Kings XI Punjab Beat the Deccan Chargers at Hyderabad

By: Dharmendrasinh Rathod

Kings XI Punjab beat the Deccan Chargers at Hyderabad : A sensible partnership between Shaun Marsh and Mahela Jaywardene steered the visitors, Kings XI to a well deserved win by 7 wickets against the Deccan Chargers. An unbeaten partnership of 81 runs between the two sealed the fate of the match. Deccan Chargers thus lost their fourth match from the five they have played, till date.

The Deccan Chargers tonight batted first and managed to reach a respectable total of 164/8 in 20 overs, though they were 6 down for 98 at one stage of the innings.

An unbeaten knock of 76 off 42 balls, including 10 fours and 2 sixes, by Rohit Sharma was instrumental for the total the Chargers could post.

VVS Laxman was the other major contributer as he provided a reasonable start to the innings scoring 48 off 34 balls. His class was on display with some sweetly timed wristy shots played to perfection. On the other end wickets kept felling at regular intervals and the chargers found themselves in deep trouble as the score read 98/6.

It was then that Rohit Sharma took charge of the innings and dominated the attack playing an amazing knock. His innings readily justified him being slated amongst the best in the lot of budding cricketers, world over.

When the Punjab XI started their reply, they too had on display another greats in the making. Shaun Marsh made his debut in the IPL in a grand style with a memorable unbeaten knock 84 from 62 deliveries smashing 11 fours and a six. He along with Jayawardene ensured that there were no hiccups in their run to the finish post.

Jayawardene played responsibly to remain unbeaten on 45 off 23 with 6 fours and a six. Thus the Kings XI sealed another clinical win to make to the fourth place in the points table.

The Deccan Chargers will surely need a lot of thought when they get on with their upcoming encounters.

Shaun Marsh was awarded with Man of the Match. While Rohit Sharma picked up the DLF highest sixes award.

An interesting encounter is scheduled on Friday between the Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings, by far the best two teams in the league till date.

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