Delhi Giants v Chennai Superstars, ICL, Gurgaon October 24, 2008

Chennai squeeze out narrow win

Cricinfo staff

Chennai Superstars 166 for 6 (Badani 51*, Sathish 41) beat Delhi Giants 161 for 8 (Mishra 36) by five runs
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Hemang Badani highlighted his worth to Chennai © ICL

Chennai Superstars remained atop the ICL points table thanks to a five-run win over Delhi Giants, who slipped to their third defeat. It was a close game, with Delhi hitting 19 off the last over when needing 25, but ultimately the brace of top-order wickets were responsible for their defeat.

Having chosen to bat, Chennai's start was poor. Ian Harvey fell for 4, edging TP Sudhindra, R Jesuraj was run out for 5, and Abid Nadi trapped Russel Arnold lbw first ball. It was an uncharacteristic top-order failure, and Chennai owed plenty to a 77-run stand between Hemang Badani and R Sathish.

Nabi's second over went for 16, with Badani hitting 14 of them. G Vignesh played a few handsome shots but Shane Bond needed just four deliveries to strike. Vignesh backed away too far and was bowled for 24. Enter Sathish, who collected four boundaries in eight balls. With Badani smartly rotating the strike and finding the boundary, Chennai were back on course.

Sathish picked up two more boundaries and a six in his 28-ball 41. Captain Stuart Law proved his worth with a cameo 28 from 17 and Badani finished unbeaten on 51 from 45 balls. Chennai finished on 166 for 6, meaning Delhi needed to score at 8.35 an over to win.

Not for the first time, Delhi lost steam after a good start. Marvan Atapattu, who had just 29 runs in three games before this, and Monish Mishra hit 60 in 7.2 overs. Mishra was belligerent, carving 36 from 20 balls, before he was first out, bowled around his legs by Syed Mohammad. Atapattu was run out for 25 just after and Nantie Hayward removed Syed Abbas Ali for 3. Abhinav Bali's wicket, bowled by Sathish for 10, hurt Delhi further.

"The team haven't been getting starts, though, and I've been going in with us needing 10 and 11 an over and having to hit boundaries from ball one," Paul Nixon said before this match. When Nixon walked in at 90 for 3 in the 13th over, Delhi indeed needed boundaries. They didn't come at any quick rate however, even though Nixon slapped Hayward for three in four balls. Shabbir Ahmed cleaned up Nixon for 24 at the start of the 19th over and Delhi went into the last over, bowled by Bond, needing 25. They got 19 thanks to some lusty hitting from Dhruv Mahajan.