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Ajitabh Rajan helps Deccan Chargers’ owners win final-over thriller against Delhi Daredevils
By IPL staff
New Delhi 20 April 2012
Although their IPL team is yet to open its account in the fifth edition of the IPL, the Deccan Chargers owners led by Gayatri Reddy beat the Delhi Daredevils owners here tonight. In the first Owners' Match of IPL 2012, DC overcame DD by seven runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla after the Chargers lost to the Daredevils in Match 23 of IPL 2012 earlier in the evening.
In the ten-over-a-side match, Man-of-the-Match, Ajitabh Rajan’s all-round performance helped the visitors win a final-over thriller after Gayatri Reddy won the toss and opted to bat. Ajitabh claimed four wickets, three off which came in the last over. With DD requiring 12 off six balls, he first bowled young Ruchir and then sent back Raju, and finished with the wicket of Trent off the last ball.
Ajitabh had earlier contributed nine runs to DC total. As they defended 63 runs, he was well supported by DC’s assistant coach Kanwaljeet Singh who picked two wickets. Kanwaljeet received the best bowler award for his effort. While Dr Zahoor, who had also contributed 11 runs, received the best fielder award for his brilliant effort in the field.
Chasing a competitive total, the Daredevils were in the match until the eighth over. The home team was 51 for the loss of two after eight overs, and required 13 off 12 balls. But DD managed to score only one run the penultimate over by Kanwaljeet. They then lost wickets in a heap in the last over, and failed to reach the target.
The awards were given away by Mr. GM Rao, the owner of the Delhi Daredevils.
All-round Chennai Super Kings trump Pune Warriors India at Chepauk
By IPL desk
Mumbai 20 April 2012
Chennai Super Kings put up an all-round show to beat the Pune Warriors India by 13 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here at Chepauk. After half-centuries from Subramaniam Badrinath and Faf du Plessis took the hosts to 164 for five, the bowlers, led by Nuwan Kulasekara (two for 10) and Dwayne Bravo (two for 28), helped deliver the win for CSK.
Put in to bat first, CSK had a new opening pair as Subramaniam Badrinath walked out with Faf du Plessis to kick start the home team’s innings. The combination worked as Badrinath and du Plessis gave the hosts a steady start, reaching the 50-run mark in 7.4 overs.
du Plessis was the more aggressive of the pair initially. The South Africa batsman brought up his half-century first, off just 42 deliveries. Badrinath, however, soon caught up with his opening partner as he smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for three successive boundaries in the 15th over to reach his half-century in the same number of deliveries as du Plessis.
After both the openers brought up their respective half-centuries, a first in IPL 2012, it was PWI who struck next. Marlon Samuels had both batsmen dismissed in similar fashion – caught by Angelo Mathews running in from deep square-leg – in the space of three deliveries in the 16th over. du Plessis made 58, while Badrinath made 57. CSK were 116 for two at the fall of the latter’s wicket.
The visitors took three more wickets in the last four overs to slow CSK’s surge towards the end of their innings. But with captain MS Dhoni striking a feisty 28* (3x4, 1x6) off just 12 deliveries, the hosts finished at a competitive 164 for five in 20 overs.
PWI wobbled during most of their run-chase. Robin Uthappa (8) and Jesse Ryder (9) were sent back by Nuwan Kulasekara before the fourth over had been completed. Manish Pandey (13) fell to Dwayne Bravo in the seventh over, while Sourav Ganguly (24) was out caught trying to play a big shot off Shadab Jakati. 64 for four in 9.4 overs deteriorated to 97 for five in 13.2 overs when Ravichandran Ashwin had the dangerous Marlon Samuels (26 off 24 balls) caught by Kulasekara at short cover.
Pune, nevertheless, threatened to edge CSK as Steven Smith and Angelo Mathews stitched together a quick 44-run partnership in five overs. However, with 24 required off the last 11 deliveries, Smith (23 off 21 balls) was caught at long-on off Doug Bollinger, thereby decisively turning the game in the home team’s favour.
Dwayne Bravo knocked over Mathews’ stumps in the first ball of the 20th over as CSK managed to restrict PWI to 151; 13 runs short of the winning score.
The win leaves both teams with six points from as many games.