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Zaheer and Shreyas shine as Delhi stun Chennai

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Raipur, May 12: Opener Shreyas Iyer struck an unbeaten 70 after veteran pacer Zaheer Khan led a brilliant bowling show as Delhi Daredevils (DD) notched up a comprehensive 6-wicket win over table toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their IPL 2015 match here on Tuesday night.

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Electing to bat, CSK scored just 119/6 with Zaheer returning with superb figures of 2/9 from his 4 overs and Albie Morkel chipping in with 2 wickets as DD produced a disciplined bowling show at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium. (Tremors felt in Raipur)

Zaheer Khan (second left) celebrates with team-mates after dismissing Brendon McCullum

Chasing the small target of 120, DD, who are already out of contention for a play-off berth, lost 2 quick wickets to be reduced to 24/2 in the 5th over as opener Quinton de Kock (3) and captain JP Duminy (6) were out cheaply. (No team in playoffs yet)

Shreyas dropped on 32

But young Iyer and veteran Yuvraj Singh (32) repaired the DD innings with a 69-run stand for the third wicket and set up the easy victory with 3.2 overs to spare.

20-year-old Iyer, who was dropped on 32 in the 9th over, hit 10 fours and a six in his 49-ball unbeaten knock on a slowish track while Yuvraj, who was out in the 14th over, struck 4 boundaries and a six in his 28-ball innings.

Iyer hit the winning run, a single, as Delhi reached 120 for 4 in 16.4 overs. For Chennai, Ishwar Pandey and Pawan Negi took two wickets apiece.

Today's win was DD's fifth from 13 matches and in the process they snapped their 4-match losing streak this season though they still remain on 7th spot in the league table with 10 points with 1 match left to play. Interestingly, DD snapped their 7-match losing streak against CSK in the IPL.

For CSK, today's loss means they are yet to seal a play-off berth though they still remain on top of league table with 16 points from 13 matches with one match left to play.

CSK restricted to 119/6

Earlier, CSK found scoring difficult on a pitch which had patches of grass as they failed to build partnerships while losing wickets at regular intervals.

CSK, one of the most consistent IPL sides, made a slow start and lost three wickets by the halfway mark before top-scorer Faf du Plessis (29 off 23 balls) and captain MS Dhoni (27 off 24 balls) tried to repair the innings with a 36-run stand for the fourth wicket but in vain.

For Delhi, veteran pacer Zaheer (2/9) and Morkel (2/21) were the top bowlers while Gurinder Sandhu and Jayant Yadav took a wicket apiece.

In-form opener Brendon McCullum struggled at the crease and was the first Chennai batsman to be dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Zaheer for just 11.

The Kiwi drove into the hands of Delhi captain Duminy at mid-off off a fuller ball outside the off-stump.

The other opener Dwayne Smith (18) and one-down Suresh Raina (11) followed McCullum to the dressing room in the ninth and 10th over respectively as Chennai suffered jolts in quick succession to be reduced to 46 for 3 at the halfway mark.

Shreyas Iyer

Smith fell to Morkel's first delivery of the match as he was rapped on the pads in front of middle and off stumps from a pitched-up delivery.

Next over, Raina was out off a soft dismissal as he came down the track only to chip the ball straight down the throat of Duminy again off the bowling of Jayant Yadav.

Du Plessis and Dhoni tried to stitch a partnership but they separated in the 16th over. The South African dragged a Morkel delivery onto his stumps after facing 23 balls from which he hit three boundaries. Dhoni hoisted Yuvraj for a six and then got a four as Chennai took 13 runs from the 17th over.

Bravo followed suit of his captain by smacking a six in the next over but perished while attempting another big hit off the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu.

Dhoni, who hit three fours and a six, was out in the penultimate over and Chennai ended their innings on a below par score.


Story first published: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 19:35 [IST]
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