Delhi Daredevils have constantly been underperforming in the tournament, and IPL 2018 has been no different. But, in a rarest of rare occurrence, Delhi Daredevils outwitted Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets. Chasing 170 to win the contest, Delhi Daredevils got home with a full over to space.
This match saw the then Indian opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir going on an all-out attack against Chennai’s bowlers. Sehwag was in rollicking form smashing 71 from 41 balls with seven fours and four sixes before falling to Joginder Sharma, who is best remembered as the man who took the last wicket in the 2007 World T20.
Gambhir provided excellent support to Sehwag, contributing 50 from 37 balls with five fours and a six before falling to Manpreet Gony. The opening partnership however set the tone for Delhi. The duo of Sehwag and Gambhir added a rapid 115 before the former was dismissed in the 12th over. Gambhir fell with the score on 139. But, AB de Villiers with 26 and a relatively unknown Shikhar Dhawan, with 19, took Delhi home with ease.
Earlier, Sehwag contributed with the ball as well, claiming the wicket of Chennai opener Parthiv Patel. Apart from S Vidyut (54), MS Dhoni (32) and Albie Morkel (28), no one made much of a contribution. Stephen Fleming and Suresh Raina fell cheaply, which proved to be a setback for Chennai.
For Delhi, Glenn McGrath was at his thrifty best with 1 for 21. Mohammad Asif, Yo Mahesh and Rajat Bhatia all claimed a wicket apiece to keep Chennai under pressure. And, once Sehwag and Gambhir went all guns blazing there was no stopping Delhi, as they registered a rare victory against the durable Chennai Super Kings.