IPL 2012: Sehwag Leads The Way As Delhi Thrash Pune
Delhi Daredevils 148-2 (Sehwag 87no) beat
Pune Warriors 146-2 (Pandey 80no) by 8 wickets
Indian Premier League 2012, Pune
Virender Sehwag led from the front, scoring 87 not out as the Delhi Daredevils became the first team to reach ten points in the Indian Premier League 2012 courtesy of an eight-wicket win over the Pune Warriors.
Pune mounted an impressive recovery after two early wickets but were unable to repeat their success over Delhi of earlier in the tournament.
The Daredevils looked keen to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture with two quick wickets, Irfan Pathan bowling Jesse Ryder for nought and then having Sourav Ganguly caught by Shahbaz Nadeem for one.
From a position of one for two, Pune were in obvious trouble but Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa responded with an unbroken 145-run stand for the third wicket to carry them to their closing score.
Pandey struck 80 not out in 56 balls with seven fours and three sixes while Uthappa stroked 60 in 58 balls with six fours.
They were helped by Delhi, who dropped three catches during the partnership and offered some bonus runs through some uncharacteristically poor ground fielding.
They more than made amends with the bat with a professional, ruthless display.
Mahela Jayawardene (18) looked in good nick before he was run out by a combination of Luke Wright and Uthappa before Sehwag, who faced 48 balls, joined forces with Kevin Pietersen (27) to put on 89 for the second wicket.
Pietersen faced just 21 balls but took a back seat as Sehwag crashed ten fours and three sixes to drive Delhi to victory with four overs to spare.
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