IPL 2012: Kings XI Punjab Easily Defeat Dismal Deccan Chargers
Kings XI Punjab 170-5 (Mandeep Singh 75) beat
Deccan Chargers 145-8 (Hussey 2-2) by 25 runs
Indian Premier League 2012, Hyderabad
Kings XI Punjab moved into fifth place in the Indian Premier League 2012 table with a comprehensive 25-run win over Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad.
Mandeep Singh's half-century set them up for a score of 170 for five and a brace of wickets apiece from Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana and David Hussey restricted the Chargers to 145 for eight in reply.
Deccan played like a team already out of contention for a play-off place, their fielding and running between the wickets poor while Kings XI were sharp, energetic and ruthless.
Deccan Chargers were quickly into their stride with Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh putting on 55 for the first wicket before they were pegged back by Marsh (22) and Nitin Saini (2) falling in quick succession to Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Reddy respectively.
Mandeep, however, was in wonderful form and he struck a superb 75 in 48 balls - the second-youngest Indian player after Manish Pandey to reach 75 in IPL history - including eight fours and three sixes.
He was supported by David Hussey (16) and Azhar Mahmood (14) before David Miller's 28 not out in 18 balls gave the Kings XI plenty to bowl at.
Reddy finshed with figures of two for 39 with Veer Pratap Singh and Dhawan claiming one apiece but Deccan were once again badly let down in the field with missed chances costing them dear.
Kings XI, by contrast, were excellent. They started strongly with the ball as Praveen Kumar swung the ball nicely and picked up the wicket of in-form opener Dhawan when he was caught by Mahmood.
Daniel Harris (30) and Parthiv Patel (17) attempted to launch a counter-attack but Patel was bowled by Parvinder Awana and Hussey brought himself on to bowl and immediately had Harris caught by Awana.
He struck again to have Cameron White caught in the deep by Marsh for four and when Kumar Sangakkara was brilliantly caught behind by Saini off Kumar, the home side had lost their way.
Aksath Reddy thrashed a quickfire 24 in 13 balls before he was stumped off Piyush Chawla and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala was run out by Marsh for 19 - a good piece of fielding by the Australian but an abject piece of runing from Jhunjhunwala who should have easily made his ground.
Ashish Reddy made eight before he was caught by Marsh, trying in vain to force the pace when his side needed to score four runs per ball.
Amit Mishra and Juan Theron closed on eight and seven not out as Awana returned figures of two for 27 and Hussey two for two to cap another successful match in charge.
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