Pune v Delhi, IPL 2013, Pune May 19, 2013

Pune consign Delhi to last place


Pune Warriors 172 for 5 (Finch 52, Wright 44, Kaul 2-27) beat Delhi Daredevils 134 for 9 (Gautam 30, Mathews 3-14, Murtaza 3-15) by 38 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Amid the bad news in the IPL, and with the knowledge that this afternoon's game was as dead as it could get in this tournament in the battle of the bottom-placed sides, a healthy crowd made its way to the Sahara Stadium in Pune, a considerable distance from the main city. It was worth it, as they saw their team beat Delhi Daredevils comfortably, consigning the visitors to the last place in the IPL points table and marking an ignominious end to a journey that began with Unmukt Chand's off stump being knocked out of its place in the tournament opener.

Aaron Finch, Angelo Mathews, and Luke Wright played a critical role with the bat to set a tough target on a slowish pitch, and Ali Murtaza, who had been scarred by Chris Gayle during his assault of 175, picked up three wickets in the chase to put the task beyond Daredevils. Robin Uthappa and Finch have shared a productive opening stand this IPL, and Uthappa began Warriors' charge with some lovely drives through the off side before his stay ended with the score on 38. Finch then took over, opening up in the ninth over bowled by Umesh Yadav, who was in for an expensive spell.

Umesh struggled with his length, serving up one in the slot that Finch dispatched over long-on, a short one that was pulled over midwicket, before doling out a full toss that was slammed through extra cover in an over that went for 17. Irfan Pathan was flicked through square leg for 12 runs in an over, but Daredevils found their way back with the wickets of Finch and Yuvraj Singh to leave Warriors at 97 for 4 in 14 overs.

Wright has had a quiet tournament with the bat, while Mathews has had a consistent run, and both stepped up at the death. Some of their shots were a result of luck - a top-edge for six, an inside edge for four - but both also middled the ball well, tearing in to Yadav in the penultimate over, both smacking him for sixes to snatch 24. Length balls were not spared, and Wright was especially adept at playing the pull and clipping the ball past square leg. The last five overs yielded 65, and it proved decisive.

In the chase David Warner's poor form continued, but Mahela Jayawardene and Bharat Chipli, who replaced Chand, appeared to be putting Daredevils on track. The pair added 23 in quick time, but Daredevils' slide began when Murtaza was brought on to bowl in the fifth over. He was unlucky not to get Jayawardene stumped, but dismissed him next ball as he spooned a catch to point. Virender Sehwag struck a couple of attractive boundaries, but holed out against Murtaza, who also trapped Chipli in front next ball to leave Delhi at 55 for 4. Ben Rohrer dragged one back on from Ashok Dinda and Irfan was left with too much to get with the lower order.

Warriors have slipped up badly in the last few overs with the ball, but a half-century stand between Irfan and CM Gautam didn't unsettle them. A double-strike from Mathews in one over all but sealed the game for Warriors, who may have won today but, bought for US$370 million, have had three forgettable seasons on the trot.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • reza on May 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Yuvi's casual and non serious attitude is really bothersome. Even after the defeat, he is all joking and playing around with opposition. It seems he does not care.

  • o on May 19, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh failed to make double figures yet again, has to be one of the most overrated players of all time he hasn't even won one game in the IPl with the bat and every side he's been in has failed to click as a team he comes across as a delusional ego not as a team player that disrupts every team he's been a part of, it will be interesting to see if he's bought in next yr's auction because he really has been the biggest failure in the IPl since it's inception.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan but sad to say that our players don't have the killer instinct when it matters. Mahela & Sanga (somewhat Matthews) can get away with that type of mentality in Test cricket but not in high intensity entertaining cricket. There's no question that they are all class and elegance, but that is not enough to save their butt when they are in a pressure situation...besides much of their productiveness in Tests is also largely due to Murali giving them a huge advantage when they go out to bat. Few people who are up and coming (SLn) that I like to see in big stage is Kusal, Chandimal and Kithruwan. They open the face of the bat more often than being defensive and that is the brand and the breed I like Sri Lanka to represent. Besides we need fiery bowlers with venom... can't rely on Malinga forever and SLC's mistreatment has left a sour note in him.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Romesh Perera, I dont know about the other players whom u mention but Im prity sure we can see sachin in Next IPL as welll...And i like to see him playing !!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Too bad for Dehli. I thought they were a good unit. Needs to rest Mahela and bring in Viru as captain.

  • John on May 19, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    It was nice to see Luke get a workout and surprising he was named MOM. As BS says AM probably deserved it more , but by the same token Luke had one performance where he was poor with both bat and ball and he gets dropped and overlooked for the rest of IPL up til now. Think he also deserved to play more matches so guess it's swings and roundabouts

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Turning point for DD to become the Worst team was decision to open the Inning by Mahela.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Few Players we wont see in next IPL edition, 1.Sangakkara 2.Kallis 3.Mahela 4.Ponting 5 . Sachin

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Mahela managed just THREE to WIN from 16 MATCHES..Amazing Captaicy..

  • Kasinathan on May 19, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    With K.P available next year I fervently hope they will turn the table in the next year. I also feel VIRU SHOULD LEAD THE TEAM NEXT YEAR.. I still wonder with a good batting lineup like Viru, MJ,Warner and bowlers like ALBIE Yadav, Irfan, Nadeem they could not make it to the play off. Wish they will win the coveted Cup next year. Kashinath

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