Chennai: After Chennai Super Kings lost a last-ball thriller to Mumbai Indians earlier in the tournament, Ben Hilfenhaus might have felt that the last three balls he bowled to Dwayne Smith would be the most lasting impression he would leave on IPL 2012. However, in a must-win match for Chennai against Delhi Daredevils, Hilfenhaus trumped that three-ball nightmare with a much happier sequence that saw him get both Virender Sehwag and David Warner to set Chennai on course for a thumping 9-wicket win.
Put in to bat by MS Dhoni, Delhi got off to the worst possible start, Sehwag falling to the fifth ball of the innings, undone by a beauty from Hilfenhaus that uprooted his off-stump. Off the first ball of his next over, Hilfenhaus had Warner caught at mid-off to push Delhi firmly on to the backfoot, exposing the only weak spot in the side – an underwhelming middle-order. Hilfenhaus wasn’t done yet and took the wicket of Naman Ojha in his next over, before Albie Morkel joined in to snare Mahela Jayawardena. Delhi's top four had all departed for single-digit scores and at 24 for 4 in the sixth over, they were under the pump.