Gambhir leads DareDevils to crucial victory
Gautam Gambhir remained calm despite his top order collapsing to help the Delhi DareDevils claim an important 6 wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings to stay firmly in the hunt for a place in the IP semi finals.
Having dominated with the ball the DareDevils were seta total of just 113 to chase for victory but their run chase got off to the most almightiests of collapses as they lost three wickets in the space of 10 balls as the Super Kings fought their way back into the game.
David Warner (0), Virender Sehwag (4) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) were blow away by Rivichandran Ashwin and Doug Bollinger as the home side got the Chepauk rocking.
DareDevils skipper Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik weathered the storm before building a partnership of 32 which reestablished the visitors advantage despite the loss of Karthik (13) in the 6th over.
Partnered by Mithun Manhas (25), Gambhir rebuilt the DareDevils innings playing the prefect skippers role scoring a superb half century to lead the visitors to an important victory after the DareDevils were on the ropes.
Having won the toss the Super Kings decided to bat first and it was decision which backfired massively as they lost three wickets inside the first four overs.
Having been dropped by Gambhir in the first over Matthew Hayden (1) was the first wicket to fall after he was caught by Paul Collingwood to give Anhish Nehra the early breakthrough.
Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni (0) promoted himself up the order but he only lasted two balls being succumbing to a Dirk Nannes bouncer to leave the Super Kings 13-2.
Nehra struck again in the fourth over to remove Murali Vijay (17) which left the Super Kings hopes of reaching the semi finals crumbling away.
Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey offered some resistantís with a 4th wicket partnership of 29 but when Raina (15) was dismissed by Dilshan it triggered a middle order collapse.
Hussey (15), Albie Morkel (1), Ashwin (6) and Lakshmipathy Balji (3) all departed cheaply to leave the home side in deep, deep trouble having been reduced to 77-8.
Subramaniam Badrinath (30) and Bollinger (16) battled back with a partnership of 35 to help the Super Kings reach 112-9 but the damage had already been done leaving the DareDevils the perfect opportunity to claim victory.