Pune: Deccan Chargers’ captain Kumar Sangakkara expressed his satisfaction after his side registered its first win of this year’s IPL when they beat Pune Warriors India by 18 runs on Thursday.
Deccan suffered five consecutive losses before opening their account with one point from the wash out match against Kolkata Knight Riders a few days ago. But despite a victory against Pune, and gaining two points from the match, Deccan are still at the bottom of the points table. "[We are] finally on the board [took full points]. A great effort, especially by Cameron White with the bat," Sangakkara said after the match on Thursday. "We played Rusty [Theron] for a purpose and he was outstanding. And young Ashish Reddy [also] played well," he added praising his players.
Pune’s captain Sourav Ganguly accepted that it’s not the toss but the extra 15-20 runs given by his bowlers proved decisive at the end. "As I said at the toss I would have fielded [anyway], [but] we gave away 15-20 runs extra. We did not have partnerships. Someone [any of the batsmen] needed to carry on [and score big runs]," Ganguly said after his team’s back-to-back losses, first against Delhi Daredevils on April 24 and now against Deccan.
White, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his whirlwind 46-ball 78, hoped that the win would begin a series of good performances. "It's a good feeling to get a win. [We have] been under pressure as a team. Hopefully it's the start of a few wins in a row," he said.