Convincing win for Chennai


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Chennai: Chennai Super Kings handed Delhi Daredevils their 11th loss of IPL 2013, with a 33-run victory at the M.A Chidambaram stadium on Tuesday.

Chasing 169 for victory, Delhi were never really in the hunt as they lost Virender Sehwag for a second-ball duck, after the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ edged a delivery from Mohit Sharma to Dhoni. Unmukt Chand and Johan Botha looked good, but were in a hurry to score, and perished with Jason Holder holding the ball in his hands.

Delhi skipper David Warner launched a counter attack, but was running out of partners as Chennai decided to stamp their authority on the match. As Rohrer and Jadhav walked away without making a substantial contribution, Warner tried his best, making 44, before being caught by Murali Vijay off Albie Morkel (3/32).

Whatever little hope Delhi had, disappeared. They finished 33 runs short at 135/9.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The right-hander led from the front, top-scoring with a knock of 58*, that consisted of two fours and four sixes.

Openers Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey put together a 61-run partnership for the first wicket before the former was run out by Ben Rohrer for 31. Hussey fell for 26, while Raina fell for 7 and this brought Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja together. Dhoni smashed Pathan for a six, while Jadeja struck a four each off Siddharth Kaul and Roelof van der Merwe. Ashish Nehra was then smacked for 16, before Umesh Yadav struck by removing Ravindra Jadeja’s off stump.

Chennai Super Kings moved to 131/4 after 17 overs.

After hitting a slower delivery from Siddharth Kaul over the roof, Dhoni picked on Nehra yet again, hitting a six and a four, before trading strike with Dwayne Bravo, who helped himself to a four. The penultimate over would yield 18 runs, and a tight final over from Umesh Yadav fetched Chennai 8 runs as they finished with a total of 168/4.

It would be good enough to take them to the top of the points table with 22 points.

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