Andrew Symonds’ innings, in hindsight, was valuable for the Deccan Chargers who nudged the Delhi Daredevils not only out of the contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi but also, out of the reckoning for the IPL 3 semi finals.
In a deciding encounter, the Chargers appeared to have hiccuped after Adam Gilchrist won the toss and decided to bat first. Ashish Nehra sent back Gilchrist early and the only real rescue act came from Andrew Symonds’ whose fifty-four run innings off just thirty balls became worth their weight in gold.
But Symonds’ departure at five down for 116 in the fourteenth over meant that the visitors stuttered in the challenge once more, posting 145 on board.
The Delhi Daredevils captain, Gautam Gambhir, did not want to play in Delhi over pitch concerns and he will continue to hold that grouse as the Daredevils made the task harder for themselves as the pitch assisted the spin of Harmeet Singh and Pragyan Ojha.
Mitchell Marsh got rid of David Warner while Virender Sehwag was accounted for by Chaminda Vaas and with the gate left open, more followed back to the pavilion including Tillekeratne Dilshan and the captain himself.
Paul Collingwood kept the hosts interested with a half century as Mithun Manhas partnered him in the difficult ordeal to resurrect Delhi’s campaign, Ashish Nehra standing on his own turf with twenty-two runs. But needing twenty-seven runs from twelve balls, the pitch was not going to favour shot making and the Chargers’ death bowlers ensured this was one situation that the Daredevils would have no respond to.
IPL 3 Match 54: Chennai Super Kings Soar in Dharamsala with Great Win for IPL 3 Semi Final
IPL 3 Match 53: Dada Holds KKR Flag High as Rajasthan Royals Stumble out of IPL 3
IPL 3 Match 52: Mumbai Juggernaut Rolls Past RCB Even as Low Intensity Bomb Sparks Concern
IPL 3 Match 51: Deccan Chargers Win at Dharmasala to Keep Hopes Alive
IPL 3 Match 50: Rollercoaster sees Scratchy Daredevils Through Against Patchy CSK
IPL 3 Match 49: Royal Challengers Bangalore Win “Royal” Battle; KP Stars As Well
IPL 3 Match 48: Thumping Victory for Chennai Sees Them 2nd; Sorrow for Sourav Continues
IPL 3 Match 47: Pollard Comes Good as MI Vanquish Delhi Daredevils
2010 IPL 3 Match 46: Deccan Chargers Pull One off Against a Royal Challenge
2010 IPL 3 Match 45: Tendulkar Juggernaut Means Sham for Royals
2010 IPL 3 Match 44: Spoilsport KXIP Ruin Daredevils’ Home Skirmish
2010 IPL 3 Match 43: Royal Challengers Thump Knight Riders in Tense Encounter
2010 IPL 3 Match 42: Chennai Turn up Insipid in Battle Against Chargers; Suman Shines
2010 IPL 3 Match 41: Red Hot KXIP Give Mumbai Indians a Nasty Surprise
2010 IPL 3 Match 40: Chargers Find a Majestic Win Against RCB; Live to Fight Another Day
IPL 3 Match 39: Daredevils Lose Nerve and Slip Against Spot-On Knight Riders
2010 IPL 3 Match 38: Under performing KXIP Beaten by Overpowering Lumb; Sreesanth Loses It
2010 IPL 3 Match 37: Chennai Rock as MI Fail Once Tendulkar Succumbs to the Heat
2010 IPL 3 Match 36: Deccan Chargers Fail to Ignite Again
2010 IPL 3 Match 35: Collingwood Shines Brighter for Daredevils In Battle Royale
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2010 IPL 3 Schedule of Matches, IPL3 Points Tally, IPL 3 Team Squads, News in the Run Up
2010 IPL 3 Match 34: Mahela Helps KXIP Register their Second IPL 3 Win, Overpowering Gayle