1st Semi-Final (D/N), Centurion, May 22 2009, Indian Premier League
(17.4/20 ov, target 154)
Chargers won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Deccan Chargers
DC Innings
Full commentary

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!

Sangwan to Sharma, 1 run
squeezes a yorker to third man and it's all over!
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
Sangwan to Sharma, no run
swish and a miss, not quite Rohit's night, a quiet single will do it, Sir
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
end of over 174 runs
DC: 152/4CRR: 8.94 • RRR: 0.66 • Need 2 runs from 18b
Tirumalasetti Suman23 (24)
Rohit Sharma4 (8)
Dirk Nannes3-0-38-0
Pradeep Sangwan2-0-19-0
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
Nannes to Sharma, 1 run
clips it wide of mid-on and sets off
Nannes to Sharma, no run
moves across the stumps, he comes down the pitch to hoick it away but misses
Nannes to Sharma, 1 wide
The bouncer doesn't really come off well and Rohit ducks and lets it go
Nannes to Sharma, no run
pacy delivery outside off and he defends back to the bowler with a straight bat
Nannes to Sharma, no run
swing and a miss, nowhere near the bounce
Nannes to Suman, 1 run
Nannes returns, Suman opens the face of the bat and glides it with control down to third man
end of over 162 runs
DC: 148/4CRR: 9.25 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 6 runs from 24b
Tirumalasetti Suman21 (22)
Rohit Sharma3 (4)
Pradeep Sangwan2-0-19-0
Ashish Nehra4-0-38-1
Sangwan to Suman, 1 run
shuffles and clips it wide of midwicket