Indian Premier League, 1st Semi-Final: Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers at Centurion, May 22, 2009
Indian Premier League - 1st semi final
Deccan Chargers won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion (neutral venue)
22 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

The players are out

0.1

Nannes to Gilchrist, no run, pacy delivery on the offstump, he gets beside the line and steers it to point

0.2

Nannes to Gilchrist, 1 wide, that's a quick bouncer, fizzes over Gilchrist

0.2

Nannes to Gilchrist, FOUR, bangs it in a fraction too short and Gilchrist swivels, gets on top of the bounce and pulls him along the turf to deep square-leg

0.3

Nannes to Gilchrist, FOUR, he overcompensates by overpitching outside off and Gilchrist pushes at it hard and beats the bowler, forget about chasing it

0.4

Nannes to Gilchrist, FOUR, there;s no stopping him, he bangs it in short outside off and he gets on top of the bounce and slashes him over backward point

0.5

Nannes to Gilchrist, FOUR, take that! He pitches it up outside off and he gets behind the line and pushes it past the gap between mid-off and cover, no power, all timing

0.6

Nannes to Gilchrist, FOUR, what does poor Nannes do? He pitches it up on middle and leg and a mere defensive push through the line is enough to beat the bowler and mid-on, Gilly wants to get to Jo'burg fast

End of over 1 (21 runs) Deccan Chargers 21/0 (133 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 21.00, RRR: 7.00)

    • AC Gilchrist 20 (6b 5x4)
    • HH Gibbs 0 (0b)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-21-0
1.1

Nehra to Gibbs, 1 wide, drops it too wide outside off, Delhi are in a state of shock here

1.1

Nehra to Gibbs, no run, shuffles and clips him straight to square leg

1.2

Nehra to Gibbs, OUT, timber! Now Delhi can smile again, Gibbs goes hell for leather by chipping down the track but he swings blindly and fails to make any contact whatsoever, the ball crashes onto middle and off and Nehra gives him a send-off of sorts

HH Gibbs b Nehra 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Bilakhia walks in

1.3

Nehra to Bilakhia, no run, gets behind the line and steers it to point

1.4

Nehra to Bilakhia, no run, fuller in length and on the offstump, he taps it towards cover

1.5

Nehra to Bilakhia, 1 run, shapes to cut but he checks his shot and the outside edge flies to third man

1.6

Nehra to Gilchrist, 1 run, squeezes a full delivery in front of mid-off and sets off quickly, the throw is just wide of the stumps but the batsmen are safe

End of over 2 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 24/1 (130 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 12.00, RRR: 7.22)

    • AC Gilchrist 21 (7b 5x4)
    • AA Bilakhia 1 (3b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-3-1
    • DP Nannes 1-0-21-0

Sangwan gives Nannes a break

2.1

Sangwan to Gilchrist, FOUR, sorry, Gilchrist isn't sparing him either, he bowls it slightly short but very wide, enough width for him to free his arms and slap it past the gap between mid-off and cover

2.2

Sangwan to Gilchrist, FOUR, not his best shot so far but he won't bother, he clobbers him across the line and the ball just beats square leg

Third man and fine leg are up

2.3

Sangwan to Gilchrist, SIX, forget about it! That;s gone about 20 rows back, the ball is well pitched up and he swings him across the line and plants it over deep midwicket, take cover!

2.4

Sangwan to Gilchrist, 1 run, it's a low full toss and he spares the bowler by clipping it down to long-on

2.5

Sangwan to Bilakhia, no run, he gets width to drive but he fails to make contact

2.6

Sangwan to Bilakhia, 1 wide, slides down the leg side and wide called, even Sangwan's having a nightmare

2.6

Sangwan to Bilakhia, 1 run, shapes to drive but gets a thick inside edge which rolls towards the keeper

End of over 3 (17 runs) Deccan Chargers 41/1 (113 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 13.66, RRR: 6.64)

    • AA Bilakhia 2 (5b)
    • AC Gilchrist 36 (11b 7x4 1x6)
    • PJ Sangwan 1-0-17-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-3-1
3.1

Nehra to Bilakhia, no run, quick bouncer and Bilakhia's reflexes aren't sharp enough to hook it away, he makes an attempt though

3.2

Nehra to Bilakhia, no run, stays behind the line and taps it to mid-off

3.3

Nehra to Bilakhia, 1 run, gets behind the line and pushes it just wide of cover to get off the strike

3.4

Nehra to Gilchrist, 2 runs, sweet sound of bat on ball as he pulls but he doesn't control it well, there's enough elevation to clear square leg, there's protection in the deep

3.5

Nehra to Gilchrist, (no ball) FOUR, he oversteps and there's further insult, half volley outside off and Gilchrist crashes it past mid-off who falls to his right in vain

3.5

Nehra to Gilchrist, SIX, Free Hit The attempted yorker turns into a low full toss and he has a free swing of the bat and fetches a six over the sight screen

Gilly's bat speed has been tremendous, phew!

He's eyeing the fastest IPL fifty

3.6

Nehra to Gilchrist, 1 run, he fires a yorker on the legstump and h squeezes it out to deep midwicket

I think the fastest IPL fifty was off 21 balls

End of over 4 (15 runs) Deccan Chargers 56/1 (98 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 14.00, RRR: 6.12)

    • AC Gilchrist 49 (15b 8x4 2x6)
    • AA Bilakhia 3 (8b)
    • A Nehra 2-0-18-1
    • PJ Sangwan 1-0-17-0
4.1

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, stays back and slams it hard back to the bowler

4.2

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, that's the IPL record for the fastest fifty! he makes room and chops it wide of cover point, the previous record was jointly held by McCullum and Yusuf Pathan

4.3

Dilshan to Bilakhia, no run, prods forward and the ball straightens and beats him

4.4

Dilshan to Bilakhia, 1 run, quicker delivery on the pads and he clips it down to square leg

4.5

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, fires it quick and the ball skids through and beats the edge as he shapes to cut

4.6

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushes a full delivery through the line to long-on

End of over 5 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 59/1 (95 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 11.80, RRR: 6.33)

    • AC Gilchrist 51 (19b 8x4 2x6)
    • AA Bilakhia 4 (10b)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-3-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-18-1

Delhi need to try something different here. The best thing they can do is field like tigers

5.1

Sehwag to Gilchrist, no run, pushed down the pitch back to the bowler, he fumbles

5.2

Sehwag to Gilchrist, (no ball) FOUR, the overstep bug bites Sehwag as well, Gilchrist takes a couple of paces down and bisects the gap between mid-off and cover

5.2

Sehwag to Gilchrist, SIX, Free Hit And Sehwag dishes out a high full toss, Christmas has come early for this man, he clubs him over wide long-on

5.3

Sehwag to Gilchrist, SIX, flighted outside off and Gilchrist takes another stroll down the track and lofts him with the turn to wide long-off

5.4

Sehwag to Gilchrist, SIX, Guys this show's not over! he chips down the track and takes him downtown, over the sightscreen this time

5.5

Sehwag to Gilchrist, 1 run, he goes for another hoick but gets a lucky inside edge which beats the stumps, Sehwag reaches out for his cap and forgets there's an extra ball

5.6

Sehwag to Bilakhia, 1 run

24 off that over!

End of over 6 (25 runs) Deccan Chargers 84/1 (70 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 14.00, RRR: 5.00)

    • AA Bilakhia 5 (11b)
    • AC Gilchrist 74 (25b 9x4 5x6)
    • V Sehwag 1-0-25-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-3-0
6.1

Dilshan to Bilakhia, no run, flighted on leg, he works it to the on side

6.2

Dilshan to Bilakhia, no run, works it back to the bowler

6.3

Dilshan to Bilakhia, 1 run, and he quietly gets off the strike by pushing him to long-on

6.4

Dilshan to Gilchrist, no run, waits for the ball and dabs it to point

6.5

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, fires it full and flat, he pushes it wide of the bowler

6.6

Dilshan to Bilakhia, 1 run, gets right across his stumps and paddles him to fine leg

End of over 7 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 87/1 (67 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 12.42, RRR: 5.15)

    • AA Bilakhia 7 (15b)
    • AC Gilchrist 75 (27b 9x4 5x6)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-6-0
    • V Sehwag 1-0-25-0
7.1

Mishra to Bilakhia, 2 runs, shuffles and clips him behind square on the onside and he sets off very quickly

7.2

Mishra to Bilakhia, no run, gives it a lot of air and Bilakhia smothers the spin

7.3

Mishra to Bilakhia, 1 run, uses his feet and pushes him just wide of the bowler

7.4

Mishra to Gilchrist, 1 run, fires it flat and quick and he slaps it wide of cover

7.5

Mishra to Bilakhia, no run, doesn't pick the fast googly, he nearly gets an inside edge onto the stumps

7.6

Mishra to Bilakhia, OUT, Bilakhia gets adventurous by chipping down the track but he fails to read the googly and swings all around it, easy stumping for Karthik

AA Bilakhia st †Karthik b Mishra 10 (20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 8 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 91/2 (63 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 11.37, RRR: 5.25)

    • AC Gilchrist 76 (28b 9x4 5x6)
    • A Mishra 1-0-4-1
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-6-0

T Suman walks in

8.1

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, gets forward and punches him hard wide of short cover

8.2

Dilshan to Suman, no run, clips him softly straight to Sehwag at square leg

8.3

Dilshan to Suman, 1 run, forces it just wide of Dilshan's right and the ball rolls to long-on

8.4

Dilshan to Gilchrist, FOUR, slow through the air but flat, he kneels down well in time to slog him cleanly over square leg, he's on overdrive tonight

8.5

Dilshan to Gilchrist, 1 run, pushes it through the line to long-off

8.6

Dilshan to Suman, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 9 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 98/2 (56 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 10.88, RRR: 5.09)

    • TL Suman 1 (3b)
    • AC Gilchrist 82 (31b 10x4 5x6)
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-13-0
    • A Mishra 1-0-4-1
9.1

Mishra to Gilchrist, 2 runs, chips down the track and takes the aerial route, not well timed but safe of Warner at long-on who nearly over runs the ball

9.2

Mishra to Gilchrist, 1 run, drops it short on seeing him advance and he checks his shot and cuts to point

9.3

Mishra to Suman, no run, stays at the crease and pushes it back to the bowler

9.4

Mishra to Suman, 1 run, shuffles and clips it against the turn to square leg

9.5

Mishra to Gilchrist, no run, skids on the pads and he clips it hard to midwicket

9.6

Mishra to Gilchrist, OUT, just at the stroke of the strategy break! Is there a twist here? Gilchrist charges down the track to hit with the turn but he messes up the loft, fails to get to the pitcj of the ball and the top edge swirls in the air to the off side, Nannes sprints from short third man and falls forward as he takes the catch

AC Gilchrist c Nannes b Mishra 85 (35b 10x4 5x6) SR: 242.85

That strike may have come a little too late for Delhi. Nevertheless it was a breathtaking innings. Watching him whack ball after ball to the boundary was like playing a computer game with the cheat code on.

Albie Morkel reveals what he'd do if he were a cricket administrator: make the lunch breaks two hours long. More in Quick Singles.

Sunny: "When one talks about a captain's innings, he/she usually refers to a hard fought knock that fought the rough seas and took them to victory but this captain's knock by Gilly is just so unique because this captain's innings is about pure belligerence!"

End of over 10 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 102/3 (52 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 10.20, RRR: 5.20)

    • TL Suman 2 (5b)
    • A Mishra 2-0-8-2
    • TM Dilshan 3-0-13-0

Symonds walks in.

10.1

Nannes to Symonds, 2 runs, action straight away, he covers his stumps and drops the ball towards cover and sets off, he scampers to the other end and AB's throw strikes Symonds' back but they take the overthrow

10.2

Nannes to Symonds, FOUR, didn't take too long to get his eye in! He makes room,clears his front leg and scoops a pitched up delivery over extra cover

10.3

Nannes to Symonds, FOUR, that's an ugly hoick but Symonds won't mind! He makes a bit off room and enjoys a slog and the ball just drops in front of the rope at deep midwicket

10.4

Nannes to Symonds, 1 run, he drops it short and wide outside off, he upper cuts it down to third man

10.5

Nannes to Suman, 1 run, shuffles and clips him to midwicket

10.6

Nannes to Symonds, 1 run, gets beside the line, drops the ball in front of cover and takes an easy single

End of over 11 (13 runs) Deccan Chargers 115/3 (39 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 10.45, RRR: 4.33)

    • A Symonds 12 (5b 2x4)
    • TL Suman 3 (6b)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-34-0
    • A Mishra 2-0-8-2
11.1

Mishra to Symonds, 2 runs, gets across his stumps early and paddles it against the turn to fine leg

11.2

Mishra to Symonds, 1 run, stays at the crease and plays a short arm pull to fine leg

11.3

Mishra to Suman, no run, comes down the pitch and checks his shot, defends and trudges back to his crease

11.4

Mishra to Suman, 1 run, works a full delivery against the turn to long-on

11.5

Mishra to Symonds, no run, defends with a dead bat, very very rare sight that

11.6

Mishra to Symonds, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a full delivery to long-off

Fidel Edwards will be following this closely from Bristol

End of over 12 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 120/3 (34 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 10.00, RRR: 4.25)

    • A Symonds 16 (9b 2x4)
    • TL Suman 4 (8b)
    • A Mishra 3-0-13-2
    • DP Nannes 2-0-34-0
12.1

Nehra to Symonds, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he works it wide of midwicket

12.2

Nehra to Suman, FOUR, cheeky and well, there was nothing anybody could do about it, he opens the face very late and gets a safe outside edge past the keeper, third man was too square

12.3

Nehra to Suman, FOUR, back to back and this one goes the other side, Nehra drops it short on the helmet and he swivels and works it on its way to fine leg, just a gentle touch

12.4

Nehra to Suman, no run, drops it towards the off side and he tells his partner to wait

12.5

Nehra to Suman, 1 run, gets beside the line and taps it towards mid-off

12.6

Nehra to Symonds, 1 run, steers it with soft hands towards cover and retains the strike

End of over 13 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 131/3 (23 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 10.07, RRR: 3.28)

    • A Symonds 18 (11b 2x4)
    • TL Suman 13 (12b 2x4)
    • A Nehra 3-0-29-1
    • A Mishra 3-0-13-2

Still no sign of Rajat Bhatia

13.1

Mishra to Symonds, no run, spins away and beats Symonds' hopeful prod

13.2

Mishra to Symonds, no run, extra bounce and it beats Symonds, careful!

13.3

Mishra to Symonds, SIX, Symonds decides to take him on and he connects, he kneels down and slogs him against the turn, the ball clears deep midwicket, not the most attractive slog

13.4

Mishra to Symonds, OUT, he tries to go downtown again, Symonds stays at the crease, fails to get the elevation and the ball dips to Warner at long-on

A Symonds c Warner b Mishra 24 (15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

13.5

Mishra to Suman, no run, shuffles and clips him to the on side

13.6

Mishra to Suman, no run, Karthik and Mishra appeal half-heartedly for a bat pad catch, Suman tries to clip him to the on side

End of over 14 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 137/4 (17 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.78, RRR: 2.83)

    • TL Suman 13 (14b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 0 (0b)
    • A Mishra 4-0-19-3
    • A Nehra 3-0-29-1
14.1

Nehra to Sharma, 1 run, clips it towards square leg and Nehra comes charging in from fine leg, they decide against the couple

14.2

Nehra to Suman, no run, taps it with soft hands to point

14.3

Nehra to Suman, 2 runs, clips it past the vacant midwicket region and they take the second easily this time

14.4

Nehra to Suman, 1 run, comes round the wicket, he opens the face of the bat and steers him wide of backward point

14.5

Nehra to Sharma, 1 run, angles it on the body and he shuffles and clips it to deep square leg, they can do this in singles

14.6

Nehra to Suman, FOUR, forget the singles, it's a friendly half volley outside off and with the field up you have to expect a boundary, he bisects the gap perfectly between mid-off and cover

End of over 15 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 146/4 (8 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.73, RRR: 1.60)

    • TL Suman 20 (18b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 2 (2b)
    • A Nehra 4-0-38-1
    • A Mishra 4-0-19-3
15.1

Sangwan to Sharma, no run, pulls him on one leg but he mistimes it to square leg

15.2

Sangwan to Sharma, 1 run, goes for another one-legged pull, the ball rolls to short fine leg

15.3

Sangwan to Suman, no run, gets beside the line and he steers him down to point

15.4

Sangwan to Suman, no run, fires it fuller and he digs it out to mid-off

15.5

Sangwan to Suman, no run, holds the length back outside off and the extra bounce catches him by surprise and beats the bat as he shapes to punch

15.6

Sangwan to Suman, 1 run, shuffles and clips it wide of midwicket

End of over 16 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 148/4 (6 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.25, RRR: 1.50)

    • TL Suman 21 (22b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 3 (4b)
    • PJ Sangwan 2-0-19-0
    • A Nehra 4-0-38-1
16.1

Nannes to Suman, 1 run, Nannes returns, Suman opens the face of the bat and glides it with control down to third man

16.2

Nannes to Sharma, no run, swing and a miss, nowhere near the bounce

16.3

Nannes to Sharma, no run, pacy delivery outside off and he defends back to the bowler with a straight bat

16.4

Nannes to Sharma, 1 wide, The bouncer doesn't really come off well and Rohit ducks and lets it go

16.4

Nannes to Sharma, no run, moves across the stumps, he comes down the pitch to hoick it away but misses

16.5

Nannes to Sharma, 1 run, clips it wide of mid-on and sets off

16.6

Nannes to Suman, 1 run, tries to finish it off with one hoick but he mistimes it to square leg, Gambhir has a shy at the stumps but the throw is wide

End of over 17 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 152/4 (2 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.94, RRR: 0.66)

    • TL Suman 23 (24b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (8b)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-38-0
    • PJ Sangwan 2-0-19-0
17.1

Sangwan to Suman, 1 run, drops it short and he gets on top of the bounce by making room, an upper cut to the third man yields a single

17.2

Sangwan to Sharma, no run, swish and a miss, not quite Rohit's night, a quiet single will do it, Sir

17.3

Sangwan to Sharma, no run, some late drama to spice things up, he pushes it to Bhatia at midwicket for a single but he's sent back, a direct hit would have sent him back

17.4

Sangwan to Sharma, 1 run, squeezes a yorker to third man and it's all over!

The worst team of IPL 2008 finds itself in the final this time and what a journey it has been! Gilchrist charges down the pavilion steps to soak in the excitement. he just tore into Delhi right from the first over and there was no looking back. Delhi threw in the towel after the first couple of overs. Hard luck. Things just didn't come off for the tournament favorites.

A lot of you have mailed in moaning the non-selection of Glenn McGrath, and that he could have put a lid on Gilchrist. Fair point. But I don't think anybody would've expected Nannes to have such a torrid day. It somehow wasn't meant to be for Delhi after they were 0 for 2.

Karthik writes from USA: "Wouldn't it be really nice if the 2 bottom placed teams from the first IPL end up in the finals? Small glitch though,it will have to come at the expense of my beloved Chennai."

Bangalore v Chennai should be enthralling. I hail from Chennai too, but I can live with it if Bangalore make the final. Two of the worst teams in IPL 2008 making the final - lovely script it would be. Here's the prez.

Sehwag: "Wasn't our day, bowlers tried everything and it all went for fours and sixes. I thought 153 was defendable. I tried everything but today was Gilchrist's day."

Gilchrist: "Amazing what a little bit of freshness does, coming back after a year off. I just wanted to stay with the run rate, put a little pressure on them. I thought the bowlers close it out very well. The ground fielding and enthusiasm was there. Two horse race in the final, anyone can win."

That's it from us. Find out tomorrow who Deccan Chargers will meet in the final. Cheers guys!

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