April 17, 2010

Deccan chargers are now almost into semi finals

This match was considered as one of the crucial match for Deccan Chargers as they have to win the match to get into semi-finals safely. Kings XI Punjab are undoubtedly out of IPL edition 3 semi-finals. Both the teams faced each other yesterday at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala. Deccan Chargers won the toss & elected to field first.
Shaun Marsh & Mahela Jayawardena opened the innings for Kings XI Punjab. Shaun Marsh went back to pavilion by getting duck out in the very first over of the innings. Jayawardena & skipper Kumar Sangakkara put up a decent partnership of 86 valuable runs to their team. Sangakkara got out in the 12th over, he had scored 52 runs from 37 balls. Yuvaraj Singh came to bat, again these two put up a very good partnership which was again 86 runs partnership. Yuvaraj Singh got out in the fifth delivery of the 20th over, at this point of time Kings XI Punjab had scored 173 runs in total. All the credit goes to Mahela Jayawardena who started to perform brilliantly after 15 overs was up. He was unbeaten scoring 93 runs from 62 deliveries which included 13 fours & 2 sixes. Kings XI Punjab at the end pf 20 overs had put up a total of 174 runs loosing 3 wickets.
Deccan Chargers started to chase the total of 175 runs with their openers Adam Gilchrist & Monish Mishra. They lost Gilly in the 2nd over when the total was 13 runs. After the big blow, Deccan Chargers started to play decently with a very good run rate which was meeting up the requirements. They were loosing wickets in regular manner but with long intervals. Thirumalsetti Suman & Rohit Sharma, both batted nicely which helped the DC to keep their pace with the asking rate. Deccan Chargers chased their target in 19.1 overs & won the match by 5 wickets. Rohit Sharma was the top scorer who was unbeaten scoring 68 runs from 38 balls which included 6 fours & 3 sixes. After this win, Deccan Chargers have won 7 matches in total which has eased the pressure for them. Now they are in safe zone as they have almost into semi-finals. They have one more match left which will be played against Delhi Daredevils. Man of the match was Rohit Sharma.

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