The Hyderabad Deccan Chargers will feel they should have won this one. For the Rajasthan Royals, it was a morale boosting victory at St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth.
The Deccan Chargers threatened to run away when Adam Gilchrist got stuck into the game. But when he fell for thirty-nine, it needed some doing from the likes of Rohit Sharma and T. Suman to take them from three down for fifty-eight in the tenth over to 141. Sharma’s thirty-eight and Suman’s forty-one were crucial from a partnership stand point as well as putting up valuable runs on board.
And Hyderabad, like most spectators, would have thought that they had it wrapped up when they had Royals in all sorts of trouble at three down for three in only the second over of the match as openers Swapnil Asnodkar and Graeme Smith departed for naught. Lee Carseldine appeared to be holding out in a no win situation but his thirty-nine proved critical in the end.
Shane Warne tried to show support with his twenty-one but it was the partnership between Abhishek Raut and Yousuf Pathan that set the cat amongst the pigeons for the Deccan Chargers. Their partnership produced runs as once again Pathan got into the flair mode, making twenty-four from fourteen balls while Raut lent weight with his thirty-six runs from twenty-three balls.
But just when the Royals were in touching distance, fortune was clearly favouring the brave. Misfield, missed run outs meant that Rajasthan Royals could have been stranded, having lost two wickets in two balls with two runs needed from five balls. But with the Chargers turning sloppy, Royals made it home, but it came with a prayer on the wings.