The Hyderabad curry falls short of spice and Warnie’s boys cant bear the Chennai heavy meal

Deccans were still rolling on with their initial success.While Punjab were pretty desperate for a win after a string of losses.Deccan celebrated the return of Andrew Symonds Punjab were boosted with the comeback of speedster Lee.Deccans lost the toss and were put into bat.The openers failed once again for the Chargers.But this time the middle order had something to boast about except Rohit Sharma.Symonds started scratchily but never looked behind later.He smashed a quick fire fifty with the assistance of Venugopala Rao.Deccans finished on a reasonable 168.Another comeback man Brett Lee too impressed with the wicket of Rohit Sharma.Punjab had a great start with 40 runs in 4 overs.But the golden arm of Sharma did the trick again.He picked up 2 wickets of consecutive balls removing the openers.Then Sangakkara and prince Yuvraj stabilised the situation.But just before the tactical time out Maqsusi’s fiery bowling cleaned up both of them.Deccans had their noses ahead in the game.Pathan and Jayawardene had to see off this period carefully without any further damage and they just did that.But just when they were looking set for a comfartable win Pathan and Mota got out.Jayawardewne was joined by Lee.He moved on greatly with a well paced innings.Suddenly a foolish shot from nowhere, and Kings XI were 7 down with Brett Lee and Piyush Chawla in the crease.The run rate kept creeping up but just at the right time Lee came up with a sixer off Ryan Harris dashing the hopes of Hyderabadi’s.Punjab needed 8 of the last over and R.P Singh who was patchy till then came to bowl the final over.Gilly took his time to set his fields but nothing worked Chawla hit a boundary of the very first ball and few cheeky singles and good running in the next few deliveries ensured Punjab’s victory to the delight of their team owner Preity Zinta.

The season 1 finalists were back to fight it out for the top position in the points table.Rajasthan and Chennai no different in terms of wins,points.Rajasthan batted first and received a jolt immediately with Ojha dismissed in the very first over.Smith and Asnodkar tried to resurrect the innings for a while but fell short.Their misery with the bat continued once again with the middle order failing to cope with the medium pacers and the spinners.their over dependence on Pathan didnt help them either.He was dismissed for 7 odd runs trying to hit a six off Jakati being superbly caught by Jacob Oram.Few hits helped them to a gettable 140.This was never going to bother Chennai which boasts of an in form batting line up with Hayden,Raina,Dhoni,Oram and Morkel.Vijay and Raina threw away their wickets this time around leaving the clean up job the redoubtable Hayden and an inconsistent Badrinath.Badri found form this time around smashing fours,sixes with able help from Mathhew Hayden.Chennai completed off a neat win emerging top on the table.Chennai and Delhi are now looking set for a semifinal spot while Rajasthan clinging to the third spot.The 4th spot though occupied by the Chargers were up for grabs.


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