Ishant destroys Tuskers

A fiery spell by Ishant Sharma gave the Deccan Chargers a much-required lifeline in the IPL, approximately alone taking the Hyderabad side from a apparently losing position to a highly delightful win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Wednesday. Taking a cue from the way the rival bowlers had spelt gloom on his side earlier in the day, the lanky fast bowlers was simply tempting as he ran through the Tuskers top-order from wherein the local side found no way to retrieve itself.

Sharma finished with figures of five for 12 while Steyn returned with a three wicket haul costing him only 16 runs. The target of 130 was something like Mount Everest to climb for KTK all of a sudden or exactly within the first two overs. And, certainly, what pushed the local side up against the wall was the spell from the hitherto struggling Sharma who found his wonted form at the nick of time by claiming three wickets off his first over he had Parthiv Patel caught by Sangakkara, clean bowled Gomez the next ball and then breached Brad Hodge's defence in the fifth ball of the brilliant over.

Brendon McCullum had been dismissed by Dale Steyn in the first over the Kiwi was caught behind after fishing out to an outgoing delivery. Then, Sharma neatly removed Kedar Jadha, trapping the batsman plumb in front with a delivery which straightened, and then completed his five-wicket haul capturing the prized wicket of Mahela Jayawardene off the last ball of his second over the Sri Lankan picking up an edge off a hiking delivery and guiding the ball to the gloves of Sangakkara behind.


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