Warner's Delhi on brink after Chennai defeat

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David Warner's Delhi Capitals are on the brink of elimination from the IPL playoff race after Chennai Super Kings exploited a slow pitch to beat them by 27 runs.

Delhi never found momentum once they lost Warner without scoring, to just his second ball, and they were restricted to 8-140.

Chennai, who won the toss and elected to bat, struggled in the first half but Ravindra Jadeja (21) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20) lifted the total to 8-167

Chennai move into second place, with 15 points, behind table-toppers Gujarat Titans (16 points). Delhi have just eight points from 11 games.

Warner was outdone by the slowness of the pitch as he gave a straightforward catch to Ajinkya Rahane in the covers off fast bowler Deepak Chahar's second ball.

Chahar struck again in the powerplay when Phil Salt (17) top-edged at mid-on. Mitch Marsh (5) was then run out after a mix-up with impact player Manish Pandey as Delhi slipped to 3-25 in the fourth over.

Pandey and Rilee Rossouw (35) combined in a half-century stand but both batters got tied down by spinner Jadeja (1-19) and Moeen Ali (0-16) before Sri Lanka fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana (3-37) choked Delhi further with his brilliant yorkers.

Pathirana had Pandey leg before wicket with a superb yorker in his first over and also claimed the wickets of Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav with changes of pace to cap a brilliant all-round show by the home team.

Earlier, Kiwi Devon Conway couldn't capitalise on some early close calls before he was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Patel (2-27) off his first ball.

Delhi didn't go for a television referral when Khaleel Ahmed found a thin outside of Conway's bat and the left-handed opener also survived an lbw referral against off-spinner Lalit Yadav.

Patel accounted for the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad (24) in his second over and then Yadav took a splendid low one-handed return catch of Rahane off his own bowling as Delhi continued to strike with regular intervals.

Delhi looked to have contained Chennai when Ambati Rayudu (23) fell in the 17th over but Jadeja and Dhoni smashed two boundaries and three sixes between them to raise the team's total in the last three overs.