Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Smith blasts 79 in CSK win


WINNING KNOCK: Chennai Super Kings batsman Dwayne Smith belts the ball down the ground during their IPL match against Delhi Daredevils in Delhi, yesterday. Smith hit 79 as Chennai won by eight wickets. —Photo coutesy BCCI

Mark Fraser

 Dwayne Smith slammed 79 off 51 balls – including eight sixes and four fours – to lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to an eight-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League match at Faroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, yesterday.

Smith’s blitz set up Chennai’s successful chase, helping them reach 181 for two off 19.2 overs after restricting Delhi to 178 for five off their 20 overs. Suresh Raina also contributed to the Chennai win, smashing an unbeaten 47 off 27 balls with six fours and a six while Mahendra Dhoni completed the job with a five-ball unbeaten 12 which included a six and a four.

The other IPL match yesterday also proved an exciting one with Pravin Tambe bagging a hat-trick to lead Rajasthan Royals to a close ten-run win over Sunil Narine’s Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Shane Watson also took three wickets in an over as the Royals claimed six wickets in eight balls to secure the win. The game also saw a century opening stand, by Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa (121), in a losing effort.

Batting first, the Royals notched 170 for six in their 20 overs, with Karun Nair top-scoring with 44 off 35 balls-- four fours and a six-- and Sanju Samson wading in with 37 off 31 balls, including three fours.

Watson hit 31 off 20 balls (two sixes and two fours) while Ajinkya Rahane notched 30 before being run out. Narine bagged two wickets for 28 runs while Vinay Kumar grabbed two for 42. T&T’s Kevon Cooper did not make the starting line-up for the Royals.

In reply, Kolkata looked to be coasting to an easy victory as Gambhir slammed 65 off 52 balls with five fours and three sixes and Uthappa hit 54 off 35 balls-- six fours and a six-- in their opening stand.

But Watson changed the game in the 15th over, capturing the wicket of Gambhir, caught behind by Samson off the first ball, which sparked a collapse. Watson removed Uthappa two balls later and Andre Russell off the penultimate ball of the same over.

Tambe then got his hat-trick off the first three balls of the next over as Manish Pandey (stumped), Yusuf Pathan (caught & bowled) and Ryanten Doeschate (lbw) all fell for duck. Shakib Al Hasan hit an unbeaten 14-ball, 21 but there was no way back for Kolkata.

Yesterday’s IPL summary scores:

At Ahmedabad

Rajasthan Royals 170-6 (20 overs) (Karun Nair 44, Sanju Samson 37, Shane Watson 31, Ajinkya Rahane 30; Sunil Narine 2/28, Vinay Kumar 2/42) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 160-6 (20 overs) (Robin Uthappa 65, Gautam Gambhir 54, Shakib Al Hasan 21 n.o.; Shane Watson 3/21, Pravin Tambe 3/26)

—Rajasthan won by ten runs

At Delhi

Delhi Daredevils 178-5 (20 overs) (Dinesh Karthik 51, Murali Vijay 35, Kedar Jadhav 29 n.o., JP Duminy 28 n.o.) vs Chennai Super Kings 181-2 (19.4 overs) (Dwayne Smith 79, Suresh Raina 47 n.o., Brandon McCullum 32)

–Chennai won by eight wickets