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

Attacking Warner brings relief to Delhi

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Delhi Daredevils 164 for 5 (Warner 51*, Dinda 3-31) beat Pune Warriors 149 for 4 (Finch 37, Uthappa 37, Yadav 2-24) by 15 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A counter-attack in the middle order from David Warner and a miserly 18th over in the chase from Umesh Yadav brought some relief for Delhi Daredevils in the form of a victory in the battle of the bottom-placed teams this season. The win was only their second, as the Pune Warriors bowlers faltered after making inroads into Daredevils' batting order and the batsmen struggled to step up when it mattered against some impressive fast bowling at the death in the chase. Warriors now find themselves at the bottom of the table in what is a third poor season in a row.

Raipur is further from Delhi than it is from Pune (1253 as opposed to 1025 kilometres), but on its IPL debut the crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Daredevils and got the result they desired. Warner restored their faith in the side with a surge he launched in the 13th over of the Daredevils innings and retained the tone during a stand of 53 with Kedar Jadhav that took his side to 164. Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright looked on track to chase that down until they ran into Umesh, whose skillful use of alterations in length and pace accounted for both wickets and all but consigned Warriors to their seventh defeat.

Warner was charged with the responsibility of leading Daredevils' recovery after the loss of Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand in a space of three deliveries. He did that successfully by reserving the harshest treatment for a spate of poor deliveries offered to him by the Warriors bowlers, who generously pitched on a length. And he was powerful enough to comfortably clear boundaries longer than there have been at other venues this season.

He began with a clean, straight six off legspinner Rahul Sharma, then pulled IPL debutant Kane Richardson over deep midwicket. Ashok Dinda's failed attempts at bowling the yorker resulted in three fours drilled down the ground in one over, before Richardson, in the penultimate over, was struck, again, over wide long-on and his head. The 19th over cost 21 runs, including another straight six by Jadhav, who, too, was severe on the length ball. The last five overs yielded 63 runs, 34 of those from the last two.

Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch have been a productive opening pair and their 72-run stand gave Warriors a strong platform. Both were dismissed, Finch albeit unluckily, by deliveries bowled down the leg side by Irfan Pathan in the 11th over, but Yuvraj and Wright batted fluently. Yuvraj unleashed a stylish drive and cut off Irfan in his next over, collected a couple of boundaries past fine leg, while Wright flat-batted the seamers past the ropes on two occasions.

The stand was worth 50 in 45 balls at the start of the 18th over, when 37 runs were needed. Umesh began with two dot balls to Wright, one of them a yorker, before slipping in a slower one to deceive the batsman, who holed out. Yuvraj was only able to score two runs off the next two, and top-edged one straight to deep square leg when Umesh dug in a short delivery to finish the over. Steven Smith can be a finisher, but 35 runs off two overs was a task that proved beyond him.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, absolute rubbish. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan are better than Chand. You can post your 2 cent worth nonsense for mere desperate attention.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Bring back Taylor please he is Dare Devil

  • POSTED BY 22many on | April 29, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    JG.....Like a good racehorse sometimes they need sending to the paddock for a rest....but do you leave the champion in the paddock for the rest of the season.....no you rest then start them again.....Taylor is a proven winner and it is time they played him again....he certainly isnt going to win you games on the bench and those playing certainly havent won games have they?...Bring him in asap.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    yuvraj have no importance in pwi team i think management even dont want him to play these mathches but they cant do any thing becaouse no one can beat his performance........it was proved in verious ways......we can also take a example of previous match as when he had bowled 2 good over only giving 10 runs and also provided pressure to opposite team then he was just extincted no third over for him why they dont believe that t20 is a game of performens not of thinking dat only professional bowlerrs can perform well.......in my and most of like me's opinion yuvi must be the captain of next game or pune going to loose that one too.....because finch is not only runining the captaincy but also his form of hitting big

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 29, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I support DD regardless of their win or lose, because Mahela has taken the responsibility, and I love to see a courageous Sri Lankan captaining the side. Win or lose, I don't care. I supported Sunrisers, I supported Pune Warriors, but I gave up both of them (still support if DD is lost). But I wish DD from the bottom of my heart for a successful IPL. Good luck, Mahela, Sehwag, Warner, et al.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Enjoyed the Pune losing. That can happen when you drop a player and a captain like Mathews. It is not because of his captaincy Pune lose becuase of the lackk of support by the Indian players. Same goes with Mahela as long as you have this poor domestic Indian bowler you cannot do much with your captaincy. Hopefully sanga can go for the win.

  • POSTED BY shan1280 on | April 29, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    captaincy,

    P W L Mathews 5 1 4

    Taylor 1 1 0

    Finch 3 0 3

    who is wrong...! Mathews, taylor, finch....or _____ ?

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | April 29, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I am a DD fan but got to say that feel extremely sorry for three PWI members namely, Yuvraj, Alan Donald, and Steve Smith. These three guys are doing nothing wrong, but almost every time find themselves in a losing side. I am a big fan of Donald, it's disappointing to see him in such a situation.

  • POSTED BY Siva_kov on | April 29, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Good and Must win for DD(a far better team) but a leson to be learnt from the loss for PWI, PWI have to group in all fields of the game. They concentrate more on the names of players & not on their quality of game. Even sunrisers started to group themselves but PWI is still proving to be waste.Mathews/Ross can be the captain but its upto rest of the players to help them...Think of Rajasthan Royals in 2008 when it was considered to be a below par rated team initially but later they emerged as Champions, Similarly PWI must find some solutions for their problems..ALL The very best

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | April 29, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    During last year IPL, pune got two in two and remained No.1 position in the points table for 3 days. Thereafter all the games were lost and finished the bottom. IPL6 also they got only two, though not consecutive and secured the bottom place. The attitude of many players in PWI is lethargic. When Ross Taylor done wonders for PWI in the CSK and RR match, he was immediately removed and the captainship was handed over to A.Mathews and later to A.Finch and the slide started. If PWI want to win at least 3 or more matches, pl. bring Ross Taylor as captain.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, absolute rubbish. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan are better than Chand. You can post your 2 cent worth nonsense for mere desperate attention.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Bring back Taylor please he is Dare Devil

  • POSTED BY 22many on | April 29, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    JG.....Like a good racehorse sometimes they need sending to the paddock for a rest....but do you leave the champion in the paddock for the rest of the season.....no you rest then start them again.....Taylor is a proven winner and it is time they played him again....he certainly isnt going to win you games on the bench and those playing certainly havent won games have they?...Bring him in asap.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    yuvraj have no importance in pwi team i think management even dont want him to play these mathches but they cant do any thing becaouse no one can beat his performance........it was proved in verious ways......we can also take a example of previous match as when he had bowled 2 good over only giving 10 runs and also provided pressure to opposite team then he was just extincted no third over for him why they dont believe that t20 is a game of performens not of thinking dat only professional bowlerrs can perform well.......in my and most of like me's opinion yuvi must be the captain of next game or pune going to loose that one too.....because finch is not only runining the captaincy but also his form of hitting big

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 29, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I support DD regardless of their win or lose, because Mahela has taken the responsibility, and I love to see a courageous Sri Lankan captaining the side. Win or lose, I don't care. I supported Sunrisers, I supported Pune Warriors, but I gave up both of them (still support if DD is lost). But I wish DD from the bottom of my heart for a successful IPL. Good luck, Mahela, Sehwag, Warner, et al.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Enjoyed the Pune losing. That can happen when you drop a player and a captain like Mathews. It is not because of his captaincy Pune lose becuase of the lackk of support by the Indian players. Same goes with Mahela as long as you have this poor domestic Indian bowler you cannot do much with your captaincy. Hopefully sanga can go for the win.

  • POSTED BY shan1280 on | April 29, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    captaincy,

    P W L Mathews 5 1 4

    Taylor 1 1 0

    Finch 3 0 3

    who is wrong...! Mathews, taylor, finch....or _____ ?

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | April 29, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I am a DD fan but got to say that feel extremely sorry for three PWI members namely, Yuvraj, Alan Donald, and Steve Smith. These three guys are doing nothing wrong, but almost every time find themselves in a losing side. I am a big fan of Donald, it's disappointing to see him in such a situation.

  • POSTED BY Siva_kov on | April 29, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Good and Must win for DD(a far better team) but a leson to be learnt from the loss for PWI, PWI have to group in all fields of the game. They concentrate more on the names of players & not on their quality of game. Even sunrisers started to group themselves but PWI is still proving to be waste.Mathews/Ross can be the captain but its upto rest of the players to help them...Think of Rajasthan Royals in 2008 when it was considered to be a below par rated team initially but later they emerged as Champions, Similarly PWI must find some solutions for their problems..ALL The very best

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | April 29, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    During last year IPL, pune got two in two and remained No.1 position in the points table for 3 days. Thereafter all the games were lost and finished the bottom. IPL6 also they got only two, though not consecutive and secured the bottom place. The attitude of many players in PWI is lethargic. When Ross Taylor done wonders for PWI in the CSK and RR match, he was immediately removed and the captainship was handed over to A.Mathews and later to A.Finch and the slide started. If PWI want to win at least 3 or more matches, pl. bring Ross Taylor as captain.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    I think Pune lacks a good captain. Angelo Mathews is an inexperienced captain but a good allrounder , Finch is a good t20 batsman but i don't think he is suitable for captaincy. Ross Taylor may be a good captain but his horrible form is against him. Make Yuvi captain or continue with Finch. Bring in Mathews not as a captain but as an bowling allrounder. He is atleast good at death bowling.In my opinion Mathews will be at his best without captaincy at least better than Kane Richardson. Aaron Finch(c), Luke Wright, Steven Smith, Angelo Mathews.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 29, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @hettypie on (April 28, 2013, 23:47 GMT) Apologies re the captaincy bit but those scores/SRs are not worthy of keeping a player in the side

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | April 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Tal_Botvinnik..chand may be avarage ..but he is stil better than mahela or sangakara or mathews or dilshan..

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | April 29, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks..lukie is much better player than mathews and sangakara and jayavardane..

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | April 29, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks..dnt boost your overrated players here..all the srilankan players are big failure and laibliltiy to home team..srilankan players are only good inside srilnakna agianst bangladeesh and in srilankan premier league :)...out side srilnakna they are all paer lions..

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | April 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    3 teams in ipl gave srilnakna chance to lead team..oiut of that both delhi and pune are figting for last rank..luckily sunrisers dropped sangakara and they won all mathces wher sangakara was dropped...

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | April 29, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks..sangakara still not won single mathc as captain...and he avarages belwo 15 with strike rate of below 90 with total score of 85 in 8 mtahces... same with jayavardane already lsot 6 mathces...same with mathews..

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | April 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    lol..when sunriser drops sangakara they won ..when they play with sangakara they lost all mathces..similar with delihi oiut of 9 mathces jayavardane won only 2 ..that also scoring withoiut any runs :)

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | April 29, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Don't know why people are going on about the foreign players, it's the local players that are dragging this team down.

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | April 29, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Well done DD!! great win!! gud luck :) btw keep your captain Mathews sit on the bench and keep loosing your matches...well done pune! lol if you keep mathews sit on the bench i hope you give 260 for CSK and bowl out for 60 lol

  • POSTED BY Gunapala on | April 29, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    The Australian strong middle order player Mike Hussey open the innings with CSK and the Australian aggressive opener David Warner is playing at the middle order with DD.They have done well so far.These Aussies can bat anywhere.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    I think Pune need Angelow Matchews. Not as captain but as a all-rounder. He may not success in power hitting but he is capable of making economy overs in latter part. Pune gave 64 runs in last 5 overs vs Delli, bcs they didnt had interlligent bowler like Angelow to bowl last overs.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 29, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Good result, as it keeps the bottom feeders where they belong: at the bottom. Pune, Delhi, Punjab and KKR are over-hyped, under-performing team. Good thing if they beat each other and lose to the other five, so that the playoffs are played by the teams that are actually performing!

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | April 29, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Delhi won today but might not win many more going by their bench strength, which is a cluster of overseas acquisitions & India rookies without proven game-changing abilities. Players like Russell, Botha, J Mendis, van der Merwe & Rohrer are at best average at both the major departments; when there is an increasing trend of specialists winning more matches. Without Pietersen, their journey is proving to be a struggle much beyond what they could have imagined at the start of the season. They should've & still can seek replacements for Pietersen & Ryder.

    And choosing two batsmen or one batsmen & one bowler to backup Morkel might be ideal --

    1. Herschelle Gibbs/Adam Voges/Travis Birt/Ravi Bopara (whose bowling has been pretty good and inspite of not being in form, he does have quality)

    2. Vernon Philander/Doug Bollinger/Rory Kleinveldt

    Only positive is that perhaps they've found the right role & position for Warner, where Delhi has stuttered to finish matches all season.

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 29, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    That's a very intelligency thinking by DAREDEVILS as they have sent WARNER at no. 4... Because delhi have always struggled to make runs in death over... Only KEDAR was batting well in death overs.. It would have been more better if they used this trick in previous matches..

  • POSTED BY MAYURESHmagic on | April 29, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Pune, bad deals at low prices. Retain Bhuvneshwar, Yuvraj, Wright, Finch next year if provision and spend some money to get some great players on cards.

  • POSTED BY Rick777 on | April 29, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Pune has no choice now. As I have kept on telling, make Yuvi captain which gives him the luxary of picking the foreign players on merit. The main reason they are loosing is due to not sticking with one combination. Too many changes. Apart from Buvi, the other local talent have not played well at all. Yuvi should step up with his game while Uthappa should justify his million dollor buy.

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | April 29, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    I feel like a prophet, called the loss when uthappa and finch were firing. The tv commentators say pune finds new ways to lose but i think that is not the case. This time I think the conditions outdid the latter part of the innings. Some examples: yuvi hitting a short one straight to the fielder, on a smaller ground that would have been 6. Luke wright at sea against seam bowling (usually a capable batsman of the like).

    Either way excellent job delhi, i think coming back from 100 for 4 with 5 overs left to 164 is a pretty darn good show.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | April 28, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    JG....NO PLAYED 5 TIMES CAPTAIN ONCE AND WON and they won one other ...so played 5 lost three won 2 and one as captain...do you dd

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | April 28, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Why would you bat your best player at no. 4 in T20? Warner has to be opening.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    How can a team be a winner whose coach himself is known to be throwing away the match from winning position.

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | April 28, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    In Tests and ODIs, a four or a six always used to send me jumping. Having seen a flood of mindless fours and sixes in T20, I am now more thrilled and satisfied when I see a bowler picking a wicket, no matter who the batsman is. Good to see Umesh and Morris using common sense and bowling deep, during the death overs.

  • POSTED BY Abitha on | April 28, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    DD must thank the Umpire for its win.How many more to come from incompetent umpires who knows. They will be the GAME CHANGERS in IPL and not the Bowlers or even GAYLE KASINATH

  • POSTED BY Harding119 on | April 28, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Watched this game and was impressed by how the DD got to that score. Team work all around and astute captaincy by Mahela. A masterclass in sticking with Umesh Yardav to bowl the vital overs so that the run rate could not be brought down. Warner doing well down the line and seems to cope well. Nehra contributing well with the ball too. Pune seem to be short of a bowler.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 28, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Only saw the end part but even as an England fan and a big Luke fan , I thought he played a horrible inns. It was like he was trying too hard and thus becoming very predictable and therefore became easier to bowl to which Yadav and co did expertly

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 28, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @hettypie on (April 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT) I make it that Ross played 5 times (all of which PW lost) and scored the following

    19 off 19 , 15 off 19 , 17 off 20 , 4 off 6 and 8 off 13

    so in 5 full innings he has not once exceeded a SR of 100 (only once matching it) and not once scored 20 or above. Maybe he could come back in and do a job but 5 games in a row with no sign of any form is surely a long enough run?

  • POSTED BY ROXSPORT on | April 28, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Delhi need to get a few things right straight away. Unmukt Chand is just not cut out for the nitty-gritty of T-20 cricket. He breaks the momentum of the innings & needs to go. Push Kedar Jadhav up the order. Get Pawan Negi in. Drop Ashish Nehra. He is afraid of the death bowling. Get Siddharth Kaul in. He looks promising. Or, you could get Naman Ojha in & free Jadhav to bowl some off-spinners.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Pune now all is lost, so get Mathews and Taylor back and see how you perform. One of them should captain for certain. They are way above the rest. Donald is clueless about managing and strategy. So let either Taylor or Mathews look at strategy and we may see 50% wins.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 28, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks on (April 28, 2013, 19:22 GMT) I think you could be the most biased commenter on here. There's certainly no anti SL in me but let's have a look at Pune's record with AM captaining the side. It's played 5 Lost 5 and his personal figures read

    (vs SH) 8 not out off 6 and 2 overs for 16 (SH scoring 126 at 6.3rpo)

    (vs KXP) 4 runs off 4 balls and bowling 2 overs for 12 (1 wkt)

    (vs RR) 1 off 1 , 4 overs for 27

    (vs MI) 19 off 18 , 4 overs 29

    (vs SH) 20 off 24 , 4 overs for 29 (SH scoring at 5.95)

    So while his personal figures are neither outstanding or poor losing 5/5 as a captain aint great is it?particularly

    Luke had a horrid game today but in his other 2 he contributed well with bat vs KXP and with the ball vs RCB when only he and Kumar weren't regularly going around with the ball and even though he only scored 8 his SR was 233 in an impossible chase

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 28, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Also why is Warner batting at 4 for DD ? that almost cost them the game ! Mahela has to go, Andre Russell Vand De Merwe and Botha all bring more to a t20 side especially DD who already have 2 of the best openers in Warner and Sehwag . . .

  • POSTED BY Dr.Lakson on | April 28, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Don't blame Yuvaraj for the loss. It was Luke Wright that could not get the ball out of the square.... also saying that Steve Smith was wasted is a bit premature...... simply because you hit a few boundaries when there is no other option is different to the situation when Yuvaraj was batting. He had to take calculated risks to get to the target compared to just pinch hitting........ Are we going to see Finch for another game ? If so Pune can continue to remain at the bottom!

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan101 on | April 28, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 28, 2013, 19:22 GMT) Yuvraj lost Pune the game when Wright was batting even slower and both finch and uthappa got out at the wrong time after batting slowly

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 28, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Yuvraj Lost Pune the game with his slow batting again he had no answer to anything short and was made to look like a baby v Morkel ! Meanwhile Pune's most inform batsman Steve Smith was wasted on the bench, when Yuvraj finally got out in usual fashion caught of a mistimed slog, Smith came to the crease and immediately introduced the kind of batting needed making 17 from 7 balls only it was all in vain to little to late.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 28, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Pune's problem is none other than its coach, Mr. Donald who keeps messing it up. He changed captains 3 times, ( LOL ) And sent left arm spinners to deal with Gayle (LOL) , Picked luck Wright over Mathews (LO so L). I'm just loving it, watching they crash n burn. lol Whats up with SA coaches anyway ???

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 28, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Delhi are almost out of the tournament... But they have played some good cricket in last few matches... @nd Pune warriors team is good.. But they are giving their performance

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | April 28, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I got to say that Umesh Yadav & Bhuvi have impressed me BIIIG time this IPL. They have shown great control and while it is obvious that everyone will go for runs some bad day but these two have had more good days than bad days. I thought I would never say this but Ashok Dinda too has shown that he can bowl some awesome yorkers too. It is a great mystery of our times why Dinda tends to bowl the way we know he does. He seems to have good pace and good control but a poor brain. If only Dinda can learn to control his brain he could have a good ODI/T20 career for India.

    God knows what Ishant Sharma will have to do or eat to learn to bowl these yorkers. He could have been SOOOO MUCH but after 5 years of Intl Cricket he still is a "Promising Youngster", a bit like Rohit Sharma. Both of these ought to have been our #1 Bowler/Batsmen given the talent they showed us 5 years ago. :-(

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 28, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    All those people who blamed mathews captaincy, have now found the reason behind the loss. Pune warriors never clicked with the bat. Pune team is doing worse under finch now.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 28, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Luke Wright once again proved that he is more of a match-loser than a match-winner. He is the worst batsmen to have in your team when you are chasing a big total. He literally crumbles under pressure. But no problem. In fact I was enjoying his misery coz I was supporting DD. LOL. It was a treat to see Mr. Donald n co. going down. LOL

    Mahela did a brilliant job by marshaling his troops. Its was a good match n a good win. G'luck !!!

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | April 28, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Remains to be questioned why Warner, who is a big hitter before anything, was held back so late in the innings. As it happened, it worked out, but only really because Pune finished 20 runs short of what they should have got.

  • POSTED BY gs123456 on | April 28, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    well done 2 DD.. now what for pune change the captain again? u have to go with a one captain and have to give him good back up.. any way i wont think that finch is the better captain if its not yuvi its has to b matthews or ross.. and from dropping ur captain u not going to do well. finch is not even in the playing 11 and now he is the captain becz of 2 good scores .. ya he is a good player but is he the best captain? i am not saying that becz of his captainz were the thing that pune went on to loose the match.. but still has a captain u have to get and done right thing i am sure he is not doing that.even in the game vs RCB finch said that it was just a great batting from gayle .ya but also some due to some poor leadership going with bowlers who bowls around 125 and u know what gayle going to do with that ,,and change kumar after 2good overs when gayle face the 5th over .and bring marsh after that bowl mortaza and u know about gayle when it come to left arm spin and bring him self.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | April 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Pune you have one of the best 20/20 batsman / captains sitting on the bench and you wonder why you arent winning games......Taylor should have been playing long ago....cant find form sitting on the bench....

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | April 28, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Was Luke Wright playing cricket or Baseball? Mathews should comeback to strength Pune's depth bowling.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 28, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Warner should have been before chand. Warner is grown on these type of pitches. Chand other than his hundred in the final looked average in australia. On the other hand he threw he best chance of getting into some form (Chand). Why not try Venu Rao or Nagar? admit Chand is talented but he has a long way to go.

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  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 28, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Warner should have been before chand. Warner is grown on these type of pitches. Chand other than his hundred in the final looked average in australia. On the other hand he threw he best chance of getting into some form (Chand). Why not try Venu Rao or Nagar? admit Chand is talented but he has a long way to go.

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | April 28, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Was Luke Wright playing cricket or Baseball? Mathews should comeback to strength Pune's depth bowling.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | April 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Pune you have one of the best 20/20 batsman / captains sitting on the bench and you wonder why you arent winning games......Taylor should have been playing long ago....cant find form sitting on the bench....

  • POSTED BY gs123456 on | April 28, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    well done 2 DD.. now what for pune change the captain again? u have to go with a one captain and have to give him good back up.. any way i wont think that finch is the better captain if its not yuvi its has to b matthews or ross.. and from dropping ur captain u not going to do well. finch is not even in the playing 11 and now he is the captain becz of 2 good scores .. ya he is a good player but is he the best captain? i am not saying that becz of his captainz were the thing that pune went on to loose the match.. but still has a captain u have to get and done right thing i am sure he is not doing that.even in the game vs RCB finch said that it was just a great batting from gayle .ya but also some due to some poor leadership going with bowlers who bowls around 125 and u know what gayle going to do with that ,,and change kumar after 2good overs when gayle face the 5th over .and bring marsh after that bowl mortaza and u know about gayle when it come to left arm spin and bring him self.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | April 28, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Remains to be questioned why Warner, who is a big hitter before anything, was held back so late in the innings. As it happened, it worked out, but only really because Pune finished 20 runs short of what they should have got.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 28, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Luke Wright once again proved that he is more of a match-loser than a match-winner. He is the worst batsmen to have in your team when you are chasing a big total. He literally crumbles under pressure. But no problem. In fact I was enjoying his misery coz I was supporting DD. LOL. It was a treat to see Mr. Donald n co. going down. LOL

    Mahela did a brilliant job by marshaling his troops. Its was a good match n a good win. G'luck !!!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 28, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    All those people who blamed mathews captaincy, have now found the reason behind the loss. Pune warriors never clicked with the bat. Pune team is doing worse under finch now.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | April 28, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I got to say that Umesh Yadav & Bhuvi have impressed me BIIIG time this IPL. They have shown great control and while it is obvious that everyone will go for runs some bad day but these two have had more good days than bad days. I thought I would never say this but Ashok Dinda too has shown that he can bowl some awesome yorkers too. It is a great mystery of our times why Dinda tends to bowl the way we know he does. He seems to have good pace and good control but a poor brain. If only Dinda can learn to control his brain he could have a good ODI/T20 career for India.

    God knows what Ishant Sharma will have to do or eat to learn to bowl these yorkers. He could have been SOOOO MUCH but after 5 years of Intl Cricket he still is a "Promising Youngster", a bit like Rohit Sharma. Both of these ought to have been our #1 Bowler/Batsmen given the talent they showed us 5 years ago. :-(

  • POSTED BY Shaan99 on | April 28, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Delhi are almost out of the tournament... But they have played some good cricket in last few matches... @nd Pune warriors team is good.. But they are giving their performance