Cape Town - Albie Morkel and Zaheer Khan shared four wickets before Shreyas Iyer raced to a fifty as the Delhi Daredevils thumped the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Tuesday, according to the supersport.com website.
Seamer Morkel ended with 2-21 off three overs while left-arm quick Zaheer Khan finished with the superb figures of 4-1-9-2 as Chennai battled to 119 for six.
Iyer then blasted his way to 70 not out off 49 balls with 10 fours and a six as Delhi cruised to 120 for four off 16.4 overs.
The win was just Delhi’s fifth in 13 games but it came too late for their playoff aspirations as they were already out of contention for a playoff place.
Chennai remain atop the table but they lead Kolkata by just a single point with the Knight Riders having a game in hand.
Chennai battled to get to grips with a well-grassed pitch that offered up a fair amount of variable bounce and swing with the new ball and a touch of turn for the spinners.
The visitors made a cautious start, after winning the toss and electing to bat, with just one run scored off the first two overs and 11 runs scored off the first four overs.
Brendon McCullum (11), when his score reached 11, reached the landmark of 6 000 T20 runs, only the third man to do so after Chris Gayle and Brad Hodge.
Dwayne Smith took 12 balls to get off the mark as the opening pair battled to get to grips with the nagging off-stump line adopted by left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (4-1-18-0) and Zaheer.
The pressure eventually told and McCullum lofted a delivery from Zaheer to JP Duminy at mid-off as Chennai battled to 16 for one after six overs.
Smith looked to be starting to find his range as he reached 18 off 24 balls but he was out to Morkel’s first ball when the right-handed batsman was trapped leg-before.
Chennai’s woes increased when Suresh Raina (11) slapped a delivery from offspinner Jayant Yadav straight to Duminy at short cover as the visitors slipped to 46 for three inside 10 overs.
Faf du Plessis and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to repair the damage with a fourth-wicket stand of 37 off six overs.
Du Plessis scored 29 off 23 balls before he was bowled off an inside edge by Morkel.
Dwayne Bravo (8) was the next man to depart, caught at mid-off by Duminy off a delivery from Australian paceman Gurinder Sandhu (1-32) before Dhoni, after scoring 27 off 24 balls, became Zaheer’s second victim when the batsman was caught at deep extra cover.
Delhi made a shaky start to their run chase as they slipped to 24 for two after Quinton de Kock (3) was caught at long leg off a delivery from seamer Ishwar Pandey (2-27) before Pandey struck in his next over when he bowled JP Duminy (6) off an inside edge.
But Iyer and Yuvraj Singh (32) combined for a 69-run third-wicket stand to settle the hosts' nerves with Iyer bringing up his fourth 50 of the season off 36 deliveries.
Yuvraj departed in the 14th over when he was caught at deep square leg off the bowling of left-arm spinner Pawan Negi (2-28) before Morkel was caught at long-on off the bowling of Negi but Iyer kept his cool to steer Delhi home.
Delhi Daredevils: Q de Kock (wicketkeeper), SS Iyer, JP Duminy (captain), Yuvraj Singh, KM Jadhav, SS Tiwary, JA Morkel, J Yadav, GS Sandhu, Z Khan, S Nadeem
Chennai Super Kings: DR Smith, BB McCullum, SK Raina, F du Plessis, P Negi, MS Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), DJ Bravo, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, MM Sharma, IC Pandey