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Match Review of Deccan Chargers vs. Pune Warriors

Indian Premier League
Date 10th May 2011
TeamsDeccan Chargers vs. Pune Warriors
Match no. 53
VenueRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
UmpiresAsad Rauf & A M Saheba Third Umpire: S L Shastri
TossDeccan Chargers won the toss

Playing XI

Deccan Chargers
  • Kumar Sangakara ©
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Ravi Teja
  • J.P. Duminy
  • Dan Christian
  • Amit Mishra
  • Raiphi Gomez
  • Dale Steyn
  • Bharat Chipli
  • Pragyan Ojha
  • Sunny Sohal
  • Ishant Sharma
Pune Warriors
  • Jesse Ryder
  • Manish Pandey
  • Saurav Ganguly
  • Robin Uthappa
  • Yuvraj Singh ©
  • C Ferguson
  • S Wagh
  • Rahul Sharma
  • M Marsh
  • B Kumar
  • W Parnell

Deccan Chargers were to host Pune Warriors at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad in the 53rd match of this IPL season. Chargers, the champions of the 2nd season have had a miserable tournament this year and are stationed at the bottom of the tally. As things stand prior to this match, both teams had the same number of points from equal matches. Pune Warriors seemed to be in slightly better touch having won their last couple of matches, but it seems to be too late to make it to the play offs.

The talk of the day was that Saurav Ganguly's name finally got included in the playing XI squad of the Warriors. There was a huge roar in the stadium when the Warrior's skipper made an announcement that Ganguly would be playing. It gave a feeling as if the match is being played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

The Charger's captain Sangakara was lucky with the coin once again and opted to bat. Once again Sangakara was the man to look out for as he is the backbone of the Charger's batting. Shikhar Dhawan and Ravi Teja opened the Deccan innings and gave the team a decent start. They took the team to 50 runs in the 7th over without losing a wicket. When things looked good for the Chargers, the Warrior's skipper joined the bowling attack and removed Dhawan at an individual score of 24 runs.

Sangakara was the new man at crease. His team wanted him to deliver and play and captain's knock to register a win against a flimsy looking side. Before Sangakara could build up a partnership with the other opener Teja, the latter was clean bold by Marsh. With 2 wickets going down quickly, there was some pressure on Sangakara. Sensing that, Yuvraj Singh brought tricky spinner Rahul Sharma into the attack. Sharma was successful in removing Sangakara. Charger's were now 76-3 in the 11th over.

Though Duminy and Christian did try to contribute with small partnerships but the lower middle batting order just did not come good with the bat. The Once both these batsmen were back in the pavilion, the team total was 119 in the 19th over. The Warriors bowling attack did not allow the Charger's batsmen to capitalize on the start given by the openers. All they could manage was 136 which was definitely not good enough on this batting attack.

In reply, Pune got off to the blazing start with both the openers scoring at above 8 an over. Their 1st wicket was down at a total of 55 when Jessy Ryder got out after scoring 35 of just 20 deliveries smashing four 4's and 2 sixes. Manish Pandey, the other openers was also hitting the ball very hard. With Ryder back in the stands, Ganguly was the new man. The crowd had huge expectations from the former Indian player. He along with Pandey spent some time at the crease and put up a partnership of 38 runs in quick time.

Pandey was the next man to go when the team was at a total of 93 in the 12th over. Uthappa, the next man came in and got out in hurry. Thereafter the skipper came out to bat but could not stay on the crease. These two big wickets falling in quick succession would have given some hope to the home side that they can pull the match at this stage.

Ferguson came out to join hands with Ganguly who was scoring at a decent pace of run a ball. They both ensured that the team has a comfortable win with 10 balls to spare. Ganguly innings of 32 of as many balls, would have definitely given him some confidence.

The Charger's have more or less stuck to the same playing XI, but none of their top batsmen have played a match winning knock so far. 137 to defend can only be made challenging if bowl and field exceptionally well, but that did not happen to be the case of the Charger's who looked pretty ordinary in these disciplines. Yet another defeat for the Chargers on their home ground.

Result: Pune Warriors won by 6 wickets

The Awards

Man of the match
M Marsh for his excellent bowling spell and taking 4 wickets

Maximum Sixes
Manish Pandey for hitting 2 huge sixes

Kingfisher Fair Play Award
Chennai Super Kings top the chart

Orange Cap (The leading run scorer)
Virender Sehwag- Delhi Daredevils.

Purple Cap (The leading wicket taker)
Lasith Mallinga- Mumbai Indians

Question of the day
Is it the right call by the Kolkata franchise not to bid for Ganguly?

Last Updated on 16 May 2011

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