South Africa, dominant since the start of the second day, secured an innings and 12-run victory at The Oval as they broke the back of some stubborn England resistance either side of the new ball on the final afternoon. Ian Bell and Matt Prior had given the home side hope, but Imran Tahir broke the stand and Dale Steyn then steamed in to finish with 5 for 56.
There could not have been a better finish for the Deccan Chargers this season in the Indian Premier League. The Bulls ended IPL-5 with two home wins at the Rajiv Gandhi Intern-ational Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. This was also the first time the Chargers won two back-to-back matches at home, putting to rest all rumours of a jinx.
The final IPL match in Hyderabad this season had cricket fanatics turning up in droves at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Braving the extreme heat, the vociferous fans cheered the home team Deccan Chargers vehemently. The whole stadium was decked in bright red and blue; the colours of both the teams playing.
For the second match in a row, the Deccan Chargers find themselves in what can be termed a knockout match with nothing to lose.
This, if nothing else, makes them very dangerous opponents for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, whom they face at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
In a scene reminiscent of the start of a football match, the Deccan Chargers players walked out onto the field, prior to the start of their match against the Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad, hand-in-hand with several children and then lined up with the children standing in front of them.
Former champions Rajasthan Royals were knocked out of the fifth edition of Indian Premier League following their five wicket defeat by Deccan Chargers at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here Friday.
It was finally a moment of celebrations for the home team as chasing a modest target of 127, they notched up a victory with 1.2 overs to spare.
The equation is simple for the Rajasthan Royals. With 14 points in the kitty and two matches left to play, they need to win both the games to have a sliver of a chance of making it to the semifinals.
Though mathematics still holds all the aces, their opponents in Friday’s match, the Deccan Chargers, might just prove to be a stumbling block.
This is Diwali in May, with a twist. Here, the sky is lit up not by fireworks, but by a barrage of balls sent flying by some of the biggest hitters from the cricket world. It’s the wildly popular Super Series challenge that has captured the attention of the cricket-crazy public in India.