first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath scored half-centuries in Chennai’s 18-run win over Delhi during an IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing 177, Delhi could only manage to score 158/6 against a superior Chennai side in this 56th IPL match.Keeping in mind the massive 177-run target Delhi openers Naman Ojha and David Warner got off to a quick start. But, the quick start came to an abrupt halt in the third over when Ojha took the aerial route off Chennai paceman Albie Morkel. The ball took a long loop only to land in the safe hands of Shadab Jakati at mid-off when the team total was 30. Ojha scored 25.Soon new man Colin Ingram too was back in the dugout after a superlative catch by Dwayne Bravo off R Ashwin saw him get out on 7. And Delhi were down to 54/2 on the first ball of the 8th over.Bravo not just showed his prowess in the field but also performed with the ball. He got rid of Delhi opener David Warner. Warner tried to pull Bravo, but Murali Vijay cut short his stroke by taking a neat catch in the deep. Warner departed on 21 and Delhi lost their third wicket on 64 in the 10th over.On the first ball of the 16th over, a turner off R Ashwin uprooted Venugopal Rao’s off stump and he fell for 30 and Delhi were down to 107/4.Bravo struck again in the 18th over and got rid of captain James Hopes, leading the side in the absence of captain Virender Sehwag, cheaply even as Delhi were reduced to 127/5 and were looking down the barrel.advertisementIn the last over Delhi Andrew McDonald fell to Doug Bollinger and Delhi were 150/6 with four balls remaining in their innings.Chennai inningsSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath scored half-centuries as Chennai posted a commanding 176/4 against Delhi.Earlier, Chennai captain M.S. Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the 56th IPL match of the season. But Chennai failed to bag an early advantage as Delhi paceman Irfan Pathan got rid of opener Michael Hussey in the sixth ball of the innings trapping him leg-before when Chennai were batting 6.Post that setback, Chennai opener Murali Vijay and left-hand batsman Suresh Raina tried to get the innings back on track, but in the sixth over Delhi paceman Varun Aaron, touted as the fastest bowler in the country, scalped Raina on 14 with Pathan performing the final rites at long on. Chennai lost their second wicket on 41.Later Murali Vijay and S Badrinath got going against the Delhi attack, but their partnership too did not last long as Delhi medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar despatched Vijay in the 11th over as Chennai lost their third wicket on 68. Vijay scored 35 off 33 balls.Then Chennai skipper M.S. Dhoni hit a couple of good shots towards the fence to raise his team’s tempo.Soon Dhoni and S Badrinath got going against Delhi bowlers, thwarting their attack, stealing the runs and putting those odd ones past the boundary. Gradually and steadily the Chennai run rate started to increase.Finally, S Badrinath was run out on 55 in a bid to increase the run rate in the last over off Irfan Pathan. But, the damage had already been done as Badrinath and skipper M.S Dhoni scored 96 runs for the fourth wicket.Post Badrinath’s dismissal, Dhoni hit two over the fence shots even as the last over fetched 17 runs and Chennai ended their innings on 176/4. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 63.last_img