Pune Make Ganguly's Return A Winning One
Pune Warriors 137-4 (Pandey 49) beat
Deccan Chargers 136-9 (Marsh 4-25) by 6 wickets
Indian Premier League 2011, Hyderabad
Sourav Ganguly's return to the Indian Premier League helped the Pune Warriors take a second win in a row as they fairly coasted to a six-wicket success over the Deccan Chargers.
For some teams, playing at home brings a distinct advantage but for the Deccan Chargers the opposite remains true and they have now still only once at their home ground in three seasons of IPL cricket in India.
They were beaten here after they were restricted to 136 for nine as 19-year-old Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh returned four for 25 and Pune, with contributions from the top order, reached their target with ten balls to spare.
The Chargers started brightly enough, Shikhar Dhawan hitting 24, Dwaraka Ravi Teja and JP Duminy both scoring 30 before the Warriors pulled things back.
Yuvraj SIngh struck twice to remove Dhawan and Daniel Christian before Marsh's medium pace accounted for Ravi Teja, Duminy, Sunny Sohal and Amit Mishra, the latter two losing their wickets to consecutive deliveries.
The Warriors, who prior to a win over the Kings XI Punjab last time out lost seven games on the trot, came out all guns blazing with Jesse Ryder leading the way. He thumped two brutal sixes on his way to 35 in 20 balls while Manish Pandey, slowly returning to the sort of form he is capable of, made a composed 49 in 42 deliveries.
The dismissal of Ryder, bowled by Pragyan Ojha, heralded Ganguly's entrance to a hero's welcome and although he played far from fluently - and without blame given he hasn't played for five months - the start afforded his side by the top order ensured he could take his time.
He hit one six which showed his enduring class, and three other boundaries and despite the cheap dismissals of Robin Uthappa (1) and Yuvraj (2), both to Christian, Pune eased to victory with Callum Ferguson unbeaten at the other end on 15 in eight balls.
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