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Giants fall just short in thrilling run chase

The Delhi Giants lost their first match at home by five runs to the Chennai Superstars in match 17 of the ICL 20s Indian Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon.

Chasing 167, Marvan Atapattu and Monish Mishra gave the Delhi Giants chase a promising start. The home side reached their fifty in the 6th over to set up the chase.

It was P Syed who broke the 60-run partnership, castling the dangerous Mishra for 36 that included three fours and two sixes.

A brilliant piece of fielding then saw the unfortunate run out of skipper Atapattu curtailing his promising innings of 25.

A disciplined performance in the field from the Chennai Superstars curbed the Delhi Giants scoring rate placing them 106-4 needing 61 runs off the last five overs.

And despite a late onslaught from young Dhruv Mahajan, of 21 runs of 8 balls; the hosts fell short of the target by narrow margin of 5 runs.

A blazing 28-ball 41 by R Sathish and an unbeaten 51 by Hemang Badani propelled the Chennai Superstars to 166-6 in 20 overs.

After skipper Stuart Law chose to bat, the explosive pair of Ian Harvey and Ganpathi Vignesh failed to get their team off to the usual brisk start as Taduri Sudhindra scalped the dangerous Harvey (four) with a beautiful out swinger of the 4th ball of match.

Quick dismissals of Rajamani Jesuraj (five) and Russel Arnold had the Chennai side in deep trouble at 26/3 in the 4th over.

Vignesh and Badani then staged a brief recovery, scoring at around 10 runs per over. But spearhead Shane Bond struck in the in the seventh over, getting the prized wicket of Vignesh, who made a stroke-filled 24 runs off 19 balls including three fours and one six.

Sathish, then, smashed lusty blows on a difficult batting pitch to bring Chennai back in the game. Sathish and Badani stitched a 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket. But Ali Murtaza, who gave away only 11 runs off hit four 4 overs, picked up the prized wicket of R Sathish.

Badani held the fort, bringing his fifty off 44 balls including five fours and one six.

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