MUMBAI: Delhi Daredevils restored some pride with an upset 34-run win over the formidable Chennai Super Kings in a dead rubber of the Indian Premier League here on Friday.
Vijay Shankar (36 not out off 29 balls) and Harshal Patel (36 n.o., 16b) scripted Daredevils’ recovery with an unbeaten 65-run stand (32 balls) after a pedestrian performance from the top-order, helping the hosts reach 162 for five.
Leg-spinners Amit Mishra (2/20) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1/21) then starred in an impressive bowling effort that restricted CSK to 128 for six. All-rounder Harshal chipped in with the ball as well by taking the prized wicket of Ambati Rayudu (50 off 29).
It was Daredevils’ fourth win of the season in 13 games. The already eliminated team has one more game to play on Sunday. The unexpected loss was CSK’s fifth in 13 matches and they remain second on the points table.
CSK were cautious to begin with, collecting just 22 runs off the first five overs. Rayudu cut loose in the following over, smashing pacer Avesh Khan for 22 runs, courtesy three sixes and a four.
Rayudu, the team’s leading run scorer with 585 runs at an average of 48.75, maintained his rich vein of form with his third fifty of the season. He departed the very next ball to leave CSK at 70 for two in 10 overs, needing 93 off the last 60 balls.
Suresh Raina (15 off 18), dropped by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant of the first ball he faced, did not make it count as Nepal spinner Lamichhane had him caught at deep midwicket.
Skipper MS Dhoni (17 off 23) could not do the finishing job for his team who never really got going in the chase.
Earlier, Lungi Ngidi (2/14) broke the backbone of Delhi batting by removing Shreyas Iyer (19 off 22) and Pant (38 off 26) in the 11th over. Shankar and Harshal lent some respectability to the total with a blistering partnership. The final flourish included a 26-run 20th over when Dwayne Bravo was hammered for four sixes.
It was an inconsequential game but a sizable number of Dhoni fans blended with the home team’s supporters to make it a packed house.