With the help of a brilliant 4-wicket haul from Shadab Jakati, Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 18 runs in their IPL match at Johannesburg.
Chasing a target of 164 runs, Delhi lost Gautam Gambhir and AB de Villiers to Chennai’s Sudeep Tyagi. Gambhir perished to a stunning catch from Raina, while de Villiers was bowled out.
Chennai spinner Shadab Jakati soon flummoxed Tillakratne Dilshan with his flight and dismissed him for 13 runs.
Earlier, left-arm pacers Ashish Nehra and Dirk Nannes took three wickets each as Delhi Daredevils bundled out Chennai Super Kings for 163 in their Indian Premier League match.
Nehra and Nannes returned with identical figures of 3/27 while medium pacer Rajat Bhatia chipped in with 2/17 to give the Delhi batters a reasonable target of 167 at the Wanderers which is hosting the first match of the tournament.
Put into bat by Daredevils stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir, the Super Kings scored at a brisk pace initially and were well on course for a much bigger total as they were 134 for four after the 15th over.
But, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side could add only 29 runs from the last five overs while losing six wickets.
Jacob Oram (3), Dhoni (6), Sudeep Jakati (13), Laxmipathy Balaji (2) and Muttiah Muralitharan (3) did little for the team’s cause.
Nannes took two wickets — that of Oram and Dhoni — in successive balls in the 18th over to strike body blow to the Chennai hopes of a competitive total.
The Chennai side began on a strong note but lost two quick wickets — of openers Matthew Hayden (30) and Murali Vijay (14) — to reduce to 53 for in the sixth over.
Vijay could not contribute much in his IPL debut and was out in fifth over off Nehra.
Hayden, who hit a half century in Super Kings’ nine-run loss in Durban in their first match against the same opponents, followed his much younger partner to the hut in the next over after living dangerously while also hitting some lusty blows.
He could not beat AB de Villiers at long on in the sixth over after scoring a 19-ball 30 which included four fours and one six.
Chennai shifted gear after being 77 for three at the halfway mark and added 57 runs in the next five overs though also losing the wicket of one-down Suresh Raina for 32.
S Badrinath showed his intent by hitting two sixes and two fours from the 11th and 12th overs before Bhatia broke the dangerous looking third wicket stand of 66 from 41 balls by removing Raina caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan at mid-wicket boundary.
Raina faced 21 balls from which he hit two fours and an equal number of sixes.
Badrinath, who was looking good for his fifty, gifted his wicket by playing across the line only to see his timbers knocked down by a Bhatia yorker for a 34-ball 45 which had four fours and two sixes.
Albie Morkel (4) did little for the team’s cause out caught and bowled by Nehra in the 16th over.