Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Raipur April 28, 2013

Mixed fortune for Aaron Finch

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors in Raipur

The glitch
There was some worry for the staff at Raipur's Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium just 13 minutes into the venue's first game, as play was held up for a while in the second over due to sightscreen trouble. Seven minutes were lost, until play resumed and proceeded smoothly thereafter.

The debut
Kane Richardson played his first game of the IPL and he was visibly nervous when brought on to bowl in the second over of the day. It was one he'll remember, for bowling wide and producing an outside edge for four past third man. He went on to concede 38 in his four-over spell, not the best start for someone who sold for $700,000 at the auction.

The surprise
Robin Uthappa is not a specialist wicketkeeper but his glovework was impressive today, with three catches. The best among them was a nick he snapped off Ben Rohrer's bat while standing up to Abhishek Nayar. Rohrer slashed hard, got a thick edge and Uthappa reacted well, moving quickly to his left and wrapping his gloves around a sharp one.

The escape
Aaron Finch had a huge slice of fortune in Pune Warriors' chase. The first ball of Morne Morkel's second over, Finch got a leading edge that landed smack in the middle of the patch between mid-off and extra cover. He took off for the single and would have been miles out of his ground had Mahela Jayawardene aimed accurately at the non-striker's end.

The error
Finch was at the receiving end of some bad luck later in his innings when he was given out caught behind, the umpiring thinking it flicked his glove down the leg side when in fact it had brushed his thigh. The luck was in favour of Irfan Pathan, who picked up two wickets that over with deliveries bowled down leg.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SriRanganath on April 29, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @RajeshNaik not luckier than Dhoni and his best friends ....

  • Rajesh on April 29, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Irfan Pathan is always lucky. whichever way you see it!

  • Indian on April 29, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    I am from Karnataka but a huge fan of Pune because of Yuvraj, Uthappa & Steven Smith. They are loosing just because they are unlucky. Uthappa should play his natural game by being more aggressive. Change the cheer girls and I bet Pune will find back its luck.

  • Ashwin on April 29, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    PWI are just finding ways to lose matches. I wonder how long they can remain this good at it. Some day they will err and win a match to surprise themselves

  • Himanshu on April 28, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    I hope there are some drastic, DRASTIC changes that is made to the Pune Warriors franchise next year. Sell the franchise to Salman Khan or Videocon who wanted to buy it in 2011, revamp the entire side and team management and coaches and change the team colors to orange. Irrespective of who they play, they always find a way to lose. This team is jinxed. They've found themselves at the bottom of the table for three years straight even though they have some really quality players in their ranks.

  • Kasinathan on April 28, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Aaron Finch was made A.F by the Umpire Poor Umpiring can cost a match. CSK was made to sweat it out till the last over because the third umpire ruled in favour of Bisla. Here finch got a bad decision How about DRS for IPL?

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