A Thunderstorm sehwag Blows the Deccan Chargers Hopes

By: Dharmendrasinh Rathod

A thunderstorm 'Sehwag' blows the Deccan Chargers hopes : An explosive knock from Virendra Sehwag, the captain of the Delhi Daredevils, left everyone spell-bounded as he blew past the target set by the Chargers. In a fascinating night of cricket, it was the Sehwag magic that prevailed all around.

The Deccan Chargers tonight played first on a track which visibly seemed to be flat, but did provide some juice for the pacers. Adam Gilchrist and Venugopal Rao opened the innings for the Chargers. They failed to give a desired start to the Chargers on their home ground against brilliant spells of bowling by Glen McGrath and M Asif.

Gilchrist fell early to an Asif in cutter as he edged the ball onto his stumps to be bowled for a score of 8. VVS Laxman, the Chargers captain, followed the footsteps of Gilchrist as he too got bowled by Asif for 2. Rao and Symonds, on the other hand, struggled to stay on the wicket but were both dismissed successively by the Sri Lankan pacer F Maharoof.

Ultimately, it was Rohit Sharma who came to the Chargers rescue with some exquisite display of strokeplay to score a quickfire 66 off 36 balls which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. The Chargers eventually, managed to post a total of 142 for 8 in their 20 overs.

The target of 143 did seem to be tricky and was slated to be enough by the experts looking at the way the wicket was behaving.

But Virender Sehwag came out with a different script, altogether. He led the Daredevils from the front and opened the innings with Gambhir. Sehwag looked to be in a hurry to wrap up the proceedings.

He, ruthlessly, tore the Chargers attack apart and blasted with an unbeaten knock of 94 in just 41 deliveries he faced, which included 10 fours and 6 sixes. Andrew Symonds was the biggest victim of the Sehwag's onslaught. His one over fetched Sehwag, 30 runs comprising of 3 sixers and 3 fours.

A fascinating script unfolded on the Hyderabad soil as the Daredevils wrapped up their victory, in a grand style, in just 13 overs.

Virender Sehwag was adjudged the undisputed winner of the Man of the Match award and the DLF highest sixes award. Sehwag, incidentally became the first Indian player to win the Man Of the Match award in the Indian Premier League.

This win promoted the Delhi Daredevils to the second spot in the points table.

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