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IPL 2018, DD vs CSK: 3 Chennai players who performed poorly against Delhi

Dhruva P
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1.97K   //    19 May 2018, 04:49 IST

MS Dhoni was not at his very best today
MS Dhoni was not at his very best today

Delhi Daredevils clashed against Chennai Super Kings at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday night. Put into bat first on a slow wicket, Delhi Daredevils at one stage were struggling at 5-97 in 14.4 overs.

But the resurgence came from Vijay Shankar and Harshal Patel who put up a match-winning partnership of 65 runs for the 6th wicket in 32 deliveries. Both the batsman ended up 36 not out and it propelled Delhi to a competitive score of 162/5 in their allocated 20 overs.

In reply CSK got off to a good start by scoring 44 runs in the powerplay without losing a wicket. This was largely due to Ambati Rayudu who scored 22 of the 6th over which was bowled by Avesh Khan.

However, post the power-play, CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals and some excellent bowling by the Delhi bowlers ensured that CSK fell short of the target by 34 runs.

Although this result doesn’t affect the table standings but it will be a huge boost for Delhi Daredevils as they would carry this momentum to the game against Mumbai and would want to end their season on a winning note.

CSK, who are currently placed at number 2 position have a lot to think with regards to their death bowling, that has been very poor in the last few games.

In a game that had some great performances and some poor ones, let us look at 3 CSK players who had a terrible outing against DD tonight.


#3 MS Dhoni

It is very rare to see MS Dhoni having a bad day at the office and today was the day. Firstly with regards to his captaincy, his tactics failed miserably. Delhi were struggling at 118/5 in 17 overs and Dhoni handed the ball to Dwayne Bravo to bowl the 18th over.

This over yielded 12 runs and Delhi had a sniff in reaching the magical figure of 150. It was evident that Dwayne Bravo was not his 100 percent and that he was struggling with his slower ball variations.

Despite having 1 over of Lungi Ngidi and Deepak Chahar left in the bank, Dhoni opted for Dwayne Bravo for the final over of the innings. The last over yielded 26 runs with 4 huge sixes and the momentum completely shifted towards Delhi Daredevils as they reached a competitive score of 162/5.

Ambati Rayudu laid the platform for the chase and it was upto Dhoni and Suresh Raina to take CSK home. Dhoni came out to bat when the required rate was 9.30.

He looked in good touch when he smashed a wide delivery from Glenn Maxwell through backward point region but since that boundary, he got bogged down. Amit Mishra tied up Dhoni in the 13th and 15th overs and the required rate shot up to 14.50 with 58 required off 24 balls.

On a slow pitch, MS couldn’t find the timing and the boundary when required and he was eventually dismissed off the bowling of Trent Boult as he was caught at long off. His knock of 17 lasted 23 balls with only 1 boundary. This was certainly a bad day at the office for the skipper of Chennai Super Kings.

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