Match 50: Delhi Daredevils were playing at MA Chidambaran stadium in Chennai but the pitch was similar to the one in Delhi and in that sense they were playing at home away from home except for the soaring temperatures in Chennai which reached 45 tonight and with humidity it must have felt like 50. After dismissing the Super Kings for their lowest score in this season, Delhi began the chase on a disastrous note before Gambhir’s determined knock saved the team from blushes. By virtue of this win Delhi move to the 3rd position and Chennai remain at No 4. Having won 4 games on the trot at home Chennai crowd were disappointed to say the least.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
After the Delhi bowlers came up with an inspired performance to restrict the Super Kings to 113, it was the turn of the Chennai boys to show some fight. Delhi was rocked early loosing Virender Sehwag (4), David Warner (0) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) in 10 balls. Karthik struggled to 13 before miscuing a pull in Shadab Jakati’s first over to midwicket, leaving Delhi on 38 for 4. It was game on and what should have been a straightforward chase became a tough one. Manhas was promoted ahead of Collingwood and he didn’t disappoint his team members as he provided his captain sensible support. Gambhir has had problem with his running having got out thrice in his last four innings but he ensured that didn’t happen today. He cut down on his risky shots as he just concentrated on getting the ones and twos. Lot of running didn’t help him a bit as humidity was getting to him, but Gambhir had only one mission on hand and that was to get Delhi to a win and he did it in style by getting to his 50 just before hitting the winning runs. PHOTOS
Chennai Super Kings Innings
Earlier Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat only to see his team skittle out for 113 on a pitch which had something for the spinners. Matthew Hayden was on a pair having got out for a Duck in the previous game against Knight Riders and he should have been dismissed for no score had Gambhir not dropped the catch off Nannes first over. However Collingwood took a super catch to send back Hayden for just 1. It was a must win game for Chennai and Dhoni promoted himself to No 3 but he could not open his account. Mural Vijay who has been in prime form couldn’t get going and got out trying to pull a superb short delivery from Nehra. The fast bowlers had done their job and it was the turn of the spinners to tighten the screws. Chennai slid from 52 for 3 to 55 for 6 in the space of 2 overs. Sehwag’s part time spin proved effective as he got the Mr Cricket – Hussey and then Morkel in 1 over. The crowd had to wait for 107 balls before the first and the only DLF maximum. At one stage it looked like Chennai might not even get to 100 but S Badrinath’s steady 30 helped them to get to 113. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Gambhir