Hosts Deccan Chargers tasted yet another defeat on their home ground at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The Chargers were convincingly defeated by Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets with 7 balls to spare having posted a moderate target of 138.
Shane Warne's team did exceedingly well with the ball in the first half taking wickets at regular intervals to keep the Chargers under a check on a greenish looking pitch. Medium pacer Siddharth Trivedi came up with superb figures of 3 for 15 in 4 overs to clinch the Man of the Match award. Trivedi's victims included Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Christian, the two big players of DC.
Rajasthan Royals chased the runs with caution initially. In the end, Johan Botha with an unbeaten 67 (from 47 balls with 8 fours and a six) and Ross Taylor (21* from 14 balls with a four and 2 sixes) saw the visitors home comfortably.
- BV Swagath