Saturday, May 23, 2009

Gilli pulverises Dilli

WOW! What an innings and what a knock played by Adam Gilchrist in the first semi-final of IPL 2 yesterday. One of the best T20 knocks played by anyone since the format has been invented.

The way Gilli batted from the word go, literally, by hitting 5 fours in the very first over bowled by Dirk Nannes of Delhi Daredevils, one could sense that some real entertainment is in store from Gilli and Delhi Daredevils, unfortunately, were at the receiving end of Gilli's onslaught. The way Gilli got going from the first over, Deccan Chargers raced to 84 for 1 in the first 6 Power Play overs itself. I though t match won't even go beyond the Strategic Time-out. But, exactly at the last ball before the Time-out, Gilli got out to an attempted pull off a Amit Mishra delivery. By then, Gilli had scored 85 runs in just 35 balls. Through his innings, Gilli spoiled the confidence and bowling figures of all Delhi bowlers starting from Dirk Nannes, Ashish Nehra, Pradeep Sangwan and even Sehwag, who brought himself to bowl the last Powerplay over but went for 25 runs. Only Dilshan & Amit Mishra, who slowed the pace of the ball with their spin could extract some respect from the Hyderabad batsmen. However, Delhi could not prevent Chargers from running away with the match in the 18th over.

Now, Deccan Chargers are through to the finals of IPL 2 and will meet the winner of today's second semi-finals between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. From the way Gilli batted yesterday, it seems that whoever meets Deccan Chargers in the finals, are in for a big challenge.

Gilli has proved, yet again, that he is a Big Match player. Thanks Gilli for entertaining us with such a stupendous knock in IPL 2 like you played against Mumbai Indians (in a league match played at Mumbai) in the first IPL.


விஜய் said...

I was actually stunned to see this onslaught of Gilly. If he is to be in this kind of a form, then no team can defeat Deccan. By the way, thank God, he has retired. Otherwise India and other countries don't even have a chance of winning the upcoming T20 world cup.

கிரி said...

இங்கே (சிங்கப்பூர் ல்) தனியாக subcribe செய்ய வேண்டும் என்பதால்..ஒரு மேட்ச் கூட பார்க்கவில்லை :-(