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Delhi beats Chennai after De Villiers century

Delhi beats Chennai after De Villiers century

AB de Villiers struck an outstanding 105 not out and seam bowler Pradeep Sangwan took 3-28 to guide the Delhi Daredevils to a thrilling nine-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League match at Kingsmead on Thursday.
After being set on course by De Villiers' contribution to a Delhi total of 189-5, left-arm medium pacer Sangwan claimed the key wickets of Parthiv Patel (16), Matthew Hayden (57), Suresh Raina (41) to reduced Chennai to 180-9.
Hayden's 50 was the fastest of the tournament, knocking it off in just 22 balls. He stroked five boundaries and three sixes. Hayden and Patel put on 57 for the first wicket before Patel miscued to cover point where De Villiers held on to a fine catch.
The former Australia opener fell in the eighth over, sending a slower Sangwan delivery skywards to give Dirk Nannes of Australia an easy catch.
New Zealand left-arm spin bowler Daniel Vettori (2-29) also bowled four tidy overs, getting the breakthrough in the middle of the innings with the wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who nicked a top-spinner behind to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.
Raina was then caught in the covers by De Villiers, off another Sangwan delivery.
Chennai needed 15 runs off the final over to snatch a remarkable win, but their pursuit was hindered when Joginder Sharma (4) and Lakshmipathy Balaji (0) were both run out.
Earlier, De Villiers' dashing 105 off 54 balls had salvaged Delhi's flagging innings after they lost both openers Gautam Gambhir (0) and Virender Sehwag (6) inside the first two overs. The South African batsman was well-supported by Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 50.
Man-of-the-match De Villiers admitted that Delhi's original plan was for him to bat through and let others take on the bowlers.
"I was a bit scratchy in the first fifty, then after that I decided to play my shorts," he said. "The Chennai bowlers bowled well to restrict us to 189 on this Kingsmead track which is nice to bat on."
Chennai captain Dhoni said his team's bowling gave Delhi an advantage.
"We didn't bowl well in the last overs. We were not anywhere close to how we bowled in the first spell. It's an area we need to work on."


Updated : 2021-10-19 03:45 GMT+08:00