Super Kings outgun Daredevils

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A dominant batting performance powered the Chennai Super Kings to a comfortable eight-wicket triumph over the Delhi Daredevils in Monday's important Indian Premier League fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

A dominant batting performance powered the Chennai Super Kings to a comfortable eight-wicket triumph over the Delhi Daredevils in Monday's important Indian Premier League fixture at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

England exile Kevin Pietersen fell for a first-ball duck in the Daredevils' final total of 178 for five, which was built on the back of wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik's commanding half-century and closing cameos from South African recruit JP Duminy and homegrown talent Kedar Jadhav.

The Chennai bowlers lacked penetration, with Indian seamer Mohit Sharma and Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus proving particularly expensive. Hilfenhaus, however, did boast the dismissal of the dangerous Karthik.

The Super Kings' pursuit was prompt. West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Smith struck 79 to fellow opener Brendon McCullum's 32, ensuring an 82-run alliance inside the opening dozen overs.

Indian pair Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were, later, at hand to cap victory with two deliveries to spare. Smith was named Man of the Match for a cavalier innings that featured four fours and eight handsome sixes.

The result propelled the Chennai franchise to the top of the eight-team standings, while the Daredevils were left to languish in seventh position. Tuesday's IPL match will see the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore clash at the Wankhede Stadium.

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