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Cometh the hour, Cometh the man!! Australians have had this habit of making it big on the D day and as an Indian I hated to see it happen every time but for once I was rejoicing because my team Deccan Chargers had booked their place in the all important final of this year’s IPL. Adam Gilchrist who has won 2 world cup finals for Australia on his own once again showed why he was and continues to be a big match player. Its amazing to see a player who has retired from international cricket 1 year back come up with such an innings and that too against a side which has been the most consistent this IPL and were the bookie favourites to win the IPL this time around. Spare a thought for those Bookies who would have put their money on Delhi :).An interesting point to note is that last year the Deccan Chargers were the favourites and they ended up with the wooden spoon and the underdogs Rajasthan Royals went on to win the Cup. This time around Rajasthan Royals have not been able to defend their title and the so called underdogs have reached the final. It was a fairytale for the Rajasthan Royals last year so it it going to be the same for the Deccan Chargers?? Have to wait and see.. But for now lets get back to the innings that Gilly played
Chargers were set a modest target of 154 to chase down if they had to enter the finals. Start would be crucial as has always been for the Chargers and boy what a start it turned out to be. Nannes had the ball and bowled a good first one but what followed was a treat for all the spectators out there in Centurion and millions of viewers sitting at homes. Gilchrist smashed 5 consecutive boundaries in the first over. Nannes tried everything- He bowled short, then overcompensated by bowling overpitch and then bowled good length but it didn’t matter to Gilchrist who had perhaps decided that he is going to make this match his own. 21 runs came of the first over. Then there was a shocker from Gibbs who came down the track and tried to swing his bat blindly and Ashesh Nehra managed to disturb the timber. That brought back smiles on the Delhi players after the dreadful first over. Bhilakia walked in and the second over cost only 3 runs. Sangwan replaced Nannes but it didn’t matter to Gilly, what mattered to him was the ball going to the boundary. He greeted Sangwan with 2 4’s and a 6. The heat was definitely on. Nehra was the only bowler who was not whacked of his 2nd over but that was because Gilly didn’t play him. In his 2nd over he whacked him for a 4 and a 6. Gilchrist cruised to the fastest 50 of IPL in just 17 balls .Fast bowlers had gone for plenty and Dilshan bowled a tidy 5th over so Sehwag decided to bring himself on. This was the first over that Sehwag was bowling this IPL and it ended up to his last. Gilly smashed 25 runs of the over which included 3 mighty hits of consecutive balls and a 4 too. The Chargers ended the Powerplay at 84/1. Amit Mishra scalped Bilakhia who tried to go the Adam Gilchrist way but ended up being stumped. Suman came in. Just as i was thinking that Gilly might break the record for the fastest 100 he got out on the last ball of the 10th over. The strike was a bit too late as the Chargers needed only 52 runs from the last 60 balls.
Nannes came back for his second spell and Symonds smashed him the same way as Gilly did. The over cost 13 runs. It was looking as if the Chargers had targeted Nannes. It was Aussie Vs Aussie and there was only one clear winner. He played a quick fire 25 before getting out to Mishra who was the only bowler who returned with figures worth looking at. Suman and Rohit Sharma ensured that the Chargers romped home without any further damage. The Chargers were definitely overcharged today as they cruised to a 6 wicket victory and 14 balls to spare.
Earlier Gilchrist won the toss and decided to field first. Sehwag was not too unhappy as he wanted to bat anyway. Gilchrist’s decision to bowl first was vindicated immediately by pacer Ryan Harris, who claimed the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and David Warner for ducks in his first over. Tillakaratne Dilshan led a fine counter-attack, hitting 65 from 51 deliveries, as he plundered 85 runs in 58 deliveries for the third wicket with Virender Sehwag, who made 39 from 31. But, in the end, Delhi’s total was just not enough. Harris registered best figures for Deccan, claiming three for 27 in four overs, while RP Singh claimed two for 33 in four. Clickhere for the scorecard
In the end it has to be said it was an Aussie show all the way with Gilly leading the way in batting and Harris in Bowling. Many Delhi fans would be feeling that non-selection of Mcgrath proved to be costly but to be honest when someone bats the way Gilly did today even the greatest of bowlers would have not made any impact. It was perhaps the most entertaining innings of this IPL..It was a breathtaking innings. Watching him whack ball after ball to the boundary was like playing a computer game with the cheat code on. For a moment it looked like as if I was watching some highlights package but was glad to realize that it was Live. With this superb Victory the Chargers will be going into the finals with the hope that they can finish it off in grand style at the Wanderers on Sunday, the 24th. On the other hand, you need to feel sad for Delhi who reached the semifinals in both the IPL’s but ended up loosing both the times. Again an interesting point to note is that they have beaten comprehensively in both the semis by the underdog team. This shayri would be apt for Delhi “Aankohn Se Khwab Rooth Kar, Palkon se ashq toot kar, Jaane kahan, Jaane kahan, Jaane kahan, Bikhar gaye“
Man of the Match: Adam Gilchrist
Today’s Match: 2nd Semifinal -> Chennai SuperKings Vs Bangalore RoyalChallengers