Smith, Vaas, Rohit shine in Deccan win
Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals
May 11, 2009
Dwayne Smith, Rohit Sharma, Chaminda Vaas combined well to help Deccan Chargers thrash Rajasthan Royals by 53 runs.
Chasing a daunting Batting Momentum (BM) set by DC, RR batsmen had to set up the tempo from the beginning with a high Quickstart Batting (QS Bat). But DC bowlers, especially the highly experienced Vaas, kept it nice and tight to restrict the RR batsmen to a low QS, which added immense pressure to the middle order.
It proved to be quiet a task for RR, with Vaas and RP Singh of DC bowling with fire. Rohit then joined the party for DC, chipping in with his slow spin to pick up 3 wickets with a Bowling Efficiency of 150, as the pressure mounted on RR. Eventually RR folded up, managing a much lower BM than their average in the tournament..
If Vaas and Rohit were the stars of DC in bowling, Smith was the hero while they were batting. He destroyed RR’s bowling during the death overs helping DC smash 58 runs in those five overs, which made all the difference in the match. Smith’s BM of 69 also earned him the “Man of the Match” award.