Chennai Super Kings celebrate their facile win © IANS (File Photo)
Chennai Super Kings celebrate their tremendous win © IANS (File Photo)

By R Vishal

Sep 22, 2014

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) begain their march towards the latter stages of the tournament as Dolphins‘ valiant effort to chase down an improbable target of 243 was thwarted by a cohesive effort from each and every bowler in the CSK ranks. Cameron Delport and skipper Morne van Wyk blazed to an outstanding start as the jaw-dropping assault on the bowlers saw the team blaze to 50 in just 15 balls. Regular wickets though proved to be huge stumbling block as the Dolphins ran out of steam.

Earlier, the blood thirsty blades of Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina and similarly beastly cameos from Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja down the order. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) simply feasted on a hapless Dolphins bowling attack and it was back to protecting their brittle heads with helmets for the Bengaluru crowd who turned out in large numbers to support their rivals across the border to post a humongous 242 for six.

Ashish Nehra started proceedings for Chennai Super Kings and the Dolphins were on it in a flash. The South Africans are born and bred on the pace and bounce in the Rainbow Nation and the ball was carted to all parts of the ground for the batsmen Morne van,Wyk and and Deport. After 20 runs came of the first over, more damage was in store and and Ravichandran Ashwin was treated with utmost disdain before the captian was adjudged leg before.

Cameron Delport went berserk and the Chennai Super Kings were looking for answers everywhere as runs flowed in all directions in the third over from Mohit Sharma and the Dolphins were incredibly onn track to chase down CSK huge total. After being smashed for three boundaries and a six, Mohit came back and Delport was unfortunately bowled to bring an end to one of the most entertatining knocks in the CLT20 so far.

After being smashed to all parts of the ground in the first few overs, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Ashish Nehra came back superbly and gave a miserly two runs — incredible under the circumstances and it looked like the brakes on the scoring would be on. But Cody Chetty had other ideas and went after Ravindra Jadeja right away and cracked two big sixes and Ishwar Pandey’s poor fielding leaked four more runs and Dolphins were on course.

Mohit Sharma came back for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and bowled a tidy over for the first four balls and then Suresh Raina’s fielding prowess was also on full display when he saved a certain boundary and then the medium pacer capped of a wonderful over by removing the dangerous Keshav Maharaj.

Suresh Raina got a taste of his own medicine when Vaughn van Jaarsveld smashed a six and a four of the tenth over of the match and the Dolphins’ score was ahead of CSK’s at the 10 over mark. Dwayne Bravo was brought on and his slow medium pacers immediately removed the dangerous Cody Chetty as Dolphins lost their fourth wicket.  The spin twins, Ravinchandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja wrested back advantage in the CL T20 match for CSK against Dolphins as two tight overs got back the breathing space that the Indian side desperately needed.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld was turning on the screws for the Dolphins and a couple of lusty hits to the fence kept the Dolphins right on course. The usually reliable Ravichandran Ashwin was taken apart with utter disdain from the batsmen and the required rate was dipping with an average of 12 runs an over maintained by the batsmen. Chennai’s brilliance on the field was exemplified by the superlative efforts of McCullum and Bravo in the deep, saving sixes single handedly but in pursuit for boundaries, Dolphins lost quick wickets and it ended up being a regulation win for CSK. Dolphins deserve credit for the start though.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 242 for 6 in 20 Overs (Brendon McCullum 49, Suresh Raina 90, Ravindra Jadeja 40; Robbie Frynlick 2 for 52 in 20 overs) beat Dolphins 188 (Cameron Delport 34, Cody Chetty 37, Vaughn van Jaarsveld 30; Mohit Sharma 4 for 41, Dwayne Bravo 2 for 17) 54 runs.

Man of the Match: Suresh Raina

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(R Vishal is a journalist, beach lover, Chelsea FC fan and a wannabe globetrotter. Being a loyal student of the Tariq Iqbal school of cricket stopped him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a cricketer. Now, he just writes and talks about the game; He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)