Somerset pulled off a dramatic last ball win with just the one wicket standing against Deccan Chargers at Hyderabad. All rounder Alfonso Thomas broke the hearts of thousands of Deccan Chargers fans by clinching the winning runs in the final ball. Deccan Chargers blew hot and cold with both the bat and ball, they looked pretty good to win comprehensively but the last 20 minutes or so of the match went against them thanks to a super cool innings from Alfonso Thomas.
Justin Langer, the Somerset Captain won the toss and put DC to bat first. It was a fabulous start from Gilchrist and Laxman which was however cut short by a bouncer from Thomas. Laxman was the biggest surprise of the evening as he finally seem to have implemented the power hitting shots in his batting. Laxman blasted his way to a 35-ball 46 before getting cleaned up by a slower one. At the fall of Laxman, DC were in trouble at 88 for 4 in the 11th over and one of the wickets lost was that of Andrew Symonds as well!
The Chargers settled down for a total of 153 for 9 towards the end and that too was possible because of a sweet cameo of 22 from 12 with 2 sixes from Venugopal Rao. For the Somerset team, Peter Trego did a brilliant job conceding just 19 runs and taking 2 wickets for his millitary medium pace.
Somerset in their chase were down and out at 99 for 7 in the 14th over. It was just about the final rites to be performed by the Chargers but a spell of rain washed all their good work. Coming in at no. 9, Alfonso Thomas joined force with James Hildreth to take their team within striking distance of a not -s0-huge target. At a crucial point of the match, fast bowler Fidel Edwards was banned from bowling having sent two beamers in the innings. Edwards let his team down in the crunch situation which made things very easy for Somerset. The final over left Somerset with just 5 needed and although two wickets were lost, Thomas (30 from 17 with 4 fours and a six) was still there and was absolutely cool and precise with his big hitting. Fittingly he hit the final ball of the match for a boundary to clinch an unexpected victory for Somerset.