Dolphins’ valiant effort not enough to save them from early bashing

2014-09-23 00:00

THE Chennai Super Kings romped to a 54-run win against the Sunfoil Dolphins in their Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20, courtesy of a magnificent 43-ball 90 by Suresh Raina and a splendid execution of slower-ball variations by Dwayne Bravo.

CSK scored 242 for six (tied for the highest yet in the history of Champions League Twenty20), thanks to Raina, who hammered his 90 off 43 balls, including four fours and nine sixes. Brendon ­McCullum slammed 49 off 29 balls with five fours and three sixes.

The Dolphins were valiant in their pursuit of the target and displayed a never-say-die spirit that won them many fans at the packed M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, but they could not quite continue their excellent early bashing. They were dismissed for 188 in the 20th over.

Bravo finished with two for 17 in four overs and turned the momentum of the game upside down after a rollicking start by Cameron Delport, who powered the Dolphins to 50 for one after only 2.3 overs.

Delport scored 34 off only nine balls, with five fours and two sixes.

Mohit Sharma removed Delport with a slower ball and finished with four for 41.

The slower-ball variations used by Sharma, but especially by Bravo, were the key to victory on an excellent batting wicket.

To add misery for the bowling attacks, the ground featured some short straight boundaries.

Delport received excellent support by Cody Chetty, who smashed 38 off 28 balls, and Vaughn van Jaarsveld who managed a useful 30 off 22 balls.

But Bravo frustrated the lower order and reduced the boundaries in the final 10 overs as he used the off-cutter or off-spin deliveries superbly.

The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bowl first. McCullum had Chennai off to a sensational start by waltzing up the wicket against the faster men.

Raina picked up the length expertly and was devastating against all-comers with his punches to the leg-side boundary as he hit four fours and nine sixes.

The Dolphins lacked bowlers who could effectively utilise the slower ball-variations like the off-cutter.

Their spinners, especially Keshav Maharaj, were punished severely by Raina and later Ravindra Jadeja, who hit 24 runs in an over by Maharaj.

The pick of the attack was Kyle Abbott, who took one for 37 in four overs.

Robbie Frylinck endured a mighty bashing at the hands of Raina and Mc­Cullum and finished with two for 52 in four overs, while Craig Alexander managed one for 40 in three overs and also felt the brunt of the McCullum-led onslaught. The ground fielding by the Dolphins was sloppy.

McCullum encapsulated the excellent fielding by Chennai when he leaped high into the air to grab a boundary-bound six by Frylinck and threw it back in-field off Bravo.

Instead of six, Frylinck had to be content with only two runs. It was phenomenal fielding by McCullum.


Chennai Super Kings 242 for 6 (Raina 90, McCullum 49, Jadeja 40*) beat Dolphins 188 (Chetty 38, Mohit 4-41, Bravo 2-17) by 54 runs.

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