Gilchrist knock lifts the Chargers
Adam Gilchrist blazed a commanding half-century but the Deccan Chargers were still situated in no-man's land after scoring 140 for eight in their Indian Premier League match against the Rajasthan Royals.
Gilchrist stroked nine fours and a six in 49 balls as his 61 put Deccan in a strong position on 74 for one midway through their innings.
But fellow Australian Shane Warne is a canny captain and a fine fightback in the field by Rajasthan means the Deccan total is eminently beatable.
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium pitch is a flat one, but run-scoring becomes difficult as the ball gets older and softer, although Gilchrist, such is his genius, batted as if it was easy-going throughout.
Herschelle Gibbs (19) partnered Gilchrist in an opening stand of 61 in eight overs and had just stroked Munaf Patel gorgeously through extra cover for his second boundary, when he sparred at a delivery that bounced a bit more than expected and was caught behind.
Warne made two telling bowling changes after the 10th over with off-spinner Yusuf Pathan, a star of Rajasthan's away win over Deccan with a top-class spell of off-spin, and seamer Siddharth Trivedi coming on.
Trivedi allowed few run-scoring opportunities as he conceded just eight runs in his three overs and he made the key breakthrough when he lured Gilchrist into chasing a wide delivery, the left-hander edging into wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat's gloves.
Pathan removed Scott Styris (13) and the Chargers were suddenly in free fall.
The impulsive Shahid Afridi recklessly charged Warne and was caught for just a single and it needed Venugopal Rao's 23 not out off 11 balls for Deccan to at least make a game of it.
Warne was in inspired form, taking two for 20 in his four overs.