Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Pune

Deccan's hunt for first win continues

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

April 25, 2012

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Match facts

Thursday, April 26, Pune
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Dale Steyn takes out Richard Levi, Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam, April 9, 2012
Dale Steyn will hope to inspire Deccan Chargers' bowling again © AFP
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Deccan Chargers will arrive in Pune buoyed by the fact that they have finally got their first point of the tournament, courtesy the washout against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. A couple of wins, however improbable it may seem after five successive losses, is all that it takes to lift a team. Pune Warriors, on the other hand, have four wins and they have nicked points off strong units such as Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Playing at their home ground, they wouldn't want to lose points to bottom-placed Chargers.

Warriors will be relieved to see Manish Pandey grab his chance at the top of the order and make some runs. With Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa and Steven Smith already in good form, their batting appears balanced. Bowling-wise, Alfonso Thomas is an automatic choice and that opens up the slot for the fourth foreign player. Luke Wright didn't get a chance with bat in the last game, so he might be persisted with.

For Chargers, the batting needs to come together fairly soon. Apart from Shikhar Dhawan, who has scored 208 runs, no one else has even managed 100 runs in the tournament yet. Kumar Sangakkara and JP Duminy are more than capable of scoring big. Cameron White has not looked comfortable this season, which means Daniel Christian could be back. Chargers' bowling has looked sharp whenever Dale Steyn has bowled, but there has been a lack of support at the other end. Batting and bowling problems aside, Chargers' coach Darren Lehmann will hope the fielders hold on to whatever comes their way.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Pune Warriors: LWLLW
Deccan Chargers: NRLLLL (NR - no result)

Players to watch

Dale Steyn has fought a lone battle on the field for Chargers and picked up nine wickets at an average of 13.77. The quality of the opposition has always fired him up. What he needs is a bit of support from the other end.

Alfonso Thomas' figures in the two games that he has played stand at 6-0-36-3. These six overs have all been bowled at Delhi Daredevils' batsmen. Against a misfiring Chargers batting line-up, he could be potentially more dangerous than Steyn.

Stats and trivia

  • The two teams have met twice before, and both times the team batting first has managed 136.
  • For batsmen who have scored more than 1000 runs in IPL, Sourav Ganguly is the slowest, with a strike-rate of 108.43.
  • Pune lost only two wickets in their defeat to Daredevils on Tuesday, the joint lowest number of wickets lost in a Twenty20 defeat (excluding shortened games).

Quotes

"We are positive and the atmosphere is good enough for the team to make a winning comeback. We are very hopeful of making the last four."
Dale Steyn is not letting the despair set in

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Sadiqahmed on (April 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Dropping Dale Steyn is suicidal for a team at the bottom of the list. He s arguably the must vital resource for this otherwise weak team. Theron is good but why not play Dale instead of White? Sadiq Ahmed

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Kevin Pietersen was never withDC. He was with RCB and Mallya let him go.

Posted by sridhar8 on (April 26, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

DC is useless. They let go of Pietersen, what were they thinking ? Sanga is a great captain but he can't do much with such a useless team. PWI should play Smith or Luke Wright up the order: Manish, Ryder, Dada, Luke, Smith, Uthappa, Kartik, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas, Nehra, <Another Bowler>

Posted by kishore_4DC on (April 26, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

DC pl put some put up some fight...

Posted by squarepeg on (April 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Pune should run over DC. It will prove nothing, the sole point DC has got so far is from the rain gods. Let's give a break to this Dada war- for or against. The facts are clear- he is a v good captain, and not anymore a star performer. One match against DD is not enough evidence that he can keep his place in the team if he was not the captain, or if IPL had no restriction on number of foreign players.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

i am also a fan of Tamim Iqbal, i want him 2 open d innings, i saw him in chennai recently, he is some what lacking fitness i think.... he shud improve my best 11 for pwi tamim manish ganguly manhas ryder uthappa smith luke mkarthick/r.sharma nehra/ any youngster dinda...

Posted by India_boy on (April 26, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

One trend that has been up here in this IPL is that oversees batsmen are scoring runs but Indian bowlers are ruining it for their teams. For eg. Gayle scored, Kohli leaked, Duminy scored, chipli dropped KP's catch and amit mishra leaked, hussey/Miller scored, Chawla leaked, same story with other teams. The class of Indian players that are coming up in this IPL is not good enough for an Under-11 game on national level. IPL must increase its foreign quota to 5 players as that will not only increase the interest levels but also make the Indian slots more competitive.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

DECCAN CHARGERS ARE NO MORE A HYDERABAD TEAM HARDLY ANY ONE CAN REMEMBER A SINGLE PLAYER WHO IS PLAYING FRM HYDERABAD DOMESTIC TEAM.......... BASICALLY I AM FROM HYDERABAD BUT I SUPPORT PUNE & MUMBAI TEAM, THE REASON PUNE IS THE ONLY MAN THE GREAT LEADER DADA, I REALLY WANT TO SEE DADAS TEAM BEATING DC TODAY & I AM ALSO SURE THAT UTHAPPA & DADA WILL COME OUT WITH ALL THE GUNS BLAZING. THE SECOND TEAM I SUPPORT IS MUMBAI BECAUSE THE LOCAL PLAYERS OF PERFORMING GREAT FOR MI & ALSO BECAUSE OF SACHING BEING IN THAT TEAM. SO ALL THE VERY BEST FOR BOTH OF THEM & IAM SURE THAT THESE TWO TEAMS WILL SURELY MAKE IT FOR PLAY OFF'S.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

my best 11 for PWI for dz match tamim iqbal & manish pandey shud open d innings 1.ganguly 2.manhas 3.ryder 4.uthappa 5.smith 6.luke wright 7.m.karthick/rahul sharma 8.dinda 9.nehra/ some youngster i know nehra is doing good in first spell, but he is not a spirited player...even rahul sharma and murali karthick is lethargic in field...so instead of authentic spin when clarke comes he shud take the place, And an Indian alrounder shud replace luke...

Posted by   on (April 26, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Chargers should hope for the best i.e. that they do a repeat performance of match no. 32 against KKR where they got 1 point.

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