Hayden, Raina power Chennai to victory
New Delhi: Matthew Hayden unleashed the Mongoose bat on the IPL with a bludgeoning 93 while stand-in captain Suresh Raina kept his cool with a fine unbeaten 49 as Chennai Super Kings chased down a stiff target to beat Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.
Hayden bettered Virender Sehwag's swashbuckling knock earlier to set up Chennai's huge run chase. He missed what would have been his first IPL century by seven runs but his runs had come in manic pace, taking just 43 balls and included seven towering sixes.
Raina joined Hayden when Chennai had lost two early wickets but the stand-in skipper played an admirable support role as Hayden launched into the Delhi bowlers in their chase of 186. Quick wickets towards the end let Delhi in with a chance, but Raina sealed it with a six with five balls remaining.
Earlier, Virender Sehwag slammed a fiery 38-ball 74 to fire Delhi Daredevils to a competitive 185-6. His early onslaught set up the Delhi middle order to provide a late burst which took them to an impressive target after stand-in captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and opted to bat.
Sehwag lashed 10 fours and three sixes even as Delhi lost opener David Warner early for six. Warner, who had replaced the injured Gautam Gambhir in the line-up, failed to impress in his first game of this season.
Sehwag, however, continued his charge along with Tillakaratne Dilshan, until Muttiah Muralitharan dealt a double blow to get rid of both batsmen in succession. Dilshan contributed just 15 out of their partnership of 67. AB de Villiers was next to go, falling to a diving Suresh Raina catch for two.
Delhi, however, quelled the Chennai fightback as Dinesh Karthik, Mithun Manhas and Rajat Bhatia provided a late surge to the hosts. Manhas scored a quickfire unbeaten 32 while Bhatia slammed 21 from just nine balls.