The defending champions from 2009 IPL 2 kept their hopes alive of the IPL 3 semi finals with a win over the Kings XI Punjab at the idyllic Dharmasala.
Rohit Sharma defied the odds with a thirty-eight ball sixty-run innings even as the KXIP set the much desperate Deccan Chargers an imposing total of 175. However, it took some panache as the Dharmasala was witness to an interesting finish.
The match was kicked off with primarily two cricketers shining in the KXIP batting line up- the Sri Lankan duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, the KXIP captain. Jayawardene was once again at his sublime best, but he also showed that aggression could be a sweetly timed stroke played repeatedly. En route to his ninety-three runs innings, really deserving of the IPL hundred, from just sixty-two deliveries, Jayawardene even hammered R.P. Singh for five consecutive boundaries in the seventeenth over to propel the KXIP scorecard even further. Accompanying this barrage was a half century from the KXIP captain, just as impact bearing even though overshadowed by the opener.
The Deccan Chargers knew what they had to do to keep their semi final berth open – win the match. Critical roles were played by Tirumalasetti Suman, who is fast becoming synonymous with the Chargers victory, and Rohit Sharma who hit a breezy sixty-eight to ensure the Chargers returned victorious despite losing captain Adam Gilchrist early in the innings.
The going was not always easy, the Chargers suffering a hiccup in losing Suman, who made forty-eight, and Andrew Symonds shortly thereafter with Chargers still needing another fifty runs off the last five overs, but with Rohit Sharma safely guiding the ship home, it was only a matter of time once the runs paled into insignificance.
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