Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad Indian Premier League 2008

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Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad

DNC v RR, IPL Match 9, Hyderabad: Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers by 3 wickets

Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers by three wickets in the ninth match of the Indian Premier League on Thursday in Hyderabad.
Chasing a massive target of 215 runs, Royals scored the required runs with the help of blistering half-centuries from Yousuf Pathan (61 runs off 28 balls) and Graeme Smith (71 runs off 45 balls). Md Kaif (34) and Shane Warne (22 not out) played their parts with the bat to finish off the match with a ball to spare.
Earlier, Andrew Symonds struck form, hitting the fastest hundred of the tournament to steer Deccan Chargers to a challenging 214 for five in their Indian Premier League encounter against Rajasthan Royals here today. Put in to bat, the hosts overcame early blows to pile up the huge total, thanks to some lusty hitting by Symonds and his 111-run fourth-wicket stand with Rohit Sharma (36).
Symonds hit an unbeaten 117-run knock, studded with seven sixes and 11 boundaries off 53 balls, making full use of a dropped chance at the individual score of 75.
Yousuf Pathan failed to latch on a catch off Siddharth Trivedi at point giving the Australian a chance to notch up his hundred in just 47-balls. And he did it in style by lofting the rival skipper Shane Warne for a huge long-on six, during his superb innings, which made the rival bowlers look like ordinary. Paceman Munaf Patel and spin-great Warne bore the brunt of the Symonds fury as they conceded 55 and 47 runs in their quota of four overs.
Chargers' skipper VVS Laxman came to open the batting with Australian Adam Gilchrist and the duo put on 22 for the first wicket before Yousuf Pathan's double strike in the third over.
Royals skipper Shane Warne brought in Pathan early in the innings and the bowler responded with two wickets in an eventful over. Pathan dismissed the dangerous Gilchrist (13) on the second ball of the over as the Australian came forward, got deceived in the air, and was stumped by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
Shahid Afridi then joined his skipper and hit a six and a boundary before handing a catch to Ravinder Jadeja at mid-on while attempting a big shot. Laxman (16) and Symonds then put on 43 runs for the third-wicket, which not only helped hosts to recover from 32 for two but set the platform for the big score.
Laxman became victim of Warne as he offered a caught and bowled chance while flicking, which the leggie accepted gleefully.
DNC v RR, IPL Match 9, Hyderabad: Rajasthan Royals 217 for 7 in 19.5 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 214 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 3 wickets

DNC v RR, IPL Match 9, Hyderabad: Chargers look for change in fortunes

A beleaguered Deccan Chargers would look for a much-needed victory when they take on a resurgent Rajasthan Royals in their third IPL encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday.
The Chargers had received a drubbing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match at the Eden on Sunday. However, with big guns like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Shahid Afridi and skipper V.V.S. Laxman himself coming cropper they went down to Delhi DareDevils in their second match on Tuesday Laxman will be under immense pressure to deliver on Thursday as he has failed to show his mettle in the shortest format of the game. Other star players in the team are also likely to come under scrutiny over their performance.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals who lost their first match to Delhi DareDevils on Saturday, are on a high after their impressive win against Kings XI Punjab in their second match. With spin legend Shane Warne weaving his magic along with allrounder Shane Watson and young Ravindra Jadeja coming up with brilliant performances with the bat, the Jaipur team holds a psychological advantage over their opponent.
Watson scored a brisk 76 including five sixes in 49 balls against the Punjab team.
However, Mohammed Kaif’s form is a bit a worry for captain and coach Warne. Kaif fell cheaply in the last two matches scoring nine and five and he will have to fire to cut down the workload on Watson and other youngsters. After their nine-wicket loss to Delhi DareDevils, Warne said that he would want Kaif and Munaf Patel to play a big role in the team’s fortunes in the Twenty20 competition.

Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad


Toss: Rajasthan Royals.Deccan Chargers innings
A Gilchrist st Kamran Akmal b Pathan 13 (9)
VVS Laxman c & b Warne 16 (16)
Shahid Afridi c Jadeja b Pathan 10 (4)
A Symonds not out 117 (53) 
R Sharma c Salunkhe b Warne 36 (30)
A Yadav c Kamran Akmal b Watson 16 (9)
Extras  6
Total (20 overs) 5 wkts for  214 Fall of wickets: 1-22,  2-32, 3-75, 4-186,  5-214.Bowling
M Patel 4-0-55-0
S Watson 4-0-32-1
Y Pathan 2-0-20-2
Pankaj Singh 2-0-14-0
S Trivedi 3-0-37-0
S Warne 4-0-47-2
D Salunkhe 1-0-9-0Rajasthan Royals innings
Kamran Akmal c Bangar b Vaas 12 (9)
G Smith c Kalyankrishna b Shahid Afridi 71 (45)
Y Pathan c Symonds b Kalyankrishna 61 (28)
S Watson b Shahid Afridi 4 (6)
M Kaif c Symonds b Shahid Afridi 34 (16)
R Jadeja b Singh 1 (3)
S Warne not out 22 (9)
D Salunkhe run out (Laxman/Singh) 1 (1)
Pankaj Singh not out 4 (3)
Extras  7
Total (19.5 overs) 7 wkts for 217 Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-112, 3-126, 4-186, 5-187, 6-195, 7-196.Bowling
C Vaas 4-0-42-1
RP Singh 4-0-44-1
P Ojha 2-0-23-0
D Kalyankrishna 3-0-30-1
Shahid Afridi 4-0-28-3
A Symonds 2.5-0-46-0 Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.