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Rampant Chargers end Kings XI play off hopes

The Kings XI hopes of reaching the IPL play offs were ended by the Deccan Chargers who completed a compressive 82 run victory over the hosts at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

The Chargers ruined any chance the home side had of securing victory by removing Paul Valthaty (5) and Shaun Marsh (13) early on to leave the home side with a mountain to climb I ntehir attempts to chase down the visitors total of 198-2.

The Chargers victory also handed the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Mumbai Indians the final two places in the play offs avoiding a must win game for both teams at Eden gardens tomorrow night.

The home side suffered a miserable day in the field putting down 5 catches to allow the Chargers to reach 198-2 thanks to Shikhar Dhawan who scored 95 from just 56 deliveries which included 14 boundaries and a six to put the visitors in control.

Dwaraka Ravi Teja (60) offered the perfect support with his own half century as the Chargers made light work of the Kings XI bowling attack on a perfect batting wicket.

Adam Gilchrist (51) gave the Kings XI hope with another quick fire half century but once he was dismissed in the 11th over the home side’s hopes of reaching the play offs quickly disappeared.

Dinesh Karthik (11) quickly followed as the Kings XI’s middle order failed to fire before Amit Mishra struck in the 16th over to claim the first hat trick in this year’s tournament.

Ryan McLaren (7), Mandeep Singh (7) and Ryan Harris (0) fell in consecutive deliveries as Mishra ended the Chargers tournament in style; the spinner returned two overs later to remove Pareveen Kumar to end the game with figures of 7-4 from 4 overs.

The Kings XI got off to the worst possible start losing Valthaty at the end of the 2nd over after he picked out Anand Rajan at mid-on to give Dale Steyn the early break through.

With the pressure mounting Shaun Marsh quickly followed an over later when Anand Rajan took a simple catch at short third man after the Aussie edged JP Duminy’s final delivery of the 3rd over.

Dhawan and Ravi Teja got the Chargers innings off to a perfect start with an opening stand of 131, their highest of the tournament after the visitors were put into bat by Adam Gilchrist.

With so much on the line the Kings XI showed some early nerves with Ryan McLaren missing a run out and Paul Valthaty putting down a simple catch at square leg in the opening over.

The pair slowly built the foundations of a big partnership during the opening 10 overs before Ravi Teja increased the tempo by dispatching McLaren for consecutive boundaries at the end of the 11th over.

The opener followed this up with 2 sixes and another boundary off the bowling of Piyush Chawla as the Chargers looked to increase the run rate against a visibly nervous Kings XI who kept putting down simple catches.

Ryan Harris was at fault twice putting down Ravi Teja on 37 and 58 as the pressure of winning the match to stay in the hunt for a place in the play offs was starting to effect the Kings XI.

Dhawan also survived a number of chances including a run out in the 8th over which wasn’t referred to the 3rd umpire by Asad Rauf even though TV replies showed Dhawan’s bat was in the air when McLaren knocked down the stumps at the non strikers end.

The pair’s partnership was finally broken by Valthaty in the 14th over after Ravi Teja picked out Abhishek Nayar at deep mid wicket to take an easy catch which ended the Chargers mammoth opening stand.

JP Duminy (12) quickly followed but Dhawan and Cameron White (15) carried on the attack scoring 40 runs during a 3rd wicket stand to leave the Kings XI facing a big run chase to keep their play offs hopes alive.

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