Daredevils snap Deccan Chargers’ winning streak (Lead)

April 30th, 2009 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Virender Sehwag Centurion, April 30 (IANS) Tillekaratane Dilshan played another match-winning knock as Delhi Daredevils halted the Deccan Chargers’ winning streak with a six-wicket victory at the SuperSport Park here Thursday.
Chasing 149, Daredevils overcame a slow start through Dilshan (52 not out) and Dinesh Karthik’s (41) 71-run stand to romp home in 18.4 overs.

Deccan Chargers, who recovered from a top-order collapse with Dwayne Smith smashing 48, lost their first match after four straight wins.

Daredevils fast bowler Dirk Nannes (2-16), and the spinners choked the Chargers strong batting line-up, restricting them to a modest total.

Packed with powerful batsmen, Daredevils started well, racing to 28 in three overs. Virender Sehwag exploded for a brief period hitting four fours for his 18, before falling to R.P Singh.

Soon Delhi lost two more wickets and were tottering at 49 for three, with medium-fast bowler Shoaib Ahmed claiming the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and A.B. de Villiers.

Dilshan, who saw Delhi home against Royal Challengers with an unbeaten 67, joined hands with Karthik for the rescue job even as Chargers kept up the pressure.

They took their time in the middle before launching the offensive in the end.

After the strategic break, Karthik hit Rohit Sharma for a six and Dilshan cut loose in the next over with another six.

With 38 required from 24 balls, the duo took 17 runs off Venugopal Rao to come closer to victory.

Pragyan Ojha claimed Karthik in the next over to bring Chargers back in the hunt.

Fidel Edwards and Dilshan exchanged words with 17 required of 12 balls. The Sri Lankan, however, had the last laugh as he finished the match in the same over with two fours and a six.

Earlier, the Deccan Chargers top-order failed to fire for the first time in the tournament.

Daredevils saw the back of Chargers’ swashbuckling opening pair of Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist early.

The Chargers soon found themselves at 53 for four as left-hand fast bowler Nannes did the damage before spinners kept the run-flow in check in the middle overs.

The strategic break has often worked in favour of the bowling team, but for a change the batsmen got their act together after 10 overs when they were reeling at 55 for 4.

Smith tore apart the bowlers with 48 off 28 balls that included five fours and two sixes.

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