Chargers set to chase 165 for victory
Rohit Sharma stood tall amid ruins and hammered an unbeaten 42-ball 76 as Deccan Chargers posted a modest 164 for eight against Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match.
It was a slipshod show by the Deccan batsmen with only Rohit, skipper VVS Laxman (48) and Shahid Afridi (13) managing double digit scores.
Rohit's magnificent knock was product of his 42-ball stay in the middle which included 10 hits to the fence besides a couple of sixes.
Put into bat, Deccan Chargers began with a flourish but Irfan Pathan bowled Adam Gilchrist (6) in the fourth over, while Piyush Chawla soured Herschelle Gibbs' (7) IPL debut.
Though Laxman and Rohit showed signs of a recovery, Chawla struck again removing the Deccan captain, which left the hosts 67 for three in nine overs.
Afridi (13) hit Gagandeep Singh for a huge six but a rush of blood did him in and in the next delivery, Yuvraj Singh took a skier in his fourth attempt to cut short the Pakistani all-rounder's stay in the middle.
Rohit continued playing his shots but wickets kept tumbling at the other end with Y Venugopal Rao (1), Sanjay Bangar (3), Nuwan Zoysa (1) and D Kalyankrishna (3) failing to make any mark.
Kings XI leggie Chawla once again impressed with a three-wicket haul, conceding 28 runs in his four overs.