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The Deccan Chargers grabbed a stunning Victory from the Jaws of defeat and the exact opposite holds for the Kolkata Knight Riders. They have been on the wrong side all this IPL and they had a wonderful chance to regain some lost pride and would have definitely if it was not for the last over. Needing 21 from the last over Rohit Sharma, the bowling all-rounder 😀 finally came good with the bat and got the Chargers home. It was a see saw battle with both the teams having their moments in the match but when it mattered the most the Chargers kept their cool and are now just a win away from booking a berth in the Semifinals.
Chasing 161 for victory the Chargers got off to a flier with 50 on the board in the first 6 overs. Gilchrist once again showed that he may have retired but like his partner Hayden has not lost any power or the skill to get the ball over the boundary whenever he wants to. Mortaza the prize possession of KKR finally got a chance to play and he was greeted with 2 6’s in his first over. Gibbs innings was a mix of aggression against fast bowlers and defensive against spinners. Having got such a brilliant start it was expected that the Chargers would carry the momentum forward but some tight spin bowling from Murali Karthik and Brad Hodge got the scoring rate dramatically. They just scored 21 runs in the next 4 and lost the crucial wicket of Gilchrist who perished going for the big shot. The first over after the strategic timeout got chargers only 3 runs and the rate was climbing up. Suman has this knack of hitting 6’s of spinners and he hit one of Hodge to bring some relief but it was just temporary as Gibbs was out the very next over who didn’t get the elevation that he would have wished and was caught by Hussey of Karthik. He made a disappointing 28 of 34 balls. That brought Symonds. Suman played some attractive shots but Symonds was not getting the big hits which made the required rate jump to 12 with 4 overs remaining. Suman sacrificed his wicket going for a second run which was never there but he had no other choice. The out of sorts Sharma came to the crease but was at the non striker end. Symonds smashed a 6 and sharma a 4 of the first ball. That meant 34 from 18 balls. Mortaza who had gone for 27 in his first 2 was brought back. Symonds was crucial but he was brilliantly run out by Mortaza who bowled an excellent Yorker which Symonds managed to dig it out and started running to the other end but Mortaza was equal to the task and was bang on target hitting the stumps signaling the end of Symonds innings and probably hopes for the chargers to win the match. It was apparently a no ball and a free hit could get only 1 run. The over went for just 7 runs and the next over Agarkar was brilliant giving away only 6 runs which meant the Chargers would have to get 21 in the last over. Once again Mccullum turned to Mortaza considering that he had bowled well the previous over.The over began in a dramatic fashion with Sharma hitting a 4 but what was interesting that the umpire signaled a no ball and then he didn’t signal for the free hit, apparently there were only 3 fielders in the ring. Mccullum tried to argue with the umpires but it was of no effect. The next ball went for just 2 runs which meant 14 were needed of 3. What a shot from Rohit Sharma to get one right of the middle of his bat and it was one of the biggest 6’s (115 m) of this IPL.. There was more drama as Mortaza bowled a wide which meant only 7 were needed of 3. The next ball Rohit Sharma got 2 leaving 5 needed of 2 balls. He hit a 4 of the next ball which meant only 1 was needed of the last ball. A single would do it but Rohit Sharma didn’t want to end the match that way but he got the victory in style with a 6 of the last ball.
Gilly won the toss and elected to field first which was strange because the pitch was a batting beauty by the looks of it.. KKR decided to go with Mccullum and Ganguly and it was a good if not a great start getting 24 of the first 4 which included a towering 6 by Mccullum of RP. Gibbs missed a chance of Mccullum in the over of RP who should have got used to it with Rohit dropping one in the last match. But luckily for the Chargers Mccullum skied one and was out to Ryan Harris. That brought Hodge and he along with Ganguly got KKR nowhere. It was hard to understand their tactics as they got only 50 of the first 10. There was a crucial moment in the match when Ganguly obstructed a ball from the fielder while he was running to the danger end. The Chargers were quick to appeal but the umpire seemed to have a different view. He should have been given out but I guess it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he was not getting his timing right and Hodge seemed to get a bit frustrated with him for not taking the quick 2’s. Finally something had to give way and Ganguly perished trying for a big shot and guess who was the bowler. It was the man with the golden arm – Rohit Sharma. That brought David Hussey to the crease and he along with Hodge got the score to 117 before Hodge got out to Ryan Harris. 118/3 in 18 overs. RP came on to bowl the 19th over and he started with a ball above waist height which was rightly called a no ball. He repeated it with the 3rd ball and he was removed. That meant 5 balls were to be bowled by someone else and Gilly turned to Harmeet Singh which was a big mistake. David Hussey smashed 24 runs of those 5 balls which meant the most expensive over of IPL (28 runs) had just been bowled. Doing a mistake and learning from it is what someone expects but Gilly has got used to making crucial mistakes at key moments as he gave Symonds the ball and he went for 14 which meant a whopping 42 runs came of the last 12 balls. ClickHere for the scorecard
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
In an earlier match between SuperKings and Mumbai Indians, it was an expected result with the SuperKings romping home defeating Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets. Mumbai could only manage 147 which has been the case all this tournament except for the one match when Jayasurya and Sachin went berserk. Duminy was once again the man for Mumbai as he hit 62 and was run out at the end of the innings.
It was expected that Superkings would come out strongly and win this match easily but they got off to bad start as Mallinga got Parthiv Patel right Lbw of the first ball. That brought Raina who played his shots and got out playing one too many yet again. At the end of 6 overs Hayden didn’t get the ball past the boundary which was totally unexpected given his outstanding run in the tournament. Badrinath came and perished after getting to 22. It was left to Hayden and Dhoni to chase this down. It was getting a bit difficult with the run rate getting above 9 but as long as Hayden was there Chennai would be feeling confident of winning this one. For the most part of his innings Hayden’s Strikerate didnt corss 100 until he slammed harbhajan in the penultimate over to get another 50 .They crusied to victory with 5 balls to spare. Mumbai lost one more because of bad Captaincy. Its one thing to have many choices and an another to pick the right one at the right time and he has not been doing that all this IPL.. With this loss Mumbai Indians are out of IPL ..ClickHere for the scorecard
Man of the Match: Hayden
Today’s Matches: Deccan Chargers Vs Kings 11 Punjab, Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi DareDevils