Chargers victory banishes home blues
The Deccan Chargers sealed a 33 run victory over the Royals Challengers Bangalore to snap their 9 game losing streak at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The streak, which stretches back to the inaugural 2008 tournament was finally ended thanks to impressive performances from Bharat Chipli (61) and Manpreet Gony (3-31).
Chipli lead the way with the bat, scoring a maiden IPL half century while Gony picked up the wickets of Mayhank Agarwal and AB de Villiers to leave the visitors deep in trouble.
The 28 year old smashed 5 fours and 3 sixes during an innings of 61 which helped the Chargers reach 175-5 as they look to end their 9 game losing streak at the the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Although Virat Kohli tried to pressure the Chargers bowlers with another quick fire half century none of his team mates could stay around longer enough to really trouble the home team.
Faced with a run chase of 176 the Royal Challengers run chase got off to the worst start possible thanks to the Chargers bowlers who tore through the visitorís top order reducing them to just 29-4 after 6.4 overs.
Ishant Sharma struck first to remove Tillakaratne Dilshan (7) before Dale Styen dismissed Zaheer Khan (0) whoís promotion up the order as a pinch hitter was a total failure.
The visitors collapse quickly continued thanks to Gony who struck twice on his Chargers debut to remove Mayhank Agarwal (16) and AB de Villiers (0) in the space of 11 deliveries.
Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary gave the Royals Challengers brief hope with a 5th wicket partnership of 27 but when Tiwary (7) was caught by Sangakkara off the bowling of Amit Mishra the visitors still needed 120 runs from just 53 deliveries.
With victory slipping away Kohli launched a one man blitz which saw him race to 71 but even with support coming from Cheteshwar Pujara (25) the Royal Challengers were well beaten.
Having been put into bat by Royal Challengers skipper Daniel Vettori the Chargers progressed well despite the loss of Shikhar Dhawan (11) at the end of the 3rd over.
Sunny Sohal gave the home side the early advantage with an impressive innings of 38, the 23 year old showed no signís of debut nerves as he dispatched 5 fours and a six during his time at the crease.
Despite losing Sohal in the 9th over Kumar Sangakkara and Chipli continued to attack the Royal Challengers bowlers during a 3rd wicket stand of 43 which kept the home side on course for their biggest total of the tournament so far.
The Chargers skipper led the way with a quick fire 36 before he tried to drive a wide delivery from Johan van der Wath, which he edged through to wicket keeper AB de Villiers to leave the home side 113-3.
The lose of Sangakkara didnít slow the Chargers down thanks to Chipli who dispatched Ryan Ninan for consecutive 6ís in the 15th over as he raced towards his first ever IPL half century.
The 28 year old continued his onslaught in the next over smashing 3 boundaries in a row off the bowling of Zaheer Khan before his new partner JP Duminy quickly raced to 22 from just 15 deliveries before he was dismissed by Khan in the final over.
With four balls remaining Chilpi added 7 valuable runs to help the Chargers reach 175-5 despite Daniel Christian (0) being trapped LBW by Khan from the final delivery of the innings.