Hayden masterclass floors Delhi
Matthew Hayden unleashed the Mongoose bat on the IPL with a superb 93 while stand-in captain Suresh Raina kept his cool with a fine unbeaten 49 as Chennai Super Kings chased down a stiff target to beat Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Hayden bettered Virender Sehwag's swashbuckling knock earlier to set up Chennai's huge run chase. He missed what would have been his first IPL century by seven runs but his runs had come in manic pace, taking just 43 balls and included seven towering sixes.
Raina joined Hayden when Chennai had lost two early wickets but the stand-in skipper played an admirable support role as Hayden launched into the Delhi bowlers in their chase of 186. Quick wickets towards the end let Delhi in with a chance, but Raina sealed it with a six with five balls remaining.
Earlier, Virender Sehwag slammed a fiery 38-ball 74 to fire Delhi Daredevils to a competitive 185-6. His 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.
Chennai Super Kings 190 for 5 (Hayden 93, Raina 49*) beat Delhi Daredevils 185 for 6 (Sehwag 74, Manhas 32*, Murali 2-25) by five wickets
Player of the match ML Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)
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Match : 2
Deccan Chargers survived a late assault from Irfan Pathan to secure their first home victory in the IPL by six runs.
Deccan were cruising at one stage when Punjab had been reduced to 68-6, but Irfan Pathan raised his team's hopes with a stunning onslaught of 60 from 29 balls. The left-hander, however, fell on the first ball of the final over in which the team needed 19 runs.
Pathan cracked five sixes and three fours in his knock but it didn't prove enough as his team slumped to its third straight defeat in the competition.
Chasing 171, Punjab were set back early in their innings when Manvinder Bisla was run out for a duck, before captain Kumar Sangakkara was sent back by fellow Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas for no score.
Opener Ravi Bopara kept Punjab in the hunt but kept losing wickets at the other end, with Yuvraj Singh falling for four before Mahela Jayawardene and Adrian Barath were sent back cheaply as well.
Vaas' opening spell broke the back of the Punjab batting in which he took two wickets while every other Deccan bowler picked up a wicket each. Andrew Symonds starred for the Chargers with both bat and ball. It was also the first instance that Deccan had beaten Punjab in the IPL in five meetings.
Earlier, the Chargers threw away a cracking start to post 170-7 as the IPL staged its first game at at the Barabati stadium.
Andrew Symonds was the top-scorer with 53 but Deccan failed to build on a perfect launch pad set up by captain Adam Gilchrist, who scored 33 from just 12 balls after Punjab captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and decided to bowl.
Deccan Chargers 170 for 7 (Symonds 53, Yuvraj 2-21) beat Kings XI Punjab 164 for 8 (Irfan 60, Vaas 2-27) by six runs