Royal Bangalore Challengers vs Deccan Chargers – IPL

On paper, the Deccan Chargers, owned by the Deccan Chronicle, happen to be one of the most balanced teams in the tournament. Yet, for some reason, they seem to be unable to produce results. All they have to show for their campaign so far, is a solitary 10 wicket win over fellow strugglers Mumbai, which was a world record in itself. And yesterday, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, VVS Laxman’s side went down to the Royal Bangalore Challengers by three runs to make it five defeats out of six games in the IPL.

The total was competitive to say the least, not match winning by any stretch of imagination. The 156/8 that the Challengers chalked up, was something that Deccan would definitely have fancied their chances of chasing.

Wasim Jaffer made 44, and Rahul Dravid hit a nineteen ball 26 coming in at No.6. For all the batting talent they have, the Challengers seem to be struggling to get their act right at the top of the order. While the McCullums and the Husseys and the Symonds have chalked up centuries for their respective teams, no one from the Vijay Mallya owned side has crossed 54- their highest score by an individual- made by Jacques Kallis against Delhi.

The Chargers, courtesy of some great batting from VVS Laxman and Rohit Sharma, seemed to be coasting to victory at one stage of the game. Laxman’s 44 ball 52 might have been a bit slow for some people’s liking, but the stylish Hyderabadi provided a platform for the Chargers to chase down 156, along with Sharma. With 30 needed off some 19 odd deliveries, Sharma holed out to long on, and suddenly the Chargers pressed the panic button. Shahid Afridi made just one before Dale Steyn took a wonderful catch to send him back to the pavillion. Laxman fell to a poor umpiring decision, so did Scott Styris.

With 20 needed off the last over, the Chargers were reminded of their match against the Royals, when Shane Warne hit Andrew Symonds out of the park to snatch victory of the jaws of defeat for Rajasthan.

Yadav and Bangar took a run each off the first two balls, leaving them 18 to win off four balls. Bangar’s next shot comfortably cleared long off, with the ball sailing over the ropes for six. 10 off three. Kumble bowled an uncharacteristic fulltoss the next ball, and Bangar despatched that one too for six. 6 off 2, and the Chargers were back in the hunt. However Kumble held his nerve, and conceded two off the next two balls.

RBC 156/8 beat DC 153/6 by three runs.

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