It was a sea of RED as it has always been at Chinnaswamy stadium but it was the team in BLUE who emerged victorious and silenced the 55,000 odd fans. Suman and Symonds engineered a victory which looked improbable. The chargers were in complete control when they bowled giving away only 92 runs in the first 14 overs but they let the game slip by giving away 92 runs in the rest of the 6 which gave Bangalore a very competitive total. Bangalore were in control giving away 112 runs in the first 14 overs but it took a calm T Suman and an aggressive Andrew Symonds to change the course of the game. With this win Deccan Chargers have kept their chances alive to reach the semi finals.
Deccan Chargers Innings
Chasing 185 the Chargers were rocked early when Uthappa took a brilliant low catch to send Mishra back to the dugout for 9. However Adam Gilchrist scored a quick 30 but as usual once again he gave away his wicket trying to give charge to Kumble who produced a googly and the keeper did the rest. Rohit Sharma too threw his wicket away when he chipped one straight to dale steyn. Suman was promoted to no 3 and he didn’t disappoint his team mates as he got 78 runs from only 57 balls. He anchored the chase all along and Symonds played a brilliant knock of 53 from only 24 balls to give the Chargers a win after 5 loses. PHOTOS
Bangalore Royal Challengers Innings
Gilchrist decided to bowl first after winning the toss. The bowlers justified his decision as they had Bangalore on the mat reducing them to 68/4 in 61 balls. Though the Challengers were not getting runs quickly they didn’t lose wickets early. But 3 quick wickets in a space of 10 balls set them back. The Deccan bowlers looked fantastic for the first 14 overs by giving away only 92 runs but that’s where the Deccan’s surge ended as Kallis and Kohli in particular launched into the bowling. Kohli began the assault in the 17th over when he bludgeoned 22 runs off Symonds. 92 runs were scored in the last 6 overs. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Tirumalasetti Suman