Deccan spinners restrict Pune to 136

Amit Mishra’s double strikes on consecutive deliveries left Pune reeling AFP

By Jamie Alter

Navi Mumbai: May 16, 2011

Deccan Chargers may be out of the competition, but they re continuing to try and bring a couple teams down with them. Having opted to field against Pune Warriors, Kumar Sangakkara looked on in satisfaction as three of his bowlers struck in their first overs before half the innings was complete, leaving a shaky PW to consolidate; the best they could muster was Mitchell Marsh s 37. DC have yet to win a game chasing this season, but have given themselves a good shot at changing that.

The decision to open the bowling with JP Duminy didn t work this time for Sangakkara, as Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey took 14 off the over. That was the best PW could manage off an over, as Sangakkara quickly took off the spinner and operated with Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma. Immediately Pandey was uneasy against the pace and bounce of the two quick men, hopping and pushing nervously while also top-edging perilously close to fine leg.

Ryder had no issues connecting against pace, except that he slapped a short ball from Steyn and was excellently held by Ravi Teja at point. The wicket of Sourav Ganguly for 0 followed soon, as the former India captained hit his fifth ball, from Daniel Christian, to mid-off. The score dipped to 45 for three when Pandey s unconvincing innings ended a missed cut shot off Pragyan Ojha, bringing to the crease two new batsmen.

Away with a steered four first ball against Christian, Robin Uthappa found no success against spin. After three scoreless deliveries against the tidy Amit Mishra, Uthappa walked out his crease only to chip the simplest of catches back to the bowler. Mithun Manhas was completely flummoxed by a wrong ‘un first ball, making room to cut but looking on in horror as the ball cannoned into his stumps, and sending Mishra into a celebratory run. The collapse was well and truly on.

From 53 for five going in to the first strategic timeout, PW took 20 off the next two overs with Yuvraj counter-attacking brilliantly. Sangakkara turned back to Duminy, who promptly drew a return catch from Callum Ferguson, and once again PW had been stalled. Yuvraj s aggression was cut short by a short delivery from Christian, and the necessary surge needed to post a daunting target never came. Marsh connected thrice for meaty sixes, but fell in the final over.

Brief Scores: PWI 136 for 9 in 20 overs (Mitchell Marsh 37, Manish Pandey 23, Yuvraj Singh 23; Daniel Christian 2 for 15, Amit Mishra 2 for 26, JP Duminy 1 for 19, Dale Steyn 1 for 23) vs DC

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(Jamie Alter is a freelance cricket writer, having worked at ESPNcricinfo and All Sports Magazine. He is the author of two books, The History of World Cup Cricket and Field of Dreams: The Story of the Dr. DY Patil Sports Stadium. His twitter feed is @jamie_alter)