12-may-2011, IPL- 56th match
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
The sun rose on East, Earth got polluted,Chennai Was Hotter, Chennai Batted First and as usual CSK won in Chennai. This season of Ipl-4 no team is as dominant as CSK (Even MI) in their Home. CSK has developed this habit of not disappointing their home fans much like Rajasthan(Until the pitch Fiasco) .
Much not so like in his national colors MSD wins too many tosses for the Yellow Brigade. The Strongest Aspect of the CSK (Not to forget their fielding,But) is their batting and Dhoni is always comfortable in exerting pressure on the other teams and he does have the goods for it. Meanwhile, The DD coming in to the match nothing to lose and a clear underdog with sehwag leaving them to look after his shoulder (It is the shoulder which lonely carried DD’s hopes this season). Hopes coming in as skipper and losing his first toss did not do much good to DD’s confidence.
The match started with Huss and vijay coming to a huge roar from the crowd and the start for Chennai was not usual with their main run getter falling for Irfan in the very first over. Raina CSK’s mainstay got a good start with vijay in good hard hitting mood slapping agarkar over mid wicket and long on for two 6’s in his first over and then came exiting Aaron Varun with his bunch of short balls upsetting the rhythm of both Raina and Vijay and the CSK innings stated to dip in Run Rate and eventually Raina holed one to irfan waiting in the fine leg fence then Vijay could not get a move on even after getting several leases of life ,while “The great wall of Chennai” Badri kicked to his usual slow start and pressure got the better of vijay as he was caught inches of the boundary line by Venugopal Rao. Then came the biggest price for taking Vijay’s wicket Dhoni came in and to everyone’s surprise got going from the very first ball and while badri was was slowly rotating the strike Dhoni went big guns thrashing atleast a delivery of every over for a boundary. At 15 overs CSK were 105-3 and were comfortable for reaching a score of 140-150 and it stayed that way until 18th over then came Agarkar who’s over eventually went for 20 runs with sixes flying from both Badri and MSD and then came irfan who bowled an quite impressive last over until the first four balls with dhoni launching the final two for maximum’s and pathan was reminded of his nightmare in Dharmasala last seaon with the same kind of treatment while in different colors and to his dismay finished with a horrid figures of 4-0-40-1.The tone being set for the CSK bowling with 176 in the board.
The DD’s innings started with the suddenly out of form Warner and Naman Ojha who had good memories of a good knock in MAC,chepauk. Their inning’s started aggressively with Ojha Firing two 6’s of morkel and DD’s scorecarcd read 30-0 in less than 3 overs before ojha got carried away holing one to jakati at mid off. Then came ingram and he too went off disappearing to a Bravo! effort from Bravo.then Venugopal roa joined Pathan after warner departed to another good catch in the outfield by vijay and this partnership provided some substance to the Delhi innings but the run rate was climbing like a snakes venom and screboard pressure got venugopal roa as he tried to send ashwin to the cleaners only to find he was clean bowled.Then. Hopes was the last hope for DD and he also could not hold on for much long and perished soon and irfan did some late flourishes and it was all formalities and the curtains came closing with the end of the allotted number of overs and chennai again claimed vitory in home and curtains for DD in this IPL.
With the victory CSK has now won 10 out of their last 11 matches in home.Remember, Finals is gonna be played here as well.
CSK now sits top of the table with 16 points and a healthy NRR and an excess of 1 match than MI
This is the first time CSK has beaten DD at home out of their 3 meetings.