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IPL: Ganguly does the trick for Pune with the ball

Last Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 10:24
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IPL: Ganguly does the trick for Pune with the ballVineet Ramakrishnan

Delhi: Bowling for the first time after 2010, talismanic captain Sourav Ganguly produced a magical spell of medium pace to help Pune Warriors India register 20-run victory over table toppers Delhi Daredevils at Ferozshah Kotla here on Saturday.

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Chasing their highest target of this IPL so far, Delhi Daredevils looked perfectly on course to chase down 192 but all changed in the 10th over when Sourav Ganguly decided to take it upon himself to stop the rampaging Kevin Pietersen and Virender Sehwag. The decision would have easily backfired, it would have been like a lost lamb going into the lion’s den, but luck favours the brave and the ‘brave’ dada had his luck going his way as his very first ball kept low and rattled KP’s off stump.


Ganguly ran a mile celebrating the wicket, and Pune were back in the game. Pietersen departed for 32 off 23 balls and soon after Irfan Pathan followed not before hitting a six off Ganguly. The good work done by Sehwag, who finally fired in this edition, was slowly being undone as Pune bowlers clawed back into the match.

Till the 10th over, the equation was neck to neck with Delhi at 87/1 as opposed to Pune’s 82/1. By the 15th over Delhi were 131 as compared to Pune’s 125. Only difference, Delhi had lost 5 wickets and Pune just two.


Opener Jessie Ryder was still in the middle for the visitors and when Pune’s trump card Steve Smith came out to bat after being promoted up the order in the 15th over, the impetus was waiting to explode. Smith seized the opportunity as he had been doing for Pune scoring a vital 34 off just 13 balls. Ryder finished his innings with a hefty score of 86 off just 58 balls.

The part timers for Delhi which included Sehwag, Pietersen and Nagar conceded 40 runs in 4 overs between them as leg spinner Pawan Negi remained unused.

Contrary to Sehwag’s part time woes, Pune struck the cord with their part-timer as Ganguly gave away just 27 runs taking two crucial wickets.

By the time Ross Taylor came into the middle, the ask was a bit too steep and with one of the world’s best T20 bowler (Alfonso Thomas) at their disposal Pune had the game in their bag in the 18th over when Taylor departed for just 12. Delhi managed only 172 runs in the end.

First Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 19:40


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Santhosh - Arakkonam
east or west my thala dada is always best . foundation for younger players
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sarvesh suman - Chennai
Dada is the best captain..n or usaka dadagari hamesa naya rang lati....dada we love u ...u rock...in this ipl..
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veeraa - chennai
Dada always rocks..... shut up ur mouth
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vijay - khammam
dada is the best all round captain.
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Praveen - Madurai
Dada is real master blaster in cricket
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bhanu - varanasi
east or west dada is best./ i m right
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anil rawat - gwalior
no one like dada
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p.karthi - ayakkaranpulam
doni is a super capten
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kiran - hyderabad
Delhi is at the top this year up to now,so after 3 bats men get out their not given any pressure on PUNE bowlers, that also with the best batting pitch.if sewag,peter & Ifran any one of the above injured or not played than how they can wi the games.They can win that match but DADAGIRI was given pressure on bats man,but Delhi bats man given three catch chances in a row, but they missed that time they can take the commend of the game.but not that much pressure holding potential to those young Gus.
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Dr Susanta Das - kolkata
DADA YOU ARE NOTHING BUT GOD OF INDIAN CRICKET, THAT`S WHY PUNE IS SINGING ON THE GROUND.
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