Chargers fight back to claim victory
Rohit Sharma held his nerves to help Deccan Chargers snatch a thrilling victory over Knight Riders in the 48th IPL match at the Wanderers Stadium.
Star batsman Rohit Sharma took responsibility and scored 32 runs off 13 balls while skipper Adam Gilchrist (43) and Herschelle Gibbs (28) provided a cracking start. The Knight Riders were on the brink of victory when Mashrafe Mortaza run out hard hitter Andrew Symonds at the important time of the game.
Gibbs scored 28 runs in 34 balls and was finding hard to time the balls. David Hussey took an easy catch at deep mid-wicket from the bowling of Murali Kartik.
Chargers lost skipper Adam Gilchrist (43) just before the strategy break after a cracking start against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Sensational Gilchrist alongwith Gibbs added 68 runs for the first wicket and miscued one to Laxmi Shukla at deep square leg off Brad Hodge.
Earlier, David Hussey (43) and Brad Hodge (48) helped Kolkata Knight Riders to 160/5 in 20 overs against Deccan Chargers.
Some late onslaught by Hussey and Hodge propelled Kolkata post a challenging total after a dull start. Hussey slammed 43 runs in 17 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.
Brad Hodge batted magnificently for his 48 runs and maintained the flow of runs for Kolkata. He however missed to make fifty when he top edged one from Ryan Harris.
After losing McCullum early, Sourav Ganguly (33) and Brad Hodge (48) steadied the innings and added 58 runs for the second wicket. Ganguly managed 33 in 41 balls and was caught by Ryan Harris off Rohit Sharma.
Sent in to bat first, Knight Riders lost skipper Brendon McCullum for 20 runs against Deccan Chargers. McCullum lived dangerously for his 20 runs before being caught by Tirumalsetti Suman off Ryan Harris.
Adam Gilchrist won the toss and invited Kolkata Knight Riders to bat first in the 48th match of the IPL.