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Chennai Super Kings sneak thrilling 1 run win in Game 2 of the IPL

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The return of Albie Morkel to Chennai in the blue and red of the Delhi Daredevils came perilously close to haunt the Super Kings as they scripted a thrilling 1 run win in Game 2 of the Indian Premier League at Chepauk today.

Batting first on being sent in by Delhi Daredevils' skipper JP Duminy, the Chennai Super Kings posted a well under par 150-7 in their 20 overs on what appeared to be a two-paced track in Chennai.

Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis and skipper MS Dhoni all scored 30s to take CSK to 150, but the Delhi Daredevils would have been thrilled with their efforts in the first half of the game with Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile leading the way taking 3 important wickets for 30 runs in his 4 overs. 14 of his 24 deliveries were dot balls as Coulter-Nile produced a memorable spell which troubled most of the CSK batsmen.

Delhi though made a royal mess of their run chase with Albie Morkel waging a lone war for the visitors, making an unbeaten 73 from 55 balls after having been sent in to bat at no.3. Only two other Delhi batsmen got into double figures with opener Mayank Agarwal contributing 15 and Kedhar Jadhav a run a ball 20.

The equation came down to 6 needed to win from the last ball with Dwayne Bravo presenting an exhausted Morkel with a very hittable delivery outside his off-stump. The former South African cricketer swung with all his might, but only managed to find the boundary rope as his effort bounced once before hitting the hoardings.

A very disappointed Morkel trudged off as Delhi lost their tournament opener by 1 run, and Chennai earned a major reprieve after a poor effort with the bat. Ashish Nehra was the pick of the bowlers for Chennai, taking the first three wickets to fall in the innings and also affecting a late run out. Bravo chipped in with 2 wickets, while all the other Chennai bowlers used took 1 each. Ravindra Jadeja was interestingly not given a bowl today.

The Chennai Super Kings are in action again in a couple of days as they entertain the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 4pm kick-off on Saturday. The Delhi Daredevils meanwhile have to wait until Sunday in an effort to get their first points of the season when they host the Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in another early start.


Chennai Super Kings: B McCullum, D Smith, S Raina, F du Plessis, D Bravo, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, M Sharma, I Pandey, A Nehra

Delhi Daredevils: M Agarwal, CM Gautam, S Iyer, JP Duminy, Y Singh, A Morkel, K Jadhav, N Coulter-Nile, A Mishra, D Joseph, I Tahir

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 150/7 (20 overs, 7.5rpo)

D Smith 34 (31) N Coulter-Nile 3-30 (4)

F du Plessis 32 (24) JP Duminy 1-15 (2)

Delhi Daredevils 149/9 (20 overs, 7.45rpo)

A Morkel 73* (55) A Nehra 3-25 (4)

K Jadhav 20 (20) D Bravo 2-30 (4)

Chennai Super Kings win by 1 run