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New Delhi, April 19, 2011
Deccan Chargers produced a clinical bowling performance to notch up a 16-run victory over fellow strugglers Delhi Daredevils in their must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here today.
The Chargers defended a total of 168 for four, built around man-of-the-match Sunny Sohal's breezy 62 on a slow-and-low track at Feroz Shah Kotla.
The visiting bowlers bowled a tight line and length to restrict Delhi to 152 for seven. The Deccan fielding, though, was patchy with a mix of some outstanding efforts and few dropped catches.
Harmeet Singh and Daniel Christian claimed two wickets each for the Chargers.
David Warner (51, 48 balls, 5x4, 1x6) was the lone ranger for Delhi who kept his head while others around him were losing theirs.
Credit must go to the bowling attack on a track on which 169 was an achievable target. Dale Steyn bowled with expert control in his 4-over spell and conceded just 24 runs.
Harmeet finished with 2/27 in four overs. The spinners Pragyan Ojha (1/21 in three overs) and Amit Mishra (1/28 in four overs) were the true heroes.
Ojha bowled a good line and his flatter trajectory also made life difficult for the lower middle-order.
Daredevils lost their skipper Virender Sehwag, Naman Ojha and Aaron Finch early in the match. Delhi was wobbling on 38/3 after six overs, but Warner and Venugopal Rao briefly resurrected the innings. They added 52 runs off 40 deliveries for the fourth wicket.
Rao perished for 21 (23 balls, 3x4) when he attempted a second boundary in the thirteenth over, bowled by Mishra, but found Christian in the way on the long-off boundary. Warner was caught at the deep mid-wicket by Ravi Teja off Shikhar Dhawan in the 15th over.
With the loss of Warner, Delhi plummeted to 99/5 with five overs to go.
James Hopes tried his utmost during his knock of 18, but with 58 needed off the last four overs, there were not enough boundary hitters and quality in the middle against a high-class attack to do the damage.
Earlier, after opting to bat, the Chargers lost opener Shikhar Dhawan for just eight runs in the second over after he tried to flirt with a swinging delivery from Irfan Pathan and guided it to the stumps with a thick inside edge.
Kumar Sangakkara (49, 35 balls, 8x4, 1x6) then joined Sohal and notched up a 92-run partnership for the second wicket to keep their innings on right track. Sangakkara missed out on his half-century when Finch pulled out a stunner of a catch to get rid of the DC skipper in the 12th over bowled by Ashok Dinda.
Finch stole the show moving backwards again to catch a miscued one from Sohal to take off the third DC batsman.
Christian was the last batsman to fall. He bottom edged a Hopes delivery while trying to take the aerial route to the boundary.
Cameron White (31) and Bharat Chipli (5) then smashed Dinda for 10 runs in the final over to take DC to 168 for four.
Sunny Sohal c Finch b Nadeem 62
Shikhar Dhawan b Pathan 8
Kumar Sangakkara c Finch b Dinda 49
Cameron White not out 31
Daniel Christian b Hopes 8
Bharat Chipli not out 5
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 2) 5
Total (20 overs) 168 for four
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-106, 3-129, 4-156
Bowling: Ashok Dinda 4-0-33-1, Irafan Pathan 4-0-28-1, Morne Morkel 4-0-31-0, James Hopes 4-0-36-1, Shahbaz Nadeem 3-0-24-1, Yogesh Nagar 1-0-13-0.
David Warner c Ravi b Dhawan 51
Virender Sehwag c Christian b Harmeet 12
Naman Ojha lbw b Christian 2
Aaron Finch c Sangakkara b Harmeet 0
Venugopal Rao c Christian b Mishra 21
Irfan Pathan c Chipli b Ojha 5
James Hopes not out 17
Yogesh Nagar b Christian 23
Morne Morkel not out 8
Extras (b 6, lb 1, w 6) 13
Total (in 20 overs) 152 for seven
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-33, 3-38, 4-90, 5-99, 6-112, 7-144
Bowling: Dale Steyn 4-0-24-0, Daniel Christian 4-0-38-2, Harmeet Singh 4-0-27-2, Pragyan Ojha 3-0-21-1, Amit Mishra 4-0-28-1, Shikhar Dhawan 1-0-7-1