IPL 2013: Warner Fifty Inspires Daredevils

IPL 2013: Warner Fifty Inspires Daredevils
IPL 2013: Warner Fifty Inspires Daredevils
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Delhi Daredevils 164-5 (Warner 51no) beat
Pune Warriors 149-4 (Yadav 2-24) by 15 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Raipur
Report by Chetan Narula

Delhi Daredevils registered their second win of the 2013 IPL season, beating Pune Warriors by 15 runs at their new home in Raipur.

This win lifts Delhi off the last spot into eighth, with four points from nine games, mathematically keeping their chances alive and relegates Pune to the bottom of the points table with as many points. 

With the quality of the pitch at the new stadium unknown, Pune Warriors won the toss and captain Aaron Finch elected to bowl first. Delhi got off to a slow start with openers Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene (12) putting on just 20 runs in four overs, before the latter fell trying to force the pace.

Sehwag was then joined in by young Unmukt Chand (17) but he found the bounce and pace too much to handle still, and couldn’t settle down for a long innings. 

The Daredevils were given a double jot when at the stroke of the halfway mark of their innings, Sehwas fell for 28 runs, with two fours and two sixes, to Ashok Dinda (3-31).

Two balls later Rahul Sharma removed Chand and Delhi were in a familiar struggle at 68 for three. It was made 96 for four in the 14th over when Ben Rohrer (13) was removed by Abhishek Nayar (1-15). 

This brought together David Warner and Kedhar Jadhav who put up 63 runs for the fifth wicket and lifted Delhi’s score to a challenging one.

They used up only 29 balls, with Jadhav scoring 25 off 19 balls with two sixes and Warner once again relishing his role in the middle order, stroking an unbeaten 51 off only 25 balls, with four fours and four sixes. His quickfire innings allowed the Daredevils to finish their innings at 164 for five in twenty overs. 

In reply, Pune made a great start with openers Finch and Robin Uthappa stroking up the fifty-partnership in just 39 balls. They slowed a tad thereafter with the spinners deployed and eventually could add only 76 runs together, as a double strike from Irfan Pathan (2-29) brought his side back into the match. Both the openers scored 37 runs each, with Uthappa falling four balls ahead of Finch, nine boundaries between the two of them. 

Yuvraj Singh scored 31 runs off 24 balls, with four fours, to buoy the Pune innings in the middle overs putting up a 50-run fourth wicket partnership with Luke Wright (19). But they were too slow, atleast in T20 terms, consuming 39 balls as Delhi wrested control of the match. Umesh Yadav (2-24) then returned for a second spell and in the 18th over dealt Pune’s hopes a double blow, removing both set batsmen.

The innings faltered and despite Steve Smith’s 17 off eight balls, with two fours and one six, Pune fell short and finished their innings at 149 for 4 in their allotted overs. 

© Cricket World 2013

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