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Indian Premier League

Mashrafe's losing debut


Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (L) of Kolkata Knight Riders appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist during their IPL Twenty20 match at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday.Photo: AFP

Deccan Chargers climbed one place to third in the Indian Premier League table after a thrilling six-wicket win over struggling Kolkata Knight Riders at Wanderers on Saturday.
Kolkata made 160-5 after they lost the toss and were sent in to bat and Deccan reached 166-4 off the last ball of their 20 overs, handing bottom team Kolkata their 10th loss of the tournament.
Deccan captain Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs combined in a 68-run opening partnership as the Chargers took another step closer to the semifinals.
Gilchrist thumped Mashrafe Bin Mortaza for successive sixes in the second over and eventually got a top edge to deep square leg trying to sweep Brad Hodge.
But his 43 off 31 deliveries got Deccan off to a speedy start in their run chase.
Gibbs was the next to go, contributing 28 off 34, and Tirumalsetti Suman followed with 31 from 24.
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds added a cameo 18 off 13 balls, and Rohit Sharma, who hit an unbeaten 32 from 13 balls and smashed Mortaza for six off the last ball to win the game, guided them home.
Earlier, Kolkata opening batsman Sourav Ganguly had shared 55 runs with Brad Hodge for the second wicket.
Ganguly made 33 off 41 balls before being removed by Ishant Sharma in the 15th over and Hodge was dismissed three overs later after contributing 48 from 41 deliveries.
Following their departures, David Hussey smashed 43 runs off only 17 balls with two fours and four sixes.
Ryan Harris led the Deccan attack, bagging the scalps of McCullum and Hodge for a 2-20 return.
SCORES IN BRIEF
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:
160-5 in 20 overs (Hodge 48, Hussey 43, Ganguly 33, McCullum 20; Harris 2-20).
DECCAN CHARGERS: 166-4 in 20 overs (Gilchrist 43, Sharma 32 not out, Suman 31, Gibbs 28, Symonds 18)
Result: Deccan Chargers won by six wickets.
Man-of-the-match: Rohit Sharma.

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