Chargers in close win over defiant Punjab

2010-03-20 00:00

THE Deccan Chargers won a thrilling contest against a defiant Kings XI Punjab by six runs in Cuttack last night.

Having set the Punjab outfit 171 to win, the Deccan Chargers made a cracking start with early wickets tumbling, but a whirlwind cameo by the “other Pathan”, Irfan, almost stole the points for Punjab.

Pathan cracked five sixes and three boundaries as he rattled up 60 off just 29 balls, after the visitors had made a dismal start.

But when he fell off the first ball of the final over, the game was up for the Punjab outfit.

Earlier, a brisk 53 by Andrew Symonds had pushed the Char­gers beyond 150, as they hustled their way to a highly competitive 170 for seven.

Ultimately, it proved just enough as only Ravi Bopara (38) joined Pathan in putting up any resistance. — Sports Reporter.

SCORES IN BRIEF: Deccan Chargers 170 for 7 (Symonds 53, Yuvraj 2-21) beat Kings XI Punjab 164 for 8 (Irfan 60, Vaas 2-27) by six runs.

THE Chennai Super Kings chased down their target of 186 with five balls to spare against the Delhi Daredevils, thanks largely to Australian batsman Matthew Hayden.

Opener Hayden’s use of a long-handled, short-bladed Mongoose bat did nothing to limit his famed hitting prowess, and his 93 off 43 deliveries ensured the Super Kings were always level with or ahead of the required run-rate of 9.3 per over.

Virender Sehwag was the star in the Daredevils’ innings, slaying a valiant 74 as he looked to set a target stiff enough for Hayden and his Mongoose.

Ultimately, it was not enough.

SCORES IN BRIEF: Chennai Super Kings 190 for 5 (Hayden 93, Raina 49*) beat Delhi Daredevils 185 for 6 (Sehwag 74, Manhas 32*, Murali 2-25) by five wickets.

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