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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
Sharma ton helps MI to 27-run win over KKR at Eden Gardens
By IPL desk
Mumbai 12 May 2012
The Mumbai Indians climbed up to the third spot in the IPL 2012 standings thanks to their 27-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. Rohit Sharma’s brilliant century proved to be difference between the two sides as KKR succumbed to a disappointing home loss after a lengthy winning streak.
Requiring 183 to win, KKR needed a quick start. Gautam Gambhir (0) tried to begin in style, but only saw his middle stump being uprooted by a Munaf Patel delivery. Manvinder Bisla (1) was the next to go after top-edging a sweep off a Pragyan Ojha delivery. With two wickets down and just three runs on the board, KKR were in dire straits at the very start of their run-chase.
Manoj Tiwary (27) gave veteran batsman Jacques Kallis decent support in the middle, but his stint was cut short after he was adjudged lbw off a Kieron Pollard in-cutter. It was now up to Kallis and Yusuf Pathan (40*) to see their side home, with the former well-settled at the crease after making a half-century. MI’s bowling, which was led by Lasith Malinga, ensured that KKR never really got the momentum to break the shackles.
With 44 required off the last two overs, MI got their yorkers right and thwarted any chance of a KKR comeback. Kallis (79) perished in the last over as the Knight Riders fell 27 runs short of the MI score.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh had no hesitation in electing to bat first after winning the toss. Herschelle Gibbs, who was playing in his first match this season, opened the MI innings with Sachin Tendulkar. The Eden Gardens wicket suited spin bowling and the Knight Riders duly began with the left-arm spin of Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladeshi spinner couldn’t get the breakthrough in the first over, but he managed to get the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (2) in the third over. The MI opener was stumped thanks to some quick glovework by wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla.
Rohit Sharma joined Gibbs at the crease with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. However, the attacking duo got to the business of scoring with notable ease and they stroked the ball around to keep the scorecard ticking. Sharma looked comfortable from the start and showcased his array of attacking strokes to put the home side on the back foot. Both batsmen ensured that the pressure was firmly on KKR. Sharma smashed five sixes and twelve fours on his way to a 60-ball 109, while Gibbs played the supporting role. The South African, although subdued, scored 66* (off 58 balls) to put on a magnificent unbeaten 167-run partnership for the second wicket with Sharma. MI ended up with a commanding total of 182 for one in 20 overs. Scorecard
Man of the Match:Rohit Sharma for giving MI the edge with a sublime 60-ball 109* (12x4; 5x6)