IPL-4: Deccan beat Bangalore by 33 runs
Hyderabad: Deccan Chargers snapped their seven-match losing streak at their home ground with a 33 run crushing of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match on Thursday.
Bharat Chipli first helped Deccan set up a big total of 175 for five with a blistering unbeaten 61 after being put into bat before the home side restricted RCB to 142/9 to break the jinx of not winning any of their seven previous matches at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal here.
This was also Deccan`s first win this season after losing their first two matches.
Deccan bowlers complemented the superb show by their batsmen with pacers Dale Steyn and Manpreet Gony taking three wickets each by conceding 24 and 31 runs respectively.
Ishant Sharma, Daniel Christian and Amit Mishra chipped in with one wicket apiece.
RCB, who lost to Mumbai Indians in their last match after starting their campaign on a winning note, suffered early jolt by losing four wickets inside seven overs and they could never recover from there.
Virat Kohli fought a lone battle with a superb 51-ball 71 which was studded with five fours and three sixes but he did not get support from his other RCB colleagues.
Chasing a stiff target of 176, RCB had just one substantial partnership -- 54 from 5.4 overs for the sixth wicket between Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Steyn and Ishant did the early damage to RCB with swing and bounce.
Ishant got success in his first over and the second of the innings by removing dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan for just seven, caught behind by Deccan captain and wicketkeeper
RCB sent in Zaheer Khan as one-down but the team-management`s ploy to use him as pinch hitter failed as he was out for nought after facing three balls with a Steyn full toss crashing at the wickets. RCB were 16 for two in the third over.
Sangakkara brought in Gony in place of Steyn in the fifth over and Deccan got immediate success in the form of the wicket of opener Mayank Agrawal.
Agarwal holed out to Amit Mishra at mid-on while trying to play a big shot as RCB found themselves in trouble at 27 for three in the fifth over.
Gony added another wicket to his kitty by dismissing key man AB de Villiers for a seven-ball duck in the seventh over as RCB slumped to 29 for four and deep trouble. Asking rate shot up to 12 an over by the 10th over at the end of which RCB could crore just 53 for four.
Saurabh Tiwary (7), who was bought for a huge sum in the auction, disappointed once again as he top-edged a Mishra delivery while trying for a big shot to bring down the asking
rate for Sangakkara to take an easy catch.