Gilchrist blasts Deccan into final
CRICKET: CENTURION, South Africa, May 23, 2009 - Delhi Daredevils
captain Virender Sehwag admitted he was helpless as Adam Gilchrist
blasted the Deccan Chargers to a shock win in the first Indian Premier
League semi-final at Centurion Park on Friday. "He batted extremely
well," said Sehwag after Gilchrist's 85 off 35 balls took Deccan to a
six-wicket victory with 14 balls to spare.
"The bowlers tried everything - yorkers, full tosses, full length,
short- pitched - and everything went for fours and sixes." There were
five sixes and ten fours from the former Australian star as the
Hyderabad-based Chargers eliminated the tournament favourites.
It was the first time in five matches spread over two seasons that
Deccan had been able to beat Delhi, who posted 153 for eight after being
That target soon looked easy as Gilchrist went on the rampage,
hitting a 17-ball half-century, the fastest in the IPL's short history.
Deccan captain Gilchrist, who had not played cricket in almost a year
since the 2008 IPL, said batting was "a bit like riding a bike, you
don't forget what you have to do, but it's been a great experience to
come back after a year off".
Gilchrist paid tribute to his bowlers and fielders for keeping the
pressure on Delhi.