DC's win finally comes
Cameron White scored a quickfire half-century to help Deccan Chargers register their first win in the tournament, beating Pune Warriors by 18 runs in an Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.
White smashed a strokeful 78 off just 46 balls and together with JP Duminy (26 not out) added crucial 75 runs for the fifth wicket to power Deccan to 177 for four after electing to bat.
And then Deccan bowlers rose to the occasion for the first time in IPL 5 as Pune lost wickets at regular intervals to be restricted to 159 for seven at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Debutant Ashish Reddy (2-32) and Rusty Theron (2-37) starred with the ball for Deccan, picking up two wickets apiece.
The victory for Deccan came after five straight loses and a washout.
Pune's run chase started on an awry note as they lost their openers -- Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey -- inside the 50-run mark.
While the dangerous Ryder fell early with the scoreboard reading just 15, young Pandey showed some sparks in his 21-run knock before being bowled by Theron in his opening over at the team score of 43.
Pune captain Sourav Ganguly (23), who was dropped by Duminy at point on the first delivery of the 10th over by Manpreet Gony, failed to capitalise on the chance as he fell three balls later, caught brilliantly by substitute fielder Daniel Harris at short cover.
Reddy then struck twice in the 14th over to derail Pune's chase.
Earlier, openers Parthiv Patel (24) and Shikhar Dhawan (16) ensured a quick start to Deccan's innings, smashing Ashish Nehra for three fours to pick up 16 runs off the first over.
The duo stitched together 39 runs off 4 overs for the opening stand before losing Dhawan.
Deccan received another blow 11 runs later when Patel was caught by Mithun Manhas at deep square-leg off Bhuvaneswar Kumar.
White and Kumar Sangakkara shared 33 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was cleaned up by Rahul Sharma.
White, however, seemed in ominous form as he went about his business in style, notching up his first half-century of the tournament in just 35 balls with the help of five boundaries and two huge sixes.
SCORES IN BRIEF
DECCAN CHARGERS: 177 for 4 in 20 overs (White 78, Duminy 26 not out, Patel 24; B Kumar 1-34, Samuels 1-39)
PUNE WARRIORS: 159 for 7 in 20 overs (Uthappa 29, Smith 26, Ganguly 23, Manhas 22 not out, Pandey 21; Reddy 2-32, Theron 2-37)
Result: Deccan Chargers won by 18 runs.
Man-of-the-match: Cameron White.