Chennai claim their biggest win

2014-04-22 00:00

ISHWAR Pandey, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all claimed two wickets apiece as Chennai Super Kings claimed their biggest ever Indian Premier League victory, a 93-run triumph, over Delhi Daredevils at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

After posting a competitive 177 for seven built around Suresh Raina’s 56 off 41 deliveries and a 32 of 18 balls blitz by MS Dhoni, the former champions then dismissed Delhi for just 84.

Proteas Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis was outstanding in the field with two stunning catches, while Pandey picked up two for 23, Jadeja two for 18 and Ashwin the remarkable figures of two for three in two overs.

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first, Delhi, already without captain Kevin Pietersen, suffered a big blow in the first over when they lost key bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile to injury while fielding.

Chennai were off to a flying start thanks to Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith with the pair taking 23 from the first three overs.

Later Raina, after a cagey start, helped take Chennai past 50 in the ninth over. Along with Smith, they put on 50 in 44 balls.

Then India batsman Murali Vijay was surprisingly tossed the ball and gave Chennai even more momentum by conceding nine in an over, most of them to Raina, who then notched up a 19th IPL career 50 from 36 deliveries.

The 100 was raised with 37 deliveries still to go, but Jimmy Neesham then struck to remove the dangerous Raina.

But Dhoni continued to pummel the bowling, raising the 150 with two overs to go, although he and Jadeja (seven) both fell in Unadkat’s 19th over. However, with 58 coming in the last four overs, the Super Kings managed to set a more than competitive total.

The reply was a poor one from Delhi and they never recovered from slipping to 17 for three in the fifth over.

Stand-in Delhi captain Dinesh Karthik made 21 and was the sixth wicket to fall, but by then the game was lost as Chennai secured a first win of the season.

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