The hallmark of Chennai Super Kings has been their ability to find a hero for every situation. On a day when the in-form Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina didn't come into their own, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni's turn to take centre-stage in grand style, as he has done often. A blistering, unbeaten 35-ball 58 helped Chennai reach 168 for 4 before Delhi Daredevils capsized midway through the chase to finish on 135 for 9. That meant Chennai signed off in front of their home fans at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday (May 14) with a win that took them to the top of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 standings.
Kings XI Punjab's win over Royal Challengers Bangalore meant Chennai were through to the playoffs even before the match began. But given the stiff competition for the top two slots, there was no let-up in intensity. Murali Vijay (31) and Hussey (26) came out all guns blazing, putting on 61 for the opening wicket to set the tone for the innings. Vijay looked particularly aggressive, using his feet against the spinners at will, before being run out courtesy a direct hit from point by Ben Rohrer in the eighth over.