Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Pune April 26, 2012

White finally fires, Deccan finally win


Deccan Chargers 177 for 4 (White 78) beat Pune Warriors 159 for 7 (Reddy 2-32) by 18 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Yuvraj Singh was on hand to cheer Pune Warriors, but they gave him little to shout about as Deccan Chargers eased to their first win of IPL 2012 in the absence of their most likely match-winner, Dale Steyn. There was no last-over heartbreak that has been such a familiar feeling for Chargers this season, after $1.1m-rated Cameron White made his first significant contribution to power them to 177.

Warriors made a reasonable start to their chase, but bungled it in the middle of the innings. Though Jesse Ryder made his fifth single-digit score of the season, first Manish Pandey and Sourav Ganguly, and then Ganguly and Robin Uthappa found the boundary frequently to keep pace with the asking rate.

In the 10th over, Ganguly was even put down by Chargers' best fielder, JP Duminy, who managed to spill a straightforward chance at backward point. It didn't prove too costly, though, as four deliveries later, Ganguly slapped a short ball to cover where substitute Daniel Harris held on to a sharp chance.

That brought together Uthappa and Marlon Samuels, neither of whom were able to play the big hits. They seemed more intent on finding the cheeky single, than the boundary the situation demanded. The bowling wasn't unhittable, but the pair could score only 15 off the next three overs, and in little more than ten minutes the required-rate ratcheted from 10.50 to nearly 13.

Then debutant Ashish Reddy bowled the over that more or less killed the game. Uthappa realised the need to get a move on, and decided to target Reddy. He went for an over-ambitious shot - looking to paddle a delivery from several feet outside off. He connected with the ball, but only well enough to deflect it on to leg stump. Five deliveries later, Samuels swung a catch to Sangakkara at cover. The fist-pumping celebration from Sangakkara indicated how close Chargers felt they were to victory. Steven Smith, Warriors' designated finisher, walked in with his team needing 86 off the last six overs, a task which proved beyond him.

While Smith has been doing all he can at the IPL to revive his career, White hasn't had much of an opportunity so far. He got his chance to bat early today as the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel, fell within the Powerplay after providing a cracking start. Those wickets stalled Chargers as White and Kumar Sangakkara, who demoted himself to No. 3, mostly picked up singles for the next few overs. Chargers seemed to find themselves in a familiar muddle at 83 for 3 in the 12th over when legspinner Rahul Sharma knocked over Sangakkara's middle stump, sending off the batsman with a flying kiss.

White had been pottering along at a run-a-ball till then, but then switched to boundary-hitting mode. Rahul Sharma was clobbered for a couple of fours, and when a near yorker from Alfonso Thomas was powered to the straight boundary, his first fifty came up. Rahul Sharma was taken apart in another over of ferocious straight hitting that yielded 19.

Thoughts of a hundred would have crossed White's mind but he holed out in the 18th over to deep cover. That sucked the momentum out of the innings - there were no more boundaries - and Chargers ended at least 10 shorter than they would have expected when White was in top gear. That wasn't enough to prevent their first win, though, and Pune slumped to their fourth loss in five matches.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shiva on April 27, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    great knock from white,hope he gets back into oz team

  • Swapnoneel on April 27, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Shabeih: it'd be foolish to judge Tamim based on his T20I average alone. Firstly Bangladesh has not played many T20Is. Next Tamim is getting better day by day. Thirdly, he is in Bangladesh team, where there's only one more quality batsman in the lineup (Shakib). Things would have been different is Tamim was in a T20 lineup which had Viru, Yuvi, Dhoni, Virat in it!

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Before the starting of IPL i posted that DC has more excited Indian talents Aashish Reddy,Akshanth Reddy, Ankith Sharma but the main man in this lot is Odissa player Biplab Samantray.But unfortunatley they ignored all these talents exept Ankith Sharma.Yestreday they include aashish Reddy nd they got the results.Still i wonder how can they keep Biplab out from tehrir eleven.He is far better than Jaggi and Chipli.Dwaraka Ravitheja was in great form bith the bat and ball in the domestic matches he is out from the eleven after one ordinary match!..DC management is very poor...!

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    DC has always played gud cricket.....but they failed to perform as a team.....with this alround effort they can be one of the stronger oppositions in the IPL....

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Asish reddy had proved ..................... gud tym for sanga had been started

  • Ali on April 27, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Finally the throw Styn out of the team and manage to win a match.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @passion_cri_follow Y not 2 blame Uthappa..including Samuals. Coz whn DaDa got out still 10 overs left..after then these two duo scored only 18 off next 25 balls...Pwi lost their match during this period wer Uthappa scored 12 off 14 balls..same thing happend wen Sanga got out but White increase the rate more fast..in last match also Robin sank the team..the team selection also not good..it should be like... Rabin,Manish, Saurav,Smith,Clarke/Ferguson,Mathews,Mithun, Thomas, Kartik,Nehera,Dinda(if fit)..

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Dinda is injured and Luke Wright had a bad stomach .. pls be informed before making baseless comments ...peace

  • awun on April 27, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    well done white played a much needed innings

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    There is only one reason behind this, Great Robin Uthappa was the cause of failure in both of these matches. He is so obsessed for his place in Indian team that he is failing to strike at 150 +. 100 to 110 SR is nothing in T20. Robin Uthappa is the most over -rated batsman in Indian Cricket , next to only Rohit Sharma.

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