This match was touted to be between the two south giants Hyderabad and Chennai.Undoubtedly Hyderabad started as a favourite and Chennai not too behind with 2 consecutive wins in their bags.As this was a night match the first aim was win the toss bat hard and nail down the opposition.Chennai did exactly that.The moment they won the toss and elected to bat they never looked back.All batters were getting back to runs.Added to that they got a thunderous start from Hayden.Deccans were missing the lethal Edwards who proved to be more than handy in the previous matches.Dhoni promoted himself up the order to get some time to play a big innings.The other opener Vijay too gave good company to Dhoni and Hayden.Once the openers got out the middle order took charge.Dhoni and Raina provided good impetus to the innings.Dhoni’s lean patch was over and he raised on to a powerful quick fifty and Raina’s 32 of 17 balls was just what the doctor ordered for the day to Chennai.Hyderabad never looked the same dominating side as they were in the last few matches.It just wasnt their day.Ryan Harris inclusion didnt make any impact.These all issues powered Chennai on to a total of 178/3.Chennai truly in the box seat.While Hyderabad had to get their sweat out to chase this one.They relied too much on the openers.

Hyderabad began disastrously with their captain Gilchrist out to a golden duck and Gibbs,Laxman too joined him very soon to the pavilion with the Deccan Chargers reeling at just a run and three wickets down.They were down to the core.Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma at the crease tried their bit but Chennai were too hot to handle.It was probably a day where they didnt even put a step wrong.Middle order of the hyderabadi’s was too fragile and simply gifted their wickets and once again for Chennai, Jakati stood out.The deccan thought it was enough and just gifted the wickets and were cleaned for a meagre 100 all out.This was probably the worst night mare expected from them.They promised a lot for the tournament but couldn’t hold on to it.Laxmans inclusion again failed for the deccans and probably a few tailenders average more than him.Me too being a hyderabadi was pretty disappointed.But time is running out deccan they just need a morale booster and they have in it to reach the heights in the tournament.


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