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IPL 2: DC vs KKR : Match 3 Review April 20, 2009

Posted by Kunal Janu in Indian Premier League (IPL).
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rp-singh-deccan-chargersApril 19 2009, Capetown: They finished in the last spot last year, and what could have been a better series opener for them as the Deccan Chargers won their first match against the Kolkata Knight Riders. what was a mountain of expectation from Brendon Mccullum, after he scored 158 off 73 balls in season 1 opener, turned to be an easy climb for the Deccan chargers. They were outplayed in very department by the DC. It has been a weekend to savour for bowlers, and each member of Deccan’s attack did their bit to leave Kolkata scrambling to reach triple-digits. Herschelle Gibbs, coming off a triumphant series against Australia, and Rohit Sharma, back in the country where he made his name in 2007, then made sure Deccan’s campaign didn’t begin in the dismal way last season’s had.

After yet another delay in the proceedings only this time because of not functional flood lights, KKR won the toss and decided to bat first. Gilchrist showed confidence in his bowlers as he took the field along side ex captain VVS Laxman. Kolkata had packed their batting with foreign players, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a hapless batting performance. Their formidable top order was handcuffed by Deccan’s new-ball bowlers. Fidel Edwards was fast and frugal – consistently around the 140kph mark. he gave away only one run off the fiery first over.

ScoreCard: Match 4

RP Singh ran in wanting to make a mark on the national Selectors picked McCullum out to a soft dismissal nudging a ball down the legside into gilchrist’s hand who took a good catch. Saurav walked in and was immediately off the mark scoring a single to third man. Chris gayle played a mighty shot over mid wicket for a six to get himself off the mark. gayle continued to show aggression as his missed a few deliveries while hitting a few to the boundaries. Edwards ruffled up Saurav with Short pitched stuff as he almost picked him with the last ball. RP singh on the other end took advantage of him being the under-dog or the easier off the two bowlers to be hit, as he picked up Gayle caught at the long off boundary by Harmeet singh. Hodge came in. Both Saurav and Hodge continued to show caution to the wind as the DC bowlers bowled exceedingly well on the pace friendly wicket.

Ganguly lost his cool as he tried to hit Harmeet Singh to the boundary making room for himself, only edged the ball to first slip where Laxman took a comfortable catch.Akash Chopra struggled to score singles as Hodge was left stranded at the non striking end when Ojha continued to spin the ball off the pitch. Chopra was soon out stumped to a classic delivery that turned almost 2 feet before it beat the batsman leaving him stranded in the middle. Laxmi ratan shukla came in and smashed few balls along th ground but lost his wicket stumped to Ojha. The remaining batsman came in and left leaving Hodge as te only batsman to score over 30 runs. Hodge was the sixth wicket to fall at the score of 72 caught by Gibbs at point off the bowling of Scott Styris. KKR finished their innings at 101 all out.

Brendon McCullum’s record as a captain failed to impress at the world stage as he and his team failed to defend a total of 101. The DC batsmen never looked in any sort of trouble during the run chase especially as Kolkata had left out Ajantha Mendis on a pitch spinners have thrived on all weekend. Adam Gilchrist hit a couple of trademark boundaries before top-edging to square leg and VVS Laxman, after bludgeoning an out-of-character pull for six, was dismissed due to an old failing – poor running between the wickets. That brought together Rohit and Gibbs, who knuckled down to work a few singles and steady the innings.

Gibbs then started playing some inventive shots, a bent-knee sweep off Ganguly for four followed by a deft dab towards third man. Any pressure that Kolkata had built up vanished, and neither batsmen was afraid of lofting the ball after that. Rohit joined in the fun once Ajit Agarkar was introduced, a huge six over long-off and a couple of boundaries helping take 17 runs off his first over. Some more merry hitting from the pair finished off the game with nearly seven overs to spare.ve on today’s dreadful show.

Kolkata need to strengthen their bowling and batting. Ajantha Mendis could prove a good addition to the side. Deccan Chargers on the other hand will be hoping for repeat performances with the bat and the ball as they continue to make their way thro the tournament under the aggressive Adam Gilchrist. RP Singh took the man of the match award for his 4-22.

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