The Pune Warriors all but brought Deccan’s IPL campaign to an end with a six-wicket victory on Tuesday
Chasing 137 for victory, the Warriors made light work of a below-par total, with openers Jesse Ryder (35) and Manish Pandey (49) laying the platform for the win after good work with the ball from Mitchell Marsh.
Ryder and Pandey made a mockery of Deccan’s big name fast bowling duo, with Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma both struggling from the outset. The South African in particular had a day to forget, conceding 15 runs off the opening over of the innings and letting runs slip in the field too.
Having put visitors in a commanding position, Ryder’s dismissal was followed by the largest cheer of the day, with Sourav Ganguly coming to the crease in his debut game for the team.
The Prince of Kolkata didn’t disappoint his fans either, compiling a well constructed innings of 32 not out.
Daniel Christian picked up the wickets of Robin Uthappa (1) and Yuvraj Singh in quick succession to great a brief wobble in the Pune charge, but three consecutive boundaries from new man Callum Ferguson following Yuvraj’s dismissal ended the game as a contest.
Earlier, Marsh took four wickets as the Chargers were restricted to 136 for eight.
Marsh started the rot when he had Ravi Teja (30) play on just as the opening batsman was getting into full flow, then took three wickets in his final over to finish with figures of 4 for 25.
Several Chargers batsmen failed to capitalise on starts, with Shikhar Dhawan falling for 24 and JP Duminy out caught for a run-a-ball 30.
Spinner Rahul Sharma put in another economical shift, claiming 1 for 24 in his four overs to keep the pressure on the home side through the middle period of the innings.