Hodge leads Royals to victory over Deccan
Royal Brad Hodge smashed an unbeaten 48 as Rajasthan Royals overcame Deccan Chargers by five wickets in their IPL 2012 encounter at Jaipur. Chasing a mammoth target of 197, the home team overhauled the total with 2 balls to spare.
Rajasthan openers got the team off to a steady start as Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane put in a partnership 62 runs in six overs. The partnership was finally broken when Dan Christian broke through the defence of Dravid to clean bowled him.
Rahane and Menaria continued with the good work as they smashed the Deccan bowlers to all parts of the park.
Introduction of Amit Mishra seem to be the turning point as he struck to grab three crucial wicket to have Rajasthan reeling at 135 for four. Hodge and Johan Botha put on a crucial 37 in just 17 balls to help Rajasthan inch closer to victory.
In the end, with 11 runs required off the final over wicket keeper Dishant Yagnik struck to boundaries to help Rajasthan to victory.
Earlier, Jean-Paul Duminy provided the late onslaught with an unbeaten 26-ball 58 after a solid opening stand as Deccan Chargers posted an imposing 196 for two.
After skipper Kumar Sangakkara (44) and Shikhar Dhawan (52) laid the platform with a 94-run opening stand, Duminy took the opposition bowlers to the cleaners, piling up 53 runs in the last three overs.
Deccan lost their third consecutive match this season and are yet to register points in the points table.