Chargers eye semis berth: Deccan Chargers has chances to scope to play in semi finals as they have already won seven matches in the tournament. Team is left with one match, which they will play against Delhi Daredevils on April 18, 2010. Delhi Daredevils are also left with one match and have won seven matches so far. None of the team would like to lose the match as lose may lead to failure to qualify for semifinal matches. Both teams are at 14 points each while Royal Challengers Bangalore is also on same points but they are not left with any match due to which they can be in danger zone. If Deccan Chargers will be able to beat Delhi Daredevils then they will reach at second rank with 16 points and will play in semifinals this year as well. Deccan Chargers are defending champions as they had lifted previous season’s trophy by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in final.
Chargers at fourth position defeating Kings XI Punjab: In 51st match of IPL, Deccan Chargers faced Kings XI Punjab at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Deccan Chargers had won the toss and invited opponent team to bat first. Kings XI Punjab had already no scope to enter into semifinals and in this match; playing first they scored a total of 174 runs losing three wickets. Jayawardene and skipper Sangakkara played brilliant inning for their team. Jayawardene scored unbeaten 93 runs off 62 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes while Sangakkara gave contribution of 52 runs from his bat. Chasing the total of 175 runs to win, Deccan Chargers got it in 19.1 over losing their 5 wickets. TL Suman played brilliant inning of 43 runs off 31 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes while vice captain of team, Rohit Sharma was superb scoring unbeaten 68 runs off 38 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes in his match winning inning. Rohit Sharma was suitably rewarded with man of the match award for his brilliant inning. After winning this match, Deccan Chargers got two points and came at fourth rank in IPL tally of this season.
Deccan Chargers in IPL 2010: Deccan Chargers have played thirteen matches so far in this season and have registered seven victories while has also faced six loses. Deccan Chargers played their first match on March 12, 2010 against Kolkata Knight Riders in Navi Mumbai but failed to register victory and lost the match by 11 runs. Team started their winning campaign from the second match and won consecutively three matches in which they defeated Chennai Super Kings by 31 runs, Kings XI Punjab by 6 runs and Delhi Daredevils by 10 runs. After three victories, team lost five matches consecutively which includes defeat against Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets, Mumbai Indians by 41 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders by 24 runs and again Mumbai Indians defeated by 63 runs while team lost their fifth consecutive match against Rajasthan Royals by 2 runs in Nagpur. After six loses in the season, team made comeback and won their next four matches in which they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets, Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets, Royal Challengers Bangalore by 13 runs and in last match they registered victory by 5 wickets against Kings XI Punjab. Team has to play one league match against Delhi Daredevils and after winning this match they will be definitely playing in semi finals.