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Delhi keep semi-final hopes alive

Dinesh Karthik and the Delhi Daredevils’ misfiring middle-order came good when it mattered to clinch a thrilling five-wicket victory and keep their semi-finals hopes alive.

Coming in with the team wobbling at 89 for four, Karthik blitzed a classy 32-ball 56 to take Delhi past the Mumbai Indians’ 176 with one ball to spare in the Indian Premier League.

Mumbai are three points behind Delhi and two behind the Chennai Super Kings, who have a game in hand after losing yesterday’s match to Rajasthan Royals by 10 runs. However, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai all have a chance to enter the semi-finals behind Rajasthan and Punjab who top the table with 20 and 18 points respectively.

Earlier, Sanath Jayasuriya blasted 66 off 42 balls to give Mumbai an explosive start to their innings but his team-mates failed to build on it and a fightback by the Delhi Daredevils restricted them to 176 for eight.


The other match was a high-scoring thriller which produced 412 runs and finally went the way of Rajasthan who recorded their 10 win.

After Graeme Smith had powered Rajasthan to 211, Chennai put up a spirited run-chase, thanks largely to Albie Morkel’s 40-ball 71. In the end, though, his effort wasn’t enough, which means Chennai still have work to do to make it to the last four.

Smith’s 51-ball 91, and his stunning 127-run opening-wicket stand with Swapnil Asnodkar, put Rajasthan firmly in control at the halfway stage, but Chennai mounted a remarkable reply, with three of their top four making significant contributions.

Morkel, Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina ensured they kept up with the asking rate throughout - 30 were needed off the last 15 balls, when Rajasthan tightened up their act with accurate bowling and spirited fielding, with Mohammad Kaif putting in an outstanding performance around the long-on and long-off boundaries.

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