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IPL 2: DD vs CSK : Match 9 Review April 24, 2009

Posted by Kunal Janu in Indian Premier League (IPL).
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de-velliers-delhi-daredevilsIf there was a match that could be called the match of the tournament, It was this one. Delhi Daredevils playing Chennai Super Kings. The Chennai Super Kings are already termed hot favorites to win this season, while the Delhi Daredevils have been hinted as the side that could spell a few problems along CSK’s road. The match promised to be a big one and thanks to the weather that stayed clear, The spectators witnessed a Spectacle. 350 plus runs were scored in the match, AB develliers became the first man to score a hundred this season as Delhi edged past Super Kings by just 10 runs.

The ground was full to it’s capacity and the crowds were seen dancing to Sivamani’s drums. The toss took place on time and under sunny weather. Both sides chose to stick with the winning combination . The pitch was good for batting and Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and decided to bat first. A lot was said and discussed about the best opening pair of the tournament in Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, both off who sizzled in their 5 over victory over Kings Punjab XI to chase 60 in a rain affected match. Daredevils received a shock when a combination of lazy Gautam Gambhir and a bouncy track created the first wicket of the match. Balaji bowled the first ball on a good length and the ball took off the pitch, catching a feather off Gambhir’s glove on it’s way to Dhoni for a simple catch.

Daredevils were 0-1 off the first ball. The man in form, AB Develliers walked in and immediately got off the mark. Sehwag looked completely out of sorts after losing Gambhir as he played and missed the first few balls of his inning. He however smacked the last ball of the first over, straight past the bowler for the first boundary of the innings. Daredevils 7-1 at the end of the first over. Sehwag never looked like taking off as he tried to pull a knee length delivery into the heavens handing a simple catch to Albie Morkel fielding at mid wicket. Gony picked up his first wicket off the last ball of the over after a good first over giving away only 1 run.

Most teams would expect their batsman to play a little cautiously after having lost two wickets in quick succession, Dilshan walked in and started playing some fabulous shots. Daredevil as he may be called smacked a knee length delivery over square leg for six off Albie Morkel. While Dilshan continued to score boundaries off the CSK bowlers, Develliers admired the shots and ahppily handed the strike back to Dilshan who was going great guns. Dilshan was finally out for 50 off 27 balls when was caught by Raina at covers off Morkel. Dinesh Karthik joined Develliers in the middle, as it now time for the Develliers show to begin.

Even Flintoff was left gazing at the skies as develliers took the attack to the bowlers. Then Morkel drop a sitter off de Villiers the ball after he had raised his half-century and all hell broke loose. Clearing his front leg and relying on amazing hand-eye contact de Villiers thumped three sixes and three fours before clipping his 51st delivery to raise an amazing century. His second fifty needed just 19 balls. It was a power-packed innings, highlighted by de Villiers’ stunning assault in the last four overs: nothing matched the 20 he smashed in four successive balls off Flintoff. The fifth-wicket stand between de Villiers and Manoj Tiwary was worth 74 in 5.5 overs, Tiwary’s contribution being nine. Delhi Daredevils posted the highest score of the tournament, they finished at the score of 189 for 2 surpassing Deccan Chargers score of 184 the previous night.

If you thought it was game,set and done for the Daredevils, think again! The daredevils have one of the most weak bowling line ups compared to any other teams playing the IPL, Specially after leaving Glenn McGrath to warm the bench. CSK reached the score of 50 in just 4.3 overs thanks to Matthew Hayden who smashed all off Delhi bowlers out the park. Ashish Nehra looked like a man who hadn’t played international standard opposition in months, dragging the ball short to allow a pumped Hayden clip runs through midwicket. Avishkar Salvi struggled to locate his line – either serving full or dropping short – and Hayden merrily ransacked him to the leg side in a 24-run over. Hayden raised his fifty from 22 balls.

Domination led to his dismissal and gave the impressive Pradeep Sangwan his second wicket. Having got Parthiv Patel driving to de Villiers at cover with a full one, Sangwan opted for a shorter length and Hayden miscued a pull to the deep. At the half-way mark Chennai were 106 for 2, well on track thanks to Hayden. Vettori varied his pace and length to stifle MS Dhoni and drew a nick through to Karthik. Suresh Raina kept the flame burning with another gem – finding the boundary every over – before he sent a Sangwan full toss down long-on’s throat for a 27-ball 41. Sangwan bowled well and picked up three wickets.

It was still anyone’s game with Flintoff at the crease, 42 needed and Nehra called back for the 16th over. Flintoff worked a single, Morkel clipped four, but when Flintoff got back on strike Nehra forced him to hole out to long-off. Salvi returned to bowl a five-run 17th over but thanks to Chennai’s good work the asking rate was under ten. It was nerve-racking as both teams battled for a decisive edge. Nehra kept it very full and straight, Karthik missed a run out, Morkel survived another tight over. With 24 needed from 12 Sehwag tossed the ball back to Vettori, who immediately dismissed a sluggish S Badrinath. Vettori’s over included a six by Gony and a run out to set pulses soaring, but by then the match had been decided. David Warner may not have gotten a game yet but he made his presence felt with two catches in the deep and a direct hit in the last over. A chase that had started with power ended in a panic.

Superb last 5 overs saw Delhi edge past CSK in their 10 run victory. Three overseas stars showed there was more to Delhi than Sehwag and Gambhir, further indication that this is the team to beat in the IPL. AB Develliers was handed the man of the match trophy for his match winning hundred.

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Kunal Janu

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