Chennai bowlers restrict Delhi Daredevils to 114

Ben Hilfenhaus was picked of the bowlers as he finished with three wickets PTI

Chennai: May 12, 2012

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowlers exposed the vulnerability of the Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) top-order as the table toppers could manage a meagre 114 for five in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Chennai on Saturday.

Australian seamer Ben Hilfenhaus polished off the top three of the Daredevils line-up in his first spell of three overs effectively ending Delhi’s chances of putting up a sizeable total. He removed skipper Virender Sehwag (4), last match’s centurion David Warner (8) and Naman Ojha (3) to reduce Delhi to 24 for three in only first five overs.

Hilfenhaus with figures of three for 27 made the most impact.

In another couple of deliveries, it was four down with Mahela Jayawardene (8) also back in the dug-out courtesy Albie Morkel.

Yogesh Nagar (43 not out, 47 balls, 1×4, 1×6) and former India player Y Venugopal Rao (27, 24, 2×6) added 48 runs for the fifth wicket but with the track being one that is difficult to bat on, scoring runs at a fast pace wasn’t the order of the day.

The slide started in the very first over as Hilfenhaus bowled a beauty that saw Sehwag’s stumps go for a walk. The ball pitched on the middle stump and moved a shade as Sehwag got squared up.

Warner didn’t get the required elevation as he hit one straight to Ashwin at mid-off. Ojha, who played a blinder couple of days back gloved one which Dhoni fumbled twice before clutching onto it.

The last chance of putting up a big score depended on Jayawardene but he committed early to a stroke to offer a simple catch to Mike Hussey at mid-on.

Venugopal did try his bit as he lofted Ravindra Jadeja for a straight six — the first of the match in the ninth over. The duo mainly played in singles and doubles but boundaries were hard to come by. Venugopal hit another straight six off left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati.

However a brilliant piece of work by Albie at short cover saw the back of Venu and it slowed things down further. Nagar scratched around and finally hit a four and a six off Hilfenhaus in the penultimate over but that didn’t boost the total significantly. (PTI)

Brief Score: DD 114 for 5 in 20 overs (Yogesh Nagar 43, Venugopal Rao 27; Ben Hilfenaus 3 for 27, Albie Morkel 1 for 15) vs CSK

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