Opting to bowl first on a good batting track, CSK restricted the powerful DD batting line-up to 114. Ben Hilfenhaus, who had a great game against the Rajasthan Royals, put DD on the back foot with a first spell that read 3-0-14-3. The Delhi Daredevils had lost their top four batsmen by the end of the first powerplay and never recovered from this initial blow.
Hilfenhaus sent back DD’s explosive openers cheaply. In his first over, the pacer bowled Virender Sehwag (4) and even sent back fellow Australian, David Warner (8) in the next one. Hilfenhaus then got rid of Naman Ojha (3); the wicketkeeper-batsman nicked the ball to MS Dhoni. Although the CSK skipper wasn’t sure if he had caught the ball cleanly, the referred decision turned out to be in the home team’s favour. The following over saw Mahela Jayawardene (8) walk back to the pavilion after being caught at mid-on by Michael Hussey off Albie Mokel. This left the visitors reeling at 24 for four.
Y Venugopal Rao (27) and Yogesh Nagar (43*) then added 48 runs for the fifth wicket, before Albie took a diving catch to send the former back to the hut off the bowling of R Ashwin. Irfan Pathan (13*) then joined Nagar at the crease, and the duo ensured that the visitors did not lose any more wickets. They even collected 13 run off Hilfenhaus’ final over, with Nagar hitting him for a four and six. Although Nagar played a valiant knock, to take DD past the triple-digit mark, it wasn’t enough to help set a competitive target. In the end, the Daredevils managed a score of 114 for five in their 20 overs.
Defending a paltry total in the defending champions’ home ground, Morne Morkel conceded only three runs in the first over. However, after that, the CSK openers came to the party. The Super Kings were cruising on 45 for no loss at the end of six overs. Michael Hussey (38) and Murali Vijay put together a 75-run opening partnership before the former was dismissed by Irfan Pathan. Mr. Cricket hit five boundaries and a six during his 32-ball stay at the crease.
There was little that the DD bowlers could do as the hosts raced to the target. Suresh Raina (28*) partnered with Murali Vijay (48*) to finish the match with 4.4 overs to spare. A boost in their net run-rate, thanks to this nine-wicket win, could help CSK as the race for the playoffs heats up.
Man-of-the-Match: Ben Hilfenhaus for recording match-winning bowling figures of 4-0-27-3