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IPL 2014 – CSK vs DD: CSK Stay Top With Chase Of 179

By on May 6, 2014

Chennai Super Kings 181 for 2 in 19.4 overs (Dwayne Smith 79, Suresh Raina 47*, Brendon McCullum 32) beat Delhi Daredevils 178 for 5 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 51, Murali Vijay 35, Kedar Jadhav 29*, JP Duminy 28*) by eight wickets…

Only twice in 11 prior attempts had Delhi Daredevils failed to defend totals in excess of 175 in the IPL, and both times the team to chase successfully was Chennai Super Kings. On Monday at the Feroz Shah Kotla, history repeated itself a third time.

IPL 2014 - CSK vs DD: Dwayne SmithChasing 179, CSK achieved their target in the last over for the loss of just two wickets, maintaining their place at the top of the IPL 7 leaderboard with win No 6.

CSK’s shock loss to Kings XI Punjab on April 18 seems a long time ago, and the two-time winners are now fast-tracked to become the first team to make the playoffs.

For DD the script was a familiar one: they didn’t put enough runs on board and lacked the incisiveness to make inroads.

The wasteful run out of Quinton de Kock, a golden duck for Kevin Pietersen and three wickets in eight balls during the middle stage left too much for JP Duminy – batting too low at No 6 – to do in order to provide a late assault.

He and Kedar Jadhav did well to take 44 off the last three overs, but Daredevils were left clueless in the face of another dominant stand from CSK’s in-form openers.

Dwayne Smith started in high gear and kept the accelerator floored all the way until he fell for a 51-ball 79. His partnership of 82 with Brendon McCullum set the tone and his whirlwind stand of 86 in 44 balls with Suresh Raina ensured the rain rule didn’t come into play as drizzle threatened to hold up play.

Three consecutive sixes off Jaydev Unadkat’s first over took Smith level with Glenn Maxwell for the most maximums, and soon the record was his when he lofted Shahbaz Nadeem over long-on for his 20th six. McCullum played second fiddle – he earned a life on 23 when Jadhav grassed a difficult chance at point – and by the time he was held inside the long-on ropes by Vijay for 32, CSK had knocked off 82 from their target.

Raina only had to get the score moving with the way Smith was tonking the ball around, and the rest of the chase was a flurry of cracking pulls and effortless lofts down the ground. Smith collected eights sixes in his bullish 79 while Raina added a 47 off 27 balls to his season tally. Even when the asking rate was two runs a ball, Smith and Raina found ways to locate the boundary. Seventeen runs off the 18th over, with Smith swatting a six and two fours in succession, removed any doubt about the result. Vijay’s second good catch on the boundary ended Smith’s innings on 79, but Raina and MS Dhoni knocked off the remaining 11 runs without fuss.

In the final outcome, DD can look back at a series of squandered innings. De Kock got them off to a brisk start, hitting two sixes off Ishwar Pandey in the fourth over, but his momentum was snapped when he was run out by a direct hit from Mohit Sharma, stranded more than halfway down the pitch. Two balls later, Pietersen had his stumps rearranged as Mohit nipped one past a limp prod.

Two Tamil Nadu stalwarts, Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay, combined for a 71-run stand for the third wicket that threatened to inflict major damage but once that was snapped the home team stumbled. Immediately after he raised his fifty off 35 balls, Karthik was out flicking to square leg where Mohit held an excellent catch inches off the ground. It needed something special to cut off a special innings, and that’s what Mohit produced.

Vijay, at this stage 26 off 25 balls, produced a stunning switch-hit six but CSK hit back with a cheap wicket. Instead of Duminy, Daredevils promoted Laxmi Ratan Shukla at No 5 but the allrounder failed to contribute, spooning his second ball to mid-off (119 for 4). Moments later, Vijay (35) became Ravindra Jadeja’s 50th IPL wicket when he lofted into the reliable hands of Faf du Plessis at long-off. Duminy and Jadhav added 58 in 34 balls, the latter cracking the last three balls of the innings for 16 runs, but in the end 178 for 5 wasn’t enough.

Source: gocricket

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