The Kings XI Punjab have defeated the the Deccan Chargers by 25 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Mandeep Singh’s half-century set them up for a score of 170 for five, Mandeep, was in wonderful form and he struck a superb 75 in 48 balls – including eight fours and three sixes.
He was supported by David Hussey (16) and Azhar Mahmood (14) before David Miller’s 28 not out in 18 balls gave the Kings XI plenty to bowl at.
Deccan were always going to find the going tough but each time the side looked to take the bowling on, Punjab bagged wickets to leave the opposition reeling. This after opener Shikhar Dhawan had already been bowled by Kumar in the second over of the chase.
Parthiv Patel (17 off 13) hit a six and a boundary which hinted at bigger things to come but was bowled by Parvinder Awana in the fifth over. Daniel Harris had 30 off 29 but just when he looked to cut loose, was sent back by Hussey. The following batsmen looked like having ‘guest-roles’ in the middle.
Cameron White (8 off 14) and Kumar Sangakkara (4 off 6) left with signs that the chase had already been given up on. Some late hitting did entertain the spectators but in cricketing terms, failed to have any impact on the match.
Punjab are fifth with six wins and six losses from 12 games, while Deccan are last and out of contention with two wins, nine losses and one no-result from 12 games.