Many might say Rajasthan Royals defied all odds when they beat Deccan chargers by 2 runs in a thriller but if you actually closely look at the statistics it was no surprise. Rajasthan Royals have an amazing record of defending a 150 plus total to their credit and Deccan Chargers have the worst record at home. Deccan Chargers had a chance to put the brakes on the record held by the RR but as usual they messed it up. This is the 5th defeat on the trot making it really difficult for them to reach the semifinals. Rajasthan Royals on the other hand have kept their hopes alive by moving to the 4th spot.
Deccan Chargers Innings
Set to chase a moderate 158, Deccan made a slow start with only 2 runs coming of the first over from Pathan but Watson’s radar was haywire as he dished out a 10 ball over as Gilchrist smashed 14 runs in the over which cost 20 runs. Dole on debut got a wicket of his 3rd ball as VVS mistimed a pull. Pathan bowled another tight over giving away only 1 run but yet again Gilchrist made up for it in the next over when he got 2 maximums and a boundary of Dole who had the last laugh as Gilchrist went for another biggie but was caught at square leg for 34 of just 17 balls. It was very uncharacteristic of Symonds to attempt too many risky shots so early in the innings and not actually get anything out of those shots. Trivedi’s slower ball finally ended his agony as he was dismissed for 15 in 20 balls.
Chargers were comfortably placed at 118/4 in 15 overs requiring 42 from the last 5. But when you have a genius like Shane Warne in your team, you have to always believe that you can win the game. Statistics might show you that he has gone for the most 6’s in IPL but tonight he showed us all why he has been the most successful leg spinner in the history of cricket. He accounted for Anirudh Singh, Dwayne Smith, Bilakhia and Harris in his last 3 overs which tilted the game in favour of the Royals but Rohit Sharma clean hitting meant that only 6 were required of the last over. Trivedi was entrusted the job of bowling the final over. Sharma got off strike the first ball and the second ball was called a wide for a high bouncer but RP missed the third ball to make the equation 4 from 4. But what followed was unbelievable as Deccan chargers lost their last 3 wickets in the next 3 balls with Rohit Sharma being the last man out for a fabulous 73 from 44 balls but sadly he couldn’t complete the job. PHOTOS
Rajasthan Royals Innings
Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bat. There was lot of drama at the beginning when Harris claimed a catch of Lumb which was over ruled by the third umpire. Lumb almost walked off the field but he was happy to return back only to be caught again by Harris in the 3rd over from RP. It was Double delight for RP when Ojha slashed and Harris pouched on to the catch. He could have had his 3rd catch of the day when Watson pulled one from Symonds to deep midwicket but he made a mess of it. Watson made the Chargers pay for that catch by making 58 runs(he was 8 when he was dropped). Before the match Chargers had the dubious distinction of giving the most runs in the last 5 overs (approx 13) but today they turned the tables as they snatched 6 wickets while giving away only 31 runs which restricted the Royals to 158. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Shane Warne