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IPL 2018: Match 52, DD vs CSK – Most Valuable and Liable Player of the game

Harshal Patel's all-round show proved too heavy and helped DD upset Chennai Super Kings.

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Delhi Daredevils’ Amit Mishra celebrates fall of Shane Watson’s wicket. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Delhi Daredevils ended their streak of three consecutive defeats with a win over Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium by 34 runs. It can be referred to as an upset in the only inconsequential game of the season. The home team failed to maintain momentum through their innings and posted 162/5 in the 20 overs thanks to a huge 26-run final over.

The Super Kings looked favourites to win the game given their batting depth and they had nine wickets in hand after nine overs. However, their middle order failed to get going against Delhi spinners as well as the death bowlers eventually they ended up way short of the target.

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Harshal Patel changed the game with both bat and ball as he first scored an unbeaten 16-ball 36 and then registered figures of 1/23 in his four overs. Patel took on Dwayne Bravo in the final over striking him for three sixes and the last six balls yielded 26 runs which helped DD finish with a 160+ total.

He got the wicket of the dangerous Ambati Rayudu who was taking the game away having completed his third fifty of the season. Harshal emerged as the Most Valuable Player of the Match according to the CricTracker’s Player Value Algorithm. His performance earned him a value of 55.5 lakhs which is nearly three times his auction price of 20 lakhs that he was offered for the entire season.

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Sam Billings was the Liable Player of the game as he could score only one run before mistiming a sweep shot attempting to deal with the steeply increasing required rate. Ambati Rayudu earned the highest value among the 22 players in this game for his 29-ball 50 which included four fours and four sixes. His match value of 56 lakhs is 3.57 times his average match salary. Ravindra Jadeja’s efforts with both bat and ball weren’t enough to take CSK over the line. He scored 27 off 18 balls and gave away only 19 runs in his four overs for 19 runs.

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Along with Harshal, it was Vijay Shankar’s inning that played a key role in taking Delhi Daredevils to a total of 162/5. Shankar scored 36 in 28 balls with a couple of fours and sixes. The cameo earned him a value of 49 lakhs. Rishabh Pant’s 28-ball 39 was valued at 41 lakhs as per CT’s algorithm.

Trent Boult’s performance with the ball ensured CSK didn’t hammer them in the death like they succeeded in doing in their previous chases. The New Zealand pacer took the wickets of MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo and conceded only 20 runs to earn a match value of 37 lakhs.

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