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    IPL 7: Smith, Raina guide Chennai to a close win over Delhi

    New Delhi: After being set a daunting target of 179, Dwayne Smith made the chase an easy one with a 51-ball 79 to guide Chennai Super Kings to a eight-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils with two balls to spare here on Monday.

    The Chennai juggernaut rolled on as they registered their sixth straight win in this edition of IPL. Such was Smith's domination that he plundered boundaries at will and spared no Delhi bowlers during his entertaining knock that was studded with eight sixes and four boundaries.

    He departed in the 19th over when his side needed 11 runs off 8 balls and skipper MS Dhoni ensured that there was no twist in the script by finishing the match well before any further drama.

    Dhoni hit the lacklustre Jaydev Unadkat for a six in the second ball and followed it up with a couple and a boundary through extra cover to yet again score the winning runs for his side.

    Brendon McCullum (32) and Suresh Raina (47 not out off 26) too contributed in CSK's win, supporting the rampaging Smith well.

    Although light shower made it a pleasant evening for the fans but for Delhi it continued to become a gloomy affair as the slight drizzle made difficult for the bowlers to grip the wet ball.

    Earlier, Dinesh Karthik led a collective batting effort with a fighting 51 as Delhi scored a competitive 178 for 5.

    It was one of the better pitches seen at Kotla in recent times, making it possible to have a good contest between ball and bat. Initially it helped pacers while gradually stroke-making became easier.

    Karthik combined well with Murali Vijay (35) for a splendid 71-run partnership for the third wicket after a shaky start.

    JP Duminy (28*) and Kedar Jadhav (29*) provided superb finishing touches with their useful cameos as Delhi put on their best total of the season on board after being put into bat.

    Duminy blasted paceman Mohit Sharma for four boundaries in a row in the 18th over while Jadhav finished the innings with a flourish by hitting the same bowler for two sixes and a four in the final over. The two batsmen raised an unbeaten 58-run stand in only 5.4 overs.

    The Delhi openers took some time to settle as the ball was seaming a bit initially but after getting their eye in, they cut loose. Ishwar Pandey bowled a rare maiden over but he was taken to task in his next by Quinton de Kock, who hit him for two sixes after Vijay struck a magnificent straight boundary.

    The South African southpaw needlessly ran himself out while attempting a third run. Skipper Kevin Pietersen failed to come out of his lean patch as he was dismissed for a duck. The England batsman failed to read the line of a Mohit delivery and found his stumps shattered in the process.

    with PTI inputs