Pune Warriors 172-5 (Finch 52) beat
Delhi Daredevils 134-9 by 38 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Gahunje
Pune Warriors condemned Delhi Daredevils to finishing at the bottom of the Indian Premier League 2013 table with a comprehensive 38-run win in Gahunje.
For the second match in a row, they produced a strong batting performance, Aaron Finch hitting 52 as they racked up 172 for five and Delhi managed to reach just 134 for nine in reply.
On the same day that his compatriots were thrashing New Zealand by 170 runs in the opening Test at Lord's, England's Luke Wright weighed in with 44 in 23 balls to set Pune on course for their fourth win of the season.
Pune won the toss and elected to bat first. Robin Uthappa (24) and skipper Finch gave them a quick start, scoring 38 runs off 26 balls. Manish Pandey (10) hung around for some time for his paltry score, while Finch played some hard-hitting shots to progress the scoring rate.
He hit three fours and four sixes, scoring 52 runs off 34 balls, as Pune were well placed for a late surge at 91 for three after twelve overs had been completed.
That flourish was provided by the combination of Angelo Mathews and Wright, despite the cheap dismissal of Yuvraj Singh (3). The Sri Lankan all-rounder scored an unbeaten 30 off 22 balls, inclusive of two sixes, while Wright hit 44 off only 23 balls, with seven fours and one six.
Together they put on 71 runs for the fifth wicket, in just 37 balls. Siddharth Kaul (2-27) was Delhi’s best bowler, while Irfan Pathan (1-34), Umesh Yadav (1-52) and Shahbaz Nadeem (1-27) were the other wicket-takers.
Chasing a stiff target, David Warner was back to his opening spot, coming out with Mahela Jayawardene, with Virender Sehwag demoted, but the experiment was shortlived as they put on only 17 runs for the first wicket, and that set the tone for the rest of the innings, with wickets falling at regular intervals.
Warner (2) went first, followed by Jayawardene (14) and it became a procession with Bharat Chipli (16), Sehwag (11) and Ben Rohrer (7) following suit.
It wasn’t down to good bowling really, at least no different from what Pune have bowled in the season so far. At the same time, it was more down to the indifferent batting approach from the Delhi batsmen, again no different from what they have been doing the last six weeks, playing flash shots to get out.
At 64 for five in the 10th over, there wasn’t any hope, but Muralidharan Gautam (30 off 23 balls, with two fours and one six) and Pathan (24 off 28 balls, two fours) provided some resistance and delayed the inevitable for Delhi.
Mathews (3-14) accounted for both of them as well as Morne Morkel (0) to bring a swift end to their innings. Ali Murtaza (3-15), Ashok Dinda (2-21) and Wayne Parnell (1-36) played the support role, helping Pune bow out on a high.
© Cricket World 2013
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