Delhi Daredevils pray that the ghosts of 2013 IPL season do not visit them this edition. They will also be praying that their captain Kevin Pietersen recover from the finger injury and take to the field at the earliest to put them on track.
After containing MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings to 177/7 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday night, Delhi Daredevils collapsed to 84, less than half the opposition score, losing their second match in three outings while handing over two-time champions their first victory this year.
For the third straight match, DD had problems at the top of the order and this reflected in their end result. However, in the previous matches, they had the left-handed South African JP Duminy to bail them out. But on Monday, Duminy, who had scored two unbeaten half-centuries in the previous two outings, fell for just 15, trapped in front by leg-spinner Steve Smith.
Stand-in captain Dinesh Karthik played a rank bad shot while creating room and trying to work R Ashwin on the off side to be out for 21. Add to it the inability of New Zealand's Ross Taylor to get going, falling for six once again. Delhi Daredevils folded up without a fight.
Earlier, Suresh Raina came to the IPL party in the desert with a measured 56 (41b, 5x4, 1x6), batting with more responsibility at No. 3, making the most of the overs at his disposal. Faf du Plessis and Dhoni opened up in the end overs to take CSK to a total that looked enough in the end. In fact, it was more than enough as the opposition did not have a certain Glenn Maxwell.