Centurion: One who watched Fridays' first semifinal at Centurion will never forget Gilchrist innings until he lives. Gilchrist just came out like some super natural power had invaded his body and tore apart the Delhi side.
Gibbs departed early, but Gilly was on another planet as he plundered everyone to all corners of the ground. By the time he left only 52 were needed. Then after the break, Symonds also smashed a cameo to put the result beyond doubt. Then Suman and Rohit applied the finishing touches.
Delhi Daredevils again fall at the semi-final hurdle. But to be fair to them no attack in the world can stop a player like Gilly when he is playing like that.
Deccan will now meet the winner of the match between Chennai Super Kings and Bangalore Royal Challengers on Sunday.
Gilchrist's thunderous 85-run knock came off 35 balls and was studded with 5 sixes and 10 fours and he was dismissed on the last delivery before the strategic timeout caught by Nannes off Amit Mishra. Gilchrist also smashed the fastest IPL 50 off 17 balls.
Andrew Symonds hit a six and 2 fours in his 15-ball 24, while Tirumalsetti Suman (24) and Rohit Sharma (5) remained unbeaten.
Earlier an amazing display of counter attack by Delhi captain Virender Sehwag and Dilshan helped Delhi Daredevils to post 153/8 in the first semi finals of IPL at Centurion on Friday.
Send into bat first, Delhi were off to shocking start as they lost 0/2 in the first over, in an amazing display of counter-attacking cricket, Sehwag and Dilshan had taken the Deccan bowlers to the cleaners racing past fifty in no time.
Sehwag celebrated his comeback to form with a flurry of boundaries and Dilshan at the other end was not far behind in matching him shot by shot. 'Strategic time-out" yet again turned to be a curse for Delhi.
In the 11th over, Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag essay at the crease, which was beginning to take threatening proportions, was cut short by Andrew Symonds for 39 runs. Sehwag lasted 31 balls and hit 5 fours, stitching a valuable 85 run partnership with Tilakaratne Dilshan to lead Delhi"s revival in the process.
Once Sehwag was out, Gilly and his men pulled things back but then Dilshan stayed there almost till the end to give Delhi the right direction.
Sehwag lasted 31 balls and hit 5 fours, stitching a valuable 85 run partnership with Tilakaratne Dilshan to lead Delhi"s revival in the process. Dilshan topscored the Delhi innings with a fabulous 65 off 51 balls. His innings was studded with seven boundaries and a sixer.
Harris who dismissed 3 Delhi batsmen was the most successful bowler for Hyderbad Deccan Chargers.