Deccan still charging

Perfect start continues for Deccan Chargers thanks to Gibbs and Gilchrist

Last Updated: 27/04/09 4:12pm

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Dynamic Duo: Gibbs and Gilchrist

Dynamic Duo: Gibbs and Gilchrist

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Indian Premier League
Chennai Super Kings 165-6 Innings Complete v Deccan Chargers 169-4 (H H Gibbs 69 no)
Deccan Chargers beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wkts

Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs combined to devastating effect to help Deccan Chargers to a six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings and their fourth win of the IPL.

The Chargers scored a fourth successive win in the Indian Premier League as Gilchrist and Gibbs smashed 67 off 34 balls in their opening stand.

After the Super Kings had scored 165-6 in their 20 overs at Kingsmead, Gibbs and Gilchrist helped the Chargers to 169-4 to win with three balls to spare.

37-year-old Gilchrist, the Deccan captain after retiring from international cricket last year, whacked 44 off 19 balls with five boundaries and three sixes.

South African star Gibbs was unbeaten on 69 as he powered his team over the line, with his knock coming from 56 balls and including two sixes and six fours.


Chennai's score came courtesy of two big knocks from left-handers Matthew Hayden and Jacob Oram.

Retired Australian Hayden hit 49 off 35 balls to remain the tournament's leading scorer with 215 runs in five innings.

Oram, who has replaced England's injured all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, smashed an unbeaten 41 off 29 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.

It was not enough though thanks to Gibbs and Gilchrist, who shot out of the traps and gave enough momentum for Deccan to continue their superb start to the IPL.

Needing eight off the final over, Gibbs sent a towering six sailing over the fence and the win was in the bag.

After finishing bottom of the table last season, the Chargers are doing much better in South Africa, as they top the table after a perfect start with four wins out of four.

The Super Kings, meanwhile, have just one win and three defeats, and need to improve if they are to match last season's run to the final.

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