result
51st match (N), Dharamsala, Apr 16 2010, Indian Premier League
(19.1/20 ov, target 175)178/5
Chargers won by 5 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
player of the match
Rohit Sharma
Deccan Chargers
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• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Calm Rohit outdoes Jayawardene beauty

Deccan Chargers bit another bullet on their route to a fourth win in a row that has given them an even chance in the semi-final race

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Scorecard summary
Punjab Kings174/3(20 overs)
Deccan Chargers178/5(19.1 overs)

Take a bow, Rohit Sharma. This was a tough chase, and their two star overseas batsmen didn't do much, but Deccan have pulled off a five-wicket win that takes them to 14 points and fourth spot.

Suman: "When myself and Rohit were batting, we were targetting singles and to punish the loose deliveries. It was a true pitch for batsmen and bowlers, it came on nicely when the ball pitched on the grass."

Post-match presentation: Sangakkara: "We bowled too many half-tracker at crucial times, and they batted pretty well too. We batted extremely well too, Jayawardene batted superbly to take us to a good total. Dharamsala is an ideal game to hold more cricket, the people are lovely and supportive."

Gilchrist: "Definitely felt we were in it despite them putting on 170. It was coming onto the bat nicely, it was a beautiful track. Suman was fantastic, and so too Rohit Sharma, who has delivered for us consistently over the years. (about winning four in a row) I don't think I'm doing a lot right, but the team is doing great."

Rohit is the Man of the Match. "We knew the ground was small, and the track was good to bat on. Whenever the chips are down, I need to deliver by performing to my potential. Suman is batting well, he was good against Bangalore and Chennai as well, there's one more big game coming up, hopefully he does it there too."

Chennai fans will be disappointed with the result, as Deccan have now gone ahead of them. Go here to see the updated points table. Two more crucial games coming up tomorrow, see you then.

19.1
4
Malik to Sumanth, FOUR runs

Deccan win their fourth in a row, Sumanth slaps that one through the crowded in-fielded past cover

end of over 1918 runs
DC: 174/5CRR: 9.15 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 from 6b
Rohit Sharma68 (38)
Bodapati Sumanth2 (2)
Irfan Pathan3-0-35-1
Yuvraj Singh2-0-22-1
18.6
6
Pathan to Rohit Sharma, SIX runs

scores are level, Rohit Sharma has done the job for Deccan, in the slot, Rohit slams it over long-on, Chawla runs across to field, gets a hand on it as he puts in the dive but can only palm it over the rope

18.5
4
Pathan to Rohit Sharma, FOUR runs

short slower ball, 107 kmh, Rohit waits and smashes that wide of long-on for four which makes Deccan favourites for the game

18.4
2
Pathan to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs

another couple for Rohit, getting it away towards wide long-on

18.4
1w
Pathan to Rohit Sharma, 1 wide

full and wide, too wide for the umpire's liking

18.3
2
Pathan to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs

full delivery outside off, closer to Theron this time, a flat throw in to Irfan, Sumanth dives to complete the run, third umpire called for, batsman is just in

18.2
2
Pathan to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs

a good-looking stroke from Rohit, driven towards sweeper cover, wide of Theron giving time to take two

18.1
1
Pathan to Sumanth, 1 run

short of length on middle and off, edged onto his pads, and sort of kicks it in the process of setting off for the single

19 needed from 12. Who are you betting on?

end of over 1810 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 156/5CRR: 8.66 • RRR: 9.50 • Need 19 from 12b
Bodapati Sumanth1 (1)
Rohit Sharma52 (33)
Yuvraj Singh2-0-22-1
Rusty Theron4-0-32-1
17.6
1
Yuvraj to Sumanth, 1 run

Sumnath gets off the mark by getting a single to square leg, keeper runs across to field

17.5
1
Yuvraj to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

length ball eased down to long-on for a single

17.4
W
Yuvraj to Marsh, OUT

Marsh looks to repeat the shot that fetched him a six, gets it on the toe end of the bat, the ball loops to Jayawardene at long-on, another twist to this game. Yuvraj does a Gayle celebration, a poker-faced stare in celebration

Mitchell Marsh c Jayawardene b Yuvraj Singh 15 (11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 136.36
17.3
1
Yuvraj to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

a low full toss just outside off, driven down to long-off for a single

17.2
1
Yuvraj to Marsh, 1 run

sensibly driven towards cover for a single

17.1
6
Yuvraj to Marsh, SIX runs

length ball on off, Marsh charges down the ground and wallops that over long-on for six

Yuvraj has the ball, could be a decisive over

end of over 176 runs
DC: 146/4CRR: 8.58 • RRR: 9.67 • Need 29 from 18b
Mitchell Marsh8 (8)
Rohit Sharma50 (31)
Rusty Theron4-0-32-1
Piyush Chawla4-0-24-1
16.6
1
Theron to Marsh, 1 run

another offbreak from Theron, Marsh looks for the big swing, can only get it to fine leg for a single, tight over from Theron

16.5
1
Theron to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

and that's another half-century for Rohit, a low full toss on the pads again, tucked towards deep square leg

16.4
1
Theron to Marsh, 1 run

back of length, just outside off, blocked towards the off side, only a single again

16.3
1
Theron to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

full toss on the pads, Rohit will be unhappy at missing out on that one, he can only get it to Jayawardene at fine leg

16.2
1
Theron to Marsh, 1 run

full ball speared into middle and off, driven down to long-on for a single

16.1
1
Theron to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

short of length and just outside off, defended towards the off side for a quick single

Best performances - batsmen
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene
93 runs (62)
13 fours
2 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
5 fours
2 sixes
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Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma
68 runs (38)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
1 four
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Piyush Chawla portrait
PP Chawla
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
1
ECO
6
Rahul Sharma portrait
R Sharma
O
3
M
0
R
18
W
1
ECO
6
Match details
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
TossDeccan Chargers, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2009/10
Player Of The Match
Rohit Sharma
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days16 April 2010 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Amiesh Saheba
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Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
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Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
Match Referee
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Dev Govindjee
PointsDeccan Chargers 2, Kings XI Punjab 0