‘Men in Yellow’ Log 54-Run Victory on Dolphins; Raina’s Blinder Surprises Fans

September 23 10:07 2014

raina1 New Delhi, Tuesday, September 23 – Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s boys’ blinder sealed spellbinding victory for Chennai Super Kings, sending Dolphins at the back foot and defeating them by 54 runs.  The interesting point in this game was that South Africa’s Dolphins won the toss and invited the ‘men in yellow’ to bat first in a Group A match of Champions League Twenty20 match held at Bengaluru on Monday, September 22.

CSK had a wobbly start in view of the fact that opener Dwayne Smith was sent back to the pavilion by Keshav Maharaj post scoring 7 runs of 3 balls, including a six. His dismissal made reliable left-handed batsman Suresh Raina to arrive on the crease that created the entire difference. Brilliant 8 sixes and 4 boundaries imparted huge role in making Chennai Super Kings to have a solid foothold in the match right from the start. 90 runs of just 43 balls are adequate to tell cricket fans about his strength to take risk and go for biggies.

Brendon McCullum (49 runs of 29 balls; 4 x 5 and 6 x 3) did a good partnership with him but before he could have hit a half-century, Khaya Zondo dismissed him when 9th over was in progress. Despite the fact that 27-year-old Raina fell short of 10 runs to pocket a T20 ton when Robbie Frylinck took his wicket, his mesmerizing innings made CSK supporters jump in joy and hope for a much-needed triumph. Chennai Super Kings’ skipper was out at zero after being stunned by Frylinck’s awesome delivery. At a stage when it seemed as if CSK will fumble and stay below the mark of 200, Faf du Plessis’ 30 runs, which he attained from 19 balls with 3 fours and a six, ensured that his squad is progressing to set a difficult target for Dolphins. He succumbed to Craig Alexander in 16th over.

The new batsman Dwayne Bravo sent the ball into the fences twice, adding to worry for the opponents, however, Kyle Abbott got his wicket when the right-handed batsman was playing at the individual score of 11 runs. But then Ravindra Jadeja came on 22 yards pitch to put forward an immaculate knock of 40 runs of 14 balls, which consisted of 3 sixes and same no. of boundaries. He remained unbeaten with all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin (4 runs of 5 balls), putting massive 242 runs on the score board for Dolphins to achieve.

Chasing was no where easy for Morne van Wyk’s playing XI and the captain was the first man to depart post hitting 17 runs of 7 balls (4 x 2 and 6 x 1). Cameron Delport though was on the way to make Dolphin stand rock solid by scoring 34 runs after facing only 9 balls. 5 fours and a couple of sixes told about his determination to impart huge role in team’s success but Mohit Sharma ended his play soon, giving a breakthrough to his team at a crucial stage. The young right-arm medium-fast bowler Sharma was on fire a day ago as he took the wickets of Keshav Maharaj (8 runs of 8 balls), Andile Phehlukwayo (22 runs of 17 balls) and Kyle Abbott (5 runs of 4 balls) at different time intervals.

Cody Chetty (38 runs of 28 balls) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (30 runs of 22 balls) tried to do as much as possible but lost their wickets to Dwayne Bravo. Khaya Zondo, Daryn Smit and Robbie Frylinck were out at 9, 0 and 6 runs, respectively. Craig Alexander, who struck 16 runs of 7 balls) remained not out till the end but couldn’t make Dolphin to emerge as a winner of the match. In today’s contest of Champions League T20, Hobart Hurricanes will compete in opposition to Northern Knights at Raipur.