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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  • 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.

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Bring back Taylor please he is Dare Devil

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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 _____ ?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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