IPL 2013: Chennai Too Strong For Delhi Daredevils
Chennai Super Kings 168-4 (Dhoni 58no) beat
Delhi Daredevils 135-9 by 33 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings moved back to the top of the Indian Premier League 2013 table with a 33-run win over Delhi Daredevils to put themselves back in the best position to aim for their third title.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 58 helped them score 168 for four before Delhi managed just 135 for nine in reply as Albie Morkel took three for 32.
Dwayne Bravo became the tournament's leading wicket-taker with his haul of two for 19 as Chennai completed their 11th victory out of 15 matches.
Dhoni struck two fours and four sixes in an innings that spurred Chennai's innings on after it had been in danger of stalling following a decent start from Mike Hussey (26) and Murali Vijay (31).
Suresh Raina (7) fell cheaply but Dhoni combined with Ravindra Jadeja, who made 24 in 17 balls, to get things back on track and then finished strongly, alongside Bravo, who made 12 not out in eight balls to set Delhi a testing run chase.
They made a poor start when Virender Sehwag was caught behind for a two-ball duck and although the promoted Johan Botha (23) and captain David Warner (44 in 37) did their best to keep their side in touch, they were fighting a losing battle.
Chennai chipped away with wickets and the only stand of note came between Warner and Roelof van der Merwe (14), who put on 39 for the sixth wicket.
Once Warner was seventh out, with the score on 115, the game was definitely over and as Morkel and Bravo shared five wickets, Mohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed a brace apiece to condemn Delhi to their 11th defeat of the season.
Standings: Chennai Super Kings 22 points (15 matches played), Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals 20 (14), Royal Challengers Bangalore 16 (15), Sunrisers Hyderabad 16 (15), Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders 12 (14), DelhI Daredevils 6 (14), Pune Warriors India 4 (14)
© Cricket World 2013
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