Kautilya Singh

New Delhi: The return of `Bengal-tiger’ Sourav Ganguly in Indian Premier League (IPL) proved auspicious for Sahara Pune Warriors, as the team registered a thumping victory by 6 wickets against Deccan Chargers. To the delight of cricket aficionados, Ganguly came up with a brilliant innings which helped his team post the victory.

Currently on the 8th position in the points table, Pune Warriors had a dismal start to their IPL campaign. Ganguly’s return has not only strengthened the team’s batting order but has also brought a smile back on the faces of his fans.

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Despite initial struggle with the bat, Ganguly went on to make unbeaten 32 runs off 32 balls. His knock included three boundaries and one six, each of them reminding people of his glorious past. Each run scored by the former Indian captain was cheered by the thousands of spectators who turned up at Hyderabad to watch his return to IPL. 

Exuberant on Ganguly’s return, one of his fans rushed on to the stadium pitch to meet his cricketing hero. The game had to be paused for few minutes, while the security team carried him from the ground.

In the last two matches, Ganguly was not given an opportunity to play. His die-hard fans had to extend their wait to watch the dashing left-hander thrash the bowlers.

And Ganguly did not disappoint his fans. Even as wickets tumbled around him, Ganguly came up with a gritty knock which defied Deccan Chargers a chance of victory.

Amidst a huge cheer from his fans and owners of Pune Warriors, Ganguly walked to the batting crease. Opener Manish Pandey, who made valuable 49 runs was first to be dismissed after Dada’s entry. In-form Robin Uthappa did not last long, as he was cheaply dismissed by DT Christian. 
Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh walked in to accompany Ganguly. However, Yuvraj departed soon after Uthappa, leaving the entire responsibility of taking the team to victory on Ganguly.

Living up to the task, Ganguly brought all his experience in use to steer his side to victory.
Dada came in to bat when his team lost the first wicket in form of Jesse Ryder on the score of 55 runs. Ganguly kept the momentum of runs going, and stood strong as his team’s middle order witnessed a mini-collapse.

In a modest manner, Ganguly at the end of the match said, “I was eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to return to the ground, and am pleased that I have not disappointed my fans.”

JPN