Sohal, Sangakkara power DC to 168 for 4

New Delhi: A quickfire half-century by Sunny Sohal and an equally useful knock of 49 from captain Kumar Sangakkara helped Deccan Chargers post a competitive total of 168 for four against Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League match, here on Tuesday.

Opting to bat, Sohal (62, 41b, 8X4, 1X6) and Sangakkara (49, 35b, 8X4, 1X6) put on a 92-run stand for the second wicket to set a solid platform for the team, but some fine bowling by the Daredevils at the end managed to put brakes on the Deccan scoring rate.

Sohal opened the innings with a four through the covers, while Shikhar Dawan added two more boundaries of consecutive balls of Ashok Dinda`s over ? the very first over of the match — to set the rhythm.

But Irfan Pathan had other plans and he managed to get the first breakthrough for the home team when Dhawan (8) dragged one back on to his stumps trying to slash an away going delivery.

Captain Sangakkara wasted no time and almost immediately got into the action and along with Sohal kept stealing a boundary or two every over to keep maintain a good run, even though Pathan and Morne Morkel, who replaced Dinda after his expensive first over, managed to keep it reasonably tight.

But moment left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was introduced into the attack, Sangakkara straight away punished the youngster with a lofted six over the deep mid-wicket and two boundaries to take the Chargers to 66 for one after eight overs.

Sangakkara and Sohal`s attacking approach coupled with Delhi`s fielding lapses enabled Deccan Chargers reach 90 for one at the end of 10 overs.

And just when things were looking dangerous, Dinda struck back for the Daredevils, sending back Sangakkara as Aaron Finch, backpedalling from inside the 30-yard circle, latched on to a brilliant catch.

Sohal, however, continued with his explosive batting, punishing the loose balls to bring up his half-century.

Having reached his fifty, the 23-year-old right-handed batsman hit Morkel, who missed the previous game and came back to replace Umesh Yadav, for a six and a four of consecutive deliveries.

Nadeem, ended Sohal`s fine knock as Finch took another good catch, once again running backwards.

Cameron White (31 off 25 balls), though hit a six and two fours but some tight bowling by the Delhi bowlers at the end did not let the Chargers score as many as they would have liked to.