• Morkel stars in Daredevils win

    Albie Morkel took two wickets for 21 runs to help the Delhi Daredevils beat the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the IPL on Tuesday.

    The victory ended DD’s streak of seven successive defeats against CSK. After restricting the visitors to a mere 119, the hosts chased down the runs comfortably, piloted by opener Shreyas Iyer’s half-century and his 69-run partnership with Yuvraj Singh.

    Needing to get a run-a-ball, the hosts sauntered to a win despite losing opener Quinton de Kock and skipper JP Duminy in the first five overs. The 20-year old Shreyas converted the pace of the ball to boundaries on most occasions and mostly through playing proper cricket strokes.

    He cut, drove and flicked, used his feet well, and on rare occasions used unconventional strokes to send the ball on its way to the boundary. The opener brought up his half-century in the 13th over, needing 36 balls to get to the milestone.

    Shreyas was involved in a 69-run partnership with Yuvraj Singh, who made 32 from 28 balls. DD were running away with the match through the third wicket pair, before Yuvraj Singh’s slog-sweep off Pawan Negi landed in the hands of Mohit Sharma at mid-wicket.

    In the 17th over, when Shreyas punched a delivery from Ravindra Jadeja to long-on, the job had been done; the opener remained unbeaten on 70, batted out 49 balls, and hit 10 boundaries and a six. Ishwar Pandey (2-27) and Pawan Negi (2-28) were the wicket-takers for CSK.

    In the first innings Faf du Plessis, who top-scored for CSK, and MS Dhoni ran well between the wickets, and added 37 runs in what would be the biggest partnership of the innings.

    Du Plessis was dismissed in the 16th over when he attempted to run an Albie Morkel delivery to third man but dragged the ball back on to his stumps. Du Plessis made 29 from 23 balls and hit three boundaries.

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