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Hayden back in form, Crushes Delhi Dare Devils

New Delhi: Hayden did the magic this time for Chennai Super Kings. Hayden’s fabulous 93 of just 43 balls including 9 fours and 6 sixes did not made Chennai Super Kings the absence of Dhoni in this match. New Captain Raina contributed with his 49 of 34 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes) giving Chennai Super Kings second victory in this tournament.

Earlier Virender Sehwag slammed a fiery 38-ball 74 to fire Delhi Daredevils to a competitive 185-6 against Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.

Sehwag’s 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.

Both teams had been jolted by injuries to their captains, with Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir out with a hamstring strain and his Chennai counterpart MS Dhoni suffering an elbow injury. Suresh Raina was leading the Chennai side.

Delhi made three changes to their side with David Warner, Rajat Bhatia and Umesh Yadav replacing Gambhir, Farveez Maharoof and Sarabjit Ladda. Chennai made two changes; Parthiv Patel and Joginder Sharma for Dhoni and Manpreet Gony.

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