Defending champions Chennai Super Kings did the expected as they defeated high-fliers Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets to move up to the fourth spot on the Indian Premier league leaderboard here Saturday.
Asked to bat first, the Daredevils never recovered from a disastrous start and were restricted to 114 for five, thanks in the main to Yogesh Nagar(43 not out) as seamers Ben Hilfenhaus (3 for 27) and Albie Morkel (1 for 15) did the bulk of damage.
In reply, the Super Kings made light of target with openers Michael Hussey (38) and Murali Vijay (48 not out) putting on 75 runs and then Suresh Raina blasting a 20-ball 28 not out to take the hosts to 115 in 15.2 overs.
The victory, their seventh, took the Super Kings tally to 15, behind Daredevils (18), Kolkata Knight Riders (17) and Mumbai Indians (16).
Faced with a modest total, the Super Kings looked keen to score at a brisk rate with intention to boost their net run rate that couldcome into play in the event of a tie for positions at the conclusion of the league.Image: Chennai Super Kings' Ben Hilfenhaus, left, celebrates the dismissal of Delhi Daredevils' David Warner during the Indian Premier League cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 12, 2012.Text: IANSImages
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