The Punjab team has snatched a win in a thriller game to keep their chances alive of making it to the next round.
Hero of today's game for Punjab team was the Right handed batsmen Gurkeerat Singh. The home team needed sixteen runs of the last over. With David Hussey still on the crease, one would have hopped a big knock from him. But he could not manage much. Hussey got 2 runs of the first ball and in second ball he could manage only one run getting Gurkeerat on to bat.
Sensing a opportunity, Deccan got the mid off up. But Gurkeerat smashed a six of the third ball giving some hopes to Punjab team. In the next ball he hit a boundary. Superb effort and the ball was timed and placed well. With 3 runs needed of last 2 balls, Gurkeerate makes a big dive to garner two runs in fifth ball. The match was a draw now and home team needed one run.
Deccan bowler Gony was almost down on morale and was bowling the last ball. Gurkeerat did not disappoint and hit the ball for a boundary to get a convincing win for his team. This is the beauty of this short format of the game. An unknown hero arose today and helped his team weather of the storm of 45 runs in 20 balls.
Earlier after losing the toss, Deccan batsmen Dhawan and White hammered the home team bowlers. Dhawan made his third half century while white scored his fifth. Both the batsmen lighted up the Punjab stadium with runs and helped Chargers set up a commanding total of 191 runs to win. Deccan though lost today after setting up a good total, they have nothing to lose. But for sure the team management needs to introspect before coming to IPL 2013.
Though Punjab won, they have to improve a lot as their remaining matches are against stronger opposition. In today’s match White got two lifelines. After the lifelines white scored 30 runs of 14 deliveries. Fielding has to improve along with bowling department if they have to limit their opponents. Today match gives some respite to Punjab boys and plenty of points to improve before their next match. The Match 61 was another exciting match today in IPL 2012 so far. Tune in tomorrow for the two matches at Bangalore and Kolkata.
What a game and what an important win for Punjab!