Ashish Nehra bowled CSK to victory yet another time © IANS
Ashish Nehra bowled CSK to victory yet another time © IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) were engaged in an engrossing encounter in the second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. CSK finally emerged victorious by a single run in a cliff-hanger. Rishad D’Souza looks back at some key highlights from the match.

1. Dwayne Smith provides fiery start: Smith looked in great touch right from the word go. He smashed four boundaries, helping CSK to 16 runs off the very first over. He went on to score 34, which ended up being the highest score in the match. READ: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) begin IPL 2015 with 1-run victory over Delhi Daredevils (DD)

2. Unexpected failures: A lot was expected from Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina going into the match. McCullum had a great World Cup recently, while Raina is the nothing short of an IPL legend. However, much to the disappointment of the crowd at Chennai, both got out for a measly four runs. Credit must be give to Nathan Coulter-Nile for bowling with great control. Blog: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2015 Match 2

3. Regular wickets impede progress: After the dismissals of McCullum and Raina, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Smith got out at with CSK at 71. Faf du Plessis scored a good 32 but his wicket reduced CSK to 100 for 4. Dwayne Bravo failed with the bat and scored for one, while Ravindra Jadeja got out for 17. MS Dhoni scored a 27-ball 30, taking CSK to 150 for 7 in their 20 overs. READ: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2015: Kings of consistency look to rule again

4. Ashish Nehra triple strike-rate puts DD on backfoot:  Nehra justified his teams continued faith in him by picking three crucial top order wickets though Mohit Sharma failed to create significant impact at the other end. Nehra bowled very accurately and even got the ball to come in sharply to the right-hander. His effort upfront set the tone for CSK. CSK vs DD Full Scorecard

5. Albie Morkel fights on: Morkel looked confident at the crease despite the fall of regular wickets at the other end. He scored a measured half-century and in the end he was the one who kept up DD’s hopes till the very end. He was unchanged in his approach even though Yuvraj Singh and JP Duminy failed.

6. Nehra serves death-blow: With 27 needed off 12 balls and Morkel still at the crease, DD still had a chance, but Nehra bowled the penultimate over beautifully, conceding eight and helping run out Amit Mishra. With 19 required off the final over and Morkel having only Imran Tahir for company the match was as good as lost for DD. Morkel managed to rake up 17 runs in the final over and brought DD tantalisingly close to sealing an improbable victory.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)