Saturday 12 May 2012 

IPL 2012: Chennai Romp To Victory Over Delhi

IPL 2012: Chennai Romp To Victory Over Delhi
IPL 2012: Chennai Romp To Victory Over Delhi
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Chennai Super Kings 115-1 (Vijay 48no) beat
Delhi Daredevils114-5 by nine wickets
Indian Premier League 2012, Chennai

Defending Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings roared back into contention with a second win on the bounce, beating Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets at Chennai.

Chennai won the toss and put the Daredevils into bat. Delhi got off to the most horrific start possible as Ben Hilfenhaus put them in all kinds of trouble. They were reduced to 24 for four in the sixth over and the game was over from then on.

Virender Sehwag was first out, bowled by the Aussie for four, as he went on to account for centurion David Warner (8) and Naman Ojha (3) as well. At the other end, Albie Morkel removed Mahela Jayawardene for eight runs.

Yalaka Venugopal Rao and Yogesh Nagar then brought some stability to the innings, with a 48-run partnership. Rao made 27 off 24 balls, with two sixes, before he was out caught in the 14th over. Nagar topscored with 43 off 47 balls, hitting one four and one six, but the damage had already been done early on.

But there was only little he could do. With Irfan Pathan, who scored 13 off 17 balls, he helped Delhi cross the 100-run mark and finish at 114 for five in their 20 overs. Hilfenhaus finished with three for 27 in his four overs, Morkel took one for 15 and Ashwin one for 17 in their respective spells.

Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay gave a rousing start to Chennai, putting up 75 runs for the first wicket. If Delhi had any hopes of a fight back, this poured cold water all over it.

They did manage to get Hussey out in the 11th over, but after he made 38 off 32 balls. He hit five fours and one six. Vijay then joined by Suresh Raina shepherded their team to victory with ease. Vijay was unbeaten on 48 off 40 balls, including five fours and one six.

Raina was not out on 28 off 20 balls, with one four and two six, as Chennai romped home with more than four overs to spare.

With this win, Chennai move into fourth with 15 points, just ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore on run-rate. Delhi are still top of the table with 18 points but with three games remaining, they still haven't qualified for the play-offs just yet.

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