Sep 24 (): Runs rained from the bat of Suresh Raina at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set the highest target of the tournament for Dolphins to chase in the CLT20 encounter.
The Kings made Dolphins’ skipper Morne van Wyk’s decision to field look bad as they plundered runs at will in the powerplay overs. After Smith was dismissed by Maharaj in the very first over, McCullum and Raina sent the fielders on a leather hunt.
McCullum welcomed Alexander in the 3rd over with a boundary and followed it up with another in the next. He was satisfied only after hitting 4th delivery over the long on boundary for a six. The over yielded 16 runs and opened the flood gates.
Frylinck was greeted by Raina with a six in the next over and McCullum followed with 2 more boundaries making it 32 off 2 overs. Abbott came back for his second over only to see his overstepped delivery hit for a six over the long off boundary. The carnage continued with another six and four by McCullum which helped CSK add 19 runs off the over. CSK had added 51 runs in three overs and ended the power play on 70/1.
McCullum finally succumbed as he mis-timed a ball from Zondo and was caught at deep mid wicket for 49 in just 29 deliveries. His innings were studded with 5 boundaries and 3 sixes. Raina then moved from 43 to 71 in just 9 deliveries with 3 sixes and a boundary. Enroute to his 90 off just 43 deliveries which included 8 towering sixes and 4 boundaries, he crossed 5000 T20 runs, the 7th batsman to do so.
After the dismissal of Raina, Dhoni and de Plessis in quick time, Jadeja started off with 23 off just 5 deliveries with 3 sixes and a four off the over bowled by Maharaj who ended his quota of 4 overs with 54 runs against his name. Jadeja remained not out with 40 off just 14 deliveries helping his team set the highest target in a CLT20 of 243.
CSK faced the retaliation immediately as Nehra was taken apart for 20 runs in the very first over by Delport while the next over cost 16 runs as van Wyk hit Ashwin for a six and 2 boundaries. The run feast continued as Delport took a liking to Sharma hitting him for a six and three boundaries over a span of 5 deliveries. The 50 of the innings came up in just 15 deliveries. Thanks to an umpiring howler, CSK escaped from the wrath of van Wyk’s hitting.
Though Chetty played some aggressive strokes against Jadeja getting 17 off an over, regular wickets impacted the chase and the Dolphins were finally dismissed in 19.4 overs, short of the target by 54 runs. The result did not reflect the game’s atmosphere as the Dolphins were an apt opposition to CSK.
|Chennai Super Kings innings (20 overs maximum)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|DR Smith||c Zondo b Maharaj||7||3||0||1||233.33|
|BB McCullum||c Smit b Zondo||49||29||5||3||168.96|
|SK Raina||c Delport b Frylinck||90||43||4||8||209.30|
|F du Plessis||c van Jaarsveld b Alexander||30||19||3||1||157.89|
|MS Dhoni*†||b Frylinck||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|DJ Bravo||c van Jaarsveld b Abbott||11||9||2||0||122.22|
|RA Jadeja||not out||40||14||3||3||285.71|
|R Ashwin||not out||4||5||0||0||80.00|
|Extras||(lb 4, w 4, nb 3)||11|
|Total||(6 wickets; 20 overs)||242||(12.10 runs per over)|
|Did not bat A Nehra, IC Pandey, MM Sharma|
|Fall of wickets 1-8 (Smith, 0.5 ov), 2-99 (McCullum, 8.2 ov), 3-164 (Raina, 14.2 ov), 4-174 (Dhoni, 14.6 ov),5-190 (du Plessis, 15.6 ov), 6-222 (Bravo, 17.5 ov)|
|KJ Abbott||4||0||37||1||9.25||(3nb, 1w)|
|Dolphins innings (target: 243 runs from 20 overs)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|MN van Wyk*†||lbw b Ashwin||17||7||2||1||242.85|
|CS Delport||b Sharma||34||9||5||2||377.77|
|C Chetty||c Sharma b Bravo||38||28||3||2||135.71|
|KA Maharaj||b Sharma||8||8||1||0||100.00|
|VB van Jaarsveld||c Smith b Bravo||30||22||1||2||136.36|
|K Zondo||c Raina b Nehra||9||8||1||0||112.50|
|D Smit||run out (†Dhoni)||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|AL Phehlukwayo||b Sharma||22||17||2||1||129.41|
|R Frylinck||b Nehra||6||7||0||0||85.71|
|KJ Abbott||b Sharma||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|CJ Alexander||not out||16||7||2||1||228.57|
|Total||(all out; 20 overs)||188||(9.40 runs per over)|
Scorecard Courtesy: espncricinfo.com