Rajasthan Royals overpower Deccan Chargers

May 10th, 2008 - 2:04 am ICT by admin  

Jaipur, May 10 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals churned out a royal performance to outplay Deccan Chargers by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here Friday night. Electing to field, Rajasthan Royals restricted Deccan Chargers to 140/8 and then Yusuf Pathan raced to 68 off just 37 balls to take his team home in just 16 overs.

The win not only brought Rajasthan Royals back to the top of IPL standings with 12 points from six wins in eight matches, but also a step closer to the semifinals.

In contrast, the chances of Deccan Chargers reaching the semifinals is getting bleak with every loss. They slumped to their sixth defeat Fridaynight in eight matches and continue to languish at the bottom of the IPL table.

Nothing seemed to have worked for Deccan Chargers Fridaynight after a poor battting performance saw them squander the good work of stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist (61).

The big hitters of Deccan Chargers - Herschelle Gibbs, Scott Styris and Shahid Afridi - disappointed once again.

Deccan Chargers started on a blistering note with Gilchrist leading the way. But the familiar collapse which has haunted them throughout the match once again crushed their hopes of putting up a formidable total on the board.

Gilchrist showed the way leading from the front but his effort failed to inspire the team. Shane Watson and Sohail Tanvir were taken for 20 and 16 respectively in their first two overs by Gilchrist. Watson and Tanvir came back strongly in their second spells.

Rajasthan Royals skipper Warne (2-20) led the bowling charge squeezing every bit of his experience to bring his team back into the game after Gilchrist’s blitzkrieg. Warne, who extracted considerable turn and bounce from the wicket, gave nothing to the batsmen and even Gilchrist found the going tough against him.

Gibbs (19) looked totally out of place and scored in pushes and nudges. His agonising stay in the middle, in which he survived a dropped chance, ended when he edged Munaf Patel behind the stumps. The South African was involved in a 61-run opening stand that came in 8 overs - thanks to Gilchrist who did the bulk of the scoring.

Yusuf Pathan then removed Styris and once Siddharth Trivedi got rid of Gilchrist, Royals batsmen fell like a pack of cards. They were tottering at 105 for six. It was because of Venugopal Rao’s (23 not out) charge towards the end that they could give something for their bowlers to defend.

Rajasthan Royals disciplined bowling, on a pitch that offered movement to the bowlers, and sharp fielding helped them fight back after the aggressive start of Chargers.

Royals run-chase was well-calculated with Graeme Smith (40) playing the experienced campaigner and allowing Pathan to play his shots.

Pathan has been in good touch in the tournament and once again showed his array of strokes. He hit nine fours and two sixes and all were clean strikes.

Smith on the other hand was happy to rotate the strike and watch Yusuf belt the bowlers from the other end.

After the 109 first wicket opening stand, Chargers had no chance to come back into the game.

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