Marsh takes 4 as Warriors restrict Deccan to 136/8

Hyderabad: Mitchell Marsh produced a clinical performance with the ball to help Pune Warriors restrict Deccan Chargers to 136 for eight in their Indian Premier League match here on Tuesday.

Marsh finished with impressive figures of four for 25 after Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara elected to bat in a match, which generated much anticipation for former India skipper Sourav Ganguly`s return to the popular tournament.

The Warriors didn`t get off to a good start as Chargers openers Shikhar Dhawan and DB Ravi Teja raised a half-century stand in six overs to set the tone for a competitive total.

But clever bowling coupled with some mindless batting helped the Warriors fight back into the match.

Besides Marsh, Yuvraj picked up two wickets including that of Dhawan, the team`s first breakthrough.

Marsh and the other bowlers` efforts ensured that Dhawan and Ravi Teja`s brisk start is wasted.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a tight first over conceding just four runs but, in the following over, Ravi Teja cut and drove Shrikant Wagh for two successive boundaries to make it run-a-ball.

Always on the lookout for opportunities, Ravi Teja then smashed Kumar for a four, before Dhawan got into the act with a powerful cut over point against Wayne Parnell.

Parnell was finding it difficult in the middle as Ravi Teja drove him on the up between mid-off and extra cover, to help the hosts inch towards the 50-run mark.

At the other end, Dhawan cleared the ropes at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium twice to boost the scoring.

The Delhi boy danced down the track to loft Kumar over his head and then pulled Parnell`s short delivery over deep square leg for another six.

The 50 was up by the seventh but Yuvraj Singh didn`t let the partnership to flourish further, by removing Dhawan, who miscued a shot to give Jesse Ryder a simple catch at extra cover.

Ravi Teja, too, followed suit as he dragged one from Marsh onto his stumps.

Skipper Sangakkara didn`t last long, falling prey to the guile of Rahul Sharma.

The leg-spinner has been very impressive in this edition of the league, and getting a quality player like Sangakkara only re-affirmed the belief that he is one for the future.

Daniel Christian was snapped up by Yuvraj, while Marsh came back to take the important wicket of Jean-Paul Duminy, who made 30 off 30 balls.

Bharat Chipli tried his bit, scoring a couple of boundaries, but that was not enough to take Chargers towards the 150 mark.