Chennai no longer Super Kings

Chennai no longer Super Kings
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First Published: Wed, May 07 2008. 01 49 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 07 2008. 01 49 PM IST
New Delhi: Stand-in-skipper Adam Gilchrist took the front lead as bottom-placed Deccan Chargers humbled Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets with two overs to spare as they went on to claim their second win in the IPL in Chennai.
After winning the toss, Gilchrist gave all the right captaincy cues, going on to notch up a top score with a 36-ball 54, taking the team to a well deserved win.
Deccan Chargers who were chasing a target of 145 runs did not have to struggle as they swiftly reached the 148 target, for three wickets in 18 overs.
The losing side, led by M.S. Dhoni looked crestfallen, the let down coming as it did, third time in a row. The absence of Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey seems to have hit the Chennai Super Kings rather hard.
Things however could have turned out otherwise for Deccan Chargers, had Morkel and Manpreet Gony (15 not out of 6 balls) unleashed some smart shots at the tail end of the innings to take up their score tally. Morkel’s unbeaten 29 came off 19 balls.
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First Published: Wed, May 07 2008. 01 49 PM IST