HYDERABAD, India: Opener David Warner smashed a century as Delhi Daredevils returned to the top of the Indian Premier League with a nine-wicket win over Deccan Chargers, while Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by four wickets yesterday.
Warner bludgeoned 109 not out off 54 deliveries with seven sixes and 10 boundaries. He featured in a 189-run unbroken stand for the second wicket with Naman Ojha (64 not out) to lead Delhi to 193-1 in 16.4 overs after Deccan scored 187-4 after electing to bat at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan (84) and Cameron White (65) boosted Deccan's innings.
Dhawan clobbered five sixes and nine fours during his 49-ball knock, which included two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem.
Dhawan added 126 for the third wicket with White but was run out to a direct throw by Nadeem from the square-leg boundary when he took two runs.
White, who smashed two sixes and seven fours off 40 deliveries, followed a little later when he skied a lofted shot and wicketkeeper Naman Ojha took a fine catch running toward square-leg.
At Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan was restricted to 126-6 as Australia pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus produced an impressive spell of 2-8 in four overs which comprised the prize wickets of captain Rahul Dravid and allrounder Shane Watson.
Two-time defending champion Chennai failed to get a big contribution from any of its main batsmen and was tottering on 88-6 in the 17th over before South Africa allrounder Albie Morkel and Anirudh Srikkanth struck 18 apiece off six balls each, both scoring one six and two fours to lead the team home with 11 balls to spare.
Delhi Daredevils 193-1 in 16.4 overs (David Warner 109 not out, Naman Ojha 64 not out) def. Deccan Chargers 187-4 (Shikhar Dhawan 84, Cameron White 65; Varun Aaron 2-30).
Chennai Super Kings 127-6 in 18.1 overs (Suresh Raina 23; Sidharth Trivedi 2-18, Pankaj Singh 2-40) def. Rajasthan Royals 126-6 (Brad Hodge 33, Stuart Binny 27; Ben Hilfenhaus 2-8, Yo Mahesh 2-21).