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Chasing 150, the IPL champions seemed well on their way as captain Adam Gilchrist slash the first ball of the innings over the third-man boundary for six. But VVS Laxman fell in the second over and Abhinav Kumar didnít last too long either. And when Andrew Symonds was run-out after a mix-up with Gilchrist, the writing seemed to be very much on the wall for the home team.
But Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma bought the Chargers right back into the game with a spirited partnership as the T&T spinners, who were the key against Somerset, began to feel the heat. The Deccan skipper reached his half-century but fell soon after and with Sharma lasting only two more balls, the hosts lost their way again. Venugopal Rao did raise hopes of a late recovery, smashing two sixes in a 19-ball 30, but fell off the last ball of the 18th over. Needing eight runs of the last over, the Chargers still seemed within a shout of reaching the target, but Bravo, who finished with three for 24, blew away their hopes.
Deccan Chargers ranged from sloppy to pure ridiculous at the start of the T&T innings, earlier in the evening, with Tirumalsetti Suman setting the trend by fumbling the first ball at backward point and allowing an easy single ó while Fidel Edwards ended up bowling two wides. But it was in the fourth over that things became embarrassing for the home team, as RP Singh seemed to lose control of where he was landing his feet and delivered three no-balls on the trot. And by the time the DJ at the ground found his breath back after repeatedly screaming out instructions to the crowd to watch out for the Ďdreadedí free-hit, the Chargers had given away four overthrows off the last ball and Trinidadís score read 39 for one.
It was Suman though who triggered Deccanís revival, getting rid of Darren Bravo, caught and bowled, in the sixth over before T&T captain Daren Ganga ran himself out two balls later. William Perkins top-scored with 38 and Dwayne Bravo then fell in quick succession as T&T started losing their way.
Enter Kieron Pollard. The brawny Trinidadian had peppered the empty stands during his teamís practice session on Tuesday night with his lusty blows. With a number of heads to target in the packed stadium on Wednesday, Pollard seemed even more brutal as he smashed four sixes, one a flat pull off Edwards that hardly left the ground. It was Pollardís 14-ball 31 that was chiefly responsible for T&T reaching 149 for seven in their 20 overs, a total which eventually proved a hurdle too difficult.