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Chennai remains in the hunt, beat Delhi







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Ben Hilfenhaus moves the ball and swings matches for his side. His influential early spell settled the issue at Chepauk on Saturday.

After restricting Delhi Daredevils to 114 for five — Hilfenhaus scalped three with the new ball — Chennai Super Kings eased home by nine wickets in a one-sided IPL-V game at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.

With 15 points and two matches remaining, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are in the hunt for a play-off spot.

When CSK chased, the left-right opening combination of Michael Hussey (38) and Murali Vijay (48 not out) disrupted Daredevils’ strength — its pace bowling — with footwork and enterprise. The threat from Morne Morkel on a surface where there was fair carry for the bowlers was handled capably.

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Both Hussey and Vijay flicked with panache when the bowlers erred in line. Vijay also flashed Umesh Yadav through the off-side and timed Varun Aaron over covers for the maximum — his batting in this innings had poise and balance.

Hussey — he slashed Aaron for a six after dancing down — was picked up at point off Irfan Pathan but Vijay and a rampant Suresh Raina of bat-speed and aggression closed out the match for CSK.

Earlier, Hilfenhaus held centrestage after CSK elected to field. He brings swing bowling into sharp focus. The duel between the Aussie and the swashbuckling Delhi opening duo was a much-awaited one. Hilfenhaus nailed it.



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