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IPL 6 CSK vs DD as it happened: Chennai beat Delhi by 35 runs

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2335 IST

Delhi manage to keep from bowling out. Not that is any consolation. Another poor performance. End proceedings on 135/9. Many questions about Sehwag too. Aside from one knock, he has looked woefully out of sorts.

Bravo takes back the Purple Cap, having taken 2 for 19 tonight. He has 24 wickets now.

2332 IST

Albie Morkel fails to end proceedings in the 19th over. DD are 130/9.

2326 IST

OUT! Bravo yorks Irfan. The batsmen gave himself room and lost his offstump. DD are 125/8 after 17.4 overs.

OUT! Bravo on a hat-trick. Nehra tries to slog the slower ball. Comes off the toe of the bat and Dhoni completes the catch.

The hat-trick delivery raps Kaul on the pads but clearly not out. DD are 125/9 after 18 overs.

Nehra c †Dhoni b Bravo 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00 .

2320 IST

OUT! Warner can't clear deep square leg. Just a matter of time now. DD are 122/7 after 17 overs.

Warner c Vijay b Morkel 44 (37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 118.91

2315 IST

Bravo concedes 7 runs from the 16th over through singles and twos. DD are 110/6. They need 59 from the last 4 overs.

2310 IST

OUT! van der Merwe slogs Ashwin high into the night sky and Raina steadies himself at long on before taking a well judged catch. DD are 103/6 after 15 overs.

2305 IST

Holder is brought back on to bowl the 14th over after 7 came off the 13th, bowled by Aswhin. It is a good over until the last ball, when van der Merwe punches a half-volley inside-out over cover. After 14, DD are 97/5.

2254 IST

Warner crunches Albie for SIX over square leg. 10 from the over. After 12, DD are 83/5, with Warner on 26 and van der Merwe on 5.

2249 IST

Bravo gets the ball for the 11th overs. All a bit pedestrian at the moment. Eight off the over thanks to four leg-byes. After 11, DD are 73/5.

2244 IST

OUT! Rohrer doesn't last long. Flicks a short delivery straight at square leg, who says thank you very much. DD are 63/5 after 9.3 overs

BJ Rohrer c Ashwin b Morkel 4 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

2233 IST

Albie Momrkel comes on.

OUT! Jadhav attemps to play the scoop off a short ball but only succeeds in lobbing the ball to Dhoni behind the stumps. DD are 56/4 after 8 overs.

KM Jadhav c †Dhoni b Morkel 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

2228 IST

OUT! Botha sweeps Ashwin straight to Holder at square leg. DD are 49/3 after 6.3 overs.

Botha c Holder b Ashwin 23 (20b 3x4 1x6) SR: 115.00

2226 IST

Jason Holder not having the best of matches. Botha sweeps him from outside off past fine leg to start the over while Warner gets an inside edge that goes for four and then lofts him over the offside for another four. 15 from the over. After 6, DD are 49/2. Holder has conceded 32 of those runs.

2219 IST

OUT! Mohit Sharma continues to take wickets. Chand skies a slower ball - the legcutter - from Mohit. DD are 34/2 after 4.4 overs.

Chand c Holder b Sharma 16 (12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

2214 IST

Botha slogs Holder over midwicket for six. Hit hard off the front foot. He caps the over with an offdrive for four. 11 from it. After 4, DD are 28/1.

2205 IST

Jason Holder bowls the second over. It ends with Botha swinging him to the square leg fence. After 2 overs, DD are 12/1.

2156 IST

OUT! Sehwag is caught behind for a duck off the second ball. Went for the cut and the ball moved away a touch and took the toe edge of the bat on the way to Dhoni. DD are 0/1. Botha is the new man.

Sehwag c †Dhoni b Sharma 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

2141 IST

A good final over from Yadav. Keeps CSK from reaching the boundary, with help from a diving Botha on the straight boundary. Just 8 from the over. CSK finish with 168/4. Dhoni made 58 from 35 balls. Yadav finished with 2 for 26.

2135 IST

Dhoni starts the 19th over by clocking Nehra low and hard for SIX over long-on, then slices a full toss wide of point for four to bring up his 50 from 30 balls. It also brings up CSK's 150. Bravo gets in on the act by carving Nehra past point as well. The bowler screams in frustration. 18 from the over. After 19, CSK are 160/4.

2130 IST

SIX! Dhoni hits Kaul over long-on and onto the roof at Chepauk. That was a huge, huge, hit. 11 off the over. After 18, CSK are 142/4. Bravo is the new man.

2125 IST

OUT! Yadav knocks back Jadeja's offstump. That was full and fast. CSK are 131/4 after 17 overs.

Jadeja b Yadav 24 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 141.17

2121 IST

The push has begun. Dhoni smashed a Nehra slower ball over long-on for SIX! Then guides him between short third man and point for four. 16 from the over. The 50-parternship also comes up, off 32 balls. After 16, CSK are 125/3.

2115 IST

Chennai struggling to get going. van der Merwe keeping things full and making it hard to get him away. Has 1 for 19 after 3 overs. CSK are 109/3 after 15 overs, with Dhoni on 16 and Jadeja on 19.

2105 IST

van der Merwe keeps things under control with his flat left-arm spin. Four from the over. After 13, CSK are 92/3. Have to think Dhoni is going to start attacking soon.

2101 IST

This is turning out not to be a good day for Irfan. Dhoni hammers him over long-on for SIX!. 11 from the over. After 12, CSK are 88/3. Irfan has bowled 3 overs for 24 runs.

2055 IST

OUT! Warner has taken a superb catch at cover. Roleof van der Merwe has fired one it flat and fast and Raina slapped it hard and low but close enough to Warner to take a sharp catch low to the ground as he rolled over. CSK are 74/3 after 10.4 overs.

Raina c Warner b van der Merwe 7 (11b 0x4 0x6).

2048 IST

OUT! Hussey top edges a bouncer from Umesh to square leg. That came on to him quicker than he expected CSK are 69/2 after 9.2 overs. MS Dhoni is the new man.

MEK Hussey c Sehwag b Yadav 26 (26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

2046 IST

A much better over from Botha. Just six from it, including a wide. It is so hot in Chennai, Botha is having trouble gripping the ball because he is sweating so much. His shirt is completely soaked through too.

2038 IST

OUT! Hussey and Vijay go for the quick single after the ball drops at Hussey's feet but Ben Rohrer is quicker and Vijay is inches short. After 7.2 overs, CSK are 61/1.

M Vijay run out 31 (23b 3x4 1x6) SR: 134.78

2033 IST

What Kedar Jadhav is doing behind the stumps today is anyone's guess. He looks uninspired. Let's a wide go down the legside for four, then doesn't take the bails off when Vijay's bat sticks in the ground short of the crease. Seems to be sleepwalking. 14 from Kaul's over. CSK are now 61/0 after 7.

2028 IST

Spin inside the first six overs with Botha. Hussey charges him and goes inside-out over cover. One bounce and four. Vijay unveils a superb offdrive. Gets to the pitch and pures it past midoff. Then his signature shot. Down the track and over long-on for SIX! After 6, CSK are 47/0.

2024 IST

Umesh Yadav is the new bowler. All pace so far from DD. Struggles to get his line right, straying too much into the pads. Vijay takes advantage. Caps the over with a four to fine leg. 10 from it. After 5, CSK are 30/0.

2018 IST

Hussey gives Pathan the charge and hits nothing but air. Then tries again and picks up four over cover. First boundary of the match. Ends the over by muscling Pathan down the ground for another four. Didn't time but there the fielder was up and couldn't catch up to it. After 4, CSK are 20/0.

2013 IST

Nehra comes on. He induces Vijay to edge one but the keeper drops it. Keeps it tight as well. Just two from it. After 3, CSK are 11/0.

2009 IST

Siddarth Kaul is the man sharing the new ball. Hussey attempts a pull but mistimes it. Still gets two runs. Four from the over. After 2, CSK are 9/0.

2004 IST

Irfan Pathan has the new ball. Quiet first over. Three from the first ball but only two after that.

1950 IST

Here are the playing XIs:

CSK XI: M Hussey, M Vijay, S Raina, S Badrinath, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, DJ Bravo, A Morkel, R Ashwin, J Holder, M Sharma.

DD XI: V Sehwag, D Warner, U Chand, K Jadhav, B Rohrer, J Botha, R van der Merwe, I Pathan, S Kaul, U Yadav, A Nehra.

1930 IST

David Warner is captaining Delhi Daredevils tonight. Dhoni has won the toss and CSK will bat first. CSK have already clinched a playoff spot with RCB's defeat by Kings XI. So no pressure there. But they will want to make sure they get into that top two.

Preview

Chennai Super Kings can seal a playoff spot over the hapless Delhi Daredevils tonight. The Daredevils, already out of contention for a berth in the play-offs, have only pride to play for at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

CSK did lose their last game to Rajasthan Royals but they should bounce back given the presence of high-profile and in-form players in their ranks. Except for a few loses, CSK haven`t put a foot wrong. The batting line-up comprising Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the envy of other IPL outfits.

Suresh Raina has been in excellent form for CSK. BCCI

Suresh Raina has been in excellent form for CSK. BCCI

In the bowling department, the team boasts of the likes of Albie Morkel, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo. All of them have done their bit and would be quite a handful for the Delhi batsmen.

On the other hand, the Daredevils, placed second-last in the points table with as many as 10 defeats from 13 games have nothing to lose.

Given the current scenario, they can play without any pressure. There is no burden of expectations on the misfiring batsmen and the out-of-sorts bowlers. They now can just go on to play party-poopers.

Delhi`s top order has failed for inexplicable reasons. Neither Virender Sehwag nor captain Mahela Jayawardene have lived up to their reputations. Australian left-hander David Warner is the only one who has done his bit.

The promising players in Unmukt Chand and Ben Rohrer have also failed to make an impression.

As far as their bowling is concerned, they have not been able to fire in unison.

The likes of Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav and Shahbaz Nadeem need to come up with splendid performances to pose any challenge to a strong CSK unit.

Daredevils coach T A Sekhar is aware of the condition of the pitch here and would look to deploy the best combination possible.

The fans would only pray to the weather gods to keep the rains away as there is a cyclone threat looming large.

PTI