Hyderabad - Deccan Chargers became the first IPL team to be knocked out of the
Champions League T20 as they lost by three runs in a nail-biter to
Trinidad & Tobago at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday.
Dwayne Bravo started off with two quick wickets to put the ball in the hosts’ court.
Deccan skipper, Adam Gilchrist did not disappoint, as he hit a
sparkling 36-ball 51, before Kieron Pollard took the catch of the match
on the long-on boundary, diving full stretch to get rid of the
Still, at 125 for five, Deccan were sitting pretty with Scott Styris (14) and Venugopal Rao (30) on a roll.
But Styris got himself run out, setting off for a non-existent single and could not turn back quickly enough.
That signalled the beginning of the end, as Rao went soon
thereafter and the tail were at sixes and sevens against Dawyne Bravo
and Lendl Simmons, losing three wickets for 16 runs in the final three
Man-of-the-match Bravo finished with figures of 3/24 and said
afterwards, "A great team effort, we beat the IPL champions and it's a
great feeling for us.
If I had ten runs to defend in the last over, I'd
back myself to defend it. Lendl Simmons bowled a very good previous
over as well. I hope I continue to lead from the front with the ball.
As a unit we are very happy."
Earlier, a gritty performance by Deccan Chargers kept Trinidad & Tobago to 149 for seven.
Being asked to bat first, T&T reached 39/1 after only four
overs, courtesy of some indifferent bowling from RP Singh who could not
settle into any sort of rhythm at all.
Two run-outs and a second leg-before wicket for Fidel Edwards, however, put the skids under the team from the Caribbean.
It was left to the big Kieron Pollard to hit a 31-run cameo needing only 14 deliveries, to give the innings some late impetus.
Edwards was without doubt the star of the home side's innings, taking 3/32 in his four overs.
Deccan Chargers’ exit means that Somerset now progress to the next stage of the competition.
Gilchrist summed up their performance, "It is disappointing, to
be so close to a couple of times is frustrating. We didn't do the
basics well - we were sloppy early on, quite a few misfields, we
faltered with both bat and ball. The fitness levels were fine, we are
professionals. It's an extraordinary couple of games, and at this
ground we don't know what will happen. We may have to move."
T&T captain, Darren Ganga, was understandably very happy.
"It shows our character, we held our nerves in the end. Deccan
fought hard, we wanted to come out here and win and take two points
into the next round. When yo have passionate supporters in the stands,
they've should a lot of faith in us, so we as players, must give them
something in return.
"With all the "crap" that has been going on in the Caribbean,
this win comes at the right time. We didn't play our perfect game but
I'm sure things will improve. Dwayne has all the experience of a senior
player, all the bowlers contributed. It was a total team effort."
Deccan Chargers: VVS Laxman, AC Gilchrist (capt & wk), TL Suman, A Symonds, RG Sharma, SB Styris, Y Venugopal Rao, Abhinav Kumar, PP Ojha, RP Singh, FH Edwards
Trinidad & Tobago: LMP Simmons, WKD Perkins, DJ Bravo, D Ganga (capt), DM Bravo, KA Pollard, D Ramdin (wk), S Ganga, D Mohammed, R Rampaul, S Badree