Chennai win thriller

Delhi, May 8:

Partisan fans at the Feroz Shah Kotla were treated to a cracker of a match as the Chennai Super Kings pulled off a dramatic last-ball win, sneaking past Delhi Daredevils’ 187/5 by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chennai recovered to restrict the hosts to under 200 after Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan added a record third-wicker stand of 121 and that proved critical before a thrilling chase.

Chennai were given a 62-run start inside seven overs with S Vidyut batting purposefully before falling for for 40, but Stephen Fleming kept the momentum with Chennai. With Mahendra Dhoni keeping the ball along the grass, Fleming went for his shots. Albie Morkel made up with 25 off a Virender Sehwag over.

Dhoni threatened to seal the deal but Yo Mahesh returned to snap up two wickets in the 19th over and that left Chennai with 15 to get off six balls.

Sehwag gave the task to Malik and it proved a disaster. M Gony slogged the first ball over midwicket for six, a wide followed, and a thick edge past the wicketkeeper sent the crowd into silence. A single to mid-on set the stage for S Badrinath, who tied the scores with a two, and won it with another over mid-on.