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Chennai Super Kings have beaten Delhi Daredevils by 86 runs.
2312: Wicket! Yadav c Raina b Bravo 1 (5b, 0x4, 0x6): That's it for Delhi then. Yadav has found Raina at long-on and he doesn't usually make mistakes in the field.
DD are 83 all out.
2305: Wicket! Jadhav c Bravo b Morkel 31 (28b, 3x4, 0x6): Straight to Bravo at point, who seems to be at the right place and the right time... always!
DD are 82-9 after 16.1 overs.
2300: Wicket! Morkel b Ashwin 2 (4b, 0x4, 0x6): Keeping up with our updates of a wicket every five minutes, here's another one for you. Morkel tries to sweep, misses and the stumps are knocked back.
2255: Wicket! Agarkar c Bravo b Ashwin 3 (7b, 0x4, 0x6): You must be wondering why there are only wicket updates here, but that's all that is happening in the match. Agarkar has been taken at long-on, and it's Bravo the catcher this time too.
DD are 73-7 after 13.5 overs.
2250: Wicket! Pathan c Bravo b Jadeja 2 (6b, 0x4, 0x6): Irfan has to go for the big shot, but cannot clear long-on. Bravo takes the catch and breaks into a jig. Looks like Delhi will remain win-less after tonight.
2245: Wicket! Mendis run out 12 (17b, 0x4, 0x6): Mendis wants two, Jadhav doesn't think so, and the former is midway to the other end before he sees that his partner has pressed the pause button. Easy in the end as Jadeja takes off the bails.
2235: Delhi score their first boundary in 20 balls, as Jadhav beats the leg-side field. Apart from that, there's simply nothing the Delhi batsmen have offered CSK. Ravindra Jadeja is now in the attack.
2220: Wickets! Jayawardene lbw b Morris 6 (11b, 1x4, 0x6)
Sehwag c Hussey b Sharma 17 (13b, 1x4. 1x6)
Oh Delhi! These guys are falling apart. First, the umpiring comes under the limelight in Morris' over. What looked like an edge before being caught behind wasn't given against Jayawardene, but a doubtful LBW was given a minute later. At the start of the 6th over, Sharma has dismissed Sehwag - taken at deep square-leg. DD are 30/4 after 5.1 overs.
2213: Sehwag gets lucky, mistiming a shot but still getting four for it... but Delhi need more than just that. Mohit Sharma has been fantastic with the ball and has given away just eight runs in two overs - with two wickets. DD are 26/2 after 4 overs.
2203: Wicket! Juneja lbw b Sharma 2 (3b, 0x4, 0x6) My word and Delhi are in serious trouble already. Again, slightly straying away from leg-side, Simon Taufel says 'touch and go, that on' from the commentary box -- but the finger's gone up.
DD are 13/2 after 2 overs.
2200: Wicket! Warner b Sharma 1 (4b, 0x4, 0x6) Inside edge and onto the stumps and Warner's walking back. Early blow this.
Sehwag ominously looks around the outfield, plotting shortest way back to Pavilion.
— Si'in Va'ukut (@sidin) April 18, 2013
2155: Virender Sehwag has clipped a six off his pads. That was just so easy... DD are 9-0 after 1 over.
Delhi Daredevils need 170 runs to win.
2135: Wicket! Bravo run out 3 (2b, 0x4, 0x6) Run-out on the last ball of the innings as Bravo and Hussey attempt two runs. Hussey clearly the man of the match so far, ending with 65* (50b, 6x4, 2x6).
2130: Wicket! Dhoni c Mendis b Yadav 44 (23b, 5x4, 1x6): Dhoni tries to clear square-leg and is taken in the deep. But he's done enough damage already. CSK 164-3 after 19.3 overs.
Dhoni will one day hit a helicopter shot that sails over midwicket and hovers over the crowd #Dhonikanth
— Sidvee (@sidvee) April 18, 2013
Helicopter! MS Dhoni starts the 20th over with a cracking helicopter shot that beats everyone and races away for four.
2125: 6-4-1-0-4-4: Dhoni and Hussey tear apart Morkel's 18th over. CSK move up to 150/2 now.
2120: Agarkar has just dropped Dhoni... spilling his effort while running towards the ball in the deep. Meanwhile, Hussey has brought up his half-century. That one took 41 balls and consisted of three 4s and two 6s.
CSK are 131/2 after 17 overs.
2110: Dhoni has settled in quickly. He's already hit a couple of fours. Hussey, on the other end has heaved a six over midwicket. CSK are 116/2 after 15 overs.
2100: Wicket! Raina c Jadhav b Pathan 30 (32b, 5x4, 0x6): Irfan Pathan strikes! Raina goes for the big shot but can only manage a faint edge to the wicket-keeper. That was a much needed wicket - especially after Raina and Hussey had shifted to attack mode - scoring four fours and a six in the last three overs.
CSK are 90/2 after 12.4 overs.
2050: Two brilliant shots from Raina ease the pressure on CSK. Both the fours exuded confidence from one of CSK's pillars in the team. at 70-1 after 11 overs, we think Delhi can still pat themselves on the back.
— Deep (@CricManiacDeep) April 18, 2013
2045: Agarkar has been simply brilliant. He's given away just four runs to follow up that earlier over which went for just a couple. CSK haven't scored a single boundary in the last three overs. At the halfway stage, they are 60-1.
This is horrific by CSK so far. Unforgivable to limp to half-way just one wicket down. #IPL
— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 18, 2013
2035: 50s up for CSK. Agarkar has bowled a very accurate over - giving away just two runs in it. With eight overs gone, CSK are 50-1 with Hussey (20) and Raina (10) batting.
2030: Raina and Hussey are not showing any signs of slowing down. Raina starts off with a blistering drive through the covers to get off the mark, before Hussey gets four more with an almost identical shot. There was a run-out chance, where Raina hastily sends back Hussey, and a direct hit would have been out. However, CSK are still just 1-down, with 47 runs. Seven overs have been bowled.
2020: Wicket! Vijay lbw b Morkel 18 (13b, 3x4, 0x6): Morkel has been brilliant so far. Vijay was cutting loose - he had hammered three fours in quick succession, but is done in with a full delivery this time. Maybe there was some doubt, but the umpire has given it.
CSK are 30-1 after 4.3 overs.
2010: Hussey opens the boundaries account for CSK in this match - a cracking cut through the point region. Morkel's first over (3rd of innings) has been exquisite. He's getting bounce and the line was perfect - it goes for only four runs.
CSK are 15/0 after 3 overs.
2005: One over gone, and CSK are 5/0. No boundaries yet, but good quick running between the wickets. Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay have opened the innings.
Delhi XI: V Sehwag, D Warner, M Jayawardene, M Juneja, K Jadhav, J Mendis, I Pathan, A Agarkar, M Morkel, S Nadeem, U Yadav
CSK XI: M Vijay, M Hussey, S Raina, S Badrinath, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, DJ Bravo, A Morkel, C Morris, R Ashwin, M Sharma
Toss: Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and will bat first
Preview: Battered and bruised after five consecutive losses, Delhi Daredevils would look to infuse some life into their Pepsi Indian Premier League campaign when they take on an inconsistent but disciplined Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.
Daredevils, who suffered a morale-shattering loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Super Over, will have to quickly get their act together.
The absence of key foreign players through injuries, especially the big-hitting Englishman Kevin Pietersen and New Zealander Jesse Ryder, has hurt the team's chances badly this season.
Languishing at the bottom of the points table in IPL-6, the Daredevils need nothing less than a miracle to turn things around in their favour and stay afloat in the championship.
On the other hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings are coming into this game having suffered a shocking 24-run defeat at the hands of laggards Pune Warriors.
Barring S Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja, their batsmen failed miserably against the Warriors as they could only score 135 in 20 overs while chasing 160 to win.
With Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay at the top, Chennai have a formidable opening pair. The middle-order is also full of talent and experience with the likes of Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and Dhoni at their disposal. To add to that there is Dwayne Bravo, Jadeja and R Ashwin.
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Published Date: Apr 18, 2013 23:10 PM | Updated Date: Apr 18, 2013 23:15 PM