Cuttack, May 1: Deccan Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara and Cameron White's impressive 157-run stand helped Chargers register their second win in IPL 5 after winning by 13 runs in their return-leg match against Pune Warriors of IPL 5 at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack on Tuesday.
Deccan Chargers clinched their second win this season and both wins come against the same side Pune Warriors.
Failing to dismiss Sangakkara and White, Pune struggled to chase the massive target of 187 as the Chargers restricted them to 173/5 in 20 overs.
The Warriors skipper Sourav Ganguly and IPL debutant Michael Clarke raised some hope for Pune by adding a steady 90 runs partnership for the second wicket. Ganguly scored a 40-ball 45 including five fours and a six.
Australia skipper Clarke scored a quick 41 off 31 with seven boundaries. The Warriors were put under pressure after both wickets of Ganguly and Clarke fell in the space of six balls. Clarke was dropped by Shikhar Dhawan, but was simultaneously run-out by Amit Mishra followed by Ganguly's dismissal who was caught by Dhawan at mid-off.
But the Warriors never gave up as Steven Smith and wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa added 62 runs in 37 balls for the fourth wicket. But with the run-rate soaring above 10 per over, Uthappa (26 off 18 balls) was caught in the deep off Ashish Reddy.
Steven Smith remained unbeaten on 47 off 27 balls. While needing 15 runs off just 2 balls, Mithun Manhas (7) was out caught, thus sealing the victory for the Deccan Charges.
Deccan Chargers remain at the bottom of the points table with five points while Pune Warriors sit at seventh with eight points.
Deccan Chargers innings report:
Pune Warriors bowlers were frustrated after early success claiming two wickets for 23 runs within 5 overs. Sangakkara and White registered this season's highest partnership of 157 at the rate of 11 runs per over to help Chargers post their second highest total in IPL 5.
Former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara looked in good touch scoring his first fifty in this season's IPL. Sangakkara smashed 10 fours and two sixes to score a 52-ball 82, while White hit his second fifty against the same opponent with four boundaries and four sixes ending on 74 off 45 balls.
Batting first, early wickets rocked the Hyderabad side as wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel was bowled out by the Warriors spinner Marlon Samuels in the first ball of the innings.
In-form left-hander Shikhar Dhawan was the second batsman to be dismissed by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Among the bowlers, pacers Ashish Nehra, skipper Sourav Ganguly and Marlon Samuels were expensive as Sangakkara and White added 138 off 66 balls in the middle after a slow start.
Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara had won the toss and elected to bat first in their return-leg tie against Pune Warriors India.
Australia skipper Michael Clarke makes his IPL debut with Pune Warriors replacing Jesse Ryder, Clarke last played a Twenty20 match back in 2010. Chargers skipper Sangakkara returns to the playing XI for Dan Christian.
Pune's Wayne Parnell comes in for Alfonso Thomas, while off-spinner Murali Karthik returns to side replacing Rahul Sharma.
Chargers bring in local lad Biplab Samantray for Ishank Jaggi.
Sourav Ganguly-led Pune Warriors would like to avenge the defeat against Deccan Chargers, who registered only one win against the Warriors last Thursday, Apr 26.
Pune Warriors, would hope to get back their winning streak as they lost their last two matches to Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers respectively.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Parthiv Patel (wk), Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ashish Reddy, Ankit Sharma, Veer Pratap Singh, Biplab Samantray.
Pune Warriors India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Murali Kartik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mithun Manhas, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Wayne Parnell, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa (wk), Michael Clarke, Marlon Samuels.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Anil Chowdhury (India)
Third umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)