White, Singh propel Deccan to victory
The Deccan Chargers recorded their first win of the 2012 IPL season, a 18-run victory against the Pune Warriors, thanks to a whirlwind 78 off 46 balls by Cameron White and an excellent bowling performance by the 21-year debutant Ashish Reddy at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Thursday.
White hit six fours and five sixes in his innings and featured in a 75-run partnership for the fourth wicket with JP Duminy as they propelled Deccan to 177 for four.
Pune could only manage 159 for seven in reply.
The hosts would be bitterly disappointed about their lack of batting intensity in the middle period, with only 28 runs scored in the five overs between the 11th and 15th over.
Reddy was the pick of the attack and captured 2-32 in four overs.
His double-strike in the 14th over when he removed Robin Uthappa and Marlon Samuels within the space of five balls proved to be a critical factor.
He was well-supported by the South African medium-pacer Rusty Theron, who took 2-37 in four overs.
Theron removed the dangerous Steve Smith in the 17th over when he was superbly caught at wide long-on by Duminy for 26 with Pune still in the hunt.
Smith boasts the second-best strike-rate in this season’s IPL, but he flicked a low full toss by Theron to Duminy as Pune slumped to 123 for six.
Pune started off shakily in pursuit of Deccan’s competitive 177 for four.
Jesse Ryder departed in the third over when he meekly pushed a delivery by the left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma to midwicket, and he was gone for seven.
Mandish Pandey and Sourav Ganguly consolidated well for a while.
Deccan controversially left out their lynch-pin, Dale Steyn, and Theron, his substitue, struck in his first over when Pandey dragged a wide delivery onto his stumps.
That reduced Pune to 43-2 in the sixth over. Pandey scored 21 off 20 deliveries with two fours and a six.
Ganguly attempted an ambitious cut shot over cover in the tenth over, and was caught by the substitute Daniel Harris off Manpreet Gony for 23, with Pune slipping to 73 for three.
Pune was guilty of lacklustre batting over the next five overs, as they only scored 28 runs and lost two wickets.
Uthappa and Samuels lacked intensity.
Singh added to their misery, as he removed Uthappa for 29 and Samuels for three in the same over.
Uthappa attempted a lap shot from outside the off-stump and hit his leg-stump with a full-bloodied shot.
Samuels holed out to Kumar Sangakkara at extra cover.
That left Pune with a mountain to climb, and they had to score 77 runs off 30 deliveries to win it.
Smith attempted some lusty blows when more than 15 runs per over was needed to chase down the target.
Gony, with 1-27 in four overs, Reddy and Theron bowled reasonably well to deny them.
Deccan was mediocre in the field before this match, but improved remarkably in this respect against Pune.
Earlier, White was promoted to No 3 in the batting order and proved to be the backbone of the Deccan innings.
He was supported by cameos from Parthiv Patel, who managed 24, and Duminy, who scored a slow 26 off 24 deliveries.
Alfonso Thomas was the pick of the attack with 0-28 off four overs, while Ashish Nehra finished with 0-29.
White was particularly severe on anything a tad full and hit several sixes in the area between long-off and long-on.
PUNE WARRIORS - Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sourav Ganguly (capt), Steven Smith, Marlon Samuels, Manish Pandey, Alfonso Thomas, Mithun Manhas, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Ashish Nehra.
DECCAN CHARGERS - Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel (wk), Bharat Chipli, Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Ravi Teja, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Manpreet Gony, Rusty Theron.