Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara admitted relief at the arrival of Tuesday’s 16-run win over the Daredevils.
Heading into the match with a mere one victory from four outings in this year’s Indian Premier League, Deccan were not favoured to win at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, but managed to pull off somewhat of a surprise to rise to fourth in the 10-team standings.
Opting to bat first across a low and slow track, Sunny Sohal’s half-century at the top of the knock, with Sangakkara’s 49 and Cameron White’s 31 not out in tow, saw the visitors to 168 for four in their 20-over allotment.
In reply, the Daredevils were on course for due victory thanks to David Warner’s 51 and handy contributions from Virender Sehwag and Venugopal Rao. However, the introduction of spin bowlers Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha gradually halted the hosts’ charge, which eventually fizzled out at 152 for seven.
Dan Christian and Harmeet Singh were the pick of the Chargers’s bowlers in bagging two wickets apiece to set the skids under Delhi’s vain response.
Sangakkara was left to rejoice in a convincing win on the back of a solid all-round performance, and hoped he and Sohal would be able to continue their respective rich runs of form across the duration of the tournament.
“I feel a lot better now that we have won. Everyone chipped in. I have been batting okay for a few months now and that is my job – to bat well. I think the youngsters like Sohal have to enjoy themselves when they go out to the middle, at the same time they have to keep learning. It’s nice to have them in the side,” enthused the triumphant captain.
The 23-year-old Sohal landed the Man of the Match award for his sterling effort, which yielded eight fours and a six for its 41-ball 62.
“I thought I had to play through the full overs. I have played here before but could not score much, so I decided I have to score in this match. Our captain tells us to go out and have fun in the middle,” said the talented right-hander.
Defeated captain Sehwag hoped he and fellow opener Warner would be able to build on their promise at the top of the order come Saturday’s encounter against the Kings XI Punjab and beyond.
“If you look at other teams, when they get a good start, they usually win the game. Hopefully me and Warner can give a good start as well,” he concluded. Cricket365