By BV Swagath
Delhi Daredevils crashed to a sixth defeat in a row in as many matches they have played so far in IPL 6. The hosts suffered an embarrassing defeat by 86 runs in the hands of the Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Batting first, Chennai Super Kings had a steady start in the first 10 overs. Michael Hussey anchored the innings with an unbeaten 65 from 50 balls (with 6 fours and 2 sixes). Suresh Raina with 30 (from 32 balls) and Skipper MS Dhoni with a smashing 44 (from 23 balls with 5 fours and a six) played their part in helping the Delhi Daredevils to 169 for 4.
The run chase was a disaster for the Delhi Daredevils with David Warner dragging a pull onto his stumps off lesser known medium pacer Mohit Sharma. Mahela Jayawardene got out lbw to a skiddy delivery from Chris Morris and then Virender Sehwag got caught at deep mid wicket trying to play a big pull off Mohit Sharma. At 30 for 4 in the 6th over, the writing was on the wall for a Delhi defeat.
CSK wasted little time and pegged away at the wickets to bowl out the Daredevils for a paltry 83 in 17.3 overs. Kedar Jadhav did some damage control for the hosts with a 28-ball 31. For CSK, Mohit Sharma claimed 3 for 10, Ashwin took 2 for 18 while all the other bowlers chipped in with a wicket each.
Toss and Teams: Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and elected to bat first against hosts Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Delhi Daredevils are desperately searching for their first win this season having lost five matches in a row. Michael Hussey comes in for Dirk Nannes for the visitors. And for Delhi, Agarkar and Jeevan Mendis replace Nehra and Rohrer.
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene (C), Manprit Juneja, Kedar Jadhav (WK), Irfan Pathan, Jeevan Mendis, Morne Morkel, Ajit Agarkar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav
Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma