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Chennai Super Kings topped the table with a comfortable 33-run win over Delhi Daredevils at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. CSK, led by captain MS Dhoni posted a massive 168, before their bowlers restricted DD to 135 for nine.
Chasing 169, DD lost Virender Sehwag (0) in the very first over of the run-chase as he edged Mohit Sharma to Dhoni behind the stumps. Johan Botha smashed a six and a boundary off Jason Holder in the fourth over. Unmukt Chand (16) then launched Mohit Sharma over the ropes before top-edging an attempted slog-sweep only to find Holder.
Botha (23) was then caught by Holder off Ravichandran Ashwin in the seventh over. The wickets continued to tumble as Kedar Jadhav (2) was caught behind off Albie Morkel in the eighth over. DD were left reeling with half their side gone as Ben Rohrer (4) flicked Morkel to Ashwin at square-leg. At the halfway stage, DD were 65 for five, requiring 104 runs.
David Warnerplayed a lone hand, hitting Morkel for a maximum in the 12th over. Roelof van der Merwe (14) perished trying to up the run rate as he was caught by Suresh Raina at long-on. Needing 59 from 24 balls, Warner (44) was seventh out, caught by Murali Vijay at the boundary off Morkel. Dwayne Bravo then struck twice – to get the Purple Cap; he first got past the defenses of Irfan Pathan (4) before having Ashish Nehra (0) caught behind. DD eventually fell short by 33 runs.
Earlier CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. Vijay was given a lucky break as Kedar Jadhav put him down on two off the bowling of Nehra. Michael Hussey then smashed consecutive boundaries off Irfan Pathan in the fourth over. Hussey and Vijay went after Botha hitting him for two boundaries and a six as CSK made 47 from their Power Play. Vijay (31) was the first batsman to be dismissed after Ben Rohrer threw down the stumps directly. Hussey (26) top edged a pull off Umesh Yadav and was caught by Sehwag. Raina (7) followed him caught by Warner off van der Merwe.
Dhoni walked in to bat in the 11th over and launched Pathan over the ropes in the 12th over. He was given a reprieve on 14 when Siddarth Kaul dropped a return catch. Dhoni then smashed Nehra for a massive six before following it up with a boundary. Yadav bowled Ravindra Jadeja (24) to leave CSK four down in the 17th over. Dhoni however continued attacking, hitting two sixes and two boundaries in the 18th and 19th over. CSK finished with 168 for four.
Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 168 for 4 (MS Dhoni 58; Umesh Yadav 2-26) defeated Delhi Daredevils 135 for 9 (David Warner 44; Albie Morkel 3-32) by 33 runs.
Chasing 175, Shaun Marsh and Gilchrist hit a couple of fluent boundaries.Zaheer Khan, playing his first match of the tournament, after being hit for a boundary by Marsh (8) came back to send the batsman’s off-stump cart-wheeling. Azhar Mahmood, promoted up the order, dismissed Moises Henriques for three successive boundaries as KXIP made 46 from their Power Play. Gilchrist smashed consecutive boundaries off Jaydev Unadkat in the 9th over. At the halfway stage KXIP were 79 for one, still requiring 96 runs.
Gilchrist and Mahmood rotated the strike well and the pair added 118 for the second wicket. Gilchrist brought up his first half-century of the season in style as he hit Zaheer Khan for a six. Mahmood then launched Muttiah Muralitharan over the ropes to bring up his half-century.
Needing 36 from 30, Mahmood (61) fell as he holed out toAB de Villiers in the deep. However Gilchrist (85*) continued attacking, hitting consecutive sixes off Muralitharan. David Miller (2) was bowled by Muralitharan, but the wicket came a little too late for RCB.Rajagopal Sathish (12*) pulled Vinay Kumar for a maximum as KXIP reached the target with 11 balls remaining.
Earlier KXIP won the toss and put RCB in. RCB started slowly before losing Cheteshwar Pujara (19) in the fifth over caught by David Miller off Parvinder Awana. RCB made only 31 from their Power Play overs. Chris Gayle, struggling to find his touch was lucky to survive a LBW appeal off Awana in the seventh over. RCB started to accelerate in the twelfth over as Virat Kohlistepped out and launched Piyush Chawla for a six.
Gony was taken apart for 22 runs in the 15th over as Gayle slammed three successive sixes. Kohli then hit a six and a boundary off Awana in the next over. The duo added 137 runs for the second wicket. Kohli was caught off Mahmood off a no-ball in the 17th over. Sandeep Sharma’s fourth over – 18th of the innings - was plundered for 20 overs, as Gayle hit yet another six. Gayle (77) smashed Awana for a six, before the bowler shattered the off-stump. de Villiers (6) then was bowled after he too smashed a six. Kohli (58) fell in the final over as RCB posted 174 for five.
Man-of-the-match: Adam Gilchrist
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 174 for 5 (Chris Gayle 77; Parvinder Awana 3-39) lost to Kings XI Punjab 176 for 3 in 18.1 overs (Adam Gilchrist 85; Zaheer Khan 1-30) by 7 wickets.