Mixed fortune for Aaron Finch
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.
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.
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.
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.
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