Captain Cameron White on Saturday praised Shikhar Dhawan and Amit Mishra for the respective match-winning hauls after the Deccan Chargers beat the Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League clash in Dharamsala
Opening batsman Dhawan’s whirlwind 95 not out powered Deccan to a hefty total of 198 for two before leg-spinner Mishra bagged figures of four for nine, including a hat-trick, as Punjab managed a mere 116 all out in their reply.
While Saturday’s result was only the Chargers’ sixth win in 14 matches this year, their victory ended the Kings XI’s hopes of graduating to a semi-final berth in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
“Obviously, it’s pretty good. It was a nice way to finish off the tournament and something to look forward to in the next IPL. It’s very pleasing from the players’ point of view,” enthused White, who recently took over the Deccan captaincy when Kumar Sangakkara departed for Sri Lanka’s tour of England.
Man of the Match Dhawan struck 14 boundaries and a single six in his 57-delivery stay at the crease. The wily Mishra, meanwhile, enjoyed the wickets of Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris with deliveries three four and five of his third over to claim his ha-trick.
“I think Shikhar has been threatening to play an innings like that all tournament. He has made quite a few 20s and 30s and here he went on with it and played beautifully,” said White.
“Mishra has been fantastic. Four for nine in a T20 game is pretty good. So, it was a fantastic effort. It’s good to see him back in national colours,” added the Australian recruit of the slow bowler, who will tour the West Indies with India late this month.
The Kings XI Punjab dropped all of five catches on Saturday, with Harris’ two and one each from Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla and Ryan McLaren leaving defeated skipper Adam Gilchrist left to lament and entirely shoddy day in the field.
“We didn’t turn up at all. It was disappointing. The fielding was not of a high quality. It was a dismal effort on the field,” concluded Gilchrist.