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IPL 2012 Qualifier 2 – CSK vs DD: Chennai Super Kings Crush Delhi Daredevils By 86 Runs To Enter IPL 5 Final

By on May 25, 2012

Chennai Super Kings 222 for 5 (Vijay 113) beat Delhi Daredevils 136 (Jayawardene 55, Ashwin 3-23) by 86 runs…

Riding high on Murali Vijay’s 58-ball 113, Chennai Super Kings thrashed Delhi Daredevils by 86 runs to book a place in the IPL 5 final against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

The commanding victory over the table-toppers Delhi will boost defending champions Chennai’s confidence when they meet strong Kolkata side in their fourth final in five years. MS Dhoni-led Super Kings will be looking to complete a mind boggling hat-trick of IPL titles on Sunday.

Chasing a massive 223-run target, Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals and never look in the game.

After batsmen scored an imposing 222/5 in their innings, Ravichandran Ashwin took 3 wickets for 23 runs to lead an aggressive Chennai bowling attack. Chennai bowled Delhi out for 136 in 16.5 overs.

Delhi lost last six wickets in less than four overs from 13.2 to 16.5 overs as they failed to keep pace with the ever climbing run rate.

Delhi lost Andre Russell (17) soon after Mahela Jayawardene (55 off 38 balls) raced to his fifty in just 31 balls. Jayawardene hit two sixes and four fours in his quick-fire innings but couldn’t find an able partner on the other end.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added more misery for Delhi as he dismissed Russell in the twelfth over to reduce Daredevils to 106/4 in 11.4 overs. Russell hit two fours in his 11-ball rapid knock.

Delhi lost Ross Taylor (24) after he put on 52-run stand with Jayawardene. Pacer Dwayne Bravo dismissed Taylor in the ninth over to reduce Delhi to 74/3 in 8.2 overs.

Taylor smashed two sixes and a four in his quick-fire 14-ball knock as he tried to revive the Delhi run chase with Jayawardene.

Delhi lost Virender Sehwag (1) and David Warner (3) inside four overs as they struggled in their run chase.

Chennai pacer Albie Morkel struck in the fourth over to dismiss Delhi skipper Sehwag and reduced Daredevils to 22/2 in 3.4 overs.

Delhi started their stiff chase on the wrong foot as they lost Warner in the third over to Aussie pacer Ben Hilfenhaus.

Sent in to bat, Murali Vijay scored 58-ball 113, smashing 15 fours and four sixes, to help Chennai post 222/5 against Delhi.

Vijay became the fastest batsman to score a century in this season’s IPL as he raced to the landmark in just 51 balls, which included 13 fours and four sixes. Vijay also became the first Indian batsman to score two centuries in the cash-rich Twenty20 league.

Vijay got run out in the final ball of the innings but not before handing the initiative to his team in the match.

Dwayne Bravo too joined the party in the end as he smashed two huge sixes and three boundaries in his unbeaten 12-ball 33 blitzkrieg. Bravo also added quick-fire 39 runs for the fifth wicket with Vijay.

Pacer Umesh Yadav dismissed Albie Morkel (0) to check the Chennai juggernaut soon after MS Dhoni (23) became Varun Aaron’s second wicket in the previous over. Dhoni smacked two sixes and a four in his quick-fire 10 knock as he added 36 runs for the third wicket with Vijay in no time.

Spinner Pawan Negi struck in the fourteenth over to break the dangerous 69-run second wicket partnership between Vijay and Suresh Raina (27). Raina hit a six and three fours in his rapid 17-ball innings before falling to Negi.

Vijay scored 28-ball fifty to lead the Chennai innings after they lost Michael Hussey (20). Vijay smashed ten boundaries in his quick-fire half-century.

Aaron struck in the ninth over to provide Delhi a crucial breakthrough as he dismissed Hussey. Hussey hit two fours in his patient 22-ball innings and added a quick 68 runs for the opening wicket with Vijay.

Chennai openers helped Super Kings raced to fifty in just six overs as the duo toy with Delhi bowlers.

Earlier, Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag won the toss and decided to field against Chennai.

Sehwag is the home captain for the match because Delhi finished higher than Chennai in the league.

“It’s a knockout stage so every game is important,” Dhoni said after losing the toss. Dhoni also said he would have fielded as well.

Daredevils have made two changes as they left out Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan from the playing eleven. Andre Russell and Sunny Gupta took their place in the side. Gupta will make his IPL debut in the match.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati, Subramaniam Badrinath

Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Umesh Yadav, Naman Ojha (wk), Venugopal Rao, Sunny Gupta, Pawan Negi, Andre Russell, Varun Aaron, Ross Taylor, David Warner.

Source: Times of India

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