Captain Rajagopal Sathish smashed a 46-ball 62 to help Chennai Superstars thrash Delhi Giants by 56 runs in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 Challenge to climb up to the second spot in the points table.
Chasing Superstars' 180 for five, Giants were bundled out for 124 in 18.4 overs, with pacer Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran taking three wickets and left-arm spinner Jamaluddin Syed Mohammed bagging two at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here Thursday night.
For Superstars, Satish cracked five boundaries and two sixes and was adjudged the man of the match. Sri Lankan Russel Arnold scored a quickfire 49 off 40 balls (6x4s) and former Australian one-day pacer Ian Harvey bagged four wickets for 24 runs.
Chennai Superstars (+0.51), Delhi Giants (-0.58) and Hyderabad Heroes (-1.19) all are in second position with have four points each behind Lahore Badshahs who have six points from three matches. Superstars with a better run-rate are ahead of Giants, and Heroes who have a match in hand.
Inzamam-ul Haq's Lahore Badshahs lead the table with six points from three matches. They also have a far superior run rate of +2.41.
Mumbai Champs, Kolkata Tigers, Ahmedabad Rockets and Chandigarh Lions have all two points each from three matches each.
Chennai Superstars: 180/5 in 20 overs (R. Sathish 62, R. Arnold 49, S. Srivstava 2/27) Delhi Giants: 124 all out in 18.4 overs (M. Mishra 38, A. Bali 19, J.P. Yadav 19, I. Harvey 4/24