Symonds fires as Chargers innings stutters
Andrew Symonds stared with the bat for the Deccan Charges scoring 53 to help the defending champs recover from a middle order batting collapse to help set the Kings XI Punjab a run chase of 171 for victory at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
Symonds was in fabulous form smashing 3 fours and 3 sixes on his way to a half century which rescued the Chargers after they lost there way after Gilchrist quick fire 33 at the start of the innings.
Herschelle Gibbs (23) and Symonds enjoyed a 2nd wicket partnership of 54 but the lose of Gibbs in the 10th over sparked a collapse as the Chargers fell from 100-1 to 112-4.
Despite losing his experienced partner, Symonds continued his excellent innings supported by Tirumalasetti Suman enyoing a partnership of 30 before he was caught brilliantly by Bipul Sharma out on the boundary to give Yuvraj Singh his second wicket of the night.
Suman (26) continued where Symonds had left off to help the Chragers reach 170-7.
The Chargers got off to a quick start with Adam Gilchrist enjoying the lightning quick outfield scoring a rapid 33 runs from just 12 balls before he was caught by Mahela Jayawardene.
The Chargers suffered a further blow to their innings in the next over when VS Laxamn was hit on the wrist by Shalabh Srivastava’s wayward run out attempt. After receiving some treatment from the physio Laxman retired hurt.