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Steyn, the lone bright spot amidst mediocrity

india Updated: May 01, 2012 01:24 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times
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Dale Steyn is a class act, a champion bowler, and that seems to be his dilemma. Pitted against the wrongs, which have been the Chargers' bane, Steyn seems to be the only right for the team, taking 11 wickets in six outings.

But it’s not just about the scalps. The precision with which Steyn managed to worry Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma after disturbing Richard Levi's stumps on Sunday was bliss for any pace addict.

Good work undone
But the team has done little to live up to Steyn's match-winning potential. Sunday was a tale gone horribly wrong for the Chargers' batsmen. On a pitch that needed the experienced hands to anchor the innings, Kumar Sangakkara baffled everybody by opting out of the XI.

And when the batting has come good, the fielding has let the team down.

It's been a disjointed effort from the Hyderabad team and Steyn was correct in pointing out after Sunday's loss to the Mumbai Indians that they haven't pushed enough for a win.

Advantage Warriors
Given the imbalance, it’s unlikely that the Chargers can fashion the required number of wins from the rest of the matches they have in hand. And that suits Sourav Ganguly, who had lost to the Chargers. Thursday was the only win for the Chargers, but the Pune Warriors fancy their chances this time.

However, they’ll be missing an injured Jesse Ryder at the top.

With only the Chargers and Mumbai Indians to face before the marquee match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on May 5, Ganguly would be hoping not to mess up things in the last stretch of the tournament.