Match 55: Deccan Chargers thrive under pressure and Delhi Daredevils choke under pressure. That just sums up the 2 teams performance in the 3 seasons of IPL. Deccan Chargers who finished 7th in the first season shocked everyone by winning the second season and after having lost 5 matches in a row this season they had to win the last 5 matches to make it to the semis but they played like true defending champions outclassing each of the 5 teams that they played to charge into the semis. On the other hand Delhi who have been the favourites in all the seasons have failed to deliver in crunch games. After having reached the semis of the previous 2 editions they could not enter the finals and tonight when it was a must win game for them to get into the semis they failed yet again. There might not be any South African players in the Delhi side but surely they are the South Africa of IPL.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
With the bowlers doing a decent job of restricting the Chargers to a paltry total of 145, it was now left to the batsmen to finish the job. The top order failed once again with Warner and Sehwag falling to breathtaking catches from Rohit Sharma who made up for the failure with the bat tonight. Dilshan perished trying to play his favourite paddle sweep but was caught plumb in front of Harmeet Singh. It got worse for Delhi when Sharma flung himself to his left to pluck a catch out of thin air to send back Gambhir which left Delhi struggling at 39/4 in 6.2 Mithun Manhas and Collingwood tried to get the chase back on track but after getting 29 runs in 33 ball bad mixup saw Mithun getting run out. Karthik didn’t last long as his off stump was knocked out by a beautiful delivery from Ojha. Paul Collingwood was the only hope for Delhi but he didn’t accelerate enough as Deccan bowlers bowled a tight line. Delhi fell short by 12 runs and as a result got knocked out of IPL. PHOTOS
Deccan Chargers Innings
Gilchrist won the all important toss in a crucial game and decided to bat first which was not surprising considering the nature of the wicket at Delhi. Gilchrist once again failed to deliver as he miscued one off Nehra to be caught by Gambhir. T Suman didn’t do much tonight as he was cleaned up by Yadav who was exceptional with his line and length troubling all the batsmen. Rohit Sharma smoked 2 boundaries of Yadav but the bowler got back his revenge with a slow bouncer. Manhas superb throw found Mishra short leaving Chargers struggling at 66/4 in 9. Delhi were on the attack but only one man stood in their way and it was Symonds who stunned the Kotla crowd and probably even the pitch curator by muscling the ball over the boundary ropes with ease. Marsh gave good support to Symonds to play a fine knock. With Symonds at the wicket it was looking ominous for Delhi as Deccan who were struggling at one stage reached 116 for 4 in the 15th over and things were set for a final assault but Symonds fell at the wrong time and as a result only 28 runs came of the last 5 leaving Delhi to get 146. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Andrew Symonds