Last-ball win for Super Kings

TOUGH CUSTOMER: Chennai Super Kings’ captain M.S. Dhoni, who broke his bat while trying to despatch a Glenn McGrath delivery, put his team on the road to victory.

TOUGH CUSTOMER: Chennai Super Kings’ captain M.S. Dhoni, who broke his bat while trying to despatch a Glenn McGrath delivery, put his team on the road to victory.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Vijay Lokapally

Dhoni and Morkel go about their mission with clinical precision

NEW DELHI: A last-ball finish left the local spectators heart-broken, but Chennai Super Kings, backing itself wonderfully, drove home the essence of calculated aggression and some sensible batting in a very clinical manner.

Chennai, electing to chase, accomplished a pulsating four-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils, which did everything right but failed to finish.

Pressure on Daredevils

The win kept Chennai in the race in the DLF-Indian Premier League and put pressure on Daredevils.

Chasing 188 for victory, Chennai had the composure and the flourish, as seen in the manner in which Albie Morkel decimated Virender Sehwag in an over to swing the match his side’s way. The tail then completed the mission in a thrilling end to a fine contest.

Sehwag looked helpless as Morkel picked the ball clean and hard to plunder 23 runs in an over. The silence at the Kotla was stunning and suddenly the venue exploded when V. Yomahesh brought Daredevils back into the reckoning by claiming the wickets of M.S. Dhoni and C.K. Kapugedera in the same over.

Super Kings was staring at defeat. But not M.S. Gony, who walked to the middle a determined man, and stayed to celebrate the victory when S. Badrinath swung Shoaib Malik into the country for the wining run.

Fifteen runs from the last over by Malik meant pressure on Chennai, but Gony deposited the first ball into the second tier over midwicket. The Delhi camp was crestfallen when a snick flew to third man and Chennai was on way to a sensational victory.

Costly overs

Daredevils paid dearly for some wayward stuff from Sehwag and Malik, who went for 58 runs between them in four overs.

Credit to S. Vidyut and Stephen Fleming for giving their team a flying start. Vidyut was breathtaking with his well-timed strokes and Fleming was in vintage form, his drives leaving the fielders in a trance.

Dhoni, a surprise Man-of-the-match selection, contributed an unimpressive 33. It was Morkel who snatched the game away from Daredevils with his brutal strokeplay just when his team looked desolate. It was a well-earned win for a team desperately in search of one.

Daredevils, which missed the services of an ailing Rajat Bhatia, suffered two blows when Sehwag and A.B. de Villiers fell in succession, but Gambhir and Dhawan had enough aggression to quell a Chennai resurgence.

Much depended on the two left-handers and they did not disappoint, setting up a decent pace, much to the delight of the crowd.

Gambhir was delightful, picking the gaps and timing the ball well. He found able required support from Dhawan. They competed with each other after Sehwag’s cameo ended to a splendid ball from Gony. Gambhir was clinical and Dhawan innovative, the ball constantly flying to the boundary.

There was quality entertainment as Gambhir and Dhawan tore into the Super Kings attack in a partnership of 121 runs, a phase that gave Daredevils a chance to make Super Kings work hard.

Gambhir’s 80 off 49 balls (11x4, 1x6) and Dhawan’s 59 off 46 balls (6x4, 2x6) formed the foundation on which the home team backed itself. The furious run-gathering by Gambhir and Dhawan took the contest a notch higher. However, it proved inadequate against an inspired opposition.

The scores:

Delhi Daredevils: G. Gambhir c Kapugedera b Balaji 80, V. Sehwag b Gony 23, A.B de Villiers b Morkel 0, S. Dhawan c Kapugedera b Morkel 59, S. Malik c Raina b Balaji 2, M. Karthik (not out) 6, M. Tiwari (not out) 5; Extras (lb-6, nb-2, w-4): 12. Total (for five wkts. in 20 overs): 187.

Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-46, 3-167, 4-175, 5-176.

Chennai Super Kings bowling: Gony 4-0-36-1, Morkel 4-0-35-2, Muralitharan 4-0-25-0, Amarnath 3-0-35-0, Balaji 4-0-35-2, Kapugedera 1-0-15-0.

Chennai Super Kings: S. Vidyut c Dhawan b Sangwan 40, S. Fleming c de Villiers b Asif 44, M.S. Dhoni c de Villiers b Yomahesh 33, S. Raina c Tiwari b Sangwan 1, A. Morkel (run out) 30, C.K. Kapugedera c Dhawan b Yomahesh 8, S. Badrinath (not out) 8, M.S. Gony (not out) 13; Extras (b-1, lb-4, w-6): 11. Total (for six wkts in 20 overs): 188.

Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-97, 3-98, 4-138, 5-166, 6-166.

Delhi Daredevils bowling: McGrath 4-0-23-0, Asif 4-0-33-1, Yomahesh 4-0-40-2, Sangwan 4-0-29-2, Malik 2-0-28-0, Sehwag 2-0-30-0.

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