Herschelle Gibbs’s stunning 69 not out helped the Deccan Chargers to a six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings in Durban.
Skipper Adam Gilchrist set the tone early on in the Chargers’ run-chase, blasting the Chennai attack to all parts before Gibbs led his side to victory with a wonderfully controlled innings.
The Chennai Super Kings were on course for a massive total but in the end had to settle for a merely competitive target.
Matthew Hayden gave Chennai the ideal start before Pragyan Ojha struck twice in an over to upset their momentum. But just when the Chargers’ bowling attack seemed to have the upper hand, Jacob Oram cut loose with a flurry of big hits to keep his side in the game.
The target of 166, though, was well short of what Chennai would have expected when Hayden was stepping out and muscling bowlers to all ends of Kingsmead.
In response, Gilchrist brandished his willow in typical style, smashing eight boundaries for 44 runs off just 19 balls.
Suresh Raina removed Gilchrist and VVS Laxman in quick succession, but it did little to stifle the Chargers’ momentum as Gibbs remained composed mixing well-taken singles with some hefty blows to guide the table-topping Chargers to their fourth successive victory.
Chennai – 165-6 (20 overs)
Matthew Hayden 49, Jacob Oram 41, Pragyan Ojha 2-11.
Deccan – 169-4 (19.3 overs)
Herschelle Gibbs 69*, Adam Gilchrist 44, Suresh Raina 2-18.
Deccan won by six wickets
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