Deccan Chargers thrash Super Kings by 31 runs

Bouncing back from last match s defeat, defending champions Deccan Chargers beat MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings by 31 runs in Chennai.

updated: March 15, 2010 12:48 IST
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Chaminda Vaas (3/21) ripped apart the Chennai Super Kings' top-order after Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs sparkled with the bat as Deccan Chargers beat the hosts by 31 runs to score their first win in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

Symonds (50) and Gibbs (45) weaved together a crucial 95-run partnership for the third wicket to lift Chargers to a handsome 190 for four.

Skipper Adam Gilchrist (38), at the top, and Rohit Sharma (19), down the order, also contributed in decorating Deccan innings after electing to bat.

The defending champions then restricted Chennai for 159 for nine at M A Chidmabaram stadium.

Skipper MS Dhoni (42) and Albie Morkel (42) were joint top scorers for the hosts.

Chennai never recovered from the early blows landed on them by Vaas, who yet again gave his side a super start by ripping through hosts top order.

Pragyan Ojha (2/28) and Symonds (2/29) took two wickets apiece as their contribution in team's win.

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The Sri Lanka paceman dismissed Murali Vijay (3) and Suresh Raina (6) in his second over and returned to get rid of dangerous Matthew Hayden (17).

They had hardly settled that Ojha sent back S Badrinath (5) to leave Chennai innings in tatters at 32 for our. Kemp (22) and Dhoni had an enormous task at hand but all they could manage was a 38-run stand.

As the asking rate was touching sky, Kemp stepped out and lifted Ojha for a huge long-off six to break shackles but it was left-arm spinner who had the last laugh as two balls later he foxed the big hitter and had him stumped.

Dhoni had Morkel as his new partner and they were left with no option but to got for the kill.

However, Deccan spinners bowled magnificently and did not let the two big hitters do much damage.

Symonds clean bowled Dhoni to make the task all the more difficult for Chennai. Although Morkel came up with some lusty blows in his unbeaten knock but that proved insufficient.

Earlier, Symonds, who scored his second IPL fifty, and Gibbs joined forced after Deccan had lost two quick wickets, albeit after a fiery start.

The two batsman dug in and placed the defending champions to a position from their bowlers could fight well.

Both Symomds and Gibbs were run out in the fag end but Rohit together with T Suman (10) finished the innings splendidly, taking 22 runs from the last over.

Sudeep Tyagi bowled the first five balls of the 20th over and was taken off the attack after bowling a beamer to Sharma. Kemp completed the over.

Symonds' 50-run knock came off 43 balls with three sixes and an equal number of boundaries while Gibbs took 36 balls for his 45 with the help of five fours and one six.

Earlier, Deccan were off to a flying start with Gilchrist and VVS Laxman putting on 55 within first five overs.

Gilchrist was his usual destructive self and both the opening bowlers of the hosts -- Morkel and Tyagi were in for some really good punishment.

Tyagi was hit for 19 runs in his first over with ball soaring twice over the ropes. Morkel was hit for two fours and a six in the next over as Deccan scored 41 runs from the first three overs.

The severe beating forced early introduction of Muttiah Muralitharan, who almost got Laxman (at seven that time) in his fourth ball but skipper M S Dhoni could not hold on to a tough chance behind the wicket.

Another spinner R Ashwin was pressed into service and the tall tweaker did what his side needed. He deceived a charging down Gilchrist with a turning ball and disturbed his timber.

The hosts did not believe their luck when Laxman was run out next ball and the match was now on even terms.

Two new batsmen -- Symonds and Gibbs -- were at the crease and the hosts bowlers did extremely well by conceding just one boundary from over number five to nine.

However Symonds and Gibbs ensured the hosts do not get any more wicket and steadily re-build their innings.

Symonds was more aggressive of the two batsmen. He hit L Balaji for a six and a four in the 12 over. From a precarious position, they were comfortable at 139 for two after 16 overs.

The stand ended with run out of Gibbs and Symonds too fell in quick succession but by then the Deccan innings were placed decently.