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Deccan Chargers v Somerset, Group A, Champions League, Hyderabad

The feature of the Somerset bowling was that they struck timely blows, just then the Deccan Chargers batsmen appeared set. Adam Gilchrist had gone on a rampage before miscuing a pull, VVS Laxman had made a fluent 46 before being bowled and Rohit Sharma had just begun to step up before holing out in the deep. Wickets falling at the right time meant Somerset were able to restrict Deccan to a below-par score.

Somerset were reeling in their chase of 154; they were reduced to 99 for 7 at one stage. But James Hildreth and Alfonso Thomas added a match-winning 50 for the eighth wicket, ensuring the big hits came at the right time and managing to rotate the strike with regularity to keep their team in the hunt.

In the last over, with five needed to win, Somerset lost two wickets. But the decisive moment came when Scott Styris bowled a full toss off the fourth ball which Thomas slapped past point for a boundary. With one needed off one, Stryis bowled a short delivery which was duly dispatched over the in-field for another four to seal a thrilling win for Somerset.