Chargers set Royal Challengers big target
Adam Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma hit boundary-laden half-centuries to push the Deccan Chargers to a tournament-high total of 184-6 in an Indian Premier League clash against the Bangalore Royal Challengers at Newlands on Wednesday evening.
Their score beat the 179-5 of the Chennai Super Kings in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Gilchrist smashed six fours and five sixes in his 45-ball 71 before he went to a good catch in the covers by Virat Kohli off part-time off-spinner Kevin Pietersen in the 14th over of the innings.
At the 10-over break the Chargers were on a useful 91-2.
In the second half of the innings, Sharma took over where Gilchrist had led, until he top-edged one off Dale Steyn to Pietersen at mid-on after scoring 52 off 30 balls. His boundary count was one four and five sixes, including three big hits in one over to the midwicket fence off leg-spinner Anil Kumble, the man who came into the match with five wickets, the most in the 2009 tournament.
Gilchrist was at it from the first over of the match, pulling one and cutting two boundaries off seamer Praveen Kumar.
One of the world's best bowlers in Steyn was dispatched for two fours as he got it too short in the second over, which was ended with a cleanly struck straight six as the South African over-pitched.
Gilchrist's opening partner Herschelle Gibbs was reduced to onlooker status, and was eventually trapped in front by Kumar in the fourth over for 13.
Gilchrist reached his half-century in the 10th over, by Jesse Ryder, and he lifted the New Zealander to wide mid-on for a second maximum before the break.
Challengers captain Pietersen was the best bowler for his side, finishing with 2-31 in four overs.