Stunning Sharma blitz shatters Tuskers hopes
Ishant Sharma produced one of the deadliest displays of bowling in IPL history to help the Deccan Chargers register a stunning 55 run victory over a shell shocked Kochi Tuskers Kerela.
Faced with a total of only 129 to defend, Sharma (12-5) picked up 5 wickets in his opening two overs to leave the stuttering Tuskers 11-6 and the crowd inside the Nehru Stadium in total stunned silence.
Having seen Dale Steyn remove Brendon McCullum (0) in the first over, Sharma struck twice to dismiss Parthiv Patel (0) and Raiphi Gomez (0) from consecutive deliveries at the start of the 2nd over.
Brad Hodge survived Sharma’s hat trick ball but the Aussie only last two more deliveries before he was bowled by the Sharma to leave the Tuskers 2-4 at the end of the 2nd over.
Amazingly the 22 year old returned in the 4th over to dismiss Kedar Jadhav (0) and Mahela Jayawardene (4) to further damage the Tuskers hopes of victory after they crashed to just 11-6.
Ravinder Jadeja (23) and Thisara Perera (22) halted the collapse with a 7th wicket partnership of 36 but any hopes the Tuskers had of securing a much needed victory had already gone after Sharma’s incredible burst at the start of the innings.
With the Tuskers surrendering their wicket with ease Manpreet Gony (19-1) and Steyn (16-3) cleaned up the tail to seal a emphatic victory for the visitors.
Having batted first Kumar Sangakkara scored a vital half century to help the Chargers recover after losing three early wickets to set the Tuskers a run chase of 130.
Having been bowled in the 4th over off a now ball having only scored 5, Sangakkara (65) punished the Tuskers by smashing his 9th IPL half century during his extended 46 delivery innings.
Sangakkara and Cameron White (31) lead the Chargers recovery with a vital 4th wicket partnership until Vinay Kumar struck twice in the 17th over to end the pairs resistant’s.
Although Sangakkara made the Tuskers pay dearly the home side will still feel confident after restricting the Chargers to a total of only 129-7.
Despite Sangakkara and White resistant’s no other Chargers batsman reached double figures thanks to some impressive bowling from Vinay Kumar (25-3) and RP Singh (21-2).
Having been put into bat the Chargers got off to a torrid start which saw openers Sunny Sohal (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (4) both dismissed inside the first 3 overs to leave the visitors 6-2.
If could have got even worse for Sangakkara’s side were it not for Brendon McCullum dropping Bharat Chipli before Sreesanth bowled the Chargers skipper off no ball in the 4th over.
Although Sangakkara was offered a lifeline Chipli (4) failed to punish the Tuskers after he picked out Sreesanth at mid off after he attempted to chip a delivery from Vinay Kumar over mid-wicket in the 6th overs.
Having lost three early wickets the Chargers struggled to build a competitive innings as they reached the end of the power play overs 20-3, the worst figures in this year’s tournament.
With the pressure already mounting Sangakkara and White slowly rebuilt the Chargers innings thanks to a 4th wicket stand of 90 between the experienced international pair.