Gilly powers Chargers to 10-wicket win

Published: Sunday, April 27, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Adam Gilchrist smashed the fastest 100 in a Twenty20 game in just 42 balls as Deccan Chargers routed the Mumbai Indians by ten wickets in their DLF Indian Premier League match being played at the D Y Patil stadium near here today.

With this win, Deccan Chargers opened their account, relegating Mumbai Indians to the wooden spoonist spot having lost all the four matches they have played so far.


Set a target of 155 to win by the Mumbai Indians, the crowd at the D Y Patil were treated to a scintillating display of power hitting by the recently retired Australian wicket keeper as he made mockery of the total posted by the hosts with Deccan Chargers reaching their target in just 12 overs with all the ten wickets still left standing.

Gilchrist was unbeaten on 109 in just 47 balls with nine boundaries and 10 sixes included in it, while V V S Laxman was unbeaten on 36 in 29 balls with five fours. Deccan Chargers made 155 for no loss with still 8 overs remaining.

It was raining sixes and fours from the bat of the former Australian wicketkeeper as he started his onslaught with two fours in the first over from Ashish Nehra.

He then went on to treat all the bowlers with disdain as the ball disappeared to all parts of the ground.

Gilchrist kept something special for Shaun Pollock as the Mumbai Indians stand in captain was hit was three sixes and a four of consecutive balls as Deccan Chargers marched to victory in a canter.

He then took to Abhishek Nayar as he hit the Mumbai Ranji pacer for three sixes in one over to bring up his 100 in just 42 balls with nine boundaries and a six. When the victory runs were scored Gilchrist was unbeaten on 109 runs in 47 balls with 9 fours and 10 sixes in the knock.

At the other end he was given excellent support by V V S Laxman who was as much as a spectator as those in the stands. Laxman finished with 37 runs of 26 balls and his knock was inclusive of four boundaries and a six.

None of the bowling figures of the Mumbai Indians made for happy reading with captain Shaun Pollock going for 33 runs in his 2 overs, while Abhishek Nayar went for 22 in one over.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians rode on cameos by Abhishek Nayar and Dwayne Bravo both making 34 each to reach a score in excess of 150 which at one point in time looked far beyond them. Put into bat, the Mumbai Indians started off with a flourish when Luke Ronchi flicked the first ball of the match from R P Singh to the fine leg fence for a boundary. He then followed it up with two more boundaries in the second over bowled by Nuwan Zoysa.

However, Ronchi played a horrible shot in the next over to script his own downfall when he gave slip catching practice to V V S Laxman at first slip of R P Singh to be dismissed for 13 which came of 11 balls and had three hits to the fence. Mumbai Indians were 15 for 1 in the third over at that time.

Young Mumbai Ranji batsman Ajinkya Rahane playing his first match of the IPL, also did not last long being dismissed without opening his account when he trying to clear the square leg fence ended up giving a tame catch to Pragyan Ojha at the square leg fence of Sanjay Bangar.

Robin Uthappa the next man in then hit a clean straight shot of Shahid Afridi only to fall the next ball as he tried to cut Afridi who pushed the ball through. The ball took Uthappa"s bat"s edge through to keeper Adam Gilchrist. Uthappa made six and Mumbai Indians were left in all sorts of problems at 27 for three in the sixth over.

Stand in skipper Shaun Pollock then joined Jayasuriya and the two senior pros tried to rescue their side with Jayasuriya bringing up the 50 with a boundary to square leg. He, however also fell soon after with Afridi foxing him with a slower wrong 'un which Jayasuirya tried to lift over the square leg fence only to see the ball take the outside edge and swirl high towards backward short leg where Rohit Sharma took a well judged catch running back.

Jayasuriya made 18 in 21 balls and was inclusive of 2 boundaries.

Captain Shaun Pollock then tried to retrieve the position hitting Sanjay Bangar for a consecutive four and six, only to fall the next ball as he tried an all mighty swipe to the leg side only to see the ball crash into his stumps. Pollock made 31 of 31 balls with three boundaries and a six to leave Mumbai Indians on 79 for five.

Abhishek Nayar and Dwayne Bravo then used the long handle to take Mumbai Indians to a respectable score with Nayar hitting three huge sixes and a four in his 19 ball 34 before being caught behind by Adam Gilchrist as he tried to pull a ball from outside the off stump only to get an edge through to the keeper Gilchrist of Sanjay Bangar.

Dwayne Bravo, however continued to attack the Deccan Chargers attack before being dismissed for a 17 ball 34 of the last ball of the innings which was inclusive of three fours and a six to take Mumbai Indians past the 150 mark as they ended with 153 for seven.

For the Deccan Chargers, R P Singh was the pick of the bowlers giving away just 15 runs in his four overs and also capturing two wickets. Shahid Afridi and Sanjay Bangar also took two wickets a piece.


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