Fans and experts were in a state of shock when they heard that Delhi Daredevils dropped Morne Morkel from the crucial IPL paly off match, which was a virtual semi-final for both Delhi and Chennai.

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“Morne Morkel, IPL’s highest wicket-taker this season, was in great spirits before the Eliminator against Chennai, but Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag announced at the toss that the lanky pacer with the Purple Cap wouldn’t be playing the game. No one could believe Delhi had actually taken such a decision”. What was even more surprising, the inclusion of Sunny Gupta, a little-known off-break bowler who plays for Tamil Nadu.

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Naturally, the Chennai Super Kings batsmen lapped up the offering. Without Morne, Delhi didn’t have any penetration in the attack and all Murali Vijay & Co had to do was go on the front foot and hit through the line.  Chennai ended with the highest total of this season: 222/5. Gupta gave away 47 from three overs, and even Varun Aaron ended with unflattering figures of 4-0-63-2, the most any bowler has conceded in the history of the event.

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One cannot imagine how important the play off against CSK was for DD, but Sehwag’s captaincy blunder has a big role in letting down Daredevils. Anyway, the match is over and CSK won it with a significant margin. Hence, Delhi Daredevils are out of the tournament now.