Brilliant bowling by Rajat Bhatia towards the end helped Delhi Daredevils snatch a 12-run victory against Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.
Bhatia’s (4/15) medium pace first bowled Andrew Symonds (41), who was going great guns, and then knocked Dwayne Smith’s stumps (1) to bring Delhi back into the game after they looked down and out following Adam Gilchrist’s hurricane 33-ball 64.
It was a match that swung one way to the other after Delhi posted a competitive 173 for four following wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s breezy 44 and excellent batting by Tillakaratne Dilshan (37) and AB de Villiers (44).
In reply, Gilchrist made the most of two dropped chances to play a captain’s knock that saw balls flying over the ropes at regular intervals.
Gilchrist, who was dropped by Amit Mishra and then AB de Villiers on 28, cut, drove and punched his way to 50 in just 24 balls.
However, just as in other matches in the tournament, the strategy break proved to be the Chargers’ undoing.
Left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan (3/18), who had earlier accounted for Tirumalsetti Suman (3) and Rohit Sharma (6), came back to dislodge Gilchrist’s stumps.
Gilchrist’s knock was laced with five fours and an equal numbers of sixes.
Symonds picked up from where Gilchrist left, hammering Mishra for two sixes. With him on the crease, the Chargers looked comfortably placed to win the match.
But Dirk Nannes removed Ravi Teja (27) and then Bhatia removed Symonds — he hit three fours and a couple of sixes –and the batting crumbled. And from 148 for three, Deccan were all out for 161.
Earlier, a late charge from wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik helped Delhi Daredevils post a commanding 173 for seven against Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday.
Karthik’s 23-ball unbeaten 44 included four boundaries and three sixes, including a couple off Chaminda Vaas in the last over. He got support from Tillakaratne Dilshan (37) and AB de Villiers (44), both of whom survived dropped chances.
Dilshan scored a quickfire 18-ball 37 that included seven fours and a six and added 50 runs off 29 balls with Gautam Gambhir (19 off 35 balls) after David Warner (4) fell early.
Dilshan was lucky to see Rohit Sharma drop him at slip off RP Singh.
The Sri Lankan, at eight then, made Deccan pay heavily.
He clouted SM Shoaib for 24 runs in an over, including two unusual hits over the wicketkeeper’s head. His innings finally came to an end when Ravi Teja caught him at long on off Andrew Symonds.
Symonds was a trifle unlucky after Teja failed to hold on to a difficult chance offered by de Villiers soon after.
But the Australian all-rounder was himself culprit when he dropped Virender Sehwag at zero off Dwayne Smith.
The Delhi Daredevils skipper, who dropped himself down the order, came to the crease after Gambhir holed out to Venugopal Rao.
Sehwag struggled to get into the groove and perished while trying to hoist Vaas out of the ground. This time though Symonds was alert to the situation and Sehwag departed after scoring just 11 from 10 balls.
de Villiers, who was dropped on seven, went on to compile 44 before he too departed, caught in the deep.
The South African hit Smith for two successive fours in the 17th over but fell trying one too many. His 36-ball knock included four boundaries and a six.