Chennai Super Kings 176-4 (Dhoni 63no) beat
Delhi Daredevils 158-6 (Pathan 44no) by 18 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Chennai
Reigning Indian Premier League champions the Chennai Super Kings moved a step closer to reaching the play-offs with an 18-run win over the Delhi Daredevils.
Half-centuries from Subramaniam Badrinath and Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered the men in yellow to a score of 176 for four before the Daredevils, under the tutelage of new captain James Hopes, could only reach 158 for six in reply.
Chennai's score owed plenty to an impressive burst of acceleration at the end of the innings which saw Badrinath make 55 in 43 balls with six fours and a six but he was put into the shade by the brutal hitting of captain Dhoni, who blasted 63 in just 31 deliveries, helping himself to five fours and four maximums.
The earlier dismissals of Michael Hussey (5), Murali Vijay (35) and Suresh Raina (14) had left Chennai with plenty of work to do but they showed why they remain one of the most feared outfits in the competition.
Delhi then made a flying start as Naman Ojha (25) and David Warner (21) put on 30 for the first wicket but they were quickly pegged back as Chennai took wickets.
Albie Morkel removed Ojha while Dwayne Bravo dismissed Warner and the third wicket fell when Ravichandran Ashwin had Colin Ingram well caught by Bravo for five.
Yalaka Venugopal Rao, who made 30 in 20 balls and Irfan Pathan, who remained unbeaten on 44 in 34, attempted to revive the innings but whereas Chennai had been able to accelerate when they needed to, Delhi couldn't find the extra gears, instead losing the wickets of Rao, Hopes (8) and Andrew McDonald (8) to close well behind in the end.
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