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Delhi Daredevils' woeful run continued as they lost their sixth match of the season by a comprehensive 83 run margin toChennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Batting first, CSK put on 169 runs on the back of Michael Hussey's undefeated 65 and MS Dhoni’s cameo after which their bowlers, led by Mohit Sharma, ran through the DD batting line-up.
Chasing 170, Virender Sehwag got DD off with a flick off his pad for a six in the first over. Mohit Sharma jolted the DD innings with two wickets in his second over. First he had David Warner (1) drag one onto his stumps before trapping Manpreet Juneja (2) leg before.Mahela Jayawardene (6) pulled away Chris Morris for a boundary, before the bowler came back to trap him leg before. It only got worse for DD as they lost Sehwag the very next delivery caught in the deep off Mohit Sharma leaving them at 30 for 4 in 5.1 overs.
Earlier CSK won the toss and elected to bat. The team started off briskly as Murali Vijay hit Umesh Yadav for two boundaries in the third over. Morne Morkel then struck, trapping Vijay (18) to give DD their first wicket. Suresh Raina, playing his 100th match for CSK, got off the mark with a gorgeous cover drive. The DD bowlers though held their own and did well to keep CSK down to 60 at the halfway stage.
Raina then got into the act smashing Yadav for consecutive boundaries in the 11th over. Agarkar playing his first match of the season bowled a quiet first over before Hussey (65*) hit him for a six and a boundary in the 12th. Pathan got the wicket of Raina (30) caught behind bringing MS Dhoni to the crease. Dhoni was given a reprieve on two occasions; Mahela Jayawardene dropped him when he was on 5 and Agarkar dropped him off Yadav when he was on 17. Morkel's 17th over was taken apart for 19 runs as Dhoni (44) and Hussey attacked. With a few lusty blows CSK finished at 169 for 4 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Michael Hussey
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 169 for 4 (Michael Hussey 65*, Irfan Pathan 1-30) defeated Delhi Daredevils 83 all out (Kedar Jadhav 31, Mohit Sharma 3-10) by 86 runs.
Rajasthan Royals inflicted the biggest loss over Mumbai Indians and kept their fans at home happy with a superlative performance for an 87-run win at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Batting first Rajasthan Royals posted 179 for 3 on the back of Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 68, before their bowlers put on a magnificent performance to rout the MI batting. The 87-run defeat was Mumbai Indians’ biggest defeat in IPL history!
Needing 180 to win, MI got off to a bad start as Ajit Chandila dismissed the two legends Sachin Tendulkar (1) andRicky Ponting (4) in quick succession. Tendulkar fell top edging a sweep to short fine-leg while Ponting lobbed the ball straight back to Chandila attempting to work one to the leg side.
At the halfway stage MI were 42 for 4, still requiring 138 runs. Dinesh Karthik (30) trying to break the shackles fell caught by Brad Hodge off James Faulkner. Wickets continued to fall as Rishi Dhawan (0) was caught at short mid-wicket. Harbhajan Singh was the next man to be dismissed; he was involved in a mix-up with Ambati Raydu, with both batsmen ending up on the same end of the pitch. Mitchell Johnson (11) and Ambati Raydu (27) fell in the space of six deliveries and MI were eventually bundled out for 92 – their second lowest total in the IPL.
Earlier RR won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Watson and Rahane (68*) started off well with two boundaries off Mitchell Johnson before Watson whacked Dhawan for a six over square leg. Rahane also came down the track and hoisted Pragyan Ojha for a six in the fifth over.
Watson continued his assault with three boundaries off Lasith Malinga as RR made 58 runs in the power play. Pollard got the vital breakthrough having Watson (31) caught behind.
Rahul Dravid sprang a surprise when he had Dishant Yagnik bat up the order; the wicket-keeper batsman played fearlessly hitting Pollard for a six, as RR raced to 88 for 1 at the halfway stage. Rahane and Yagnik together put on 53 run for the second wicket.
Harbhajan Singh finally got Yagnik (34) caught by Tendulkar at short fine-leg. Stuart Binny (4) departed soon after he was run out by Johnson. Brad Hodge (27*) slogged Harbhajan Singh for a six as RR got a move on in the final overs. Some hefty blows at the end including 19 runs from the last over off Malinga helped RR reach 179 for 3 in 20 overs. Rahane carried his bat to remain undefeated on 68.
Man-of-the-Match: Ajinkya Rahane
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 179 for 3 (Ajinkya Rahane 68, Kieron Pollard 1-24) defeated Mumbai Indians 92 all out (Dinesh Karthik 30, James Faulkner 3-16) by 87 runs.