IPL 2012: Deccan Chargers Do The Double Over Pune
Deccan Chargers 186-4 (Sangakkara 82) beat
Pune Warriors 173-5 (Ganguly 45) by 13 runs
Indian Premier League 2012, Cuttack
Deccan Chargers took their second victory of the Indian Premier League 2012 with a comprehensive 13-run win over the Pune Warriors in Cuttack.
They did the double over the IPL's newest team after a belligerent performance with the bat and a disciplined effort in the field.
They defended a score of 186 for four by restricting Pune to 173 for five to lift themselves to within three points of eighth-placed Kings XI Punjab in the table.
Excellent half-centuries - and a 157-run partnership together - from Cameron White and Kumar Sangakkara set up Deccan's imposing score.
Deccan's only victory in the tournament previous to this match came against Pune but they made the worst possible start having won the toss when Parthiv Patel was bowled by Marlon Samuels with the first ball of the match.
Shikhar Dhawan (13) followed soon after, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bring captain and vice-captain together with the score on 23 for two.
Sangakkara, who opted not to play in Deccan's previous game, returned but it took him some time to find some touch but he ground out a tough period and reaped the rewards late on.
He hit ten fours and two sixes before departing in the penultimate over when he was bowled by Ashish Nehra for 82 in 52 deliveries.
White, meanwhile, hit a half-century two games ago against the same opponents and he played even better this time, smacking 74 in 45 balls with four fours and four sixes.
Sourav Ganguly brought himself on to bowl the 18th over and was hit for three huge sixes by White, who finally fell when he was caught by Steven Smith off Wayne Parnell.
JP Duminy (4) and Biplab Samantray (2) then managed to take six runs from the final five balls.
Pune then made an identically calamitous start with the bat when Manish Pandey chipped Ankit Singh to Sangakkara at mid on as both teams lost a wicket from the first ball of their innings.
Michael Clarke marked his debut by making 41 in 31 balls, playing some classy strokes including seven fours as he and Ganguly (45 in 40) added 90 for the second wicket.
Both departed within an over of each other, Clarke run out and Ganguly caught by White off Dhawan. That left Pune under huge pressure and although Steven Smith (47 not out), Robin Uthappa (26) and Mithun Manhas (7) fought hard, they could not stave off a third straight defeat.
They required 40 to win in 12 balls and then 23 in six but Deccan - so often the losers in last-over finishes this season - held their nerve, Sangakkara taking another catch to dismiss Manhas from the penultimate ball.
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