New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings inflicted a crushing 86-run defeat on Delhi Daredevils, handing out the sixth consecutive loss to the home team whose miseries show no signs of end with a pathetic batting display by the top and middle order in their Pepsi Indian Premier League match on Thursday.


On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings, desperate to get back to their winning ways, capitalized on some ineffective bowling by Delhi Daredevils to put up a challenging score of 169 for four on the back of a scintillating 65 not out by veteran Mike Hussey and swashbuckling innings by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (23-ball 44).
Daredevils suffered the ignominy of being bowled out for 83 inside 18 overs overs and it became the season's lowest total.
Delhi Daredevils' miseries compounded as unheralded medium pacer Mohit Sharma bowled an impressive opening spell in which he removed David Warner and Virender Sehwag, literally shutting the match out for the hosts. Sharma capped off an impressive bowling figure of three for 10.
Theoretically a possibility remains for qualification in the knock-out but based on current performance, it will be a great achievement if Delhi can avoid ending at the bottom of the heap, which they are in now. Kedar Jadhav's 28-ball 31 was the lone bright spot as the other batsmen hardly showed any stomach for putting up a fight.
The CSK bowlers maintained a disciplined line throughout made it even tougher for the home team batsmen to break the shackles. There were no significant partnerships as most of the batsmen were out playing some atrocious shots.

Warner (1) was played on trying to go for a cut shot while Sehwag (17) mistimed a pull shot to hole out in the deep. Daredevils' experiment with Manprit Juneja seemed to have hit the dead end as he failed once again.
After a half-century in the first game, skipperJayawardene's woeful IPL form continued as he managed only six from 11 deliveries before being adjudged leg before off Chris Morris.
Having lost the top four batsmen inside the powerplay, it was impossible for the hosts to make a comeback and CSK ensured that the script is followed as per their terms.
Earlier, Hussey created a launch pad for Dhoni to finish with a flourish as the visitors put up an impressive display.
Hussey carried his bat through the innings with a well-crafted 50-ball knock, which was laced with six fours and two sixes, while Suresh Raina (30) contributed up front as the CSK top-order entertained the packed crowd at the Feroze ShahKotla Stadium.
Electing to bat, Chennai Super Kings were off to a good start, courtesy openers Murali Vijay and Hussey. Both went about their business in style with Vijay smack ing two fours off Umesh Yadav in his first over.

Chennai Super Kings:
Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramanium Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, M S Dhoni (C), Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Morris, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma.
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (C), Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Manpreet Juneja, Jeevan Mendis, Kedar Jadhav, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ajit Agarkar and Umesh Yadav.


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