The Mongoose bat made an auspicious debut in the IPL as Hayden bludgeoned the Delhi bowlers for 7 sixes and 9 boundaries making a mockery of the stiff target that Daredevils had set. Hayden’s power packed 93 and stand in captain Raina’s unbeaten 49 meant that Delhi crashed to their 2nd consecutive loss and slipped to 5th place in the points table.
If you are to chase down a stiff target of 186 you need one batsman who can carry his bat through. With Dhoni not playing and Hayden failing in the first 2 matches it always looked like a tough chase for Chennai. Nannes bowled a tight first over giving only 4 runs but Umesh Yadav was smashed for 4 boundaries in the very next over 3 of which came from Hayden’s bat. Although the bowler had a chance to get Hayden out when he smashed it hard but Yadav failed to get his hands to it only managing to deflect it. Patel had to take a long walk back when AB got a direct hit. The score was 27/1 in 3.1 and Hayden was on 19. Looking confident after striking 4 boundaries Hayden called out for the newest beast in town – “Mongoose bat”. He mistimed the first ball but what followed was nothing short of carnage. Bhatia who replaced Gambhir was smacked for 3 4’s and a 6 by Hayden. Badrinath failed to repeat the heroics of the last match as he mistimed one pull to be caught by mishra off yadav. Dilshan was introduced in the 7th over only to be taken off as Hayden hit 3 towering 6’s. Raina played an admirable support role as Hayden launched into the Delhi bowlers. Hayden reached 87 off 37 with Chennai needing just 57 off 48 when he was brilliantly caught by Dilshan off mishra just 7 short of what could have been his first 100 in IPL. Chennai lost 3 quick wickets for 27 runs as Albie Morkel and Justin Kemp failed to contribute much. It was left to Raina to finish the job and he did it in style when he hit a 6 of the first ball in the final over from Dilshan. PHOTOS
Earlier in the day, the stand in captain for Delhi Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bat. Warner and Sehwag gave Delhi a good start with the latter doing most of the damage. Raina tried to surprise delhi by brining on the off spinner Ashwin in the 2nd over but it backfired as Sehwag and Warner smashed a boundary each. Joginder Sharma playing his first match this season was welcomed with back to back boundaries by Sehwag. Raina’s policy to bring on the 4th bowler in the 4th over worked as Warner was caught by Hayden off balaji. Sehwag raced to his 50 in just 22 balls in the 6th over from Kemp. Delhi reached 89/1 at half way mark. But delhi suffered a double blow in Murali’s 3rd over. Dilshan who looked out of sorts hitting only 15 of 24 finally attempted to hit a big one but was caught by raina. Then came the turning point in the match. Sehwag blitzkrieg 74(38) ended when Justin Kemp took a marvelous catch just inches inside the boundary rope. AB too could not last long and Delhi had lost 3 wickets in a span of 8 deleveries. Manhas and Karthik started off aggressively before karthik was adjudged LBW. Rajat Bhatia 21(9) and Manhas 32(22) ensured that Delhi got to a decent total considering the start that they got. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Mathew Hayden