Bouyant CSK fall flat before underdogs Daredevils
Opener Shreyas Iyer struck an unbeaten 70 after veteran pacer Zaheer Khan led a brilliant bowling show as Delhi Daredevils notched up a comprehensive six-wicket win over table toppers Chennai Super Kings in their IPL cricket match here on Tuesday.
Electing to bat, Chennai scored just 119 for 6 with Zaheer returning with superb figures of 2 for 9 from his four overs and Albie Morkel chipping in with two wickets as Delhi produced a disciplined bowling show at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.
Chasing the small target of 120, Delhi, who are already out of contention for a <g data-gr-id="28">play-off</g> berth, lost two quick wickets to be reduced to 24 for two in the fifth over as opener Quinton de Kock (3) and captain Jean-Paul Duminy (6) were out cheaply.
But young Iyer and veteran Yuvraj Singh (32) repaired the Delhi innings with a 69-run stand for the third wicket and set up the easy victory with 3.2 overs to spare.
20-year-old Iyer, who was dropped on 32 in the ninth over, hit 10 fours and a six in his 49-ball unbeaten knock on a slowish track while Yuvraj, who was out in the 14th over, struck four boundaries and a six in his 28-ball innings.
Iyer hit the winning run, a single, as Delhi reached 120 for 4 in 16.4 overs.
For Chennai, Ishwar Pandey and Pawan Negi took two wickets apiece.
On Tuesday’s win was Delhi’s fifth from 13 matches and in the process they snapped their four-match losing streak this season though the victory did not have much significance as they remain on seventh spot in the league table with 10 points with one match left to play. Interestingly, Delhi snapped their seven-match losing streak against Chennai in the IPL. For Chennai, on Tuesday’s loss means they are yet to seal a play-off berth though they still remain on top of <g data-gr-id="32">league</g> table with 16 points from 13 matches with one match left to play.
Earlier, Delhi produced a disciplined bowling show to restrict Chennai to 119 for six. Chennai found scoring difficult as they failed to build partnerships while losing wickets at regular intervals.
Chennai, one of the most consistent IPL sides, made a slow start and lost three wickets by the halfway mark before top-scorer Faf du Plessis (29 off 23 balls) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (27 off 24 balls) tried to repair the innings with a 36-run stand for the fourth wicket but in vain.
CSK: Smith lbw b Morkel 18 McCullum c Duminy b Khan 11 Raina c Duminy b Yadav 11 Plessis b Morkel 29 Dhoni c Nadeem b Khan 27 Bravo c Duminy b Sandhu 8 Negi not out 5 Jadeja not out 3 Extras (lb 7) 7 Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 119 Bowling: Nadeem 4-1-18-0, Zaheer 4-1-9-2, Gurinder 4-0-33-1, Morkel 3-0-21-2, Jayant 2-0-8-1, Yuvraj 3-0-23-0
DD: Kock†c Ashwin b Pandey 3 Iyer not out 70 Duminy* b Pandey 6 Yuvraj c Sharma b Negi 32 Morkel c Pandey b Negi 8 Jadhav not out 1Extras 0 Total(4 wickets; 16.4 overs)120 Bowling Pandey 4-1-27-2 Sharma 2-0-17-0 Ashwin 4-0-24-0 Jadeja 2.4-0-16-0 Raina 1-0-8-0