Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Hyderabad May 8, 2012

Deccan succumb to Mandeep, Hussey


Kings XI Punjab 170 for 5 (Mandeep 75) beat Deccan Chargers 145 for 8 (Hussey 2-2, Praveen 2-15, Awana 2-27) by 25 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Deccan Chargers dropped only one sitter today. Their fielding did not come apart as it has earlier this season. Mandeep Singh did cart their bowling around in a dominating innings. But then, in the middle of their chase, they lost Cameron White and Daniel Harris in the space of four balls. To David Hussey. Four deliveries later, they lost Kumar Sangakkara. Game over.

The result, and Rajasthan Royals' win over Pune Warriors earlier today, opened up a five-way race for two playoff spots, with Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils appearing set to take the first two spots.

Chargers had kept pace with the asking-rate for eight overs. Parvinder Awana and Azhar Mahmood then got in a tight over each. With the spinners having been taken for runs, and the fast bowlers pulling things back, few would have expected Hussey to come on with his part-time quick offbreaks in the 11th over. He did, and Harris, on 30, drove his first delivery off a thick edge straight to point. As if one pleasant surprise wasn't enough, a bigger gift was in store for Kings XI. Hussey gave rare flight to his fourth ball, White went after it, and Shaun Marsh accepted the steepler at deep midwicket.

Double whammy turned into triple tragedy for Chargers when Sangakkara edged a peach of an away-moving Praveen Kumar delivery for the wicketkeeper Nitin Saini to take a reflex one-handed catch wide to his left. A competitive 70 for 2 had sunk to 74 for 5, and Chargers had as much hope left of winning the game as they have of making the playoffs.

Mandeep, Kings XI's highest run-getter this season, had earlier continued his good form, adding powerful strokes to his solidity to take his side well over the 150-160 mark which Sangakkara said was a par score. Mandeep, with a career Twenty20 strike-rate of barely 120, batted a couple of gears higher today, his 75 coming off 48 deliveries. David Miller provided the late boost, hammering an unbeaten 28 off 18.

Mandeep, who had been consistent this season without dominating, never looked back after taking Veer Pratap Singh for 18 in the second over. He pulled, cut and lofted over extra cover without any desperation. Though he lacked enough support, Mandeep never allowed the innings to flag.

Ashish Reddy could have had Mandeep, on 30 then, off the first ball he bowled, but could not get to a tough chance which just eluded his outstretched left hand. Mandeep deposited the last ball of that Reddy over, the seventh, over long-on.

Veer Pratap, who was to go for 45 in four overs, managed to get Hussey mishitting to long-off in the 12th over. Mandeep responded by pulling Amit Mishra for consecutive fours in the next over.

Reddy finally bowled Mandeep in the 16th over as the batsman missed a slog. He then ran-out the dangerous Azhar Mahmood for 14 with sharp fielding at point, but became too predictable with his slower deliveries, allowing Miller to take 13 off the final over.

Almost predictably, Chargers' woeful catching made another appearance, though late, when White put down Miller at long-off last ball of the 19th over. But for once, Chargers had neither their fielding nor their catching to blame for their 16th loss in 17 games at their home ground in Hyderabad.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jawwad on May 9, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Kings Punjab got a boost with Azhar's entry. Players around him are feeding off him. Also, local Indian players are playing well along with Kumar. They may just sneak into top 4. It's open from there on.

  • Alex on May 9, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Paul valthaty was lot better last year. Not sure what happened to him this year. He thought all comes automatic. Now he is watching IPL in sofa in bombay like rest of us. He was sent back to never come back. He should go to delhi next year

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    DC DC DC who has opted this without any stars in it....still i would go with the following team 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Parthiv Patel 3.Kumar Sangakkara 4.Cameron White 5.Tanmay Mishra 6.Tanmay Srivastava 7.Ankit Sharma 8.Dale Steyn 9.Rusty Theron 10.TP Sudhindra 11.Kedar Devdhar

    and see the result u wil rock on the table

  • Deepak on May 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I do not understand why there are total non-performers playing while others are left warming the benches....two glaring examples of this are Yusuf Pathan (both bat and ball) & Munaf Patel (Ball). Game after game they are being persisted with, and their deplorable (non)performances make it hard for their teams to keep winning games. The IPL is like a free gift to many such guys who do not deserve there, let alone getting paid crores of rupees. On this note, how can anyone justify the monstrous payment for Jadeja either? Jeeze!

  • Fawmy on May 9, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Dear Sangakara, please don't agree to play with stumpy quality teams like DC in following IPL season, you are the boost of Srilankan cricket admirers, we can't see that you are losing the matches consecutively because of DC owners are sleeping always during auction.

  • Mohamed on May 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I agree with the post made at (May 09 2012, 06:55 AM GMT), cant put the blame on Sanga, he is a class batsmen and need some luck as well, if you see all his dismissals most of them are unlucky, any way he needs to but top of the order rather down, because he is a batsmen need to stay some time, once he get it to the rhythmic thats it, to be frank DC should be on top of the table if you see the number of matches lost in last over, both Mumbai Indian matches should have been won, RCB match should have been won, RR match scored 196 and lost, DD match KP drop twice, if you take those 10 points DC on the top. but very unlucky team. hope next year they have the luck.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Although Saini did not score any run thanx to poor decision he stills did very well behind the wicket considering there was some swing there and ball was swinging very lately.He seems to be a cool customer and doesn't seems to panic.He should open the inning with Mandy. He has proved be better keeper than Gilly who let many extra runs behind the wicket.I just hope Gilly doesn't come back to playing eleven o/w he is going to off balance the current very good knit unit of KXIP.Also Ryan Harris should be kept out for team sake as we need extra batter and not bowler though he no.1 Aussie bowler. KXIP showed good intent from the strart and they knew what they wanted even though I thought they were at least 20 runs short what they promised at one time.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @A_Hitman: MI n kkr cant win all their matches.. they have 2 matches left against each other.. and if DC RCB CSK and RR and KXIP will b in same points den wat abt da runrate..?? DC's Runrate -0.6.. no chance on earth dat DC will make to to d playoffs..

  • Arshad on May 9, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    This is the team to watch out for! There is something very intriguing about this year's KXIP. Possessing an extremely promising younger lot in Mandeep and Saini, it would be a wonderfully scripted fairytale if Punjab makes it to the finals and no doubt they are well and truly on their way!!!

  • Nami on May 9, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    DC can go to the play offs 1) DC wins all the remaining matches 2) MI KKR and DD beats all other teams except DC(they get selected) 3) RR loss to MI, DC, PWI 4) KXIP loss to DD twice and DC 5) CSK loss to DD and KKR 6) RCB loss to MI twice DC DD PWI 7) PWI beats RR and RCB and loss to KKR 8) CSK and KXIP and CSK vs RR gets washed away 9) Now DC RCB CSK RR and KXIP all will be on 13 points.....

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