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Chennai Super Kings moved to fourth in the points table after their crushing win over the Delhi Daredevils © IANS

Chennai: Apr 18, 2013
 
Delhi Daredevils slipped to their sixth straight defeat in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they were thumped by the Chennai Super Kings by 86 runs, thereby failing to budge from the bottle of the points table.

The Daredevils just about managed to avoid being skittled for the lowest total in IPL history (82 by Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008), as they were bowled out for 83. But it was little consolation as the Daredevils were mauled at home by the lions from Chennai.

Chasing 170 was always going to be a tough ask, but the Daredevils need to do some serious introspection with regard to their batting, especially the top of the order.

Virender Sehwag got the Daredevils’ chase off to a good start as he merely flicked Albie Morkel off the legs for a six over deep square-leg.

However, in the next over, it all went downhill for the home team as David Warner dragged Mohit Sharma’s short-pitched delivery from around the wicket onto his stumps going for the big pull.

Manpreet Juneja then played a lose shot, trying to flick the bowler’s good-length delivery down the leg but was trapped leg-before. Delhi’s opening woes just never seem to end no matter what combination they try.
 
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who might just have to open the batting next time around, then walked in to try and stem the leak. The former Sri Lankan captain played out the most of three overs with Sehwag before a howler from the umpire sent him packing.

Jayawardene had earlier survived a loud appeal of caught-behind off the bowling of Chris Morris, which was rightly turned down. However, off the last ball of the over, Morris pitched it short of a good length as the ball went on to rap Jayawardene on the pads what appeared to be drifting down the leg to the naked eye, but the umpire thought otherwise. Jayawardene was in total disbelief as he grudgingly walked back to the pavilion with his team in more than a spot of bother.

It was all over right there as Delhi were bowled out 86 runs short of their target. Kedar Jadhav, the only shining light in an otherwise dark and gloomy tunnel that is the Delhi batting line-up, played his usual resolute innings in the middle order, scoring 31 off 28 balls. But with no support whatsoever from the rest of the 10 players in his team, there was little he could do to affect the result.

Read the first innings report here.

Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 169 for 4 in 20 overs (Michael Hussey 65*, MS Dhoni 44; Irfan Pathan 1 for 30) beat Delhi Daredevils 83 in 17.3 overs (Kedar Jadhav 31; Mohit Sharma 3 for 10, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 18) by 86 runs.

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