Kimberley: Dwayne Smith hit 47 while offspinner Rohit Sharma took three wickets on Monday as the Deccan Chargers completed a 53-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
“I’m really disappointed with our performance tonight,” said Rajasthan captain Shane Warne, who has been ruled out for about 10 days after damaging his hamstring. “Credit to Dwayne Smith for the way he batted, but our intensity was just not there today for some reason, I don’t know why. We were just outplayed. We didn’t do the things we were meant to do. But I know we will bounce back.”
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West Indies all-rounder Smith cracked four sixes in 32 balls at the De Beers Diamond Oval, putting on a 37-run stand with Chaminda Vaas (20 off 15 balls). Andrew Symonds then added 30 runs off 19 balls to help Deccan to 166-7 off their allotted 20 overs.
Offspinner Yusuf Pathan was the pick of the Rajasthan attack taking 3-34, while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 2-26.
In reply, Rajasthan never threatened Deccan’s total and were bowled out for 113. Sharma took 3-12 in three overs, while veteran seamer Chaminda Vaas bowled accurately on a good length to claim 2-19 in four.
“Dwayne batted beautifully at the end to get us to a good total and the bowling was quite clinical with Chaminda Vaas coming in and bowling well... right on target,” said Deccan captain Adam Gilchrist.
Only opener Swapnil Asnodkar stood up to the Deccan bowlers, top-scoring with 44 before he was run out in the 14th over. The only other Rajasthan batsmen to get into double figures were Naman Ojha (16) and Jadeja (19 not out).
Rajasthan opener Graeme Smith was the first wicket to fall, adjudged lbw to a Vaas delivery that looked to be missing the stumps.
They then lost Lee Carseldine in the fourth to a bizarre dismissal. After surviving a caught behind appeal by wicketkeeper Gilchrist, Carseldine stepped out of the crease unaware that Gilchrist was still holding the ball and was promptly stumped.
Ojha was run out by Ravi Teja on 16, then Yusuf Pathan (6) found Smith at long off to a Pragyan Ojha short-pitched ball, leaving Rajasthan on 74-4.
Two runs after Asnodkar’s run out in the 14th over, Sharma bowled Abhishek Raut (1) with a fuller ball.
Sharma then completed his three-wicket haul with the wickets of Morne Morkel (8) and Warne for a golden duck in the 16th over.
The IPL’s leading wicket-taker Rudra Singh then added another scalp to his tally, bowling Siddharth Trivedi with a full, straight ball before Munaf Patel was run out in the final over to end Rajasthan’s innings and the match.