Deccan lose plot and match
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Scorecard:Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers
Player:A Symonds, AC Gilchrist, P Sangwan, R Bhatia, TM Dilshan, KD Karthik, AB de Villiers
Event:Indian Premier League 2009

DateLine: 13th May 2009


Seven wickets in a span of 17 runs scripted an unusual win for the Delhi Daredevils. Wickets fell in a heap for the Deccan Chargers, who at one point of time where cruising, with Andrew Symonds (41) and Ravi Teja (27) looking to take their team home comfortably. With this win the Delhi outfit sits pretty at the top of the table with 16 points and is now almost a surety in the final four.


Rajat Bhatia was the surprise package for the Daredevils. He picked up four wickets in the final overs and his scalps included the prized ones of Symonds and the dangerous Dwayne Smith.


Chasing 174 to win, Deccan Chargers got off to a flying start courtesy some enthralling shots from the willow of their skipper Adam Gilchrist. He scored 18 runs in the first over of the Chargers innings and then 11 in the next over meant that the swashbuckling left-hander meant business.


In the meanwhile Pradeep Sangwan snared two quick wickets sending back T Suman (3) and Rohit Sharma (6) in his first and the second overs but Gilchrist continued to play his characteristic innings to keep the momentum going for them.


Sangwan then struck gold and sent back the explosive Gilchrist thereby claiming his third wicket. The Australian’s knock of 64 runs came off just 33 deliveries and was studded with five fours and the same number of sixes.


His downfall brought Teja and Symonds together who shared a 63-run fourth-wicket stand, and when the two were batting it seemed the Chargers would cruise home comfortably but then Bhatia struck and struck big. In the 18th over first Symonds and then Smith (1) fall prey to the guile of the medium-pacer and then Ashish Nehra again struck twice in the next over to hinder any further chances that the Chargers could have garnered.


Earlier having put into bat after losing the toss, a late charge from wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik (44) propelled Delhi post a competitive 173 for seven. AB de Villiers (44) and Tillekratne Dilshan (37) also came up with handy knocks for the Daredevils.


The Chargers put down as many as three easy catches of three big hitters but fortunately for them one of the three was not very expensive and the other two also did not do serious damage after being dropped. Dilshan though looked dangerous but that was for a brief while.


Karthik's 23-ball 44 not out included four hits to the fence and three over it. Out of these, two sixes and a boundary came off Chaminda Vaas's last over which went for 23 runs.


After David Warner (4) fell early, it was left to Dilshan and Gambhir to lay the foundation. Dilshan scored a quick fire 18-ball 37 that included seven fours and a six and the duo added 50 runs off 29 balls with Gautam Gambhir (19 off 35 balls).


The Sri Lankan took 24 runs off a SM Shoaib over which included two unusual looking paddle sweeps over the wicketkeeper, one of which ended being a six. His innings finally ended when Teja finally caught one at the long on fence off the bowling of Symonds.


Sehwag (11) for some reason delayed his coming in to bat. He came in after the fall of Gambhir's wicket who failed to clear the long-on fence. The generally swashbuckling Sehwag did not look comfortable and was lucky to be dropped by Andrew Symonds when he was still to open his account. He finally perished while trying to hit Vaas out of the ground.


During all this while it looked Delhi would reach a decent total but all credit to Karthik whose wonderful 23-ball 44 provided the impetus for Delhi to post the winning score.