Chennai Super Kings 150-7 in 20.0 Overs
Delhi Daredevils 149-9 in 20.0 Overs
Man of the Match: Ashish Nehra for his 3/25
Chennai: Keeping behind all the controversies and the scoops from Yuivraj Singh’s father, Yograj Singh, CSK, who have over the years established a reputation of being poor starters, opened their account in Pepsi IPL 2015 with a 1-run win over the Delhi Daredevils at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Dhoni was put in to bat by DD skipper JP Duminy. The Delhi spinners made a discipline performance and restricted DD to 149 for 9. The defeat was the Delhi Daredevils’ tenth in a row – dating back to 3 May 2014.
The experienced Ashish Nehra gave DD the early jitters when he picked up the wickets of CM Gautam, Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer in the first five overs. He was also judged the man of the match
On coming into bat, the DD batsmen could never really impress apart from Albie Morkel. Yuvraj Singh, who was welcomed with a huge cheer from those in the stands, didn’t last too long; he scored 9 from five deliveries before he miscued a pull which landed in the hands of Ishwar Pandey at midwicket. DD skipper JP Duminy perished in the following over when he inside-edged one onto his stumps.
Morkel – who walked out to bat at number three – held his own, but the South African just didn’t get enough support at the other end and couldn’t force the pace as much as he should have. Needing 19 off the final over, Morkel turned on the heat finding the fence off the first delivery and then deposited the fourth boundary over the fence, bringing the equation down to eight off the final two balls. He picked a brace off the penultimate delivery, and needed to deposit the ball over the fence off the final delivery. But he could pick up four runs – which meant DD fell two runs short. Morkel remained unbeaten on 73 off 55 balls and his innings was studded with eight boundaries and one six.