Third Straight Defeat for Chennai in the Ipl

By: Dharmendrasinh Rathod

Third Straight Defeat for Chennai in the IPL : Chennai fell flat against a spirited bowling performance by the Deccan Chargers. The Chargers tonight were spereheaded by Adam Gilchrist who led from the front to register the second win by 7 wickets for the Hyderabad team.

Gilchrist won the toss for the Deccan Chargers and invited the hosts to bat first. Chennai began miserably, as Parthiv Patel left in the very first over. Anirudha Srikkantha too, failed to leave any impressions in his first game.

Stephen Fleming was the next man in. He looked to be settling down well until Rohit Sharma created an opportunity for his team, latching onto a full blooded square drive to pull out a stunning catch.

Next, it was Badrinath's turn to return with a duck to his name. The Super Kings found themselves in a dire state at 43 for the lost of four top order batsmen.

It was a 38 run partnership between M S Dhoni and Suresh Raina which rendered some stability to the innings. A flurry of sixes in the concluding overs from Albie Morkel and Manpreet Gony enabled the Super Kings to post a total of 144 in 20 overs.

Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs started the chase for the visitors. Gilchrist displayed his batting skills with a splendid knock befitting his reputation of being able to single-handedly turn the tables around, on his day. He raced to his score of 54 in just 33 balls before he got dismissed. But by then the damage had been inflicted.

A partnership between Scott Styris and Rohit sharma eliminated any further hiccups to the innings. Eventually, Shahid Afridi cocluded the victory for the Deccan Chargers in his trademark style hammering 20 runs in Joginder Sharma's over, the 18th of the innings.

Adam Gilchrist picked the Man of the Match award for his captain's knock.

The Chennai Super Kings lost for the third time in a row, while the Deccan Chargers climbed to the sixth spot in the IPL.

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