Suresh Raina (right) top-scored with 56 runs for Chennai Super Kings © IANS
By Shrikant Shankar
Apr 21, 2014
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted a total of 177 for seven against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 on April 21. Suresh Raina top-scored for Chennai with 56 and MS Dhoni smashed a quick-fire 32. There were handy contributions from Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis for Chennai. Jaydev Unadkat took three wickets for Delhi. Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat in Match 8 of IPL 7.
Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat. Chennai had made three changes to their line-up from the loss against Kings XI Punjab. Ashish Nehra, Pawan Negi and the injured Dwayne Bravo were replaced by Ben Hilfenhaus, Mithum Manas and Ishwar Pandey. Delhi were still without Kevin Pietersen as he had not yet recovered from his finger injury. Dinesh Karthik continued as captain of the Delhi team. They fielded an unchanged side from their win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum opened the batting for Chennai. JP Duminy began proceedings for Delhi. Nathan Coulter-Nile went into the dressing room to get treatment after injuring himself while sliding in and fielding a run in the first over itself. Whether that changed Delhi and Karthik’s plans one may not know, but it was certainly a blow to lose a strike bowler.
Mohammed Shami shared the new ball with Duminy. His first ball was pulled by Smith in front of deep square-leg for a four. The next ball struck high on the pads and Shami appealed. The umpire, however, said not out. Replays showed that it was a much closer. Smith then drove a full delivery through cover for another four.
Shahbaz Nadeem was brought into bowl the third over. McCullum gave him the charge and lofted one over mid-off for a four. McCullum hit one from Jaydev Unadkat towards Duminy at short-cover, but to the surprise of all at the ground and many more watching on TV, the South African dropped a sitter. But it didn’t cost Delhi that much as McCullum was dismissed the very next delivery. He came down the track and and tried to smack one on the leg side but edged it straight substitute Wayne Parnell at short third-man. McCullum was out for nine.
Jimmy Neesham’s loose delivery was hit over extra-cover by Raina for his first four. But it was generally a low-scoring period for Chennai. Duminy bowled the eight over and both stroke-players Smith and Raina could only manage three runs. The shackles were broken a bit when Neesham bowled a long-hop and Smith pulled it for a four towards deep square-leg. That also brought Chennai’s 50.
Nadeem was brought into the attack in the 11th over. Raina charged down the pitch and hit a six straight down the ground. Nadeem got the breakthrough as his slider found the gap between Smith’s bat and pads and hit the stumps. Smith had tried to swing across the line and missed. He was dismissed for 29 off 28 deliveries.
Raina then took the charge upon himself as he struck three fours in one over by Murali Vijay. The first was cut in front of square on the off side and the second was driven behind point. The third was swept behind on the leg side. Raina then reached his half-century with two runs towards point.
But soon after scoring his fifty, Raina lofted one from Neesham to Vijay at long-on. He was out for 56 off 41 deliveries with five fours and one six. Dhoni was the next batsman in. After another lull period, Dhoni danced down the track and launched one from Unadkat high over long-on. Faf du Plessis then smashed a six off Shami over deep mid-wicket. But he didn’t get much distance in his shot on the next delivery and Vijay took the catch at long-on. He was dismissed for 24 off 17.
But that didn’t stop Dhoni as he played an upper cut to a short delivery in the same over from Shami and got a six towards backward-point. Unadkat bowled the 19th over and Dhoni hammered a four almost through the bowler down the ground. But the next delivery was hit to Mayank Agarwal at deep square-leg. Dhoni departed for 32 off 15 deliveries.
Ravindra Jadeja hit a six on the very next delivery, but edged the next one to Karthik behind the wickets. In the end. Chennai reached a competitive total.
Chennai Super Kings 177 for 7 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 29, Suresh Raina 56, Faf du Plessis 24, MS Dhoni 32; Jaydev Unadkat 3 for 32) vs Delhi Daredevils.
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(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)