Result
1st Semi-Final (D/N), Centurion, May 22 2009, Indian Premier League
153/8
(17.4/20 ov, target 154)
154/4
Chargers won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Deccan Chargers
1y
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Raging Gilchrist carries Deccan into the final

There's no rust on this baby. Adam Gilchrist didn't just blow the Delhi Daredevils out with an overpowering blitzkrieg, but also backed up his vow at the end of a disappointing 2008 to give fans in Hyderabad more to cheer for in 2009

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Scorecard summary
Delhi Daredevils153/8(20 overs)
Deccan Chargers154/4(17.4 overs)

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!

17.4
1
Sangwan to Sharma, 1 run
squeezes a yorker to third man and it's all over!
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
17.2
Sangwan to Sharma, no run
swish and a miss, not quite Rohit's night, a quiet single will do it, Sir
17.1
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
end of over 174 runs
DC: 152/4CRR: 8.94 • RRR: 0.66 • Need 2 from 18b
Tirumalasetti Suman23 (24)
Rohit Sharma4 (8)
Dirk Nannes3-0-38-0
Pradeep Sangwan2-0-19-0
16.6
1
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
16.5
1
Nannes to Sharma, 1 run
clips it wide of mid-on and sets off
16.4
Nannes to Sharma, no run
moves across the stumps, he comes down the pitch to hoick it away but misses
16.4
1w
Nannes to Sharma, 1 wide
The bouncer doesn't really come off well and Rohit ducks and lets it go
16.3
Nannes to Sharma, no run
pacy delivery outside off and he defends back to the bowler with a straight bat
16.2
Nannes to Sharma, no run
swing and a miss, nowhere near the bounce
16.1
1
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 from 24b
Tirumalasetti Suman21 (22)
Rohit Sharma3 (4)
Pradeep Sangwan2-0-19-0
Ashish Nehra4-0-38-1
15.6
1
Sangwan to Suman, 1 run
shuffles and clips it wide of midwicket
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
15.4
Sangwan to Suman, no run
fires it fuller and he digs it out to mid-off
15.3
Sangwan to Suman, no run
gets beside the line and he steers him down to point
15.2
1
Sangwan to Sharma, 1 run
goes for another one-legged pull, the ball rolls to short fine leg
15.1
Sangwan to Sharma, no run
pulls him on one leg but he mistimes it to square leg
end of over 159 runs
DC: 146/4CRR: 9.73 • RRR: 1.60 • Need 8 from 30b
Tirumalasetti Suman20 (18)
Rohit Sharma2 (2)
Ashish Nehra4-0-38-1
Amit Mishra4-0-19-3
14.6
4
Nehra to Suman, FOUR runs
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
Best performances - batsmen
AC Gilchrist
85 runs (35)
10 fours
5 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
37 runs
5 fours
2 sixes
006524132710
TM Dilshan
65 runs (51)
7 fours
1 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
24 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
5172212747
Best performances - bowlers
A Mishra
O
4
M
0
R
19
W
3
Eco
4.75
RJ Harris
O
4
M
1
R
27
W
3
Eco
6.75
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossDeccan Chargers , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2009
Player Of The Match
Adam Gilchrist
Series resultDeccan Chargers advanced
Season2009
Hours of play (local time)16.30 start, First Session 16.30-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.10, Second Session 18.10-19.30
Match days22 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Daryl Harper
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Rudi Koertzen
Reserve Umpire
Johan Cloete
Match Referee
Srinivas Venkataraghavan