Dhawan powers Chargers to 198/2 vs Kings

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 17:40 [IST]
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Dhawan powers Chargers to 198/2 vs Kings

The match began with the Deccan openers reeling from a case of the jitters. In the first over, there was a missed run out chance and a drop catch from Dwaraka Ravi Teja, off Praveen Kumar. Then Shikar Dhawan smacked Ryan Harris for a boundary in the second over to steady his nerves and followed up with a four off Praveen as 24/0 came off the first three overs.

Ravi Teja began to loosen up as well, pulling Bharghav Bhatt for a four and straight driving him for another boundary to round off the over. Then Dhawan dispatched Praveen to the fence twice on the trot, before getting Harris away for another boundary to bring up DC's 50 in just 5.2 overs. Dhawan celebrated reaching the mark with yet another four later in the over.

A shocking bit of misfielding let Ravi Teja pick up four more runs off Piyush Chawla as the score climbed to 67/0 in 7 overs. Kings' bowler Paul Valthaty conceded 9 runs in the 8th over including 5 wides, but then a couple of quieter overs ensued as the Chargers notched up 85/0 in 10 overs. Then the batting duo took two fours off Ryan McLaren in the 11th over to bring up the Chargers' 100, before Ravi Teja was dropped by Harris off Valthaty in the 12th.

In the following over, Ravi Teja clobbered Chawla for 2 sixes to notch up his 50 and then struck a four. Valthaty finally got the breakthrough when Abhishek Nayar caught Ravi Teja for 60 off 41 balls. The score was a healthy 131/1 in 13.2 overs when J P Duminy came to the crease. He wasted no time settling in, teaming up with Dhawan to knock a four and a six off Chawla.

Then Dhawan smashed Bhatt for a boundary to bring up the Chargers' 150 in 15.2 overs, before inside edging another four. But at the other end, Duminy ran out of steam when he was caught by Shaun Marsh at mid off off Harris' bowling for 12 off 10 balls.

But Dhawan wouldn't back down, clobbering Harris for two fours in the same over. Then Dhawan tonked Bhatt for another six.The same batsman rounded off the 19th over with a four. 8 runs came off the final over with total set at 198/2 and Dhawan unbeaten on 95 off 57 balls.

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