Hyderabad: Kings XI Punjab captain David Hussey came on to bowl the 11th over, he conceded 2 runs and more importantly scalped the settled Dan Harris 30 (29) and the mercurial Cameron White 8 (14). The Deccan Chargers charge for the match virtually came to an abrupt end right there.
Visitors Punjab eventually won the tie by 25 runs and catapulted themselves into the playoff radar gaining the 5th position in the points tally.
For Punjab, opener Mandeep Singh after a string of solid starts finally converted one into a worthy innings scoring a breezy 75 off 48 balls to propel the Kings to a competitive total of 160 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad. Mandeep played all around the park mixing his aggressive approach with good timing and deft touches. He did not fail to punish the bad balls and gave due respect to the good ones sneaking out singles in the process. David Miller (28) at the fag end of the innings provided imputes to the innings with some lusty blows to help Punjab post 160. Juan ‘Rusty’ Theron impressed with the ball conceding just 29 runs in 4 overs.
The hosts Deccan had scored over 160 runs batting first in each of their last three innings yet failed to register a win. Sangakkara at the toss had said that a chase might change their fortunes, but that was not to be as in the usual Deccan fashion, the Chargers line up imploded in the middle for no reason to hand the match to the visitors.
Their highest run getter of the season Shikhar Dhawan was sent packing by Praveen Kumar’s out swinger in the second over which was held at slip by Mahmood. Parthiv Patel (17), who walked in next flashed at everything only to connect a few before his was bowled by Awana.
Dan Harris remained solid at the other end as he had done in the previous match but the 11th over changed the complexion of the match. Captain David Hussey removed Dan Harris 30 (29) first ball and then got rid of the dangerous Cameron White 8 (14). Harris went for an uppish heave over extra cover as Hussey bowled a much flatter delivery, but an outside edge resulted in a simple catch at backward point. White then went for a hoick over mid wicket, but only managed to get the height, no elevation.
Sanga then departed the next over as a peach of an out swinger by Praveen Kumar and an even brilliant catch by Nitin Saini led to the demise of Deccan captain for just 4 runs. That was the last nail in DC’s coffin for the match.
With this win Punjab moved into the 5th position tied on points with Rajasthan. What this means is that last year’s finalists Chennai and Bangalore would have a tough time to make it to the playoffs this time from here on as Rajasthan and Mumbai would be wary of their chances of making it to the top 4 as well. Even Punjab would have to consider each match as a must win affair.