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IPL 2010 – Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab: Deccan Chargers Beat Kings XI Punjab By 6 Runs

By on March 19, 2010

Deccan Chargers 170 for 7 (Symonds 53, Yuvraj 2-21) beat Kings XI Punjab 164 for 8 (Irfan 60, Vaas 2-27) by 6 runs…

Late hitting by all-rounder Irfan Pathan (60 off 29 balls) failed to avoid Kings XI Punjab from a narrow 6-run defeat in the hands of Deccan Chargers in the 12th match of third Indian Premier League at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Friday.

Irfan Pathan completed his maiden IPL fifty in just 25 balls and slammed three fours and five sixes during his stupendous inning of 29 balls.

Chasing 171-run target, Kings XI lost wickets in regular intervals and were reduced to 104/7 in the 17th over before the Pathan special.

Deccan sent back half of Punjab’s batmen by 11th over, from which their opponent never able to recuperate though Pathan bring bank glimpse of hope in the last three overs.

Andrew Symonds cleaned bowled Mahela Jayawardene (14) in the 8th over to give a major bolt to already tottering Kings XI.

Chaminda Vaas got rid of Yuvraj Singh (4) in the fifth over after Kings XI had lost skipper Kumar Sangakkara (0) and Manvinder Bisla (0) in the third over to be reduced to 22/3.

Earlier, Andrew Symonds continued his impressive form with a sparkling half-century to help Deccan Chargers pile up a competitive 170 for seven against Kings XI Punjab at Barabati stadium, Cuttack on Friday.

Symonds laid the foundation of the Deccan innings with a well-paced 53 after skipper Adam Gilchrist opened the innings on a blistering note with a quick-fire 33 of just 12 balls.

Herschelle Gibbs made a run-a-ball 23, while T Suman (26 off 22) and Chaminda Vaas (16 off 10) provided the necessary impetus towards the end.

Symonds hit three fours and as many sixes during his 38-ball innings while Gilchrist struck four boundaries and two lofty sixes over the stands.

Yuvraj Singh (2/21) was pick of the Kings XI bowlers while Irfan Pathan, Shalabh Srivastava and Bipul Sharma all picked up a wicket each.

Put into bat, Deccan had a flying start as Gilchrist was at his destructive best from the onset. The Australian greeted S Sreesanth with two fours and two sixes to pile up 24 runs of his first and innings’ second over.

The wicketkeeper-batsman treated young Srivastava with equal disdain, clobbering him for two boundaries before the left-arm seamer had the last laugh.

Gilchrist mistimed a pull to give a nice running catch to Mahela Jayawardene.

VVS Laxman (10 off 7), on the other hand, was playing cautiously but his stay at the crease was cut short by a wayward throw from Srivastava which hit the stylish right-hander’s fore-arm, forcing him to retire.

Brought back into the attack in the 10th over, there was no reprieve for Sreesanth as Symonds welcomed him with a huge six and two fours to power Deccan to the 100-run mark.

However, with three quick wickets in a span of two overs Kings XI Punjab did manage to put a brake on the run flow and change the complexion of the match to some extent.

It was Yuvraj Singh’s golden arm which gave Punjab the necessary breakthrough as the left-arm spinner went through Gibbs’ defence and then two balls later a direct throw from Jayawardene caught Rohit Sharma short off the crease.

As if that was not enough, Anirudh Singh went for a duck, giving a faint edge to Kumar Sangakkara off Bipul Sharma.

But Symonds took the onus on his shoulders from there on and notched up his second consecutive fifty of the tournament to guide the Deccan innings.

It eventually took a stunner of a catch from Bipul Sharma off Yuvraj’s bowling to drew curtains on Symond’s innings.

Source: Times of India

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