5 in a row for Dismal DC
After their 5-wicket loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Deccan Chargers not only were nailed even further to 9th place, but conceded their 5th loss as well, and they become the first team to do it twice, after their dismal IPL 2008. They lost their first game of the season in the hands of CSK’s Ravindra Jadeja. In the 2nd game Munaf Patel’s 4 wicket haul and Rohit Sharma’s 50 looked as if they would go in vain, but a 21-run last over bowled by Daniel Christian took the Indians home. Then despite top order heroics, the DC bowling failed to defend 196 as RR’s Brad Hodge took them to a comfortable win. Then Kevin Pietersen was dropped 3 times on his way to 103* as Delhi chased the 157 set by DC comfortably in good time. Then last but not least, KKR’s Lee, Balaji, and Narine limited the DC batting to a paltry 126, which Gambhir, Tiwari and Kallis chased comfortably. So now if the DC boys want any hope of qualifying for the semis, they will have to win at least 10 of their next 11 games. Though the task looks improbable at first sight, the DC boys have a history of being in such crunch situations and succeeding. Their IPL 2010 was such a matter. They were, at one stage, at a position where they had to win 3 out of 3 to qualify, and the teams they had to undermine were the Delhi Daredevils, the Kings XI Punjab, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, 3 teams with records of thrashing DC. DC won all 3 games to qualify for the semis. Though they lost the semifinal to the would-be champions Chennai Super Kings, and lost the 3rd place decider to RCB, it was a tournament to remember for the men from Andhra.