Yousuf struck eight towering sixes in his unbeaten 73 runs off 34 balls that saw Royals chase down the victory target of 149 runs in just 15.4 overs. It was Royals opener Micahel Lumb, who gave an explosive start to their chase with a 32-ball 45 that included seven fours, four smashed in an RP Singh over.
With Lumb on fire, Royals blasted 55 runs off 21 balls before losing their first wicket in Naman Ojha (14). From there on it turned out to be a one-man show as Pathan whacked the bowlers all over the park sending the ball soaring over the stadium effortlessly amid huge roar from the home crowd. Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist ran out of ideas with Yousuf in such murderous mood.
Image:Yusuf Pathan of the Royals celebrates after hitting the winning runs.