The Hyderabad Deccan Chargers are finding the road at the top slippery while the Chennai Super Kings appeared to have found their feet at Buffalo Park in East London in South Africa in the IPL 2.
Matthew Hayden started superby for the Chennai Super Kings only for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to sign it off in style. Then Shadab Jakati had his say and like in the previous game, was not going to be pushed away in a hurry. Hayden started off well, thundering forty-three runs from twenty-six balls while M. Vijay gave good company with thirty-one.
Thereafter Dhoni took over the proceedings and his fifty-eight became the single biggest factor between Chennai putting up a competitive score and setting the Deccan Chargers a target they simply would have to stretch themselves to the limit to reach.
178 may not have appeared too big for a team that started on a phenomenal winning streak. But it was brought to a screeching halt as Deccan Chargers found themselves three wickets down with just one run on board. It is always spelt disaster when the team loses both openers (in this case, Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs) and their number three (VVS Laxman) all for naught. Albie Morkel combined dangerously with Sudeep Tyagi while Jakati was instrumental for a second match in a row by picking four wickets to stop the Hyderabad team dead in their tracks.
The respite came briefly as T Suman and Rohit Sharma resisted while Dwayne Smith once again pulled out his guns. But his astonishing innings of forty-nine runs of twenty-three balls that included as many as five sixes proved an effort in futile as the Deccan Chargers went on to lose the game, beaten fair and square by seventy-eight runs, as Chennai climbed to the top of the ladder, ie, points tally.