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As it happened: Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 7, Match 26


Subhasish Dutta,Cricketnext
May 05, 2014 at 11:43pm IST

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Pre-match: Languishing seventh on the points table, a struggling Delhi Daredevils will look to put their IPL-7 campaign back on the track when they face a rampaging Chennai Super Kings in a home game at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

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CSK are on song with five victories on-the-trot while Delhi have four defeats in six outings so far in the tournament. Even the return to their home turf failed to change Delhi's fortunes as they suffered a five-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday despite putting a defendable 152 on the board.

As it happened: Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 7, Match 26

Chasing Delhi's 179, Dwayne Smith (79) and Suresh Raina (47*) put up a partnership of 86 runs to guide Chennai to a eight-wicket win with two balls to spare.

Delhi have failed to click as a unit and that is the major reason for their misery in the league.

Commentary (Chennai Super Kings 1st Innings)

No target big enough for Chennai! They have chased 179 with utmost ease as once again their openers came to party. The pair of McCullum and Smith laid a strong platform and the partnership between Smith and Raina almost sealed the game in their favour. Things got a bit tight towards the end but Captain Cool, MS Dhoni held his calm and steered his side home with two balls to spare. This now is Chennai's sixth straight win over Delhi.

19.4 J Unadkat to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Dhoni finishes it off in style! Unadkat serves a friendly full toss outside off, Dhoni smacks it through extra cover for a boundary. 181/2

19.3 J Unadkat to MS Dhoni, Full toss on off, Dhoni tries to heave it over mid-wicket but it comes off the outside edge and flies over covers for a couple of runs. 177/2

19.2 J Unadkat to MS Dhoni, SIX! Dhoni, you beauty! Unadkat serves a full ball right in the slot around off, Dhoni unleashes behind this shot and murders it over long on. 4 needed off 4! 175/2

19.1 J Unadkat to S Raina, Full toss outside off, Raina heaves it to mid-wicket for only a run. 10 off 5! 169/2

Jaydev Unadkat to bowl the last over. 11 needed for a win!

18.6 W Parnell to MS Dhoni, Parnell serves a terrific yorker, in the blockhole, Dhoni digs it out back to the bowler. 168/2

18.5 W Parnell to MS Dhoni, Length ball on off, Dhoni mishits his pull shot to mid-wicket. Dot ball. 168/2

Skipper MS Dhoni arrives to the middle.

18.4 W Parnell to D Smith, OUT! Smith falls! But is it too late? Fuller length ball on off, Smith powers it straight over the bowler's head but gets more elevation than distance. Vijay moves swiftly to his left from long on and takes the catch calmly with his fingers pointing skywards. 11 needed off 8! 168/2

18.3 W Parnell to D Smith, Zippy delivery, full and wide outside off, just inside the guideline, Smith fails to put bat on ball. 11 off 9! 168/1

18.2 W Parnell to S Raina, Full toss on off, Raina pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. 168/1

18.1 W Parnell to S Raina, FOUR! Exquisite placement! A yorker outside off, Raina squeezes it out and place it neatly through the gap between point and short third man. 167/1

Wayne Parnell to bowl the penultimate over. 16 needed off 12!

17.6 M Shami to D Smith, FOUR! Poor bowling and it's easy pickings! Short and on middle and leg, Smith swivels on the back foot and pulls it over short fine leg for a boundary. 17 off the over! 163/1

17.5 M Shami to D Smith, SIX! That went many a mile! Out of hereeee... Shami serves a friendly full toss on middle, Smith loads for a big shot and dismisses it over mid-wicket. 20 needed off 13! 159/1

17.4 M Shami to D Smith, FOUR! Lucky boundary! Length delivery wide outside off, slower in pace, Smith flashes his blade firmly through the line and the outside edge flies over short third man. 153/1

17.3 M Shami to S Raina, A yorker length ball outside off, Raina guides it through backward point for a single. 149/1

17.2 M Shami to D Smith, Very full in length outside off, Smith smashes it through the line to sweeper cover for a run. That was hit very powerfully. 148/1

17.1 M Shami to S Raina, Fuller length ball wide outside off, Raina drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a run. 147/1

Mohammad Shami is back into the attack.

16.6 J Unadkat to D Smith, Full in length on middle and off, Smith sits down on one knee for a big hoick across the line but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 146/1

16.5 J Unadkat to S Raina, Length ball on off, Raina hops back for the cut shot but bottom edges it in front of short third man. They pick up a single. 146/1

16.4 J Unadkat to S Raina, Another fine delivery, very full and following the batsman down the leg side, Raina turns it with soft hands to mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 145/1

16.3 J Unadkat to D Smith, Hits the yorker outside off, Smith digs it out through covers for a single. 143/1

16.2 J Unadkat to S Raina, Full on the pads, Raina flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 142/1

16.1 J Unadkat to S Raina, Play and a miss! Length ball on off, Raina tries to heave it across the line but misses. 141/1

15.6 W Parnell to S Raina, Fullish outside off, Raina squeezes it out through point for a single. 141/1

Timeout! The ball is changed and now it will be a lot drier and easier to grip for the bowlers.

15.5 W Parnell to S Raina, SIX! Huge hit! Full toss down the leg side, Raina pounces onto it and swings it handsomely over square leg for a biggie. 39 needed off 25 balls! 140/1

50-run stand between Raina and Smith!

15.4 W Parnell to S Raina, FOUR! Pristine timing! Parnell misses the blockhole by a few centimeters around off, Raina goes deep inside the crease and caresses it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 134/1

15.3 W Parnell to D Smith, Right in the blockhole, Smith keeps it out to mid-wicket for a run. 130/1

15.2 W Parnell to S Raina, Very full again outside off, Raina tries to play it with a straight bat but gets an inside edge onto the pads. They cross for a run. 129/1

15.1 W Parnell to D Smith, Very full in length on the pads, Smith plays a brutal bottom hand jab over mid-wicket for a run. 128/1

Wayne Parnell is back into the attack. 52 needed off 30 balls!

14.6 J Unadkat to S Raina, Slants in a length ball on middle and leg, Raina tries to heave it across the line but misses. 127/1

14.5 J Unadkat to S Raina, FOUR! Fuller length ball on off, Raina looks to drive it through the line but it flies off the outside edge and speeds past Karthik for a boundary. 127/1

14.4 J Unadkat to S Raina, Yorker in the blockhole, Raina digs it out on the leg side. 123/1

14.3 J Unadkat to S Raina, Raina shapes up for his trademark inside-out shot over covers but it comes off the inside part of the blade and rolls to mid on for a couple. Chennai are leveled with the par score now! 123/1

14.2 J Unadkat to S Raina, FOUR! Cleverly places! Unadkat angles in a slower length ball, on leg, Raina gives himself some room, delays the shot a bit and at the last moment guides it wide of short third for a boundary. 121/1

14.1 J Unadkat to D Smith, Full toss on off, Smith hits it over mid off for a single. 117/1

Jaydev Unadkat is back into the attack. 63 needed off 36!

13.6 L Shukla to S Raina, Length ball wide outside off, Raina steers it straight to point. Chennai are behind by 2 runs on DL count! 116/1

13.5 L Shukla to S Raina, Very full in length on middle, Raina whips it through mid-wicket and returns for the second run. de Kock has a shy from the deep towards the bowler's end but misses the stumps. Direct hit would have been interesting. 116/1

13.4 L Shukla to S Raina, Good length delivery outside off, seaming away, Raina pushes inside the line and misses. 114/1

Square leg comes up.

13.3 L Shukla to D Smith, On middle, punched down to long on for one. 114/1

13.2 L Shukla to D Smith, SIX! Bang! Shukla is on the shorter side with his length, on middle, Smith packs a punch and sends it flying into the stands at mid-wicket. 113/1

9th fifty for Dwayne Smith in the Indian T20 League!

13.1 L Shukla to D Smith, FOUR! Shortish ball on leg, Smith gets on top of the bounce and pummels it over short fine leg for a powerful boundary. 107/1

Shukla into his final over. 76 needed off 42!

12.6 M Shami to D Smith, Fuller length ball on off, slower in pace, Smith quietly plays it to covers for a run. 103/1

12.5 M Shami to D Smith, SIX! Brutal! Back of a length ball on middle, Smith camps back and smacks it over mid-wicket for a maximum. 102/1

12.4 M Shami to S Raina, Touch short on leg, Raina moves back and pulls it over square leg for a run. 96/1

Oh dear, it has started to rain! The umpires are staying at the moment. Hopefully, it's just a passing shower.

12.4 M Shami to S Raina, Wide! Down the leg side, Raina fails to flick. 95/1

12.3 M Shami to D Smith, Slower short ball on middle and leg, Smith fails to pull and is hit on the body. They cross for a leg bye. 94/1

12.2 M Shami to D Smith, Terrific yorker in the blockhole, Smith can't do much and only manages to keep it out. 93/1

12.1 M Shami to S Raina, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total. 93/1

Mohammad Shami comes back into the attack.

11.6 L Shukla to S Raina, Fuller in length on off, Raina nudges it through mid off for a single. 92/1

11.5 L Shukla to S Raina, FOUR! That's a cracking pull shot! Short in length on middle, Raina gets on top of the bounce and pulls it magnificently in front of mid-wicket for a boundary. 91/1

11.5 L Shukla to S Raina, Wide! Raina uses his feet to make some room and seeing that Shukla bowls it short and wide outside off. The call is a bit harsh from the umpire! 87/1

11.4 L Shukla to S Raina, FOUR! Drilled it! Gets a length ball on middle and off, Raina latches onto it and packs a punch past the bowler for a boundary. 86/1

11.3 L Shukla to S Raina, Almost a return a catch! Length ball on middle and off, Raina hits it uppishly back and it goes on a bounce to the bowler. 82/1

Suresh Raina is the new batsman.

11.2 L Shukla to B McCullum, OUT! McCullum holes out! Little short in length on and around off, McCullum aims to go big over long on but finds Vijay in the deep. He takes the catch easily. 97 needed off 52 balls! 82/1

11.1 L Shukla to B McCullum, FOUR! The first bad ball from Shukla, fails to find the blockhole and delivers a full toss on off, McCullum clears his front leg and heaves it over extra cover. 82/0

10.6 S Nadeem to B McCullum, Taps a length ball to covers and crosses for a quick single. 78/0

10.5 S Nadeem to D Smith, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 77/0

10.4 S Nadeem to D Smith, Quicker ball outside off, Smith tries to cut it but misses. 76/0

10.3 S Nadeem to D Smith, SIX! This will release some pressure! Long hop on middle, Smith goes deep inside the crease and thwacks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 76/0

10.2 S Nadeem to B McCullum, All of a sudden the batsmen are finding it tough to time their shots. McCullum comes down the track and drags it to long on for one. 70/0

10.1 S Nadeem to B McCullum, Flatter ball on middle, McCullum tries to punch but gets an inside edge. 69/0

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