New Delhi, Apr 10: Dominant Delhi Daredevils cruised to a eight-wicket victory over the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Game 11 of IPL 5 here at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday night.
[Scorecard: Game 11: Delhi Daredevils Vs Chennai Super Kings]
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First, rain was expected to dominant in Delhi but it was the Daredevils who called the shots. It was a top performance by the home side against the two-time IPL winners. This was their first game at home and they have made a great start.
This was second loss for Chennai in three games while Delhi took their win tally to two in three matches. Paceman Morne Morkel was the Man-of-the-match for his two-wicket haul.
The hosts completed the chase of 111 in 13.2 overs for the loss of openers. This was the biggest victory over Chennai by any team in terms of balls. Delhi won with 40 balls remaining.
England"s Kevin Pietersen, who was playing his first match in Delhi jersey, top scored in the match. Pietersen made a 26-ball 43 not out with two sixes and three fours.
Pietersen was aggressive right from the start and along with another newcomer in the side, Mahela Jayawardene, successfully chased down a small target of 111. Jayawardene was unbeaten on 20 off 21 balls with one four.
Few days back, Pietersen and Jayawardene were battling each other in a Test series in Sri Lanka but today they joined together to take Delhi home.
Jayawardene had struck two centuries for Sri Lanka in the Test series against England but was quick to switch to this shorter format and he made an impact straight away. Pietersen and Jayawardene associated for an unbroken stand of 61 runs as Delhi reached the target in the 14th over.
Captain Virender Sehwag gave the team a perfect start with a typical innings of 21-ball 33 with four boundaries and one six. His partner Naman Ojha contributed 14 in a first wicket stand of 32 in 3.4 overs.
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Delhi Daredevils restricted Chennai Super Kings to a paltry 110/8 in 20 overs.
After a rain-delayed start, Delhi Daredevils" captain Virender Sehwag opted to field first and his decision paid rich dividends. It was a dismal batting performance by the defending champions. They were expected to score more than this small total.
Chennai were off to a disastrous start as Murali Vijay was run out off the first ball of the innings. He was unfortunate to depart without facing a ball.
This triggered the start of a series of run out for the MS Dhoni-led side. There were four run outs in all. It is a rarity to see four run outs in a Twenty20 game.
South African paceman Morne Morkel was once again impressive taking two wickets for 19 runs in four overs. His compatriot, Roelof van der Merwe was economical in his quota of four overs. He did not take a wicket to show but his four overs went for only 15 runs.
Kevin Pietersen, playing his first match for Delhi, bowled. He went for 16 runs in his two overs without a wicket.
Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav were the other successful bowlers, dismissing one batsman each.
Dwayne Bravo was the top scorer in a forgettable batting display. He made 22. The next best came from Suresh Raina with 15. Chennai scored three sixes and seven boundaries.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils' captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and chose to field first against Chennai Super Kings.
The match was delayed by 30 minutes due to a wet outfield. Chennai Super Kings are going with an unchanged side while Delhi made four changes. Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and Roelof van der Merwe are playing for Delhi. Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Doug Bracewell have missed out.
Earlier, wet ground had delayed the toss. "The match has been delayed due to wet outfield.. Hope we could have a full 20 over match," tweeted Chennai Super Kings team.
There was storm and rain here in Delhi. But the rain has stopped now. "The covers have come off and the stands are filling up," tweeted Delhi team. The earlier tweet mentioned: "Rain has stopped and covers will soon come off."
Earlier, Chennai's coach Stephen Fleming had tweeted: "Unbelievable storm in delhi tonight. Lightning thunder and of course rain. Heading to ground now to check out the damage!"
Delhi, after starting off on a winning note against Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-curtailed match at the Eden Gardens, fell to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chennai crushed Deccan Chargers by 74 runs after losing the IPL 5 opener against Mumbai Indians. The million dollar boy Ravindra Jadeja produced an all-round performance in Visakhapatnam. The left-hander took five wickets before contributing a 48.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Faf du Plessis, Shadab Jakati.
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (captain), Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, K. Venugopala Rao, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Yogesh Nagar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav.
Umpires: Shahvir Tarapore (India) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Third Umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (India)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)