26th May: Chennai S. Kings v Mumbai I, 14:30 GMT
24th-28th May: 2nd Test, Headingley
Delhi Daredevils 113-4 (Gambhir 57no) beat
Chennai Super Kings 112-9 (Nehra 3-26) by six wickets
Indian Premier League, Chennai
Gautam Gambhir stroked an unbeaten half-century to guide the Delhi Daredevils to a desperately-needed six-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The win keeps the Daredevils in the hunt for a semi-final place and it came about after they held the Chennai Super Kings to just 112 for nine but struggled in reply, captain Gambhir's 57 not out in 56 balls helping them recover from a position of six for three early on.
The match was hardly a showcase for great batting, or great fielding as bowlers held sway and batsmen queued up to give their wickets away with a string of ill-judged shots.
Chennai, who won the toss and chose to set a target, slipped to 55 for six and Doug Bollinger's unbeaten 16 contained the only six of the innings, blasted over long off with some defiance.
Subramaniam Badrinath, dismissed from the final ball of the innings, top scored with 30 before becoming Ashish Nehra's third wicket.
The Daredevils then contrived to make a game of it by losing Virender Sehwag (4), David Warner (0) and Tillkaratne Dilshan (1) as Bollinger returned two for 24.
However, Gambhir stood firm and after the dismissal of Dinesh Karthik for 13, he combined with Mithun Manhas to put on 75 for the unbroken fifth wicket.
Gambhir hit five fours in his innings, which was certainly not one of his prettiest or most fluent, but probably one of his most important in a Daredevils shirt.
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