Chennai beat Deccan Chargers :
Left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati picked up 4-22 as Chennai Super Kings
thumped Deccan Chargers by 78 runs for their third win on the trot in
the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Jakati removed top-scorer Dwayne Smith (49) and Rohit Sharma in the
space of four balls to help Chennai restrict Deccan to 100 all out in
14.4 overs in a one-sided contest at Buffalo Park here.
The 28-year-old unheralded bowler from Goa had also turned in a
match-winning performance in Chennaiís win against Delhi Daredevils on
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni earlier led the batting charge with an
unbeaten 58 while tournamentís leading run-getter Matthew Hayden slammed
a 26-ball 43 to take Chennai to an imposing 178-3.
The win propelled Chennai to the top of the points table while Deccan
slumped to their third defeat in a row.
Deccanís chase began on a disastrous note as they lost their
explosive openers Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs inside the first
Albie Morkel snapped up Gilchrist off the first ball of the innings
when he trapped the Deccan skipper plumb in front while Suddep Tyagi
accounted for Gibbs.
Morkel returned to dismiss Venkatsai Laxman (0) in his next over but
was unlucky not to claim Smith whose easy skiers were dropped twice in a
row by clumsy Chennai fielders.
Smith, who also survived a crazy mix-up at the crease, briefly
sustained Deccanís hopes, putting on 72 runs for the fourth wicket with
But Deccanís fate was sealed once Smith was trapped leg-before by
Jakati. The West Indiesí all-rounder slammed five sixes and two fours in
his 23-ball knock.
Chennai beat Deccan by 78 runs
Chennai 178-3 in 20 overs (M. S. Dhoni 58 not out, M. Hayden 43, S.
Raina 32, M. Vijay 31). Deccan 100 all out in 20 overs (D. Smith 49, R.
Sharma 21; S. Jakati 4-22, M. Muralitharan 2-11, A. Morkel 2-24) Chennai
win by 78 runs.
EAST LONDON, South Africa, AFP