Felix Austin | cricket20
Andrew Symonds scored a superb half century to lead the Deccan Chargers recovery against the Delhi DareDevils after the defending champions lost a host of early wickets in their innings of 145-7.
Having won the toss the Chargers got off to the worst possible start losing Adam Gilchrist (10) in the second over, the skipper’s disappointing tournament with the bat continued when he was caught by Gautam Gambhir to give Ashish Nehra the early break through.
Monish Mishra was joined at the crease by Tirumalasetti Suman and the pair built up a partnership of 21 before the DareDevils introduced Umesh Yadav who bowled Suman (5) with his first delivery to leave the Chargers 32-2.
With only 4 overs gone the Chargers had plenty of time to mount a recovery but the wickets of Rohit Sharma (11) and Mishra (25) made their chances of producing a big total even harder.
With so much riding on the outcome of the game the Chargers batsmen were guilty of getting out before any of them had made a big contribution. The pressure was now on Andrew Symonds to produce a match winning innings.
Partnered by 18 year old Mitchell Marsh the Aussie all-rounder attacked the DareDevils bowlers hitting three sixes in the space of 7 balls to bring up the Chargers 100.
Symonds passed his half century with a boundary of Paul Collingwood but he failed to build an even higher score when he was caught by Mithun Manhas at long-off as he tried to hit Amit Mishra for a boundary.
Marsh (13), soon followed as the Chargers slipped to 121-6. to leave new batsmen Bodapati Sumanth and Chaminda Vaas an uphill struggle to post a total over 150.
Vass contributed just 3 runs to the total before he was dismissed by Collingwood at the end of the 17th over to leave the Chargers 128-7. Sumanth (7) and Rahul Sharma (14) saw out the last 12 balls to help the defending champs reach 145-7.