Gilly routs Delhi "charging" to the final of DLF IPL 2009


The stage was set for a spectacle.Crowds rushed in full strength to the stadium to view a thriller.Finally it was a knock out game.Delhi entered the semis with great run in the league stages while the Hyderabadi’s had a mixed run in the former.Pitch was fresh and placid.Looked like a batting paradise.Adam Gilchrist won the toss putting Delhi into bat despite his side’s inability to chase.Gambhir and Warner opened for Delhi and Vettori couldn’t find a place in the final Xi for the Daredevils.Ryan Harris ready to bowl and Gambhir on strike.A splendid over and Harris sent back the the openers in the very first over.Deccan had made their mark by then.Sehwag and Dilshan lead a counter attack lasting about 11 overs scoring at a healthy pace.Symonds quite underrated as a bowler,with his medium pacers proved too good for Sehwag.This started Delhi’s downfall.Though Dilshan was playing a handy knock the middle order collapsed and Deccan clawed their way back in it.Few tight overs at the death helped Deccan restrict Delhi to a reasonable 153/8.They definitely fell short of around 25 runs and Deccan felt confident on winning this big game.

Deccan right through the tournament have relied too much on their openers to fire.The first over started with a bang.Nannes rested for the previous match was hammered in the very first over for 21 runs.There was no more looking back for Deccan.Gichrist charged on to all parts of the ground and powered on to the quickest fifty of the DLF IPL in just 17 balls.That was it for Delhi,few captaincy and fielding errors cost dare devils heavily.Few minor setbacks, but by the end of 10th over itself Chargers had rushed on to 104/3.Gichrist had done the damage with 85 off 35 balls.So the middle order finished the job for Deccan registering a 6 wicket win over Delhi.Sehwag by now would have understood how big a blunder he had committed by not playing Mc Grath and still going with Nannes.Nannes was definitely a good bowler for sure but you need big match players for the semis.So it was a costly mistake.On the other side Deccan had wild celebrations going on.Their side who finished last on the list a year back, now have an outside chance to be the no.1 team.The team playing Chargers in the finals no matter Chennai or Bangalore have to be on their toes to grab the trophy.

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