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Cape town is proving to be lucky for Deccan Chargers unlike Hyderabad where they lost all the matches. The good part is that they have one match chasing and another batting first. By virtue of yesterday’s win Deccan Chargers are sitting pretty at the top of the table. That’s why I have always thought that history might have some effect but what matters is how you play that day and chargers are surely at the top of their game.
Gilly won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bat. Kevin was disappointed on loosing the toss as he too wanted to bat. That became evident when Chargers reached 50 under 5 overs. Gilly was at his best smashing boundaries and sixes at will. Gibbs was looking to match gilly when praveen kumar trapped him Lbw. Laxman didn’t do any good to his T20 career when he got out for 5.In came Rohit sharma.Gilly was continuing to play his shots and rohit was nudging the ball around. It looked like Gilly could easily hit a century but brilliant piece of fielding from kohli of pieterson cut short his innings to 71 which included 5 sixes and 6 boundaries.
At this point I would like to mention that Every time Gilly sends the ball over the ropes, a child with disabilities will receive a modified bike through Amways Freedom Wheels programme he has contributed 5 bikes already and hopefully he goes on like this to contribute more and more. I guess this initiative has charged him up to perform like what he did tonight. It didn’t stop with Gilly..Rohit took off from where gilly left hitting 3 6’s of kumble in one over. He too got a 50 before getting out miscuing a ball from steyn.Finally Chargers managed 184/6 which meant the challengers had to get 185 which is the highest run chase in IPL 2.
If Challengers had to chase this one they needed a very good start and what happened was a disaster. Ryder got a peach of a delivery from Edwards first up and this is his second duck in same number of matches.. Uthappa, Kallis and pieterson couldn’t get many. Ojha got Pieterson stumped which is his 3rd dismissal and all have been stumped which is a very good sign for him. It was left to Dravid and Kohli to do whatever it would take to overhaul this total. Dravid was very aggressive and just as everyone was thinking that Dravid could get challengers past 184 he got out to Styris for a well made 50 of just 27 balls. He is turning out to be a very good T20 player. Kohli too shined with a 50 of 32 balls but he too got out and 184 proved to be too much and they could only manage 160/8 in 20 overs. Chargers Fielding was Simply Superb yet again with a wonderful running catch taken by Ravi Teja being the Highlight to get Utthapa who looked at the heavens as if to say that how can god be so cruel to him. Click here for scorecard.
Man of the Match: Rohit sharma & Adam Gilchrist.
Orange Cap (Highest Run getter) – Dravid (The WALL)
Purple Cap (Highest Wicket taker) – RP Singh
Today’s Matches: DareDevils Vs Super Kings , Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals.