Chennai crush Delhi by 93 runs in IPL
ABU DHABI: Chennai Super Kings crushed Delhi Daredevils by 93 runs in a thoroughly one-sided game in here at Sheikh Zayad Stadium on Monday.
Super Kings started steadily after choosing to bat, but Suresh Raina’s busy fifty in the middle and a late surge catapulted them to 177. Their quicks tied Daredevils down with accurate swing bowling, and electric catching from Raina and Faf du Plessis made it harder. The middle order sank without a fight, and by the halfway stage of the chase, the match was as good as over. By the 16th over, Super Kings had wrapped up their biggest win in terms of runs.
Super Kings were 34 for 1 after the end of the Powerplay and 65 for 1 after ten overs. They took 58 off the last four overs with swift contributions from MS Dhoni, du Plessis and Mithun Manhas. Dhoni blitzed 32 off 15.
Raina ensured Super Kings did not stall before the late assault but he was also to start Daredevils’ downfall. Ishwar Pandey and Ben Hilfenhaus were probing with their outswingers, and when Mayank Agarwal tried to break free with an attempted chip over cover, Raina made ground to snap up the mishit.
Daredevils were 17 for 3 in the fifth over, and were going nowhere from there. At 50 for 5 in the tenth over and Coulter-Nile unavailable, Daredevils needed a miracle from the last batting pair of Karthik and Jimmy Neesham. Instead, R Ashwin hit his Tamil Nadu team-mate’s middle stump with his first ball in the 13th over, and along with Ravindra Jadeja, ran through whatever remained of the Daredevils line-up.