Cape Town: Adam Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma lit up Newlands Stadium with their batting pyrotechnics as Deccan Chargers thumped Bangalore Royal Challengers by 24 runs for their second straight win in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
On a perfect day, the Deccan Chargers did everything right -- from winning the toss, posting an imposing 184 for six and then restricting their opponents to 160 for eight for a facile win.
For the Bangalore side, Virat Kohli (50 off 32 balls) and Rahul Dravid (48 off 27 balls) tried their best but that was just not enough to chase down the highest score of the tournament, built around the blistering half-centuries from Gilchrist (71) and Rohit (52).
Adam Gilchrist of Deccan Chargers plays a shot during IPL-20-20 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Cape Town in South Africa on Wednesday. PTI
A solid start was a pre-requisite to such a herculean chase but Bangalore Royal Challengers had a rather ominous beginning with Fidel Edwards disturbing Jesse Ryder’s furniture with the first delivery of the innings.
Second ball duck in the first match, dropped from the second game and golden duck today -- Ryder’s nightmare simply showed no signs of ending.
Jacques Kallis (15) too failed to do justice to his reputation, that too in front of his home crowd, and fell to R.P. Singh, while Robin Uthappa (12) was spectacularly caught by Ravi Teja off Scott Styris.
Whatever hopes Bangalore still had simply evaporated when Pragyan Ojha had Kevin Pietersen (11) stumped in the first over after the strategy-break and from there on, it was just a matter of reducing the defeat margin.
Earlier, Deccan Chargers got off to a flier with captain Gilchrist leading from the front to vindicate his decision to bat first at Newlands’ Sahara Park.
Gilchrist may have retired from international cricket but there was no rust in his batting to suggest so. He started with three successive boundaries off Praveen Kumar and when Dale Steyn came from the other end, Gilchrist smote two fours before hitting the final ball of the over out of the park.
Herschelle Gibbs (13) fell early to Praveen but not that it had much of an effect on Gilchrist and Kallis was the next in the firing line as the Australian hit him down the ground for a six and followed it up with a four.
Jesse Ryder removed the struggling VVS Laxman (5) with his first delivery but Gilchrist looked unfazed as he hit the part-time bowler for a six to bring up his breezy fifty and the celebration came three balls later, in the form of a bigger six.
Anil Kumble too was dismissed with similar disdain but it was actually Rohit who was harsher on the former India captain, hitting him for three towering sixes in the same over.
Gilchrist’s 45-ball knock, bejewelled with six fours and five sixes, came to an end when Virat Kohli caught him off Kevin Pietersen.
But with Rohit on song, the mayhem continued as the youngster from Mumbai sent the Bangalore side on a leather-hunt with his violent strokeplay till his his soft dismissal in the penultimate over.
Rohit’s 30-ball 52 had five sixes, besides a four, in it.
Deccan Chargers: 184 for 6 in 20 overs.
Bangalore Royal Challengers: 160 fo 8 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 50, Rahul Dravid 48; Scott Styris 3/32).