The Chennai Super Kings came off victorious in a contest that came down to the very last ball against the Delhi Daredevils.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men won by a mere one run as South African Albie Morkel was unable to smash the very last ball bowled in the innings for six.
Instead he creamed the ball in the long off region one bounce over the rope, with a relived Dwayne Bravo bowling the last over.
The former Super Kings man, Morkel scored a magnificent 73 not out from 55 balls and was the only player to put up a fight in the new look Daredevils side; record signing Yuvraj Singh was caught out for a disappointing nine runs off six balls.
The woes of the previous two IPL tournaments continue for the Daredevils as they enter this year’s tournament with the hope that they manage a better finish to the points table than last place.
Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled impressively for the Super Kings as he finished on figures of 3-30. It was an otherwise average performance from the two time champions in all other departments. Dwayne Smith top scored for home side scoring 34 from 31 balls.
Where do they stand now?
The Daredevils should take confidence from their performance though, losing by one run to a side that has reached the knockout phase of the IPL seven years in a row, in their own ground is no mean feat.
In terms of the Super Kings, they will feel lucky to come away with the points this time around, they will have to put in much improved performances should they have intentions of going all the way and winning their third IPL title.
Chennai bowler and India international Ashish Nehra picked up the man of the match award after finishing on bowling figures of 3-25 off four overs.
It will be a quick turnaround for Chennai as they have to prepare to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad today (April 11), whereas Delhi will host the Rajasthan Royals on April 12.