x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Bharat Chipli steers Deccan Chargers win

The Hyderabad team score 175 thanks to the effort of the 61 runs off Chipli's bat before beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 33 runs to win their first game at home. Dale Steyn takes three wickets.

Chargers’ Dale Steyn, left, celebrates the dismissal of Zaheer Khan in Hyderabad.
Chargers’ Dale Steyn, left, celebrates the dismissal of Zaheer Khan in Hyderabad.

Deccan Chargers posted their first ever home victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after they overpowered Royal Challengers Bangalore by 33 runs in Hyderabad.

Bharat Chipli, who scored 61 not out off 35 balls, helped Chargers pile on 175 for five - a total that proved too big for Bangalore, who managed only 142 for nine.

Virat Kohli fought back valiantly with 71 off 51 balls but could not stop the Charger bowlers from ensuring their first victory in Hyderabad as Dale Steyn picked up three for 24.

Batting first after winning the toss, Sunny Sohal and Kumar Sangakkara powered Chargers to 70 in nine overs before Daniel Vettori dismissed the former for a 37-ball 38.

Sangakkara and Chipli steered the team past 100 by the 14th over, but Johan van der Wath gave Bangalore a moment of relief by having the captain caught-behind for 36.

Chipli then hit back-to-back sixes off Ryan Ninan and a trio of boundaries off Zaheer Khan to bring up his first IPL half-century off just 29 balls.

JP Duminy celebrated his 27th birthday with a late blitz, scoring 24 off 15, before Zaheer removed him and new man Daniel Christian (nought) in quick succession to add to his scalp of opener Shikhar Dhawan (11) early on.

Chasing 176 for victory, Bangalore faltered from the start, losing three wickets - including opener Tillakaratne Dilshan - with just 27 on the board after five overs.

The wobble continued when AB de Villiers became Manpreet Gony's second wicket, leaving Kohli and Saurab Tiwary in the middle.

Kohli, on 25, survived a stumping chance off Amit Mishra. The spinner, however, managed to send back Tiwary in the next over to reduce Bangalore to 56 for five.

Cheteshwar Pujara joined Kohli and attempted a fightback. With the run-rate spiralling in last five overs, Kohli blasted two sixes off Mishra as he raced past 50.