India)

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Apr 192014
Dashing Duminy Wins It For Delhi
JP Duminy

JP Duminy held his nerve to get the Delhi Daredevils home against the Kolkata Knight Riders

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Delhi Daredevils 167-6 (Karthik 56) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 166-5 by four wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai

JP Duminy played an outstanding innings of 52 not out in 35 balls to steer the Delhi Daredevils to a four-wicket Indian Premier League 2014 win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.

At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, he took Delhi home to 167 for six in 19.3 overs, wherein they were chasing Kolkata’s score of 166 for five.

Delhi had gotten off to a bad start after Murali Vijay was run out for a duck in the first over itself.

Then, stand-in skipper Dinesh Karthik and youngster Mayank Agarwal put together 39 runs for the second wicket, setting the platform for a showdown at the end. Kolkata’s spinners then came into play after Morne Morkel (2-41) removed the opener in the fourth over. He scored 26 crucial runs off 14 balls, inclusive of three fours.  

But the slower bowlers weren’t able to get breakthroughs, as Jacques Kallis (1-15) provided the vital wicket of Ross Taylor (6).

Karthik played a dominant hand, scoring his first half-century of the tournament off 36 balls, with five fours and two sixes. In doing so he took the Daredevils’ score past the 50-run mark in the seventh over, and to three figures in the 13th over. They were making good pace when Karthik was dismissed by Morkel in the 15th over, providing another twist to the game.

It brought Duminy to the middle and the South African batsman manhandled his countryman, taking 21 runs off Morkel’s final over and putting Delhi back in command.

Sunil Narine (1-18) and Piyush Chawla (1-27) tried pulling things back in the final two overs, but Duminy’s lusty hits – three fours and three sixes – were enough to bring victory to Delhi with three balls to spare.

Earlier, Kolkata won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a torrid start with openers Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis both falling without opening their account.

It was down to young Pandey to rebuild the innings and he did so amply using his good form, putting on 64 runs for the third wicket with Robin Uthappa.

Pandey carried Kolkata past the 50-run mark in the eighth over but narrowly missed his half-century, dismissed for 48 runs off 42 balls. He hit five fours.

At the other end, Uthappa did reach his first milestone of the season, scoring 55 runs off 41 balls, hitting six fours and one six. His half-century had come off 38 balls, taking Kolkata past the 100-run mark in the 15th over, but when he fell two overs later, Shakib al Hasan carried the score to its finishing mark.

The all-rounder scored 30 not out off 22 balls, with two fours and one six, while Mohammad Shami (1-33), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-27), Jaidev Unadkat (1-25) and Shahbaz Nadeem (1-29) took wickets for the Daredevils.

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Apr 172014
Kohli, Yuvraj Capitalise As Delhi Flounder
Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli

Yuvraj Singh (left) and Virat Kohli led the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a convincing win over the Delhi Daredevils

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 146-2 beat
Delhi Daredevils 145-4 by eight wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Sharjah

Yuvraj Singh scored an unbeaten half-century and Virat Kohli was also in the runs as the Delhi Daredevils paid for a poor performance by slumping to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Defending a modest score of 145 for four, Delhi could ill afford to let Kohli off the hook but they dropped him twice in the 12th over and from there on, any slim chances they had of winning swiftly dissipated.

Kohli made 49 not out and Yuvraj showed signs that he may just be returning to some form by hitting an unbeaten 52.

Earlier, Delhi pair JP Duminy (67 not out) and Ross Taylor (43 not out) had set a new record fifth-wicket partnership for the Daredevils as they put on 110 together.

They had needed to show that restoratative batting does have a place in Twenty20 cricket after their side made a horror start, slipping to 35 for four.

Mayank Agarwal (6) was first to go, caught by Kohli off a Mitchell Starc short ball, Dinesh Karthik edged a fine outswinger from Albie Morkel to be caught behind without scoring and then Manoj Tiwary flicked Varun Aaron to Parthiv Patel down the leg-side for one.

That was 17 for three and when Vijay fell, bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal for 18, Delhi were in all sorts of trouble.

Duminy (67 not out in 48 balls) and Taylor (43 not out in 39 balls) managed to weather the storm and indeed pressed on towards the end of the innings, the former hitting four fours and three sixes and the latter four fours.

Aaron was the pick of the bowlers with one for nine from his three overs while Duminy and Taylor got after Ashok Dinda, who leaked 51 runs in four.

However, that was not to hurt the Challengers too much, although they did lose the wicket of Nic Maddinson (4) early on.

With Chris Gayle absent through injury, it was a new-look opening combination but although Maddinson failed, Patel did not.

He was particularly severe on Shahbaz Nadeem and hit five fours as well as a maximum to lead Bangalore’s charge.

He and Kohli added 56 for the second wicket which came when Patel, who hit 37 in 28 balls) was bowled by Rahul Sharma.

Yuvraj struggled early on and looked uncomfortable against quick bowling. However, Karthik opted to turn back to his spinners, allowing Yuvraj time to settle, and he began to show some of his prowess.

A strong-armed punch over long-on for six and a booming straight drive that Kohli had to avoid were joyous sights for Bangalore fans.

Delhi, whose fielding was poor, did not help themselves. Kohli was badly dropped on 23 and 24 and went on to accelerate, hurrying his side home – although it was Yuvraj who finished the stronger, on 52 in 29 deliveries with three fours and five fours.

Kohli drilled Wayne Parnell over cover for a sumptuous six, simply carrying on from where he had left off in the ICC World Twenty20, struck Sharma down the ground for another maximum and hit the winning runs himself with some 20 balls to spare.

He finished with 49 in 38 balls.

Tomorrow’s double-header opens with Chennai Super Kings taking on Kings XI Punjab and then Sunrisers Hyderabad meeting the Rajasthan Royals.

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Feb 132014
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