Super Kings keep pace at top

  • Last Updated: May 10 2014, 22:14 BST

A review of Saturday's Indian Premier League action with wins for Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Helped the Super Kings to victory
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Helped the Super Kings to victory

Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets to move level on points with IPL leaders Kings XI Punjab.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit 22 not out from 12 deliveries to see the Super Kings to a target of 158 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Opener Dwayne Smith set up the pursuit with a 51-ball 57 but 11 were still needed heading into the final over, which started with two wides from Mumbai seamer Kieron Pollard.

Dhoni then hit a six to midwicket and slapped the next delivery through the covers to seal victory, completing a miserable day for Pollard who had earlier been dismissed for a golden duck.

The Indians made 157-6 after being sent in to bat, Ambati Rayudu top scoring with 59 containing four sixes, while Super Kings spinner Ravi Aswin claimed 3-30.

The result is Chennai's seventh win in nine matches this season and they trail the Kings XI, who have a game in hand, only on net run-rate.

Defending champions Mumbai are second from bottom of the eight-team league after their sixth defeat out of eight.

Kevin Pietersen's Delhi Daredevils lost a rain-affected game against Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets, their fourth straight defeat.

Skipper Pietersen hit 35 off 19 balls to launch Delhi towards a total of 143-7 at Feroz Shah Kotla before the weather intervened.

The Sunrisers' run chase was twice delayed by rain and, in the end, they reached a Duckworth-Lewis target of 43 from five overs with four balls to spare.

Naman Ojha blasted the visitors across the winning line with a pair of sixes in his 13 not out from three deliveries.

The result leaves the Sunrisers in fourth place in the table, six points behind leaders Kings XI Punjab, while the Daredevils are bottom with just two wins from nine matches.


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