IPL4: Chargers end Pune comeback hopes

Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 7:18 [IST]
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Its all over for Pune Warriors

Being put into bat, the Pune Warriors appeared to get off to a forceful start with Manish Pandey striking J P Duminy for a four, before Ryder carted the same bowler for a six. But after the batting duo took another four each, Ryder was out to Dale Steyn for 18 off 14 balls. The score was 31/1 in 4 overs. Signalling a huge disappointment for Sourav Ganguly fans, the new batsman was out for a duck. The PWI were 35/2 in 5.5 overs.

The new man at the crease, Robin Uthappa and Pandey tried to offset the pressure by a four and six. But in the 7th over, Pandey was bowled by Ojha for 23 off 20 balls. Then Mishra added to the Warriors' miseries when he removed Uthappa for 4 off 5 balls and in the next ball, Mithun Manhas, for a duck as Pune slipped to 45/5 in 8 overs.

Then Callum Ferguson joined forces with captain Yuvraj Singh to try and put the house in order. Yuvraj's batting took on an aggressive tone, the Southpaw hitting Mishra for a four in the 10th over and Ojha for another boundary and a six to round off the 11th over at 73/5. But in the first ball of the next over, Duminy caught and bowled for 11 off 13 balls.

After a couple of quiet overs, Mitchell Marsh lofted Christian for a six, before the bowler had Yuvraj caught behind for 23 off 17 balls. A couple more sobre overs ensued as Pune sneaked past 100 in the 17th over. Then Marsh struck Mishra for a six, before taking a four off Steyn and another maximum off Pragyan Ojha as the score moved onto 127/7. After Marsh was sent packing for 37 off 28 balls, Wayne Parnell carted the same bowler for a six before perishing for 16 off 16 balls in the innings' last ball. The Warriors had posted a modest total of 136/9 in their 20 overs.

In reply, the Deccan Chargers began their innings in sluggish fashion, reaching 18 runs after three overs thanks largely to a couple of boundaries by Shikar Dhawan. At the end of the fourth over, Parnell bowled 5 wides before Sunny Sohal helped himself to another four, as the score moved onto 30/0 in 4 overs. Then in the next over, Sohal sent leg-spinner Rahul Sharma sailing over midwicket for a maximum, before the batting duo teamed up to knock a six and two fours off Marsh.

The Chargers had raced past 50 at the end of the sixth over. Dhawan took one more four off Marsh, after which he was stumped off Yuvraj Singh for 67/0 in 8.1 overs. In the following over, Rahul Sharma trapped Sohal in front for 34 off 28 balls, but new batsman Kumar Sangakkara tried to counter-attack by rounding off the 10th over with another boundary. The DC were 78/2 in 10 overs at that juncture.

Sangakkara kept up his side's momentum by swatting Marsh to the midwicket boundary before lofting Mithun Manhas for a maximum as the Chargers moved past 100 in the 50th over, requiring 29 runs off 30 balls. But at the start off the 16th over, Sharma had Sankkara caught behind for 25 off 21 as the score now read 108/3 in 15.1 overs. In the following over, Daniel Christian smashed Yuvraj for a four before Duminy lofted the same bowler for a six.

With just 11 runs required off 15 balls for victory, Parnell cleaned up Duminy for 23 off 26 balls. But in the last over, Bharat Chipli struck the winning four off Parnell as the Chargers reached home by 6 wickets with 4 balls to spare.

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