Delhi pips Chennai in nail-biting finish

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 20:01 [IST]
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Delhi beat Chennai in a cliffhanger

Durban: A spectacular century by De Villiers (105*) helped Delhi Daredevils to beat Chennai Superking by 9 runs at Kingsmed on Thursday.

AB De Villiers scored an unbeaten 105 off 54 delivers to help Delhi to score the record total in the IPL. The South African hit five fours and six sixes to become the first centurion of IPL II. Spare a thought for Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan, whose was equally prolific in his supporting role, smashing 50 off 27 balls.

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Chennai fightback was lead by veteran Matthew Hayden who scored 57 of 27 balls. Hayden fell with 100 runs needed off 73 deliveries, but Suresh Raina ensured that momentum wasn"t lost by collecting his runs at a healthy strike-rate. He, however, holed out to deep mid-on with 51 needed off 35 balls, leaving Flintoff and Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel with the responsibility of pursuing the target.

Flintoff needed a match-winning performance to justify his $1.5 million price tag, but he failed once more and at present is competing with countryman Kevin Pietersen for the tag of the tournament"s priciest flop.

Needing 24 off the last two overs Chennai lost Subramaniam Badrinath and Manpreet Gony within two balls of each other and had Joginder Sharma and MS Gony run out in consecutive deliveries, leaving Morkel needing to smash 11 from two - an improbable task which he failed.

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