Delhi Daredevils 111-2 (Kevin Pietersen 43*, Virender Sehwag 33, Ravichandran Ashwin 1-21) beat Chennai Super Kings 110-8 (Dwayne Bravo 22, Suresh Raina 17, Morne Morkal 2-19) by 8 wickets.
Delhi Daredevils beat Chennai Super Kings by a huge margin of eight wickets and put them in the corner of the IPL 2012.
Chennai Super Kings were restricted to 110 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs and Delhi Daredevils achieved the target by smashing 111 runs with eight wickets in hand with 6.4 overs to spare.
Morne Morkal (Delhi Daredevils) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his accurate bowling as he held two wickets for 19 runs.
The 11th match of the Indian Premier League 2012 was held at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi, on April 10, 2012 and a packed house of supporters enjoyed the quality of the game exhibited from their team.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils captain, Virender Sehwag, won the toss, put the rival team in to bat and got an instant favourable result when Muarli Vijay was runs out on the first ball of the match. Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina tried to consolidate the innings by getting boundaries in almost each over as they scored 14 runs in the third over with one six and a four. The second wicket contributed 26 runs when du Plessis was caught by Roelof van der Merve at extra cover off Morne Morkal for 15.
Delhi Daredevils changed the complexion of the game by a couple of runs out and the Chennai Super Kings were reeling at 66 for 5 wickets in 10.2 overs. They were unable to recover from that point as Dwayne Bravo gave some resistance by scoring 22 off 31 balls with just one four. The wickets kept on sliding and Chennai Super Kings managed 110 runs with just two wickets left in the allocated 20 overs.
Morne Morkal was the top wicket taker from Delhi Daredevils with two whereas Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav shared one wicket each and four batsmen were run out due to the excellent fielding .
Delhi Daredevils opened the innings with Naman Ojha and Virender Sehwag as the first dispatched three consecutive fours in the initial over of their innings. Sehwag picked up from the second over with a four and punished Albie Morkal for 12 runs in the third over with one six and a four. The duo scored 32 quick fired runs in 3.4 overs when Ojha was run out for 14 off 12 balls with 3 fours.
Kevin Pietersen joined in next with Sehwag who continued with the attack and earned 10 runs in the fifth over with two fours. Sehwag tried to accelerate but was caught at backward square leg by Murali Vijay off Ravichandran Ashwin for 33 off 21 deliveries with the assistance of one six and 4 fours.
The second wicket fell at 50 runs when Mahela Jayawardene took guards at the crease and opened his account with a single in the seventh over. The pace of scoring took off, especially Pietersen was most aggressive of the two and boundaries were flowing out of his bat very often. The hundred of the innings was scored with a four from Pietersen on the fifth ball of the 13th over as Jayawardene secured the other end while adding useful runs.
Jayawardene earned a leg bye on the second ball of the 14th over and the target was achieved as the score jumped to 111 runs. Kevin Pietersen remained unbeaten for 43 off just 26 balls powered with 2 huge sixes and 3 fours as Mahela Jayawardene was at the crease with 20 off 21 balls with one four.
Delhi Dredevils won the match in a majestic way with a substantial margin of 8 wickets and got two points while enhancing their tally to four in three games whereas Chennai Super Kings are suffering with just two points from three matches.