AB's Challengers out of IPL

2012-05-20 17:05

Hyderabad - South African Dale Steyn took three wickets for eight runs and led the Deccan Chargers to a nine-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

The defeat knocked the Challengers out of the playoffs as the defending champion Chennai Super Kings went through thanks to a superior run-rate after both teams finished with 17 points.

JP Duminy smashed 74 off 53 balls to lift the Chargers' total to 132/7 before Steyn removed the dangerous Chris Gayle (27) and Tillakaratne Dilshan in successive overs before clean bowling Zaheer Khan in his last over as the Challengers finished with 123/9.

The Chargers ended up second from the bottom in the nine-team league with nine points from just four wins, 11 defeats and one no-result.

Gayle, who scored a century in the previous game against leaders Delhi Daredevils, gave his team another blistering start when he smashed three fours and two sixes in seamer Manpreet Singh's first over of the innings.

However, Steyn struck twice in successive overs when first Gayle played onto a short pitched delivery and Tillakaratne Dilshan was out leg before wicket.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra got two wickets in one over that reduced Challengers to 57/4 before stand-in captain Virat Kohli (42) and Saurabh Tiwari got the innings back on track with a 46-run stand.

Kohli hit seamer Ashish Reddy for a straight six but needlessly tried to repeat the shot off the next delivery and was caught at long on. Tiwari also came under pressure as the asking rate rose to more than 10 an over and the left-hander finally top edged Veer Pratap Singh in the 19th over to Kumar Sangakkara at midwicket.

"We could have played better shots, we did not play the right shots on that wicket," Kohli said. "My wicket probably changed the game. We just need to learn from our mistakes and come back stronger next year."


  • Richard - 2012-05-20 17:28

    Chris Gayle's weaknesses against proper bowling are exposed once again. It's one thing to stand and deliver against gentle 130 km/h Indian part-timers, quite another to take on a genuine world class strike bowler. I suspect Gayle only targeted Gony because he knew that, if he didn't get his runs off Gony, he wasn't going to get any at all. Steyn has completely owned Gayle in both RCB v Deccan matches this season. Gayle just has no idea how to play him. Then again, not many others do either. Steyn made Levi look like a schoolboy twice, and also had Rohit Sharma groping outside off-stump like a blind man. There's a reason why Steyn is Deccan's highest-paid player and he sure earns his money. That said, man of the match should go to JP Duminy this time. When you're playing in a match with Gayle, Dilshan, Kholi, Dhawan, de Villiers, White, Sangakkara, Tiwary and Agarwal - and none of them get within thirty runs of you - then you've played a good innings. Add in three catches, including a real gem to get rid of AB, and that was easily JP's best game of the season.

      Gunner - 2012-05-21 10:01

      @ Richard, Steyn played well yesterday but he has also been hammered in this years fact he has lost a few games for DC this year. Kepler Wessels summed up his performance very well and mentioned that the Proteas think tank really needs to look at how they use Steyn in the shorter form of the game. Gale is a class act , he played Steyn well in the first match but got carried away in the second game after the Gony over. Well done to JP, an excellent innings indeed.. CSK all the way now

      Richard - 2012-05-21 13:10

      All bowlers have been hammered on occasion, even the world's best. Morne and Munaf have both gone for 50, Ben Hilfenhaus was thrashed by Dwayne Smith for 14 off the final 3 balls, wily old campaigners like Brett Lee and Zak Khan have been hammered regularly too. Even that wiliest of old foxes, Murali, was given the treatment by JP yesterday. That's T20. Saying that Dale has lost games for the Chargers is like saying that Kholi lost the game for RCB yesterday. He may have been the key wicket at a critical time. But he also scored a lot more than the uber-gods Gayle and AB did. So, far from losing them the game, Kohli was the reason RCB were still in it up to the final overs. The Chargers have had many problems this year. Their batting clicked late, with White and Dhawan only hitting form when all was lost and Capt Kumar being a bust. Their bowling, other than Dale and Mishra, has also been anaemic and their fielding/catching atrocious at times. Dale has been the least of their problems. I do agree, though, that Dale is more effective in the first eight overs rather than the final four. However, Dale has gone for 6.1 an over through this IPL, Morne for just over 7. So why does Morne get unstinting praise for his economy rate, while Dale gets hammered for the same thing?? It makes no sense. Yes, Dale might give away more in the death overs. But if he concedes fewer in the first four, it all evens out. 4 is 4, whether off the first ball of the innings or the last.

      Richard - 2012-05-21 13:40

      Further to the issue of Dale and the Proteas T20 side, I hear what Kepler is saying. But it's one thing to claim that Dale must be bowled early. You still have to find a pair of death bowlers. Morne has become very good at the death and will hold up one end. But who from the other? Albie Morkel, Jacques Kallis, Rusty Theron? Good luck with that. You'll need a lot of ball boys outside the stadium to fetch. Johan Botha, Robin Peterson or JP Duminy will be even worse. Based on this season's form, those guys need ball boys even when they bowl in the "quiet" middle overs of the game. I'm not sure that anybody on offer will prove better than Dale. I'm not saying that Dale shouldn't be bowled out earlier in the innings, just that not bowling him at the death isn't necessarily going to result in good economy. We don't have a Slinga so all our T20 bowlers, with the possible exception of Morne, are ripe for the picking when the slog is on.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-05-22 00:09

      Good stuff Richard. I followed all the matches and found that West Indian players and our stars were key in most of the matches. Narine, Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Bravo, and Gayle were brilliant in their performances. What is gratifying being a Titans fan is that Faf , Albie Morne Ab Marchant and even Roelof stood out most of the times. They definitely had more impact than the Aussies with the exception of Craig White. I just wonder with the ICL coming up later this year, where will the Titans players feature, as at least 4 of their players will be in the Indian sides?

  • Jack - 2012-05-20 18:43

    With these kinds of performances against the best in the world, you must fancy our chances at the upcoming world T20!!!

  • Sanjay - 2012-05-20 19:14

    @richard,wish you would write for some news papers,we are lacking in class writers

  • Muthuvel - 2012-05-22 15:09

    Gayle did the mistake of not respecting Steyn yesterday, he knows it now. That first over away swinger, Dilshan was happy to be in the other end tapped Dayle and laughed (as if to say ' too good for me'). Steyn was simply unplayable in his first spell.

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