After restricting Delhi Daredevils to 114/5, Murali Vijay (48 not out) led a strong Chennai Super Kings batting unit to register a thumping 9-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in a crucial Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Saturday.
With their victory over the table-toppers Delhi, Chennai jumped a place upward to the fourth position in the IPL table with 15 points from 14 matches. Delhi remained on top of the pile with 18 points from 13 matches.
Vijay and Suresh Raina (28 not out) make sure that there were no hiccup in the chase as they added unbeaten 40-run stand for the second wicket and achieved the modest target with 4.4 overs to spare.
Vijay smashed a six and five boundaries in his clinical 40-ball knock whereas Raina whacked two huge sixes and a four in his 20-ball whirlwind innings.
Chennai lost their only wicket in the eleventh over when Michael Hussey (38) got out after adding a 75-run opening stand with Vijay.
Irfan Pathan gave Delhi a crucial breakthrough but it was too little too late. Hussey hit a six and five boundaries in his quick 32-ball innings as he laid a solid platform for the hosts to win the match comfortably.
Hussey and Vijay helped Chennai raced to fifty in just 6.3 overs against Delhi.
Electing to bowl, pacer Ben Hilfenhaus (3-27) led a discipline Chennai attack to restrict Delhi to 114/5.
Yogesh Nagar top-score for the visitors with unbeaten 43 off 47 balls which included a six and a four in his patient knock. Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten on 13 off 17 balls.
For Chennai, Albie Morkel (1-15) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1-17) took a wicket each as they supported the red-hot Hilfenhaus perfectly.
Delhi lost Venugopal Rao (26) after he tried to revive their innings with Nagar. Ashwin dismissed Rao in the fourteenth over to break the 48-run fifth wicket partnership between Rao and Nagar. Rao hit two sixes in his quick 24-ball innings.
Sent in to bat, Delhi lost four top-order batsmen inside six overs to give upper hand to hosts Chennai.
Albie Morkel dismissed Mahela Jayawardene (8) in the sixth over to reduce Delhi to 24/4 in 5.2 overs.
Delhi lost Jayawardene soon after Naman Ojha (3) became the third victim of Chennai pacer Ben Hilfenhaus three balls earlier.
Table-toppers Delhi started their innings on the wrong foot as they lost David Warner (8) and skipper Virender Sehwag (4) inside three overs.
Hilfenhaus continue his good outing in the league as he dismissed Warner in his second over to reduce Delhi to 12/2 in 2.1 overs. Warner hit a four in his short 9 balls stay but he failed to carry on with his century-making form in the last game against Deccan Chargers.
The Aussie pacer Hilfenhaus gave hosts Chennai a perfect start when he got better of Sehwag in the very first over of the match.
Earlier, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to field against Delhi.
Chennai bring in spinner Shadab Jakati in the playing eleven replacing pacer Yo Mahesh.
Delhi made two changes in the team as Roelf van der Merwe replaced Andre Russell and Umesh Yadav returned in the place of Shahbaz Nadeem.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay.
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Naman Ojha (wk), Venugopal Rao, Yogesh Nagar, Morne Morkel, Roelf van der Merwe, Varun Aaron, David Warner.
1st Inning Highlights: IPL 2012 – CSK vs DD, Match 59
2nd Inning Highlights: IPL 2012 – CSK vs DD, Match 59