By CricketCountry Staff
Cuttack: May 1, 2012
Deccan Chargers (DC) have won the toss and elected to bat first against the Pune Warriors India (PWI) in the 42nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 at Cuttack as captain Kumar Sangakkara returned to lead the team.
The Sourav Ganguly-led Warriors are currently placed at No. 7 in the points table, with just four wins out of the nine and the team would like to put its campaign back on track against table-trailers Chargers.
The bowling troika of Marlon Samuels, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rahul Sharma looked ordinary against Chargers at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. However, Pune can take some heart from the performance of Ashish Nehra and South African import Alfonso Thomas.
Chargers, on the other hand, have not succeeded in giving their campaign a right direction and their dismal performance against Mumbai Indians has not done any good to their depleting morale.
Even the decision of skipper Kumar Sangakkara to drop himself for the Mumbai tie did not have any bearing on the team's results.
Led by Dayle Steyn in the bowling department, they tried their best to take the fight to MI after just scoring 100 with the bat in their previous match, but their overall ability has come under question. (PTI)
PWI : Manish Pandey, Sourav Ganguly (c), Michal Clarke, Robin Uthappa (wk), Marlon Samuels, Steven Smith, Mithun Manhas, Wayne Parnell, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
DC : Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel (wk), Kumar Sangakkara (c), Cameron White, Jean-Paul Duminy, Biplab Samantray, Ankit Sharma, A Ashish Reddy, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Veer Pratap Singh.