Deccan Chargers ran out of charge
Posted by sriram on May 3, 2008
This is the first time I have witnessed a match in the stadium and I was not disappointed. Match went down till the last ball and I was expecting a bowl out. It all started when Ramiz Raja said “namaskara Benguluru“. Laxman won the toss and elected to field. Quite rightly so. Chargers did a good job of restricting Challengers to 156 runs. Nobody really excelled from the Challengers. There were very few hits and the crowd were getting edgy when Dravid was batting. Only exception to this is the mexican wave started by the audience. There was nothing exciting happening when Challengers were batting.
Chargers started their innings needing 157 to win and it looked like a easy task. Gilchrist started well with couple of boundaries but he could not carry on. Gibbs, still finding his feet in IPL never looked in control and holed out to Kumble. That brought our Mr. Cool Rohit Sharma to the crease. Laxman and Sharma batted with style and class. Bangalore witnessed some fine batting from the duo. They were totally in control of the match. Laxman brought up his 50 with a single and Sharma followed suit. He also became the highest run scorer of IPL surpassing Gambhir. What happened next is the turning point. That shot to long on was not really called for and Rohit has only himself to blame. Jaffer took a fine catch and that is the starting of the end for Chargers. They still got Afridi but you know him. He is a maverick. Dale Steyn pulled off a stunner to get rid off Afridi. Wickets fell within the next 2 overs and Chargers needed 19 runs of the last 6 balls. Sanjay Bangar came to the rescue. He sent two sixers to bring Chargers home to an ever elusive victory. Then he blundered by not taking a 2 when it was on offer. That was it for Chargers and home team emerged victorious.
Chargers were so close yet so far. They reach the bottom of the table yet again. It is almost certain that they are out of the tournament. They might be playing for pride now on. Some might argue that they still have a chance and they just have to win the next 8 games. That, to me is a miracle. I believe in miracles but not this miracle.
Royal Challengers might fancy their chances to the last semi-final birth along with Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
The boundaries are really short. If you look at the number of 2’s in the whole innings you get a sense of what the ground looks like. I think they should get back to where the boundaries usually were. I understand the rationale behind pulling the ropes forward but it gives a false sense of satisfaction for the batsmen and makes the fielders look like jokers.
Royal Challengers win by a measly 3 runs.