April 6th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL-3 : RAJASTHAN BEAT DECCAN
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Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers in a thrilling encounter which went down to the wire and was decided on the second-last ball. This was a victory for the Rajasthan bowlers who did not buckle under pressure. This win takes Rajasthan Royals to the fourth place in the points table. Deccan Chargers won the toss and elected to field against Rajasthan Royals in  the IPL-3 match played at the Vidharbha Cricket Association ground, Nagpur on Monday.

Micheal Lumb and Naman Ojha opened the innings for the Rajasthan Royals. Action started right in the first over of the match when Lumb was declared out caught by Harrris and was called back by the third umpire after the replay showed that the ball had actually touched the ground before the catch was taken.

The wickets of Lumb and Ojha were taken by RP Singh in his first over and RR were 17 for 2. Later Shane Watson along with Fazal steadied the innings and brought it to some reasonable total and were 82 for 2 in 10 overs. Fazal was out caught by Bilakhya b Pragyan Ojha and the RR score read 94 for 3.

They got their 100 in 11.3 overs. The Rajasthan Royals kept loosing their wickets at regular intervals and were 159 all out in 19.5 overs and laid down a target of 160 runs for Deccan Chargers to win the match. For the Deccan Chargers RP Singh took 3 for 17 in 4 overs.

The Deccan Chargers opened the innings and Gilchrist was in his usual self hitting sixes and boundaries at will, but was out for 34.  Rohit Sharma played a fabulous innings for them and scored 73 runs. Symonds contributed 19 and Anirudh scored 9 runs.

After the completion of 18 overs, Deccan Chargers needed 19 runs from 2 overs. The 19th over of the innings was sent down by Morkel who gave away 13 runs. Now Deccan Chargers needed 6 runs of the last over. Shane Warne trusted Trivedi to bowl the last over who bowled his heart out in that over and mixed his deliveries very well. And what a magical over that was.

The match went down to the wire and was decided on the second-last ball in which Deccan Chargers lost the last wicket. Deccan Chargers should have won this match easily as a well set Rohit Sharma was there at the crease and only six runs were required off six balls.

But it was the hall mark of Warne’s magic of captaincy everywhere.

In this over, his second ball was declared a wide-ball, which was a harsh decision, and then 4 runs were needed off the last 5 balls. The next ball Morkel caught R.P.Singh and then Harmeet was run-out. Rohit Sharma ran for the non-existant run and the run-out ensued.

Rajasthan Royals won the match which they had almost lost and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
There is no denying the fact that it was Shane Warne’s leadership which bore fruit. He was making the bowling changes effectively and was constantly looking after the fielding placements. It was his grit, determination and the will to win that mattered most. And he produced the magical figures of 4 for 21 in 4 overs. All credit goes to him

Deccan Chargers were all out for 157 runs and won the match by two runs.

The award for the Maximum sixes went to Adam Gilchrist.

The award for the Karbonn Kamaal Catch was given to M.Morkel.

The Man of the match award was given to Shane Warne who took 4 wickets for 21 runs.

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