IPL 2018 | Match 52 | DD vs CSK: Delhi Daredevils defeated the Chennai Super Kings last night by 34 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Although this win has come too late for the Delhi boys, they can live with the satisfaction of playing a fantastic game and having a hand in postponing CSK’s assured finish in the top two.

CSK won the toss and chose to bowl. They started the innings at a slow rate with openers, Prithvi Shaw (17) and Shreyas Iyer (19). DD lost Shaw cheaply to Deepak Chahar in the fifth over. They managed only 39 runs in power-play. Rishabh Pant (38) partnered with the captain for 54 runs before both were taken out in the same over by Lungi Ngidi. The two major wickets left the field right after Pant scored two sixes and a boundary resulting in 17 runs off Harbhajan Singh‘s over. Glenn Maxwell remained out-of-form as he took a ball to the stumps from Ravindra Jadeja. Vijay Shankar‘s undefeated run added 36 runs to the scoreboard. He partnered with Harshal Patel (36) to finish the last five overs with another fifty runs. The innings ended with a respectable total of 162 for five.

Harshal Patel went on to be titled “Man of the Match” for his spectacular addition to the score – a whopping 36 off 16, including four sixes and one four.

CSK seemed out of touch with the game from the first innings. Dwayne Bravo, their star player, himself was hammered for 52 runs off his four overs, including four sixes in the final over. Even veteran Harbhajan was taken to the cleaners by the DD batsmen. Jadeja, SN Thakur, and Chahar took a wicket each leaving 20 or so runs. Only Lungi Ngidi had a good run of four overs as he took two crucial wickets and conceded only 14 runs.

With a target of 163 to chase, CSK fans were confident that this will be a piece of cake for the Yellow Brigade. CSK also had a slow start as openers Shane Watson (14) and Ambati Rayudu (50) put up a mere 44 runs for power-play. But in the sixth over, the duo gained momentum as Rayudu scored three sixes and one four off of Avesh Khan’s bowling. Just when Watson was gaining his footing, he fell victim to Amit Mishra‘s bowling as Trent Boult sent him home. Rayudu continued his form and went on to score a fifty off 28 balls only to be dismissed by Harshal Patel mid-innings. Suresh Raina (15) came in to replace Watson and scored a run here and there until he was dismissed by newbie Sandeep Lamichhane. Sam Billings (1) also left the field soon enough. It soon came on Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni (17) to carry the team forward to victory. However, even Dhoni with the massive fan following, who has come through always during crucial times for the team, seemed swayed by DD’s impressive fielding. An uncalculated hit in Trent Boult’s over gave Iyer the opportunity to seal his fate. With fifty runs left off of the final five overs, Jadeja’s undefeated cameo of 27 runs and Dwayne Bravo’s almost immediate dismissal did not help their case. The innings ended with a victory for the Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs.

DD showcased some impressive fielding last night as even the death-over champions found themselves trapped. Both Trent Boult and Amit Mishra finished with impressive figures of 2/20 – all four were crucial wickets at crucial times. Sandeep Lamicchane continued impressing with 1/21. Harshal Patel contributed to the bowling side as well with one wicket and conceding only 23 runs off his four overs. Glenn Maxwell (0/14) and Avesh Khan (0/28) were given two overs each.

CSK remains in second place with 16 points but with a significantly lower run rate. A win could have put them on top of the table and at a tie with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, however, their fazed performance last night prevented them from doing so. This has come as a huge disappointment for the loyal CSK fans but maybe it was required to wake the MS Dhoni-led side up before the crucial week starts. DD is already out of the tournament but the team will look to end their appearance this season with a final win.

CSK will clash with Kings XI Punjab tomorrow night for their final home game while DD will be facing the Mumbai Indians for their final game of the season tomorrow as well.

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