Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2010, Chennai March 14, 2010

Deccan big guns overwhelm Chennai


Deccan Chargers 190 for 4 (Symonds 50, Gibbs 45) beat Chennai Super Kings 159 for 9 (Dhoni 42, Morkel 42*, Vaas 3-21) by 31 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Each apparently content in their post-international careers, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Chaminda Vaas still have the ability and sheer presence to turn a team's mood upside down in one evening, proving that the IPL is as much about cool heads and years of experience as it is about youthful exuberance. Gilchrist began by winning the toss and larruping 38 from 17 balls, becoming the first batsman in the IPL to reach 1000 runs, Symonds overcame a sluggish start to slam the game's only half-century, and Vaas snuffed out Chennai Super Kings' chase with three wickets in his opening burst. The result was that the defending champions Deccan Chargers smoothed over their opening-day loss to Kolkata Knight Riders with a professional win.

This win was set up by Deccan's batsmen, namely their three big overseas imports. A frenetic burst at the start, powered by Gilchrist, was followed by a sedate period when Deccan were tied down by Chennai's assortment of spinners and medium-pacers, but the decisive spell that followed went the visitors' way. Herschelle Gibbs' innings was nowhere near as manic as his captain's but it proved far more valuable, because he saw out a tough period on a surface with variable bounce and then accelerated at the end.

Symonds proved a good ally, initially playing second fiddle to Gibbs - at one stage he was 3 off 17 balls and then soared to 50. Gibbs and Symonds fell in succession, after getting Deccan past 150, and a 22-run final over, bowled by two men due to Sudeep Tyagi's full-toss barrage, left Chennai needing 191 to win. Chennai conceded 63 in the last five overs and that proved to be the decisive period of the match.

Gilchrist, who at the toss said matter-of-factly that he wasn't too concerned at his team's first loss, set the tone by smashing Sudeep Tyagi's first over for 18 runs. Albie Morkel was also tonked for fun runs and after three overs the score was 41 for 0. A double-wicket over from R Ashwin, called on to bowl the fifth over, changed the mood in the stadium and forced Deccan to consolidate. Ashwin was taken off after that big over and from 55 for 2 Deccan added just 12 runs in the next four overs.

Upon resumption after the strategic time-out, Gibbs created a few risk-free shots to keep the runs flowing. Justin Kemp, on his IPL debut, was taken for two calculated fours, wrists rolled on both occasions, and Muttiah Muralitharan was reverse-paddled to third man. Murali didn't offer the batsmen any room and that meant they had to try different scoring options to make runs. Symonds had been especially bogged down after failing to score off Murali, Ashwin and Kemp, who in 16 balls allowed him just three singles, but in L Balaji's second over he carved a six and four off consecutive deliveries to move to 14 from 20 balls.

A 95-run stand off 75 balls was ended when Morkel fielded and hit the stumps off his own bowling to send back Gibbs at the start of the 18th over, and five balls later Symonds was caught a frame short of his crease for 50 off 43 balls. Chennai had a good chance to keep Deccan down, but Tyagi's horror evening culminated with Rohit Sharma and T Suman flogging three fours and a six before a second beamer ruled him out after five deliveries. Kemp bowled the final ball and allowed just one, but Deccan went into the interval all charged up.

That drive was clearly channeled into their effort in the field. Before this tournament few outside the Deccan camp would have backed Vaas to feature heavily for the defending champions, given that he had played just seven games in the past two seasons for indifferent returns. But for the second game running, he jolted the opposition top order with a double-wicket over, and by the time he took his third wicket, that of the bulwark Matthew Hayden, Chennai were hemorrhaging at 31 for 3. It was simple stuff; pitch straight, get some cut, let the batsmen cope with the rest. As he had in Mumbai, Vaas even snuck in a maiden over. It was top stuff.

Vaas began his second over by cleaning up M Vijay with an inside edge, had Suresh Raina pull him for six, but when he pitched fuller Raina was lured into a fatal prod to Gilchrist. Much was made of Hayden's expected use of the Mongoose bat, but he came out with a normal piece of willow and fell for just 17, paddling Vaas to RP Singh at short fine leg. Pragyan Ojha struck with his third ball to get S Badrinath miscuing an attempted inside-out drive to long-off and at the end of the Powerplay, Chennai were 37 for 4.

Even a 16-run Jaskaran Singh over, during which Dhoni and Kemp plundered boundaries, didn't deter Deccan. Symonds came on to bowl some seam-up stuff and cleaned up Dhoni (42 from 29), and in the next over Rohit struck to leave Chennai at 115 for 7. Symonds capped a good evening with a second wicket and Chennai finished on 159, a total that owed much to Morkel's belligerent 42.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • umakanth on March 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    when gibbs and symo is batting and symo is struggling with spin....and gibbs dont know how to play spin.....our best proven captian of INDIAN cric team MR.Dhoni bought balaji into attack......i Still Feel captain with luck.... I stop cric when gill get out of cric.... Umakanth

  • Randika on March 15, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    SImple solution available to Chennai. Drop Kemp and pick Tissara Perera. Follow the Mathews precedent. works like a charm :)

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Deccans after losing the first match came back strongly to win this one.As a Chennai supporter it is a heart break to see Chennai lose their 1st match in home.Like team India,Chennai is a team dependent on their batting.whenever batting fails they lose.Raina should have bowled a few overs instead of balaji or thyagi

  • Waseem on March 15, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    I have no idea why Abhinav isnt in the team. Get him in now!!!

  • Kannan on March 15, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Chennai lost it when they couldn't even ensure a dog free match. What a disgrace!

  • Ansari on March 15, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    CSK has lost and the errors are obvious.Batting line up has to be changed and few players have to be dropped who are not up to the mark and expensive.May be they can be called up later.Its still too early and csk team members should noe let loose their heart.Perseverence pays and efforts never fail. Dr.Ansari on 15th March

  • Lele on March 15, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    CSK made too many mistakes. My CKS team for the next match would be: Hayden, Arun Kartik, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Kemp, Morkel, Perera, Ashwin, Goni and Jakati. 4 seamers (Goni, Perera, Morkel & Kemp) + 3 spinners (Ashwin, Jakati & Raina) and all of them can wield their willows.

  • Senthil on March 15, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    We should play with the following combination, 1. M.Hyden (O), 2. M.Vijay (Should get few more chances if he fails again then revert to Parthiv), 3. S.Raina (Mindless batting first up I hope he learned the lesson now), 4. S.Badrinath (Need to bat like T20 or else H.Badani should replace him), 5. MS Dhoni (When wicket falls don't hide come out and face the sin music, his keeping pathetic Y'day), 6. J.Kemp(O) (Shown what he capable of and will get few more chances), 7. Albie Morkal (O) (My Favorite Player and happy to see him back to form), 8. R.Ashwin (If he repeats the performance he will be soon in Indian colours) 9. M.Gony (He can do well on Indian pitches, struggled in SA but should get a Chance ahead of any other Indian Fast bowler), 10. L.Balaji / C.Ganapathy / S.Jakati (With his speed Balaji doing his best and Ganapathy worth a try, If Ntini is playing then Jakati as Spinner), 11. M.Muralidharan / M.Ntini (O) (Old but gold and I don't think Dhoni will leave out Murali in any case

  • Senthil on March 15, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in the CSK team apart from Dhoni and his brainless Captain ship???. Well, I always think he doesn't done well while selecting the team or on field decision apart from the 8-1 fielding he set for Aus, still I don't know it was purely his Idea since there were Z Khan and he almost taking care of fielding setting for almost all the bowlers whenever he plays. Why on this earth he selecting S.Tyagi after seeing his performance against SA in the 3rd ODI and his bowling went worst in Deodhar Trophy when he leaked 76 runs in the semi, and still he is persisting with him is a mindless decision. The only negative is S.Tyagi, I clearly mentioned in CSK preview comments he never play for T20 he is neither aggressive nor a thinking bowler, we should have selected C.Ganapathy and I don't know why we left G.Vignesh to KKR and R.Sathish to MI. Careless attitude by the CSK selectors.

  • karthik on March 15, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Ya first chennai has to drop d useless balaji..he alwyz causes damage to CSK victories..Let's give retirement for balaji in IPL..

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