New Delhi: On a difficult wicket, Delhi Daredevils got the better of Chennai Super Kings, recording a convincing 34-run in an Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroz Shah Kolta on Friday night. Chasing 163, CSK managed 128/6 with DD putting up a solid defence on their home turf to ensure Chennai will have to wait more to ensure a top-two finish.
Vijay Shankar (36* off 29) and Harshal Patel (36* off 16) scripted Daredevils’ recovery after a pedestrian performance from the top-order, helping the hosts reach 162 for five with an unbeaten 65-run stand off 32 balls.
Leg-spinners Amit Mishra (2/20) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1/21) then starred in an impressive bowling effort that restricted CSK to 128 for six. All-rounder Patel chipped in with the ball as well by taking the prized wicket of Ambati Rayudu (50 off 29).
It was Daredevils’ fourth win of the season in 13 games. The already eliminated team has one more game to play on Sunday. The unexpected loss was CSK’s fifth in 13 matches and they remain second on the points table. CSK were cautious to begin with, collecting just 22 runs off the first five overs. Rayudu cut loose in the following over, smashing pacer Avesh Khan for 22 runs courtesy three sixes and a four.
Rayudu, the team’s leading run scorer with 585 runs at 48.75, maintained his rich vein of form with his third fifty of the season. He departed the very next ball to leave CSK at 70 for two in 10 overs, needing 93 off the last 60 balls.
Suresh Raina (15 off 18), dropped by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on the first ball he faced, did not make it count as Nepal spinner Lamichhane had him caught at deep midwicket.
Skipper MS Dhoni (17 off 23) could not do the finishing job for his team which never really got going in the chase.
Earlier, Lungi Ngidi (2/14) broke the backbone of Delhi batting by removing Shreyas Iyer (19 off 22) and Pant (38 off 26) in the 11th over. Shankar and Patel lent some respectability to the total with a blistering partnership. The final flourish included a 26-run 20th over when Dwayne Bravo was hammered for four sixes.