Deccan breaks a jinx to record first home win
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 19th March 2010
Deccan Chargers broke their home jinx and a brave late surge
from Irfan Pathan to beat King XI by six runs in the DLF IPL 3 at the
Barabati stadium here on Friday night.
Deccan had never won a home game against Punjab in four attempts and
when Irfan Pathan launched himself into the attack it appeared that
the record would stay. From a seemingly lost cause, Irfan biffed 60
runs at breath taking speed as King XI looked to snatch an unlikely
win. One of the cleanest strikers in the country, Irfan cashed on to
some ordinary bowling from R.P.Singh to smash 34 runs from his two
overs which included three sixes to bring Kings XI within a sniff of
From 68 for six in the 12th over, Pathanís pyrotechnics ensured that
the match as a contest lasted till the 20th over. With 19 needed in
the last over by Jaskaran Singh, Pathanís brave knock ended when the
man-of-the-match Andrew Symonds held a good catch under pressure.
Sreesanth smacked three boundaries in the last over but it wasnít
enough as Deccan won by six runs.
Kings XI had a disastrous start, Vaasí subtle variations accounted for
his captain Sangakkara for naught after Bilsa was run-out by Suman.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as the middle order failed to
ascertain itself. It was another collective failure for the trio of
Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Yuvraj and only Ravi Bopra showed the
stomach for a fight with a 32 ball 38.
The Deccan spinner chocked the run flow and lured the batsmen to play
the big shots to get out trouble. The big Andrew Symonds removed the
dangerous Jayawardene and Rohit Sharma snared Bopara as Punjab slipped
to 68 for six in the 12th over. But Pathan in company of the tail
managed to give Deccan a run for their money.
Earlier, Gilchirst started like a runaway train. Sreesanth bore the
brunt of his fury as the Australian clobbered him for 24 runs in the
second over which included two sixes. Gilchrist fell against run of
play top-edging a pull from Srivatasava to Jayawardene. But Gilly had
laid the foundation for a big total and Laxman tenure at the crease
was cut short by an injury to his wrist from a wayward throw from
Srivatsava. Gibbs joined Symonds and the two merrily took the homeside
to 100 at the end of the 10th over. But the innings went into a
terminal decline once Yuvraj was introduced. Gibbs attempted heave
over midwicket saw his timber being rearranged by Yuvrajís arm ball
and off the next ball, Rohit Sharma was run-out. Bilsa, Chawla and
Yuvraj slipped in a few quite overs as Deccan appeared to have lost
its way. Sreesanthís second spell went for 16 runs as Symonds smote a
six over long on picking up the pacerís slow ball with ridiculous
ease. After the big manís departure, Suman and Vaas struck a few meaty
blows but Deccan fell short by at least 20 runs but in the in the end
it didnít matter.