Dhoni and Badrinath lift stifled Super Kings
MS Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath played a vital role to help lift the Chennai Super Kings to a total of 176-4 after they had been stifled by a spirited Delhi DareDevils bowling attack at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The pair shared a 4th wicket stand of 97 to help the defending champions fight back after the DareDevils had restricted them to a total of just 68-3 with just 9 overs top go after MS Dhoni won the toss.
Dhoni (63) ended the innings as the Super Kings top scorer closely followed by Badrinath (55) as the pair smashed 71 runs from the last 5 overs to leave the DareDevils facing a run chase of 177.
The Super Kings skipper led the way smashing three sixes during the final two overs as Ajit Agarkar and Irfan Pathan conceded 37 runs during the final two overs to give the home side the momentum.
The visitors, who were playing for pride after seeing their chances of reaching the play offs ended by the Mumbai Indians on Saturday produced an impressive bowling display for stand in skipper James Hopes.
Varun Aaron, who picked up the early wicket of Suresh Raina, was the pick of the bowlers conceding just 20 runs from his 4 overs to help the DareDevils stifle the home side.
Murali Vijay led the way early on, scoring 35 runs before he was caught by Venugopal Rao out on the deep square leg boundary at the end of the 11th over which was bowled by Agarkar.
Vijay led a charmed life though, the opener was dropped twice within the space of two deliveries after James Hopes and Shahbaz Nadeem put down relatively easy chances at the end of the 7th over.
Despite the loss of Michael Hussey (5) in the opening over the Super Kings got off to a good start thanks to Vijay and Raina who shared a 2nd partnership stand of 35.
Although Raina got off to a good start, dispatching Andrew McDonald for a boundary and a six in the 2nd over the Indian international was soon back in the dug out after he succumb to a short delivery from Aaron at the end of the power play overs.