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After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the visitors put up a competitive score of 177, thanks to Cameron White’s feisty 46-ball 78. Shikhar Dhawan (16 off 11 balls) and Parthiv Patel (24 off 18 balls) got DC off to a quick start with the 50-run mark coming up in just 5.5 overs. However, with the home team accounting for both openers before the completion of the sixth over, and Sangakkara (12) being bowled by Rahul Sharma off the first ball of the 12th over, DC were on their way to a subpar score. They were reeling at 83 for three in 11.1 overs.
It was at this stage that White stepped up and lifted the Chargers’ run-rate. The Australian batsman posted his first half-century of the tournament as he went after the PWI bowlers with absolute disdain. Marlon Samuels was lofted over the extra cover boundary in the 14th over for a six, while Rahul Sharma was carted for 19 runs in the 16th over of the innings. White 78 (46 balls) eventually fell to Samuels in the 18th over, but with JP Duminy remaining unbeaten with a 24-ball 26, the Chargers were able to post 177 for four in 20 overs.
In reply, PWI batsmen failed to produce the one innings that would have taken them past the target. Three of their top five batsmen got starts – Manish Pandey (21), Sourav Ganguly (23), Robin Uthappa (29) – but couldn’t convert those into anything substantial for the home team to have a shot in the run-chase.
By the time Steven Smith came out to bat at 88 for four in 13.1 overs, the hosts required an imposing 90 runs from the last 41 deliveries. Smith tried to have a go at the steep asking-rate with a 13-ball 26. However, when he was caught at long-on by JP Duminy off Rusty Theron in the 17th over, all hopes of a PWI win vanished. The hosts finished at 159 for seven in 20 overs, thereby handing an 18-run win to the Deccan Chargers.
Deccan Chargers remain in last place in league standings despite this win, while the Pune Warriors India are placed sixth with eight points from nine matches.
Abhishek stars in hosts’ 13-run win in 10-over contest
By IPL desk
Mumbai 26 April 2012
The main course may not have been to their liking but the desert was absolutely delicious for the Kings XI Punjab. Although their team lost to the Mumbai Indians in Match 33 of DLF IPL 2012 earlier in the evening, the support staff and other members of the Kings XI Punjab beat the IPL team in a 10-over-a-side match by 13 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here.
Opting to bat first, the Mohit Khanna-led KXIP posted 80 runs in their stipulated overs with the top three batsmen scoring in double-digits. Abhishek, who top-scored for KXIP with 19* and hit two boundaries, received the Man-of-the-Match award for his effort, while Adrian received the best bowler award. Bhiren was the recipient of the best catch award.
The best batsman prize went to the opposition skipper, Mr. Anurag Thakur, Hon. Jt. Secretary, BCCI. He scored 29 runs off 23 balls. However, despite their captain’s efforts, the IPL team was unable to chase down the 81-run target. The trophy was presented to the winning team by Anurag Thakur.