Saturday, April 24, 2010

IPL3.Day.43.Match.59. Position 3 Play Off. Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers



The play off match for Championship League qualification and position three, between Deccan Chargers and Royal challengers, was a tame affair.

Deccan Chargers batting first, on a slow wicket of low bounce , were spun out by Anil Kumble for a meagre 82 in 18.3 overs. The veteran spinner opening the bowling attack with Praveen Kumar, mesmerised the Deccan Chargers batsmen for a wonderful spell of 3.3.0.16.4.

Praveen 4.0.18.2, bowled his four overs continuously & knocked out Manish Mishra and Rohi Sharma for no scores. Anirudh 40 of 39 and Venugopal 24 of 27 offered some resistance. It was all over when Anirudh fell and 7,8,9 & 10 fell at the score of 82. Steyn 3.0.11.1, Kallis 2.0.3.2 & N.Doshi 4.0.17.1 were the other wicket takers. Deccan Chargers did not show any application playing on a slow wicket. May be the loss to Chennai Super Kings in a low scoring match was at the back of their mind and they never came out of it.
To score 83 to win at 4.15 runs per over was a test match situation, and there couldn't have been more suited players than Dravid and Kallis with Pietersen to follow. They did a clinical job with Kallis scoring 19 of 32, Dravid unbeaten 35 of 30 and Pietersen, who finished the match with a six, unbeaten 29 of 23. Royal Challengers made 96 for 1 in 13.5 overs and won the match by nine wickets. Rahul Sharma was the lone wicket taker.
Royal Challengers have qualified for the Champion League T.20, along with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who would be crossing swords, at the same venue on Super Sunday, 25.4.2010, for the title.

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