Delhi Daredevils 190-7 (Warner 46) beat
Pune Warriors 187-5 (Yuvraj Singh 66no) by 3 wickets
Indian Premier Leaguie 2011, Mumbai
Delhi Daredevils upset the form book beating Pune Warriors by three wickets at Navi Mumbai and registering their first win of the 2011 IPL season.
It was also the third time in the tournament so far that a side lost having made 180-plus, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings being the other two.
Chasing 188 runs for victory, Delhi needed their top heavy order to fire and for once it did. Virender Sehwag and David Warner were both due for runs, and they pummelled the Pune attack into submission. The first fifty came in only the 5th over when Warner hit Alfonso Thomas for two fours and a six, taking 17 runs off that over.
In all they put 75 runs for the first wicket in seven overs when Warner was run-out against the run of play. He made 37 off 23 balls with six fours. Sehwag played a little longer and it was expected of him to see the side through but it didn’t happen.
He was bowled by Jesse Ryder in the tenth over for 37 runs as the match changed direction at this stage. Pune tightened the screws as skipper Yuvraj Singh took two wickets in two balls. Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha and Mathew Wade fell in the space of four runs and nine balls.
It looked match over for Delhi as their lower batting order hasn’t been up to the mark until now. But Yalaka Venugopal Rao and Aaron Finch stepped up to the plate putting on 47 vital runs in only 4.1 overs. Finch (25 runs off 12 balls) was Yuvraj’s third victim and Venu (31 runs off 20 balls) was his fourth, but they had done the damage.
James Hopes came in at number eight and smacked 13 runs off 4 balls as Delhi completed an unlikely win.
Earlier, Pune Warriors put up a daunting total on the board given Delhi’s frail batting order. The visitors opened their bowling with Venugopal Rao but he was hit for 14 runs by Jesse Ryder. The Kiwi batsman continued his rich vein of form and hitting as he completed a first half century for his new team, making 60 runs off a mere 27 balls. His quick fire innings included five boundaries and five sixes, giving much impetus at the beginning.
At the other end Graeme Smith again failed to excite, out for only 12 runs. Mithun Manhas, again coming in at number three, did what Smith couldn’t and just stayed at the wicket while Ryder went crazy.
The duo put on 54 runs for the second wicket before losing both batsmen in the space of nine balls. The score read 98 for 3 in 10 overs then, and the fall of Robin Uthappa and Mohnish Mishra for an added 11 runs didn’t help.
But between their wickets Yuvraj smacked an unbeaten 66 runs off 32 balls, including four boundaries and five sixes, to set up a good total. He completed an all-round show picking 4 for 29 in four overs later on, but his efforts wouldn’t suffice.
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