MS Dhoni’s late surge takes CSK to XYZ/A against Delhi

MS Dhoni slammed 58 off 35 balls © IANS

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Chennai: May 14, 2013
 
MS Dhoni nullified Delhi Daredevils‘ early efforts with the ball to slam 58 off 35 deliveries and take his side to in the 64th match of the Indian Premier Leauge 2013. Delhi Daredevils had done well to keep the Chennai top-order from taking their bowlers apart, only for Dhoni to come towards the end of the innings and turn the game on its head.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey gave Chennai another solid start. They were helped in the way by poor wicketkeeping from Kedar Jadhav who first dropped an easy chance to dismiss Vijay and was poor in collecting throws from the deep that could have led to run outs. The batting duo added 47 in the first six overs and looked set to provide a good platform for the middle-order.  It took a splendid effort in the field from Ben Rohrer at point to break the partnership as Vijay was run out in the eighth over.

Two overs later, Umesh Yadav bamboozled Hussey with a good short delivery and Hussey was too late to go through a pull shot and ended up top-edging it. Virender Sehwag completed a good running catch to pull things back for his side. At this stage, Chennai was at 69 for two in the 10th over. The wicket brought together the lethal pair of Suresh Raina and Dhoni but a good bowling change from skipper David Warner went the visitors’ way. Right arm slow bowler Roelof van Der Merwe tossed one up to Raina who couldn’t keep his powerful drive on the ground and Warner took a good low diving catch at point.

Jadeja came out to the centre to join Dhoni with the score at 75 for three in the 11th over. The duo started to rebuild the innings with one odd slog at every opportunity.

The duo shifted gears very well to up the ante as Delhi had done well to keep the home side from scoring on a extremely humid evening at Chennai. They kept the scoreboard ticking and picked up 17 runs in the next two overs. Ashish Nehra, who had given just five runs in his first two overs, came back to bowl the 16th and was taken apart by Dhoni. He hit a six that brought back memories of his winning shot off Nuwan Kulasekara in the ICC World Cup 2011 final. He followed it up with a late-cut to the third man boundary. The score went up to 125 for three in 16 overs.

Umesh Yadav has been phenomenal in the death overs in the tournament so far and came back to dismiss Jadeja. He bowls a full delivery at a good pace. Jadeja tries to slog but fails to connect as the ball goes through to hit the offstump. However, the wicket did not deter Dhoni’s ideas of a good finish to the innings. He took the youngster Siddharth Kaul to the cleaners with the biggest six of the night that landed on the roof.

He and Dwayne Bravo punished erring Nehra for 17 runs to leave the Delhi bowler with figures of none for 36. Yadav came back to bowl the final over and did well to concede just eight runs but Dhoni’s knock helped Chennai post a decent total.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 168 for 4 in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 58*, Murali Vijay 31; Umesh Yadav 2 for 26) vs Delhi Daredevils,

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