Matthew Hayden butchered Delhi Daredevils bowlers with a breathtaking 43-ball 93 to power Chennai Super Kings to a thrilling five wicket win in their Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Friday .
Chennai were chasing a competitive 186 to win but Hayden toyed with the Delhi attack and raised a crucial 78-run third wicket partnership with stand-in skipper Suresh Raina, who scored a sensible unbeaten 49. Raina hit Tillakaratne Dilshan for a six in the first ball of the last over to notch up the win. Hayden scored boundaries at will as his innings contained nine fours and seven sixes while Raina's knock came off 34 balls with the help of three fours and as many sixes.
Earlier, it was Virender Sehwag's blazing 38-ball 74 at the top and Mithun Manhas's unbeaten 32 down the order that helped Delhi reach 185 for six, after electing to bat at Ferozeshah Kotla ground. Rajat Bhatia (21) also played a good hand for Delhi after his side suffered a mini middle-order collapse following a good start.
For Chennai, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (225) and paceman L Balaji (2/21) took two wickets apiece.
Amit Mishra deprived Hayden of a well deserved century having him caught in the deep by Tillakaratne Dilshan. When the Australian started his walk to pavilion his side needed 44 runs from 39 balls to win. PTI