Whoever coined the term “death” overs for the last five overs in a limited over cricket match would not envisoned how well the term would fit the Deccan Chargers.
The defending champions have managed to win just three of their seven encounters in the third edition of the Indian Premier League and the dismal performance of the team in the last five overs has been the single largest factor in their debacle.
Even in the games they won, Chargers haven't been able to stem the flow of runs in the final five overs and had it not been for a stroke of luck or bad start for their opponents, they would have very little to show in the form of wins.
With the third edition at its half way mark, Chargers are languishing in seventh position and coach Darren Lehmann admitted tha "finishing the job" was an area of concern.
And the Australian would not have forgotten Harbhajan Singh's blitzkrieg against them during their home game against Mumbai Indians, whom they once again face on Saturday. The off spinner scored 39 runs in the last two overs to take the game away after Mumbai Indians were struggling at 100 for 6 after 15 overs.
The Chargers have let slip the advantage of taking early wickets in at least three games they have lost with no Chargers bowler looking impressive at the death. Even in the batting department the middle order has failed to finish off the good work done at the top by either Adam Gilchrist or Herschelle Gibbs.
Lehmann is still not willing to hit the panic button and claims that things are under control but figures prove otherwise (see box).
“Things can change very quickly in T20. We have seen that before. We are working on the problem areas and we hope that things will improve.”