Chennai too strong for Delhi

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The Chennai Super Kings stepped up their quest for a third successive Indian Premier League title with a convincing nine-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils in Chepauk on Saturday.

The Chennai Super Kings stepped up their quest for a third successive Indian Premier League title with a convincing nine-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils in Chepauk on Saturday.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's choice to bowl first after winning the toss proved a masterstroke, with Ben Hilfenhaus delivering a telling display.

The Australian fast bowler removed the key scalps of Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Naman Ojha inside the first five over of the innings. Delhi hardly recovered, eventually settling on a modest 114 for five on the back of Yogesh Nagar's standalone 43 not out.

Venugopal Rao and Irfan Pathan, meanwhile, weighed in with 27 and an unbeaten 13. Hilfenhaus finished with figures three for 27 and, for his fine effort, landed the Man of the Match award.

Chennai's chase proved an ease. Michael Hussey set the tone with a fluid 38 at the top of the knock, leaving Murali Vijay's 48 not out and an unbeaten 28 from Suresh Raina to seal the one-sided deal with all of 28 deliveries to spare.

Saturday's result saw the reigning champions rise to third in 2012's nine-team standings, while Delhi remained top despite their defeat.

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