James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
The Chennai Super Kings were blown away by the Deccan Chargers slumping to a 31 run defeat as the defending IPL champions bounced back from their opening night defeat with an impressive performance.
Adam Gilchrist (38), Herschelle Gibbs (45) and Andrew Symonds (50) all played major roles with the bat before Tirumalasetti Suman and Rohit Sharma smashed 20 off the last over to set the Super Kings a run chase of 191 for victory.
The home side couldn’t have got off to a worst start losing 4 wicket inside the first 5 overs to leave them 32-4 and facing a mountain to climb as the Chargers cruised to victory.
Having won the toss and elected to bat the Chargers got off to a flying start on a flat wicket with Adam Gilchrist rolling back the years with a scintillating performance with the bat.
Supported by Laxman (12), Gilchrist attacked the Super Kings bowlers to score a sensational 38 runs from just 17 balls to get the Chargers off to the perfect start becoming the first man to score 1000 runs in the IPL.
The former Australian wicketkeeper smashed 4 fours and 3 sixes including two in a row off the bowling of Sudeep Tyaqi to fire the Chargers past 50 inside the first 5 overs.
The opening partnership had rapidly reached 55 before the Super Kings finally made a breakthrough with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowling Gilchrist (38) to halt his onslaught.
Having made a breakthrough the home side struck again with the very next ball to remove Laxman who was run out by MS Dhoni after some brilliant fielding by Suresh Rainia at square leg to leave the Chargers 55-2.
The lose of two quick wickets left Gibbs and Symonds the task of rebuilding the Chargers innings after such a great start.
With two new batsmen at the crease Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni started to rotate his bowlers in a bid to slow the Chargers down. The plan initially worked to perfection with Symonds in particular struggerling to make any progress scoring only 2 runs from the first 13 balls he faced.
After a slow start Gibbs and Symonds started to break the stranglehold of the Super Kings bowlers with the pair aggressively dispatching 4 huge sixes into the stands as they started to build a substantial partnership.
The big hitters were both run out in the space of two overs but their contribution had helped the Chargers set the Super Kings a target of 191 for victory.
Faced with such a big target the Super Kings got of to the worst possible start losing Murali Vijay (3) Matthew Hayden (17) Suresh Raina (6) and Subramaniam Badrinath (5) as the home side suffered a batting collapse.
Chaminda Vaas was once again in tremendous form ripping through the top order taking 3 wickets to leave the Super Kings reeling on the verge of a heavy defeat against an impressive Chargers team
Although Justin Kemp (22), Dhoni (42) and Albie Morkel (42) offered some resistant’s the Super Kings continued to lose wickets at regular intervals to slip further and further behind as the slumped to a heavy defeat.