Pune v Delhi, IPL 2012, Pune April 24, 2012

Sehwag keeps Delhi Daredevils at No. 1

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Delhi Daredevils 148 for 2 (Sehwag 87*) beat Pune Warriors 146 for 2 (Pandey 80*) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Delhi Daredevils strengthened their reputation as the team to beat in IPL 2012 and marched to a convincing victory over Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Stadium, with four overs to spare. Warriors had won both previous matches at their new home stadium but were unable to collect a third success after posting too few runs with the bat despite a third-wicket stand of 145 between Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa.

Warriors bowlers had few answers for Virender Sehwag and struggled to keep him quiet as they were unable to find the right lines, despite a stern team talk by Allan Donald at the innings break. Their only success came with the run-out of Mahela Jayawardene and wicket of Kevin Pietersen, who top-edged to mid-on. Warriors' batsmen were made to rue a slow start and an inability to get going despite plundering 47 runs off the last four overs.

Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel did early damage to Warriors and removed Jesse Ryder and Sourav Ganguly in the first two overs. Ryder was guilty of a lazy push in front and was bowled by Irfan's second ball, which kept low and snuck through him and Ganguly sliced Morkel to third man. Warriors were 2 for 2 and needed a quick recovery.

Pandey and Uthappa put up a solid resistance and balanced caution with the need to attack fairly well early on. Pandey opened the boundary count with a confident pull over mid-on off Irfan and a superb drive on the up off Umesh Yadav.

Just as the pair started to break the shackles, Daredevils left-arm spin duo of Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Nadeem made sure they were restrained again. They gave away just 33 runs in the six overs they bowled in tandem. Negi should also have had the wicket of Pandey to his name. Pandey hit a full ball straight to Kevin Pietersen at long-on but Pietersen seemed to think it would not carry to him and allowed it fall safely.

Nadeem also had a chance to claim Pandey's wicket, when the batsmen hit a delivery straight back to him in his final over. The ball was hit hard and Nadeem got his hands up in time but could not hold on. Despite putting down both chances Pandey offered them, Daredevils were still able to keep a lid on Warriors.

Pandey looked to go bigger in the last six overs and started by smacking Irfan for a four down the ground to reach his half-century off 40 balls. He could not get away though, as Negi's final over kept the pressure on, although he too dropped a return catch which would have sent Pandey back.

The only option was to target the quicks at the end. Pandey used Umesh Yadav's extra pace to his advantage, hitting him over long-on and past third man while Uthappa tried the same off Morkel. He inside-edged a yorker four four and smacked a ball to long-on before scooping a ball over short fine leg to bring up his half-century. Both batsmen played fine knocks but Sehwag's proved better.

Daredevils' captain started with a mix of fortune and fury as he was involved in the mix-up which saw Jayawardene run out and inside edged Ashish Nehra for four. In between those, he pulled Nehra in front of square to show some measure of control and seized the rest of it against Luke Wight. He helped a ball to fine leg for four and smashed a slower one over long-on for six. He also won the battle of the captains when he too two boundaries off Ganguly's only over.

With Kevin Pietersen at the other end, Sehwag took Daredevils halfway to their target by the time the time out was called after seven overs. When Pietersen was caught by Ryder for 27, Daredevils needed just 36 more to win. Ross Taylor got some much needed time at the crease and accompanied Sehwag for the last rites. Sehwag continued to pepper the boundary rope and won the match with a six over long-on to create some distance between Daredevils and their rivals at the top of the table.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • LordOfTheLions on April 28, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Ganguly and Dhoni are not good captains compared to Sanga, Mahela, Ponting and cleark. On the other hand, IPL decrease the quality of these great players..

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    sehwaq delhi .........

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 26, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @Freddie.Dcosta: So you do agree with my earlier statement that ganguly indeed makes the most important number 3 position vulnerable. Also ganguly cannot achieve anything more in cricket, given his age and form. He is there at IPL5 only because of his arrogance and pride (which he will lose for sure after the tournament - given what his figures would be at this rate). Also ganguly is not courageous. He didn't bowl again in pune, after viru bashed him in his solitary over. This tells us that even ganguly knows his spell at kotla was a fluke! The fact is he should contribute to PWI as a coach/mentor/12th man. In the field he'll only lose them matches with his slow batting, sloppy fielding, and snail-like running!

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 26, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - I don't think guys like Smith will feel any pressure if the batsman before gets out at low or high score. In fact anyone who feels pressure in such situations should not be playing T20 at all. Ganguly is not afraid of taking the risk of getting out cheaply. And only those who take risks can achieve anything in cricket as in life. His decision to bowl at Kevin Pietersen on Kotla was one such daring decision.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 25, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @Freddie.Dcosta: but the fact is (and even ganguly himself knows this) he'll connect in 1 out of 10 matches. and if you get out by scoring low, or slow at number 3 in T20, you put a lot of pressure on the batsmen to follow. so ganguly (if at all he's in the side) should come in at number 5 or 6. he might try number 3 only if PWI chases something like 120.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 25, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    @GR2020 : in fact its just the opposite. if ganguly scored 60 off 58, the hoard of dadu lovers would say he "anchored" the innings. that's exactly what they said when he consumed 35 odd deliveries for his 41 at kotla (his only innings of any substance in ipl 2012). he should make way for Tamim at no 3.

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 25, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @RajuSalvi Ganguly is not being selfish at all, even if he comes up the order, he is batting in the interest of the team. He does not hang around and tries to play big shots from the beginning. If he connects, he will get good quick runs, if he doesn't he gets out and affords chance to the next big hitter...

  • GR2020 on April 25, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Clearly two reasons why Pune lost...One Snails pace batting by Robin..If it was Saurav who had made 60 from 58, people would have ate his head up...I still see some people blaming him for occupying No.3 spot...Anyways...And second- our great Mr. Nehra who continues to get smashed all over and outside the park, every other game and keeps on cribbing that it is ok and these things happen and it is very difficult to bowl the first two and the last two overs...

  • RajuSalvi on April 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Ganguly should bat for PWI at no. 6 or after & should not be selfish to open or bat at no. 3 to prove to the world he can bat in T20 rather he should be selfless in promoting all the other middle order batsman who are much better than him in running between the wickets & keeping score board busy as well big hits to increase the scoring run rate. Ganguly cannot run faster nor can he convert 1 into 2s, 2 into 3s. He had been run out most of the times in this IPL. His stay at crease adds the pressure to the team as he does not score freely & even if he gets out early it adds pressure (of one wicket down not his wicket) to the team. Openers or one down batsman should not score a run a ball figure ever in T20 game. DD should include Andre Russel in place of Ross Taylor, a clean striker of the ball. Whenever he will get a chance to bat in favourable conditions he will surely steal the limelight.

  • Sivadatta on April 25, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    great to see sehwag in such a good form..

  • LordOfTheLions on April 28, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Ganguly and Dhoni are not good captains compared to Sanga, Mahela, Ponting and cleark. On the other hand, IPL decrease the quality of these great players..

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    sehwaq delhi .........

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 26, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @Freddie.Dcosta: So you do agree with my earlier statement that ganguly indeed makes the most important number 3 position vulnerable. Also ganguly cannot achieve anything more in cricket, given his age and form. He is there at IPL5 only because of his arrogance and pride (which he will lose for sure after the tournament - given what his figures would be at this rate). Also ganguly is not courageous. He didn't bowl again in pune, after viru bashed him in his solitary over. This tells us that even ganguly knows his spell at kotla was a fluke! The fact is he should contribute to PWI as a coach/mentor/12th man. In the field he'll only lose them matches with his slow batting, sloppy fielding, and snail-like running!

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 26, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - I don't think guys like Smith will feel any pressure if the batsman before gets out at low or high score. In fact anyone who feels pressure in such situations should not be playing T20 at all. Ganguly is not afraid of taking the risk of getting out cheaply. And only those who take risks can achieve anything in cricket as in life. His decision to bowl at Kevin Pietersen on Kotla was one such daring decision.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 25, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @Freddie.Dcosta: but the fact is (and even ganguly himself knows this) he'll connect in 1 out of 10 matches. and if you get out by scoring low, or slow at number 3 in T20, you put a lot of pressure on the batsmen to follow. so ganguly (if at all he's in the side) should come in at number 5 or 6. he might try number 3 only if PWI chases something like 120.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 25, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    @GR2020 : in fact its just the opposite. if ganguly scored 60 off 58, the hoard of dadu lovers would say he "anchored" the innings. that's exactly what they said when he consumed 35 odd deliveries for his 41 at kotla (his only innings of any substance in ipl 2012). he should make way for Tamim at no 3.

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 25, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @RajuSalvi Ganguly is not being selfish at all, even if he comes up the order, he is batting in the interest of the team. He does not hang around and tries to play big shots from the beginning. If he connects, he will get good quick runs, if he doesn't he gets out and affords chance to the next big hitter...

  • GR2020 on April 25, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Clearly two reasons why Pune lost...One Snails pace batting by Robin..If it was Saurav who had made 60 from 58, people would have ate his head up...I still see some people blaming him for occupying No.3 spot...Anyways...And second- our great Mr. Nehra who continues to get smashed all over and outside the park, every other game and keeps on cribbing that it is ok and these things happen and it is very difficult to bowl the first two and the last two overs...

  • RajuSalvi on April 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Ganguly should bat for PWI at no. 6 or after & should not be selfish to open or bat at no. 3 to prove to the world he can bat in T20 rather he should be selfless in promoting all the other middle order batsman who are much better than him in running between the wickets & keeping score board busy as well big hits to increase the scoring run rate. Ganguly cannot run faster nor can he convert 1 into 2s, 2 into 3s. He had been run out most of the times in this IPL. His stay at crease adds the pressure to the team as he does not score freely & even if he gets out early it adds pressure (of one wicket down not his wicket) to the team. Openers or one down batsman should not score a run a ball figure ever in T20 game. DD should include Andre Russel in place of Ross Taylor, a clean striker of the ball. Whenever he will get a chance to bat in favourable conditions he will surely steal the limelight.

  • Sivadatta on April 25, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    great to see sehwag in such a good form..

  • on April 25, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    But I sincerely hope that Tamim gets at least 5-6 matches as an opener as I do like his batting.

  • on April 25, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Go Viru GO ! Go for the KILL.

  • paritoshroy on April 25, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    pai11 nailed it. It was not Uthappa's fault. Sehwag proved too good for Pune.

  • on April 25, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Come on Bangladeshis, stop crying and whining about Tamim and Shakib not getting games . First of all it embarrasses our country. second it puts extra pressure on those guys when they do get picked. and third---how many of you would mind getting paid to just sit around watching cricket with sharukh khan? Why on earth would they leave their teams?

  • Surajrises on April 25, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Sweet revenge for Delhi... Feel bad for Dada... Hope Pune can come back with a win in their next match.

  • on April 25, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Tamim Should get a chance!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 25, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    @ chilled_avenger.......... J.Ryder played 7 match = 8, 7, 73, 34, 9, 86,0 = 2 fifty one 30+ nd 4 match under 10 (-) also Duck Hunt ..... So its is far better Tamim = No chance IPL20 match but also he proved PWI Practice match face 37 ball 53 run .... its the actual real factor who is far better Thands-up ....nd Proud Tamim :P

  • on April 25, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Robin thukkuppa is playing for his spot in Indian team, his concern is to make 30+ at the teams cause. in the first place why he was selected to Indian team for the one of t20 against SA, even in that match there were 2 instances where the ball was pitched up rt in the hitting zone, instead he pushed for singles, had he put those loose balls to the fence, we could have won the game under D/L.

  • pai11 on April 25, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    well I can see lot of comments blaming Robin for PWI's loss. even if he had batted brilliantly & say he had scored 30 extra runs, DD could have achieved it. remember that DD won with 4 overs to spare & Sehwag in form he would have blasted off those extra 30 runs in 4 overs for sure. I feel its a failure of PWI's bowlers.. they did not bowl properly. also credit to DD for the way they batted.. after all they are favourites & expected to play that way...

  • on April 25, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    DD done their team selection part exceptionally well. If you have players like KP, Mahela, Taylor, Warner(expects to join soon), Morkel and all definetly expected them to put a great show. So far they lost two close matches. I always wants Viru play a long innings. The main difference between Viru and others is without putting any additional efforts viru can score so easily. Treat to watch Viru if he is in good nick. So many people started criticizing viru's recent failures and it is the time for Viru to step show his real value in the Indian team.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 25, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    dadu lovers are blaming robin for the defeat. they are overlooking the fact that their favorite dadu got out making 1! sourav tried the opening spot, and failed repeatedly. now he's blocking the most important number 3 positions with repeated abysmal performances. lets see what he does next to make himself comfortable in the line up!

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 25, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Robin's slow innings was responsible for Pune's loss. But that does not mean Robin is to be blamed. He was trying to hit, but was not connecting, if he had connected he could have either scored or got out just as Ganguly got out playing for the team - trying to play big shot. The credit goes to the Delhi spinners. Pune bowlers failed, - they could not contain Delhi, doesn't mean one can 'blame' them Did the pitch behave differently during the two innings?

  • AcrobaticHenry on April 24, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Tamim' have some self respect and please sign off from this team.. they don't want you to taste there inovative bowlers just incase you hammer them in the future.

  • on April 24, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    pune is inconsistent,big problem for pune is ganguly form they can't go playoffs if they perform like this they mainly depends up on ryder perform well as team, uthappa batting was not good in todays match he is batting like a 50 ovr match

  • on April 24, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Delhi rockssssssssss.....

    VIRU u r d greatest batsman ever ...........

  • on April 24, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    thnxxxxxxxxxxxxx shewag to got amervalous victoryyyyyyyyyyyy

  • on April 24, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    thnxxxxxxxxxxxxx shewag to got amervalous victoryyyyyyyyyyyy

  • winhex on April 24, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Wondering Sehwaq could bat so patiently in IPL, How come he failed miserably in tests. he hurried to get out in tests, it makes us wondering why he was impatient in the real game of cricket?

  • nkvernekar on April 24, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Smith should be given a chance at the top once and robin uttappa should be brought down... He is not in form and struggles a lot... Foreign players are doing much better than the top high priced indian players. Indian Cric are doing badly this IPL.. Fielding, batting bowling all failures all teams see towards foreign players for the rescue... make 5 foreign + 6 indians to balance a side...

  • ViennaMan on April 24, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    It was one of the fantastic innings played by Sehwag. He played cautiously but all over the ground. His batting is amazing. He made the match boring. Great to see him in form again.

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Al the credit goes to robin uthappa. He is very slow. I think he forgot that he is playing 20-20 match. He just played a test match.Any other one add more runs even nehra also.

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    DD is having a good tournament thus far but at the same time, I am still wondering why Andre Russell isn't given a chance to play. Yes I know the team is doing well without him but you can't have an excellent cricketer just warming the bench, missing out on all the action. Russell is a very good all rounder as well as an extraordinary fielder. I am sure his skills would be a good asset to the team and I think he should be given a chance to prove what he is capable of.

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Sehwag on fire,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, We can see more of these............. He missed his centuary, because other team couldnt score much....

  • vvsquare on April 24, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    gr8 batting by VIRU!!!.....viru & rahane best opening pair for india for T20 WC & gambhir no 3

  • on April 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    wt is the pune s doing. whether thay are playing a match or practicing a match. when they chased even a less score in first few matches, wt happened today. There is no coordination or no team work . wt happen to dada . we cant see a captaincy of dada today. we want aggressive captaincy from dada. i think 'tamim' is just a spectator. let dada must give chances to tamim, pandey, smith, luke and manhas chance . they should move up the order. either dada should fire in one down or else he must bat at 6. after they bat. dont give chance to mathews, nehra . . robin uthappa must be rested if his performance is not satisfied.

  • ranga_s on April 24, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Matthews should play...I saw here people saying him not performing...But the truth is he did not got the chance to do a substantial contribution. His fielding was good barring one drop in some game and apart from going in to Gayle Hurricane his bowling too were pretty consistent with an economy on 7.5 - 8. Like few IPL teams will realize once the tournament is over it's not that those players perform. They need to be accommodated in a way that they could perform. PWI will lose fair few matches unless they change their game plan. People call for Luke Wright are rubbish.. Wright may have performed everywhere but is he good enough to perform at this level where he's bound to get international level players to deal with. Matthews should play with Smith at 3 and 4. While Ryder and Ganguly open and Uththappa play 5 and Pandey play 6. Best example is todays' match. Though PWI had a partnership worth 140 odd they fell way behind in the end. What's the point having hitters if they dont bat..

  • Cricket_lover_89 on April 24, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    BD guys... get a life... this IPL and not BPL

  • chilled_avenger on April 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @Tahsin Chowdhury Tamim Iqbal is not the only in-form Batsman in the current lineup of Pune! They can't drop Jesse Ryder and Steve Smith for Tamim Iqbal since those two have been their best Batsmen this season. Also,they gave a chance to Luke Wright today because he has been an in-form player too as he scored the fastest ton in Big Bash League early this year and has performed well in MiWay league in SA so he is in a good nick as far as T20s are concerned! Tamim Iqbal,on the other hand has evidently struggled in T20s as his stats in T20s are mediocre at best. So PWI gave chance to a known T20 player like Luke Wright instead of Tamim who is yet to prove that he is capable of adjusting to T20s!

  • cric4zh on April 24, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    what i so far found pune warriors dont have a solid opening partership. they should try with tamim, who will not play so many dot balls like other openers.

  • on April 24, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    delhi made 14 runs in 16th over not in last five overs......plz change your software which making those statics..

  • on April 24, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    I m very happy today as pune warriors lost. They are determined that they will not take tamim, the inform batsman in their lineup.. so here you go .. lost again ....

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Agree with Rahul that I realized Pune was heading for a loss when Robin Uthappa started batting so slowly.The Delhi batting order is so amazing that anything below 170 is a almost impossible to defend for a bowling side. It was not tough to score more runs on that wicket, which was good for batting. I am a big fan of Uthappa's batting and can't get it why he took that approach.

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    This time its not only Daredevils virender Sehwag is also the one to beat.

  • on April 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    When Viru plays, batting looks so easy and interesting, the best thing in criket to watch. As everything has some disadvantages no matter how worderful it is, Viru's batting makes the overall match becomes boring as there is no competition for him playing at a strike rate of almost 200%.

  • on April 24, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly will keep searching for the form till the end of the tournament, it's high time he bats at No.6 and No.3 should be the best in form batsman. I am surprised that he is insists to play there and he has nothing to gain or lose, he should put team first. Today, he got out and put unnecessary pressure on the following batsman, which eventually cost the game. Uthappa's innings is simply not acceptable, he played like he wanted to retain the Indian T20 cap.

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 24, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Congratulation Viru. Your team is doing very good this season. Good luck.

  • indianphysio on April 24, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    not a gr8 performance by pwi i think uttapa was very very slow in his 50..i tought pune should start hitting ball after 11 th over and reach upto 170-180 but it was not so good score to defend and all thx to pandey for good batting..nevertheless pwi will definately make play offs as it need to play underperforming team like chargers ahead so dada keep working hard and all the best...dada still rocks

  • rahulcricket007 on April 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    THE MAIN REASON FOR PUNE 'S LOSS IS ROBIN UTHAPPA 'S SLOW BATTING . HE WAS PLAYING AT AN SR OF JUST 100 . WASTE 55 BALLS TO MADE SAME RUNS . HE SHOULD HAVE PLAYED LIKE PANDEY . AFTER ALL , PWI HAVE SOME BIG HITTERS LIKE SMITH , WRIGHT WAITING IN THE HUT . BRILLIANT INNINGS FROM VIRU .

  • ravikini on April 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    At present no one can stop DD, they may have a bad day in a worst case. Sehwag is not throwing his wicket away which he does most of the time as he knows this time around he cannot take his place in the Indian Eleven for granted what with his utter failure in recent overseas tour (England,Australia). So he will be intent on impressing the selectors. As for Pune, from now on they can only lose lose lose. Luck favoured them in the initial stages. Smith should bat higher for PWI to have any scent of winning a match.

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Mr. Sehwag please pick the Andrew Russel instead of Ross Taylor. Andrew Russel is a great all rounder. Best of luck viru.

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    What's wrong with Cricinfo? You show Robin's pic instead of Manish? Manish played a solid T20 knock and Robin's slow innings cost Pune the match, with Smith not getting to bat...

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Uthaapaa was very slow to score, he consumed so many dot balls. Panday was also not scoring fast, though they formed a good partnership. After 10 overs they should have gone for blast. DD had bowled amazing middle overs with the spinners, which didnt allow PWI batsmen to explode. PWI bowlers were ordinary too. They are really missing Dinda!!!! they require a punch and kick in their bowling.

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I think Ganguly gone Mad, by giving chance to Nehra again and again. Where is Dinda? He have given 3 overs for Nehra with in first 6 over itself. Great Captaincy by Ganguly. If he continues again the same thing by more giving chance to Ashish Nehra. Sure Pune will get lot of victories. Good luck Ganguly. Ganguly have again proved that he will not act with sense every time. Spin bowling is good for this pitch. But Ganguly uses Ashish Nehra for bowling for first 6 hours. What a poor captaincy by Ganguly!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Pune will lose this match --- but how Matthews is related for this? What value is he adding to the team except filling a foreign quota and dropping the easiest catch? I did not get you siri1234 -- sorry!

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    uttappa was too slow. smith should bat up the order. samuels should be back in. mathews = good riddance. pune should have been more aggressive and scored like 175/7 - way better than 145/2. pune played 7 batsmen and used 4 !!!!

  • secondopinion on April 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Miracles don't happpen everyday. Neither do upsets. DD exacting a ruthless badla on PWI and Dada.

  • on April 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    missing tamim whts wrong wif u guys ''pune warriors'' atlist u can try though

  • on April 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    I can see that! Even Luke gets a chance with recent remarkable innings/ performances but Tameem hasn't got a chance yet! Well let's see Saurav does later on.

  • Sadiqahmed on April 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Ganguly selected a good team. The replacement of Mathews was obvious as he did not perform well so far. But batting order was bad. Uthappa should have opened. Ganguly should bat much lower as Dhoni. He is not a T-20 top batsman. But with his experience he can be a back stopper if there is a batting disaster at the top. Other top T-20 batsmen like Smith and Luke must have earlier and more strike opportunitities.

  • siri1234 on April 24, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    lets see how pune will win without matthews???????

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    DADA V/S VIRU.... MY Team IS APNI SADI DDD....OK

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  • on April 24, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    DADA V/S VIRU.... MY Team IS APNI SADI DDD....OK

  • siri1234 on April 24, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    lets see how pune will win without matthews???????

  • Sadiqahmed on April 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Ganguly selected a good team. The replacement of Mathews was obvious as he did not perform well so far. But batting order was bad. Uthappa should have opened. Ganguly should bat much lower as Dhoni. He is not a T-20 top batsman. But with his experience he can be a back stopper if there is a batting disaster at the top. Other top T-20 batsmen like Smith and Luke must have earlier and more strike opportunitities.

  • on April 24, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    I can see that! Even Luke gets a chance with recent remarkable innings/ performances but Tameem hasn't got a chance yet! Well let's see Saurav does later on.

  • on April 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    missing tamim whts wrong wif u guys ''pune warriors'' atlist u can try though

  • secondopinion on April 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Miracles don't happpen everyday. Neither do upsets. DD exacting a ruthless badla on PWI and Dada.

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    uttappa was too slow. smith should bat up the order. samuels should be back in. mathews = good riddance. pune should have been more aggressive and scored like 175/7 - way better than 145/2. pune played 7 batsmen and used 4 !!!!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Pune will lose this match --- but how Matthews is related for this? What value is he adding to the team except filling a foreign quota and dropping the easiest catch? I did not get you siri1234 -- sorry!

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I think Ganguly gone Mad, by giving chance to Nehra again and again. Where is Dinda? He have given 3 overs for Nehra with in first 6 over itself. Great Captaincy by Ganguly. If he continues again the same thing by more giving chance to Ashish Nehra. Sure Pune will get lot of victories. Good luck Ganguly. Ganguly have again proved that he will not act with sense every time. Spin bowling is good for this pitch. But Ganguly uses Ashish Nehra for bowling for first 6 hours. What a poor captaincy by Ganguly!

  • on April 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Uthaapaa was very slow to score, he consumed so many dot balls. Panday was also not scoring fast, though they formed a good partnership. After 10 overs they should have gone for blast. DD had bowled amazing middle overs with the spinners, which didnt allow PWI batsmen to explode. PWI bowlers were ordinary too. They are really missing Dinda!!!! they require a punch and kick in their bowling.