Sharma leads recovery after top order collapse
Rohit Sharma lead the Chargers fight back scoring a wonderful half century to help the defending champs reach 151-6 after Dale Steyn had tore through the Chargers top order taking three wicket to leave them 14-3 after 2.3 overs.
Having won the lost the toss the Chargers were put into bat by Anil Kumble and it proved to be a fantastic decision as Dale Steyn blew away the Chargers top order with a stunning spell of opening bowling.
Steyn struck twice in the first over to remove Adam Gilchrist and Tirumalasetti Suman for golden ducks to set up a hat track ball which Rohit Sharma managed to steer away to mid-on.
The drama continued at the start of the second over when Herschelle Gibbs was dropped by Ross Taylor at short midwicket off the bowling of Vinay Kumar. The South African made Taylor pay with a huge six two balls later.
The impressive Steyn returned for the third over and much to the relief of Taylor the South African fast bowler knocked Gibbs middle stump out of the ground to leave the shell shocked Chargers 14-3.
With the Chargers needing to win to keep their semi final hopes alive Rohit Sharma and Monish Mishra found themselves having to build a recovery after their top order had been blown away by Steyn.
They took their time to build their innings but once the shine had gone off the new ball they attacked the bowlers with Jacques Kallis conceding three consecutive fours as the pairs partnership reached 82 runs before Mishra (41) was run out in the 12th over.
The wicket brought Andrew Symonds (19) to the crease but the Aussies was unable to contribute much to the Chargers innings after he was stumped by Robin Uthappa to give the Royal Challengers skipper his first wicket of the innings.
With 15 balls remaining the pressure was on Sharma (51) to remain at the crease after the loss of Symonds but the young Indian fell 4 balls later as the Chargers ended their innings in the same disastrous manner in which they started it.
Bodapati Sumanth (6) and Ryan Harris (13) saw out the last 11 balls adding an important 18 runs to give the Chargers a total which they will feel comfortable defending.