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

Deccan succumb to Mandeep, Hussey

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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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  • Desihungama 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.

  • Alexk400 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

  • 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

  • DDrocks 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.

  • Naushad79 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • MAK123 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!!!

  • A_HTIMAN 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.....

  • Desihungama 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.

  • Alexk400 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

  • 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

  • DDrocks 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.

  • Naushad79 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • MAK123 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!!!

  • A_HTIMAN 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.....

  • on May 9, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I hope DC do well in next IPL Session.. it is not good to put blame on sanga.. and it is good not to sell players like Dale Stayen.. he is a good bowler but some times has hard luck and yet another problem is indian pitches are not as good as SA or AUS pitches..

    Get some good indian players to the team.. I can count international indian cricket players on hand present in DC team.. only shekar dhawan who have not been part of international team (actually speaking, he did well in this IPL comparatively)

    Atleast, they retained rohit sharma.. who plays very well in ONLY IPL... :)

  • on May 9, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Still DC has a chance to make it to the play off's if they win the rest of the games with huge margins and other teams lose.... But I prefer,DC to win matches and play the spoilers and turn around the fate of the teams eyeing for play-offs....

    I wish DC to win all remaining games and move up the table.

  • pai11 on May 9, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    @ cooldxve: will you please explain how DC can qualify even with miracles?

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @Alexk400 : He is a one game wonder.. Mandy looks more classy and has more strokes than Valthaty any day.. BTW, Valthaty was a failure in domestic circuit too.. Now, he joins the likes of Asnodkar, Sunny Sohal etc..

  • priceless1 on May 9, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    DC's batting relies heavily on White , if he fails the whole team fails . and Sanga should quit IPL and focus on Test cricket more

  • Naushad79 on May 9, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    If DC wants to perform well next year, they have to get some good young Indian players, also please take off Daren Leamon as coach... hope DC will put a good show next IPL, also pls don't sell Dale Stayen you can sell Daniel Rusty and get some good players like Peterson, DC has sold all good players (Rohit, Peterson, Harmeet, Ojah) and then owners still want to win the matches, next time when they have a auction use the brain and get some good players. hope to see Ishanth next season.

  • on May 9, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    If the fielding and bowling clicks for the Chargers, their batting doesn't. If their batting does and their bowling does, their fielding doesn't.

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Classy innings though against the weakest bowling attack in this IPL - As it sans the only big name it had too.. Nothing to take away from the guy.. Punjab looks a very good team now under D Huss.. The way David pushed back Mandy when he mishit to make him take strike next over was just brilliant piece of cricketing brain.. The next over produced 12 runs with first two balls for boundaries rewarded his calculation very well.. Plus, he picks wicket almost everytime he comes on and breaks the momentum too.. I think even if Gilly is fit, he can stay away and have Harris there.. On flat tracks, Praveen can have off day and Harris need to handle the leader of attack role..

  • cooldxve on May 9, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    After DC lost this match against KXIP, I did all the calculations with the points table and I was surprised to know that DC have still got a 0.1% chance to make it into the play-offs. But with the kind of peformance they are displaying, they clearly don't deserve it. They need to take both Steyn & Theron in the next match because their bowling attack is very weak. Still hoping for a miracle to happen. Best of luck DC!

  • on May 9, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Azhar mehmood playing very well and out of the skin

  • Alexk400 on May 9, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Where is paul valthaty? He had the purest cricket stroke. He was too aggressive and other teams worked him out. if he slow it down and plan attack he would be in indian team. DD should pick paul valthaty for cheap. Better than nagar anyday.

  • A..B.. on May 8, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Abhishek, you've used the word Mandeep a whopping 10 times in this article. Just saying that pronouns would have worked fine :)

  • Iamsorrybut on May 8, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Cricket being a game of uncertainties, if DD & KKR lose all of their remaining matches [assuming law of averages catches up with them], it throws up interesting situation.

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  • Iamsorrybut on May 8, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Cricket being a game of uncertainties, if DD & KKR lose all of their remaining matches [assuming law of averages catches up with them], it throws up interesting situation.

  • A..B.. on May 8, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Abhishek, you've used the word Mandeep a whopping 10 times in this article. Just saying that pronouns would have worked fine :)

  • Alexk400 on May 9, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Where is paul valthaty? He had the purest cricket stroke. He was too aggressive and other teams worked him out. if he slow it down and plan attack he would be in indian team. DD should pick paul valthaty for cheap. Better than nagar anyday.

  • on May 9, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Azhar mehmood playing very well and out of the skin

  • cooldxve on May 9, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    After DC lost this match against KXIP, I did all the calculations with the points table and I was surprised to know that DC have still got a 0.1% chance to make it into the play-offs. But with the kind of peformance they are displaying, they clearly don't deserve it. They need to take both Steyn & Theron in the next match because their bowling attack is very weak. Still hoping for a miracle to happen. Best of luck DC!

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Classy innings though against the weakest bowling attack in this IPL - As it sans the only big name it had too.. Nothing to take away from the guy.. Punjab looks a very good team now under D Huss.. The way David pushed back Mandy when he mishit to make him take strike next over was just brilliant piece of cricketing brain.. The next over produced 12 runs with first two balls for boundaries rewarded his calculation very well.. Plus, he picks wicket almost everytime he comes on and breaks the momentum too.. I think even if Gilly is fit, he can stay away and have Harris there.. On flat tracks, Praveen can have off day and Harris need to handle the leader of attack role..

  • on May 9, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    If the fielding and bowling clicks for the Chargers, their batting doesn't. If their batting does and their bowling does, their fielding doesn't.

  • Naushad79 on May 9, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    If DC wants to perform well next year, they have to get some good young Indian players, also please take off Daren Leamon as coach... hope DC will put a good show next IPL, also pls don't sell Dale Stayen you can sell Daniel Rusty and get some good players like Peterson, DC has sold all good players (Rohit, Peterson, Harmeet, Ojah) and then owners still want to win the matches, next time when they have a auction use the brain and get some good players. hope to see Ishanth next season.

  • priceless1 on May 9, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    DC's batting relies heavily on White , if he fails the whole team fails . and Sanga should quit IPL and focus on Test cricket more

  • satish619chandar on May 9, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @Alexk400 : He is a one game wonder.. Mandy looks more classy and has more strokes than Valthaty any day.. BTW, Valthaty was a failure in domestic circuit too.. Now, he joins the likes of Asnodkar, Sunny Sohal etc..