Way back in 2009 on May 13th the chargers faltered against Delhi to throw away a match which was there for the taking and today on 21st March 2010 Delhi returned the favour. It was Bhatia who did the damage that time around and today it was Symonds who turned it around for the chargers. It was an all round performance from the Deccan boys as Delhi crashed to their 3rd successive defeat in 5 matches and Chargers winning their 2nd home game to carry their winning run to 3 matches. They join the Royal Challengers at the top with 6 points each.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
Set to chase 171 which was more or less what KKR had to chase 2 days back but unlike them Delhi got off to a flier with Warner in murderous mood as he smashed RP Singh for 20 runs in the 2nd over. Sehwag looked out of sorts as he made only 3 of 7 balls before being caught superbly by Gibbs of Ojha. AB and Warner had a 51-run stand that gave Delhi the upper hand. Then came one of the many turning points in the game. Warner attempted an impossible run, to be caught short. He made 57 of just 33 balls. AB soon followed when he missed a full toss from Rahul Sharma. With Manhas and Moises Henriques gone Delhi were reduced to 132/5 after 17. 37 were required of the last 18 balls and Karthik spoilt Rahul’s figures when he bludgeoned him for 2 4’s and a 6. Cometh the hour Cometh the Man…Symonds who earlier bowled a 4 run over came back to show his sharp reflexes to send Karthik on his way and Mirsha too was brilliantly caught by Gilly of the next ball. Vaas bowled a typically miserly final over to finish things off. PHOTOS
Deccan Chargers Innings
Earlier Gilchrist won the toss and decided to bat. DC made 3 changes Mohnish Mishra for injured VVS, Rahul Sharma in for Jaskaran Singh and Venugopal Rao for Anirudh Singh. Delhi too had 3 changes. Moises, Ladda and Yogesh Nagar replaced Dilshan ,Rajat Bhatia, Sangwan in the team. Dinesh Karthik surprised everyone when he had Mishra open the bowling but his gamble paid off as the debutant Mishra didn’t have a clue of the google from the other Mishra. Gilchrist provided a rapid start as usual before he departed for 24. Gibbs and Symonds steadied the ship once again but they both got out at crucial junctures giving Delhi the advantage. But Rohit Sharma and Suman played their roles to get the Chargers reach a decent score of 170 which was what Adam Gilchrist expected at the beginning of the game. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Andrew Symonds