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)