Deccan Chargers might have lost 5 games on a trot leaving them to win the rest of their 5 games to make it to the semi finals. Every game is a virtual quarterfinal for them and the Chargers surely know how to do it when under pressure. After having stunned the Royal Challengers at their home ground it was time to get a win at their adopted home ground Nagpur. This time it was Chennai who didn’t look like a team which had made it to the semi finals of the previous 2 editions. They are now in the same position as the Chargers are – to win the rest of their 3 games.
Deccan Chargers Innings
After their bowlers put up a good show to restrict Chennai to a below par score of 138, it was time for the batsmen to step up. Dhoni didn’t waste any time in bring on the off spinner Ashwin in the very first over and the DC openers didn’t look like taking him on. Howeevr Bollinger went for 22 in his 2 before Ashwin gave DC a double blow when he had Gilchrist and Mishra in the 5th over. Ashwin finished his quota of 4 overs giving away only 13 runs and taking 2 crucial wickets. Chennai had the Chargers under check as they could only get 56 runs in the first 10. Tyagi took a brilliant catch at gully to send back Rohit. Once again it was left to the heroes of the last match Tirumalasetti Suman and Andrew Symonds to lead the way for the Chargers. Suman was high on confidence after the last match heroics as he reached another half century. Jakati ended Suman stay when he had him caught at long off by Raina. However Symonds and Smith ensured that the Chargers didn’t repeat the mistakes that they had committed against the Royals at this very ground. PHOTOS
Chennai Super Kings Innings
Dhoni won the toss and decided to set a total and his batsmen looked to be in control as they got to 55/1 in 6 overs. However a suicidal 2nd run in the 8th over cut short Murali Vijay’s innings and Chennai thereafter kept losing wickets regularly. Dhoni, Hussey and Badrinath got out for a single digit scores leaving Raina a tough job to get them to a healthy total but he too got out after getting to his 50 which meant Super Kings had no batsmen to capitalize on the final few overs. They could only get 17 runs in the last 16 balls as Harris picked up 2 in the last over to finish his 4 overs for just 18 runs and 3 wickets. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Ryan Harris