Javinder Singh | cricket20
Sunny Sohal and Kumar Sangakkara thwarted the Delhi DareDevils with an excellent batting display to help the Deccan Chargers set the home side a run chase of 165 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Sohal (62) lead the way with a 35 ball half century which included 7 fours and although Sangakkara fell just one run short of a quick fire half century the pair helped the Chargers reach 168-4.
Irfan Pathan (28-1) and Ashok Dinda (34-1) proved to be the pick of the DareDevils bowlers to help the home side fight their way back into the game after Sohal and Sangakkara gave the visitors a great start.
Although the Chargers lost Shikhar Dhawan (8) at the end of the 2nd over, Sohal and Sangakkara gave the visitors the perfect start with a 2nd wicket partnership of 92.
After a slow start the partnership burst into life in the 8th over when Sangakkara smashed two boundaries and a six off the spin bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem which resulted in the bowler removed from the attack after just one over.
The partnership continued to be of concern to the DareDevils as Sohal Irfan easily dispatched wayward Irfan Pathan for 3 boundaries in the 10th over as the Chargers total passed 100.
The DareDevils finally made a breakthrough in the 12th over thanks to Aaron Finch who took an excellent catch to remove the Chargers skipper after he tried to bring up his half century with a cover drive off the bowling of Dinda.
Nadeem struck again for the home side to remove Sohal two overs later to halt the Chargers progress which left then 129-3 with just over 5 overs remaining in their innings.
Daniel Christian (8) quickly followed but Cameron White, playing in his first game for the Chargers in this year’s tournament added 37 valuable runs during the final few overs to help the Chargers reach 168-4.