first_imgBuoyed by an upset victory over high-flying Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers would play for pride when they clash with Pune Warriors in a battle between low-ranked outfits at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.The 10-run victory in a low-scoring thriller over Sachin Tendulkar’s strong Mumbai franchise has given the Chargers an ideal fillip.The contest is a revenge clash too for the Chargers following the defeat against the Warriors in the first leg in Hyderabad five days ago.Both the teams have eight points in their kitty.The Warriors must be pleased with the way their bowlers and fielders defended the small total of 135 against the formidable Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai and would be looking for an encore.Deccan have shown on occasions that when their batsmen put up a good score, they have variety in their bowling attack, spearheaded by Dale Steyn ( who sat out against Mumbai) and comeback man Ishant Sharma, to put any batting line- up under pressure.Ishant bowled with fire and purpose to pack off two of Mumbai’s top run getters of the season – Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma – cheaply to slow Tendulkar’s team’s progress on Saturday.With Amit Mishra providing good variety with his leg spin, Deccan TV time Pune vs Deccan Live from Navi Mumbai, on Set Max from 8 pm needed a few more players to come good and no one did it better than Anand Rajan, the tall and well built medium pacer from Madhya Pradesh, who picked three wickets in his maiden match. It’s in batting the Chargers have faltered with only captain Kumar Sangakkara performing well.advertisementPune also have been struggling after having started their debut season with a bang – two wins on the trot – and then going off the boil with a string of defeats.Their qualification hopes have been dashed, but Yuvraj Singh and his team, boosted by the late signing of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, have the batting credentials to put up a big score or chase well.Ganguly, brought into the team after Ashish Nehra was ruled out, provided the spark with an unbeaten 32 against the Chargers on May 10.The good show by the top three batsmen enabled the Warriors to overhaul their rivals’ modest tally with six wickets to spare. Captain Yuvraj and Mitchell Marsh, who took four wickets, were the bowling heroes in that game.Alphonso Thomas had been benched after a poor show in Pune’s last home match against Mumbai, but the South African is expected to get a look- in on a surface on which he has bowled well previously. The Warriors had arrested their losing streak against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali. With back- to- back wins, the Warriors also go into the contest on a high.last_img


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