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Chargers lose their way at home, again

Reigning IPL Champions Deccan Chargers crashed out of the Champions League after suffering a narrow three-run defeat against Trinidad and Tobago in their do-or-die Group A match in Hyderabad on Wednesday, reports Deepti Patwardhan. Listen to podcastaudio

india Updated: Oct 15, 2009 01:12 IST
Deepti Patwardhan

Dwayne Bravo took flight. Trinidad and Tobago team broke out into an impromptu dance celebration. The fireworks went up.

That is how the Indian Premier League champions Deccan Chargers left the Champions League T20. Without a win, they became the IPL team to have failed to make it into the next stage. And more importantly, still without a win at the Uppal stadium.

Trinidad and Tobago, meanwhile, continued to surprise and enthuse as they beat Deccan by three runs in the last group match of the tournament. The result also meant that English side Somerset qualified for the next round.

Needing eight runs in the last over, the Indian side could score only four, Bravo claiming two wickets to drive in the final nails in Deccan’s coffin.

Earier, Chargers won the toss and, seemingly, elected to misfield. A sloppy fielding effort off the first ball of the innings was replicated throughout the T&T innings. They gave away too many extras (18 in total).

But it was the comedy of errors in the fourth over that summed up Chargers’ effort in the field.

RP Singh recorded the first hattrick of no balls in the tournament. The Trinidad and Tobago batsmen did him a favour by letting the first two go, but when he came to run in again, Darren Bravo smashed it over mid-on for a boundary. The next over from Scott Styris went for nine runs. T&T were 49 for one after five overs

That’s when Adam Gilchrist made his move. He brought in the spinners. T Suman, Andrew Symonds and Pragyan Ojha combined to strangle the T&T batsmen. They were also helped by the two run-outs, of Daren Ganga and Dwayne Bravo.

Just when the innings seemed to lose direction, the poker-faced Keiron Pollard brought life back with a brutal show of power and timing. The big-built West Indian knocked off four sixes, including a flat pull off Fidel Edwards. He scored 31 off just 14 balls to give T&T the final push.

Deccan looked good to chase down the total for the most part. Adam Gilchrist gave them a perfect platform to take off from, with his 36-ball 51, which included six fours and two sixes.

The only blot on Gilchrist’s otherwise enjoyable batting, though, was the run-out of Andrew Symonds. The two Aussie batsmen misjudged a run, and Symonds was almost halfway down the other end when he was sent back.

Chargers were pegged back when they lost Gilchrist and Sharma (25 off 24) in the space of two balls. But Y Venugopal Rao got the party started in the stands as he slammed two straight sixes but it wasn’t enough to see his team through.

Scorecard

Trinidad & Tobago: 149

Simmons lbw b Edwards 7, Perkins lbw b Edwards 38, Bravo c & b Suman 14, Ganga run out 0, DJ Bravo run out 11, Ramdin st Gilchrist b Symonds 15, Pollard b Edwards 31, S Ganga not out 13, Mohammed not out 2

Extras (lb 8, w 6, nb 4) 18

Total (for 7 wkts; 20 overs) 149

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-53, 3-53, 4-83, 5-92, 6-125, 7-135

Bowling: Edwards 4-0-32-3, RP Singh 4-0-22-0, Styris 1-0-10-0, Suman 3-0-24-1, Symonds 4-0-25-1, Ojha 4-0-28-0.

Deccan Chargers: 146

Gilchrist c Pollard b Simmons 51, Laxman lbw b DJ Bravo4, Abhinav Kumar c Ramdin b DJ Bravo 1, Symonds run out (Simmons/Ramdin) 2, Sharma c DJ Bravo b Badree 25, Styris run out (D Ganga/Ramdin) 14, Venugopal Rao c Ramdin b Rampaul 30, Suman not out 9, RPb DJ Bravo 5, Edwards run out (DJ Bravo) 0, Ojha not out 0

Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5

Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 146

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-23, 3-30, 4-85, 5-86, 6-125, 7-137, 8-145, 9-145;

Bowling: Rampaul 4-0-29-1, Bravo 4-0-24-3, Ganga 2-0-17-0, Pollard 1-0-13-0, Mohammed 3-0-21-0, Badree 3-0-25-1, Simmons 3-0-16-1