It was most disappointing day. Especially to new entrants Pune Warriors led by Yuvraj Singh, who were all set to cruise closer to qualify ‘play off’ in the IPL. But, their dream shattered as a distraught Pune Warriors watched the Deccan Chargers waltz to victory by six wickets. Put in to bat by Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara, the Warriors began on a promising note with a 31-run opening partnership between Manish Pandey (23) and Jesse Ryder (13) before suffering a dramatic slide at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi
Mumbai. But, the sudden slump, which started off the last ball of the fourth over and continued till the fifth ball of the seventh, saw the Warriors – who had a slim chance of advancing to the play-offs going
into the clash — losing five wickets for 14 runs, three of them at the same score of 45. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has returned to the Indian team for the tour of the West Indies, accounted for two wickets
in as many balls in his maiden first over, after Dale Steyn, Dan Christian and Pragyan Ojha took the first three wickets. Skipper Yuvraj Singh (23) kept the innings going, but he too departed after getting a good start in the 15th over, leaving the Warriors at an unimpressive 92 for seven. Mitchell Marsh, who top-scored with a
quick-fire 37 in 28 balls with three sixes and a four, helped the Warriors add 35 runs in the company of Wayne Parnell to give the Warriors total a more healthy look. Mishra picked up two for 26 while Christian and Ojha too claimed a brace of wickets for 13 and 35 runs respectively. Opener Ryder, who smacked a six off JP Duminy in the first over, was the first to depart when he was caught brilliantly at cover point by Dwaraka Ravi Teja off Steyn. He faced 14 balls and struck one four and a six. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who scored an unbeaten 32 when the teams played at Hyderabad six days ago, was out for a duck as he put up a tame catch to Ojha at mid-off off Christian to leave the Warriors at 35 for two. Ten runs later, three
wickets fell in a jiffy at the same score.
In reply, Deccan Chargers got required runs losing only four wickets. With this victory, Deccan Chargers could end up their IPL-4 edition, satisfactorily winning their last two matches, while losing as many as first seven matches to get knocked out of the contention.