It’s all over for Dravid’s boys when after were beaten by the Deccan Chargers by five wickets at Hyderabad last night. They are now stranded at 14 points from 15 games and even if they manage to over come the odds by winning the next game against the Mumbai Indians, it won’t be sufficient for them to cross the line.
Ironic as it many sound, the Deccan Chargers finally broke the jinx by winning their second match at their home ground at Hyderabad. The total of 126/8 was not even close to the par score on a decent track such as that. Put into bat, the’ Steyn gun’ fired yet again, bowling at incredible speed and through out his first spell, the batsmen were beaten regularly and were made to hear a lot of chin music. He struck in his first over by removing the in-form Rahane and kept bowling in the corridor of uncertainty to keep the batsmen guessing. Watson tried to break the shackles by striking a boundary and a six but that was the RR fans had to cheer about the entire night. He was done in by a peach of a delivery by Amit Mishra, a ball that the former RR captain,Shane Warne, would have been proud of. Post Watson’s dismissal there was a period of draught as the number of boundaries had reduced considerably. In an attempt to switch to the fifth gear, Dravid holed out to the fielder at the deep. Shah, who came in for the injured Brad Hodge, just couldn’t find the gaps and his 32 runs consisted of only boundary. Amit Mishra was the star for the DC as he picked up 3 for 20 in his four overs.
If a match was to be made out of this game, RR needed early strikes and that too in a bunch. That just did not happen as the openers put on a 50 run partnership and en route Shikhar Dhawan pipped Rahane in the highest run getters list. The bowlers did manage to send five batsmen back to pavalion they were always 20-25 runs short.
It was a nice outing for the DC fans as they came out in huge numbers to support their team. Literally, there hasn’t been much to cheer about the once-upon-a time- champions this season. Their owner, Gayatri Reddy, was on cloud nine after her team successfully chased the target and there is no reason why she shouldn’t be. She has kept a smiling face through out the storm that her team was in and backed them up, a quality that every owner should possess. As for the Royals, the sole reason why I was supporting them was because of Rahul Dravid. The selfless legend did not get a proper farewell from the game for which he gave his everything. Winning the IPL should have filled that void. But as they say, there is always a next time.