It was the battle of South Giants between Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings but once again it turned out to be a one sided affair as it always has been when these 2 teams have clashed . Before the game started the stats read – DC CSK DC CSK and hence this game was supposed to be DC’s game and it turned out to be that way. Vaas was the hero with the ball and all the big guns of DC fired setting up a huge total of 190.Not to forget the superb display of ground fielding from the Chargers which made the 191 target look like 210.
When you are chasing 191 there is only one way to go about it and that is to not to lose quick wickets even though you are not abreast with the required rate. CSK never got going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals all thanks to Vaas who managed to get 3 in his first 2 overs. Murali Vijay lost his leg stump trying to smash him over midwicket. Raina didn’t take much time to hit a 6 but got out immediately edging a wide one to Gilchrist. But the big scalp was Hayden whose dismissal was quite similar to Misbah’s in the World Twenty20 final in 2007. There was lot of talk about the Mongoose bat of Hayden but he didn’t last long to use that bat of his. CSK were reduced to 31/3 in 4. Badrinath too could not make an impact as he holed out to RP of ojha. Kemp and Dhoni had to do what Gibbs and Symmonds managed to do for DC. The managed to survive for 4 overs but Kemp tried to hit one shot too many and got stumped of Ojha. PHOTOS
121 were required of 60 balls when Albie Morkel walked out. Just when Dhoni was getting some momentum Symmonds went through his defence which was the final nail in the coffin. Ashwin got out trying to hit one out of the ground of the very first ball he faced. Balaji stuck some lusty blows but RP found a way to get the better off him. Murali was the final batsmen out. Morkel sent the ball over the boundary in the final over but it was too little too late.
Earlier Gilchrist won the toss and decided to field which was surprising as DC mostly believes in chasing down scores but was not to be today. VVS and Gilchrist again got the Chargers off to a flier.Gilchrist set the tone by smashing Sudeep Tyagi’s first over for 18 runs. Albie Morkel was also taken to the task. 50 was achieved in 27 balls but a bowling change delivered the wicket Chennai so badly wanted. Gilchrist was stumped off Ashwin. The very next ball VVS was caught napping as Raina flicked an accurate throw to Dhoni who did the rest. It was left to Gibbs and Symmonds to steady the ship. 33 runs were scored of next 36 balls. Symonds proved a good ally, initially playing second fiddle to Gibbs – at one stage he was 3 off 17 balls and then soared to 50. Gibbs and Symonds fell in succession after getting Deccan past 150, and a 22-run final over, meant that Super Kings had to chase 191 to win. DC managed to score 63 of the final 5 which in the end proved to be the turning point in the match. Gilchrist also got into the record books of IPL when he became the first player to accumulate 1000 runs. PHOTOS
Player of the MATCH : Chaminda Vaas