Friday, April 16, 2010

IPL.3.Day.36. Match.51. Kings XI Vs Deccan Chargers

Kings XI Punjab 174 for 3 lost to Deccan Chargers 178 for 5 by five wickets, at Dharmsala

The pitch appeared lively with green patches, and Deccan Chargers winning the toss promptly elected to field to get the best out of a fresh wicket. Their calculations were going fairly smooth till the 15th over. Though not many wickets were lost, Kings XI could not score at a brisk pace. The end overs again haunted the chargers and last ten overs yielded 102 for two wickets. In fact the last five yielded 71 for one wicket.
For Kings XI, Marsh went for a duck. Sangakara joined Mahela and batted only as he can, for a fluent 50 of 37. Mahela played the supporting role at the other end. Mahela's first fifty was a patient affair paced at run a ball. Thereafter he went berserk and clouted the next 41 from just 12 deliveries, finishing with an unbeaten 93 of 62. R.P.Singh went for 35 runs in his last two overs. Harris gave away 19 in his last over and the team's 19th. Deccan Chargers definitely missed Harmeet Singh Bansal, the tall lad with a brisk pace. Gilchrist tried seven bowlers . Harris, R.P and Rahul Sharma picked a wicket each.

Deccan Chargers lost Gilly early again. Thereafter every batsman excepting Symonds contributed to the team's cause. Mishra 20 of 21, T.Suman 43 of 31 & Mitch Marsh 15 of 11 played good supportive roles. But the player who took the Chargers through was Rohit Sharma who played good copy book but aggressive cricket to remain unbeaten on 68 of 38 balls. Malik, Irfan, Theron,Piyush and Yuvi picked up a wicket each.

With 14 points each, Deccan Chargers will meet Delhi Daredevils with 14 points. With Chennai Kings lurking at 12 points, but with a game against Kings XI, it is any body's semis.

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