Deccan Chargers add another to win tally

Deccan Chargers put up yet another impressive display as they beat the Super Kings by six wickets and three balls to spare in their IPL encounter at Kingsmead, Durban.

Set a target of 166, Deccan Chargers were off the blocks thanks to some tremendous hitting by Adam Gilchrist. Herschelle Gibbs dropped anchor to score 69 runs off 56 balls. Though the Chargers lost Laxman cheaply, it didn’t do much to deter their powerful batting line-up to come good in the final stages of the game. To give credit to CSK skipper MS Dhoni, some of his bowling and fielding changes worked well, and for a moment it looked like that he could well make a match out of it, but Gibbs ensured there were no flutters in the Chargers’ camp.

Gilchrist blast propels Deccan Chargers along

Adam Gilchrist came out of the Deccan Chargers’ dugout firing on all cylinders as they reached 88 for the loss of two wickets at the end of their ten overs. Such was Gilchrist’s dominance over the CSK bowling that Gibbs, who is by no standards a mean cricketer himself was forced into the shade. Boundaries flew of his blade in a flurry and Dhoni was reduced to being a spectator as his bowlers withered under the onslaught. A smart bowling change later, Gilchist had departed scoring 44 off 19 balls off the bowling of Suresh Raina. Laxman, who with his immense talent can probably walk into any test team in world, found himself at sea in the 20-20 format and quickly gave up any ambition of scoring by offering a soft dismissal catch to Oram. With Rohit Sharma and Gibbs at the crease this game promises to go right down to the wire.


Oram fireworks lift Chennai to 165

By the time CSK had reached the 10-ver stage, they looked like they were set for a mammoth 20-20 score, but PP Ojha turned the tide by claiming both Dhoni and Hayden in quick succession to apply the brakes on scoring.

With Albie Morkel falling cheaply, it was left to Jacob Oram to add some ballast to the CSK run rate. And he did, scoring a rapid fire 41 off 29 balls. He would have probably scored more if a leaden-footed, strokeless Badrinath would have chose to stay at the runners-up end. With 165 on the board, CSK may have well put a challenging score, but it will take a lot to stop Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs of the Deccan Chargers who have displayed fine form throughout the tournament.


Hayden uses strongarm tactics against Chargers

With Fidel Edwards bowling fast, Chennai Super Kings’ openers were made to hop around like rabbits, but after a sedate start which saw them lose Parthiv Patel, Matthew Hayden along with Suresh Raina led the charge against the Deccan Chargers in their IPL encounter.

RP Singh was clubbed for consecutive fours by Hayden after which Suresh Raina carted one over the midwicket for a six. As the proceedings went from being fast to furious, Rohit Sharma stepped into the mayhem as he had Raina caught and bowled for 25. It seemed for a minute that some calm had been restored to the proceedings before Dhoni opened his shoulders to send a Venugopal Rao delivery over the ropes. With Hayden in a belligerent mood CSK could well end up compiling one of the biggest totals of the IPL.

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