Hyderabad :Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Date : 14th April 2011
It took four years to come but it did finally happen and Chargers eventually tasted success at their home ground. The ease with which they put it across against a side comprising world class players like Devilliers, Dilshan, Kohli, Vettori and Zaheer khan one is bound to think why it took so long but Sangakkara should be happy to have broken a jinx and would hope that it will lay a foundation for more good things to come in future.
Sangakkara himself played a gem of an innings at the start of the innings. Coming after the fall of Shikhar Dhawan in the third over skipper took it upon himself to guide the team through. His calming influence benefitted Sunny Sohal who after looking out of sorts initially flourished to score 38 of 34 deliveries. Along with Sangakkara he shared a good partnership which laid a solid foundation for the batsmen to come. After the departure of Sohal, Bharat Chipli in the company of his Skipper made sure a healthy run rate was maintained. With two off spinners Dilshan and Ninan bowling in tandem runs came at a brisk pace with Chipli hitting Dilshan out of the midwicket region and following it with two more off Ninan. Though Sangakkara departed after a well made 38 off 24 balls Duminy and Chipli made sure Deccan chargers posted their highest total of the season. Chipli completed his 50 off jus 29 deliveries and with Duminy too chipping in with 22 off 15 chargers finally ended with 175 runs on board. For Royal Challenger Bangalore, Zaheer khan picked up three wickets but he would have surely missed Nannes at the other end who had to miss out due to a side strain. His replacement Van Der Wath finished with 1 for 30 off his stipulated 4 overs.
With an asking run rate close to nine runs per over RCB would have hoped for a brisk start from their openers Dilshan and Aggarwal but with Steyn bowling with venom and Ishant too bowling close to his best run making was difficult. Dilshan tried to cut loose by hitting a boundary off Ishant but was caught behind very next ball. Zaheer khan was promoted up the order for I don’t know what because he looked completely at sea against Steyn and lasted just three deliveries before being cleaned up by the South African. With run rate climbing all the time Aggarwal tried to pull one out of the off stump giving a sitter to Mishra at mid on off Gony who replaced Ojha in the side. It turned out to be an inspirational change as Gony ended up with 3 wickets against his name. RCB could only manage 28 runs in the power play for the loss off three wickets as each of the bowlers Ishant, Steyn and Gony employed by Sangakkara in the first six Overs took a wicket each. RCB desperately hoped for devilries to rescue them but with Gony bowling an impressive line and length he ended up giving a catch to Sangakkara without troubling the scorers. At the half way mark RCB were 53 for 4 and were staring at chasing more than 12 runs per over. By the end of 12 it had climbed to fourteen runs per over and Tiwari perished going for a heave over midwicket giving Sangakkara one of his 5 catches of the evening. Virat Kohli tried his best to score 71 off just 51 deliveries but the asking rate was too much to ask for and with steyn coming back and taking 3 more wickets RCB were never really in the hunt.Steyn was awarded MOM for his four wickets while Gony picked up three wickets including prize scalps of devilries and Kohli.
Chargers won by 33 runs and Sangakkara must be a relieved as chargers have finally tasted success at their home ground. While Vettori and his men have some serious thinking to do after two consecutive losses.
Man of the match was awarded to Dale Steyn for his splendid bowling preformance. he took 3 wickets and just gave 24 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
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