Deccan Chargers v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Cuttack May 1, 2012

Deccan complete double over Pune


Deccan Chargers 186 for 4 (Sangakkara 82, White 74) beat Pune Warriors 173 for 5 (Smith 47*, Ganguly 45) by 13 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pune Warriors succumbed to the tournament's whipping boys, Deccan Chargers, batting them out of the match for the second time in less than a week. It wasn't a flawless win for the Chargers' though, as their ground fielding and catching continued to look sloppy. Their saviour was an explosive stand of 157 between the two experienced hands - Cameron White and Kumar Sangakkara - which took them to 186. The Warriors slumped to their third consecutive loss and remained third from bottom in the points table.

The Chargers won the toss but got off to a poor start when they lost Parthiv Patel first ball, dragging Marlon Samuels onto his off stump.

The pressure increased on the inconsistent White and out-of-form Sangakkara, who brought himself back after sitting out the last match. The first ten overs was a slow and steady build for the Chargers, who struggled to get the run-rate above six.

Sangakkara didn't look convincing at the start, playing and missing and also getting an under-edge off a drive. Chargers managed only five boundaries in the first nine overs, before a straight six by White off Murali Kartik in the tenth over gave the Warriors a sign of things to come.

It was as if the Chargers began on a fresh slate. The run-rate began creeping over six after the 12th over, the point from which Chargers took control. The 15th over was Sangakkara's turning point in this tournament as he smashed four boundaries off Samuels. He lofted inside out over extra cover, edged to third man, smashed one over the bowler's head and swept past short fine leg.

Sangakkara brought up his fifty the following over with a chip to short fine leg after which he pumped his fists. Sourav Ganguly, who had conceded 15 off two overs, brought himself back on to stem the runs but it turned out to be a tactical blunder as his meaty offerings cost the Warriors 25 runs. White slogged three consecutive sixes over the on side before clipping one to fine leg for four, in the process outscoring Sangakkara.

Sangakkara then took on Nehra, showing the confidence to innovate by shuffling at the crease and fetching four boundaries, including two sixes. Attempted yorkers turned into friendly full tosses, which Sangakkara pounded over the leg side. Chargers ransacked 50 off two overs before the pair fell off successive deliveries. They smashed 95 off the last six overs and gave themselves a shot at beating the Warriors for the second time.

The Warriors too dubiously lost a wicket off the first ball of the innings - the first such occurance in the IPL. After Manish Pandey tamely chipped Ankit Sharma to mid-on, Ganguly walked in, ahead of Steve Smith, as if taking a cue from the Chargers to have two experienced players in the face of a big task.

The start was still encouraging for the Warriors as Ganguly and Clarke unsettled Dale Steyn, hammering 17 off his second over. Ganguly fetched a four over cover at the start, before Clarke fetched three consecutive fours consisting of a flick and two cuts square on the off side. The bowler who had figures of 2 for 10 in four overs against Mumbai Indians a few nights back, ended with figures 4-0-46-0.

Ganguly took charge against the spinners and as the partnership mounted, aided by a couple of dropped catches off Ganguly's bat - honours were even. A top edge by Clarke was spilled by Shikhar Dhawan at point, but to his luck, the batsmen risked a second run and an alert Amit Mishra gathered the ball and fired it to the wicketkeeper with Clarke a yard short of his crease.

Dhawan made amends the following over when Ganguly scooped one straight to cover. Embarrassed at falling to a part-timer, a peeved Ganguly walked back, flinging his bat and gloves as he headed to the dug-out. Robin Uthappa and Smith added 62, but their efforts could only get them close to the target. The Chargers toasted their second win, but left their coaching staff with plenty of headaches over the fielding.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harish rao on May 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    things are stil in hand. deccan have to try sunny sohal once. who gave decent perfomances.

  • Mick on May 3, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    I am not anti-Ganguly, but you have to admit that he failed to accelerate and failed to win the match. Here is a top set of Batsmen: Ganguly, Kallis, Tendulkar, Dravid, LRPL Taylor Would you like that team for your T20 match? How about this set: Sehwag, Gayle, SPD Smith, Pieterson, De Villiers? The first team would be absolutely thrashed due to their poor strike rates. The 2nd team would win by 50 runs or more, assuming facing equal bowling attacks.

    T20 is all about bowlers who don't leak runs and cause batsmen to get themselves out in frustration, and about batsmen who can smash the ball.

    Some of my first mentioned team should retire from T20. They just aren't worth what they are paid and rated. Maybe keep Dravid. Kallis belongs in test matches, not T20.

    The ICC Rankings needs a big shakeup to understand the importance of run scoring rates. The T20 batting rankings are a joke surely.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    ashish nehra rockz again. I think pune is the first team that selected for last place in ipl5. bye tamim.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @ all ganguly hater... U all criticizing Dada for his slow strike rate..its really only 107.14 in this ipl...but pls check the other big players of other Kohli, kallis,M Tiwari, Jayawardene, taylor, dhoni etc ..103.22, 100.00, 104.92,110.00, 96.80 and 116.47 are their s/r resp. Even ur grt Tendulkar has 106.81.. U dont criticize others coz other player performs & their team win..So do spoke about dada's s/r..his bad luck that others r not performing well specially his bowlers. @ british_bangal Yubi with the same but more strong team won only 3 matches last year whereas Dada with this weak team already won 4...lets see wt happen in remaining 6...

  • Swapnoneel on May 2, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @ Syed Badhusha: this is a public forum, and anybody is entitled to make any comments about anyone! your LEGEND DADU is losing PWI matches after matches. He should be out if PWI has to win.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @ SOWMYAS : May be u missed a point there,even steven smith would have played slow and seen there was not another wicket loss if he would have come into play the second ball of the match,since he is playing during the last few overs he has the license to go after the bowling and he is doing it extremely well.....sourav did the mistake of doing all the hard work and getting out at the wrong time, sangakkara also was gonig at run a ball or so until he took out a liking to samuels and then teh great aashish nehra

  • Sachin on May 2, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    God only Knows why Ashish nehra is selected every time. He is confidence less and far from being economical. Does get a wicket or two but at what cost! Dada- we all know he is your favourite, but think twice next time. you have much better choices in hand..

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    It amazes me why only threads involving ganguly or PWI attract so many comments,goes by the saying "YOU can LIKE HIM ...YOU can HATE HIM.....but you cant ignore him "........lolz :) .......get dinds and luke wright into the team or even tamim to open the innings,i somehow feel robin wants to open and he is playing slow so that he is again pushed back to the top (sad we dont have another wicket no choice)....leaving the ball alone when there was width from dale steyn and the run rate needed as 15 isnt that too much? even the commentators said,sehwag might hve hit this for six over third least robin should have tried!!

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    i love watchin gangulys hair flying all over the place when he runs(remind you he feels he is running like bolt but hes slower than inzamam ul haq)pune really needs to rethink their captain and team .its all happening wat happened lat year.pune looked good in their opening matches but then kept loosing .

  • SUDIPTO on May 2, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    No doubt our dada (Ganguly) is a world-class leader but he should bat down the order and let Smith and Uthappa come early to play accordingly. His slow batting is not helping Pune in anyway. He (Ganguly) and the team management should have realised this by now! Yesterday, Pune lost only because of Dada's slow batting!!!

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