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Deccan take charge at home with victory over Kings’ XI

cricket Updated: Mar 20, 2010 00:35 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
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Just 10 hours before the IPL juggernaut rolled into the Barabati Stadium, over 100 students of St Xavier High School had to go through a security drill to write their final Class X paper in the stadium.

The students were not amused, unable to fathom how a match few hours later was adding to the stress level. For them, cricket is all about entertainment but that could have waited till the job at hand was done.

It's not clear how many of them returned to the stadium. But those who did make it, would not have minded going through the same drill again as Deccan Chargers registered their first home win. They had lost all their home games in the opening season and also this season's opener in Mumbai last week.

The wicket was not conducive for stroke-making but an initial blitzkrieg from Chargers' skipper Adam Gilchrist (33 off 11 balls) and an half century by Andrew Symonds were enough to help the hosts register their first win over Kings XI Punjab in the three editions of the IPL.

Chasing 171 to win, KXIP lost wickets at regular interval and could never make a match of it, despite reinforcing their batting by bringing in West Indian Adrian Barath. Irfan Pathan entertained the crown with a few lusty hits after half the team was back in the hut but Kings XI fell short by six runs.

Earlier, the Chargers' innings was a mixed bag with Gilchrist providing the flourish but after his departure the other batsmen found it difficult to maintain the scoring pattern.

Gilchrist treated the new ball bowlers with disdain. He hit Sreesanth for two fours and two sixes in the second over of the match and then slammed Shalabh Srivastava for three boundaries before a miscued pull ended his cameo.

VVS Laxman was unlucky to be hit on the right wrist by a wayward throw from Srivastava and though Herchelle Gibbs and Symonds consolidated the innings till the halfway mark, scoring was not easy.