Felix Austin | cricket20
The Deccan Chargers top order struggled on a slow wicket and had to be rescued by Rohit Sharma (45) and Tirumalasetti Suman (29) to set the Delhi DareDevils a target of 172 for victory.
After winning the toss and electing to bat the defending champs got off to a poor start losing Monish Mishra (1) in the first over of the day.
New batsman Herschelle Gibbs responded to the early set back smashing 14 runs of the next over from Dirk Nannes including a big six high over long off to get the Chargers innings up and running.
Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist was once again in impressive form but he would have been disappointed to have gotten himself out after hitting Ladda for a six and then a four in consecutive balls in the 4th.
After being hit for 10 runs Ladda remained calm and floated in a delivery which Gilchrist (24) tried to whip over square leg but was only able to flick the ball towards wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik who took an easy catch.
After the lost of the two early wickets Gibbs and Andrew Symonds built a third wicket partnership of 28 but with the pair looking to push on Gibbs (31) was caught by Moises Henriques to leave the Chargers 72-3.
Symonds continued his early tournament form with the bat scoring 35 runs but after building his innings slowly he failed to go on to score a big total after he was caught by AB der Villiers.
The wicket of Symonds left the Chargers 103-4 to but the DareDevils on top but Sharma and Suman built a 5th wicket partnership of 60 to help the home side reach 171-6.
After a slow start the Chargers will feel Sharma and Suman’s partnership will have given their bowlers a very good chance of claiming their third victory in the years IPL.