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DareDevils slump to third straight defeat

The Delhi Daredevils slumped to their third straight defeat in this years Indian Premier League after failing to chase down a target of 172 against the Deccan Chargers at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

The DareDevils started off brightly thanks to a wonderful half century from David Warner but the visitors started to wobble as the middle order we unable to build on Waranerís great start and finsihed 10 runs short.

Having won the toss and electing to bat the Chargers top order struggled on a slow wicket and had to be rescued by Rohit Sharma (45) and Tirumalasetti Suman (29) to set the DareDevils a tough target.

The DareDevils got their run chase off to a poor start losing inspirational batsman Virender Sehwag (3) in just the third over of their innings after he was caught by Herschelle Gibbs at long off.

The lost of Sehwag didnít slow down David Warner who had started off in rampant style smashing 29 runs from the first two overs. The Australian continued his brutal blitz reaching 50 in just 26 balls.

With Warnerís bright start the Daredevils were coasting towards victory but a needless run out at the start of the 10th over saw Warner (58) lose his wicket and the visitors their advantage.

AB de Villiers (27), Mithun Manhas (8) and Moises Henriques (11) soon followed as the DareDevils started to lose their way slumping to 132-5. With a third successive defeat looming stand in skipper Dinesh Karthik offered some hope smashing 47 runs from just 27 balls.

His impressive innings almost changed the course of the game and amazingly a victory was starting to look possible but any hope the daredevil shad vanished in the 18th over when Karthick was brilliantly caught by Symonds off his own bowling to halt the visitors charge.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the defending champs got off to a poor start losing Monish Mishra (1) in the first over of the day.

New batsman Gibbs responded to the early set back smashing 14 runs of the next over from Dirk Nannes including a big six high over long off to get the Chargers inning up and running.

Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist was once again in impressive form but he would have been disappointed to have gotten himself out after hitting Ladda for a six and then a four in consecutive balls in the 4th.

After being hit for 10 runs Ladda remained calm and floated in a delivery which Gilchrist (24) tried to whip over square leg but was only able to flick the ball towards wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik who took an easy catch.

After the lost of the two early wickets Gibbs and Andrew Symonds built a third wicket partnership of 28 but with the pair looking to push on Gibbs (31) was caught by Moises Henriques to leave the Chargers 72-3.

Symonds continued his early tournament form with the bat scoring 35 runs but after building his innings slowly he failed to go on to score a big total after he was caught by AB der Villiers.

The wicket of Symonds left the Chargers 103-4 to but the DareDevils on top but Sharma and Suman built a 5th wicket partnership of 60 to help the home side reach 171-6.

After a slow start the Chargers will feel Sharma and Sumanís partnership will have given their bowlers a very good chance of claiming their third victory in the years IPL.

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