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225dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Finch, Uthappa end Pune's losing streak

Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch's aggressive opening stand enabled Pune Warriors to break the longest losing streak ever in the IPL

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Finch
64(53) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 4 16 7 8 7 19 3
R Dravid
54(48) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 2 5 8 4 14 9 12

Best performances - Bowlers

R Sharma
O4
M0
R16
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JP Faulkner
O4
M0
R17
W2
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Rajasthan Royals , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05

Match days

11 April 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Pune Warriors 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran

Huge relief for the Pune Warriors. They had begun so well last season, winning three out of four, and then barely won a game for the rest of the season. They started this year with a couple of defeats, prompting a re-jig at the top of the order. It paid off, and how. Uthappa and Finch killed off this chase in the Powerplay.

Robin Uthappa: "We really needed this. We have worked hard as a team. Donald has helped everybody keep calm, deal with the pressure. I think we have got a hang of this wicket now, it is a young wicket, it is still settling in, it will take time to become a flat Twenty20 wicket. I was pleased to get the team off to a good start, we have been a bit apprehensive with our approach, probably because of the losses before."

Here's the latest points table.

Piyush: "Lots of you might find it weird, but according to me MOM should be Rahul Sharma, he brought the run rate in check when Rahane and Dravid were scoring easily."

Jey: "I'll probably give the MoM to Yuvi for 3 reasons. 1. 2/27 2. 28 of 23 3. Fantasy captain. Ting. sorry. still thinks he is a part of kings xi"

Presentation ceremony:
Rahul Dravid: "We just kept losing wicket, just when we thought we could accelerate, we lost Rahane, we lost Binny, I got out myself. Maybe 15 runs more, but the way they batted, even that might not have been enough. We have seen Finch before, we discussed him. They have plenty of power-hitters in the team, and if they come off... We need to look to keep improving, look to forget this match and kick on."

Angelo Mathews: "We needed that badly, to be honest. We were pretty good in the field, the approach has totally changed in the batting. We backed Finch and he did a brilliant job, we were a bit cautious before."

Man of the Match is Aaron Finch: "It was nice, we knew we had to get off to a good start, the wicket gets a bit slower and lower as the ball gets older. Credit goes to Uthappa, 32 off 16 really set us up. Today was our day, it was nice to get away with it. I thought our bowlers did a great job to restrict them after that partnership between Rahul and Rahane."

13 matches down this season, and not enough close games. Perhaps tomorrow will be a tighter contest when Delhi take on Sunrisers. Thanks for all the cat jokes today. Seeya tomorrow.

18.4
6
Sreesanth to Yuvraj Singh, SIX runs, Yuvraj hits it out of the park and the 11-match losing streak is over, it was on the pads and that is effortlessly deposited into the crowd beyond midwicket
18.3
0
Sreesanth to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full ball is squeezed out to the off side
18.2
4
Sreesanth to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR runs, cracking hit from Yuvraj, Shastri says, 'when he hits them, they stay hit,', it was a booming lofted straight drive from Yuvraj, four to go now
18.1
0
Sreesanth to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball on middle stump, defended down the track

END OF OVER:
18 | 7 Runs | PWI: 138/3 (8 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 4.00)

  • Yuvraj Singh18 (19b)
  • AD Mathews1 (1b)
  • KK Cooper4-0-26-0
  • JP Faulkner4-0-17-2
17.6
1
Cooper to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, length ball outside off, a regal drive sends the ball towards sweeper cover

MJain: "match-winning innings .... its not done yet ... Sreesanth gonna take hat-trick in the next over"

17.5
1
Cooper to Mathews, 1 run, pitched up again, eased towards mid-on for one more

Warriors 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st58RV UthappaAJ Finch
2nd46AJ FinchLRPL Taylor
3rd27Yuvraj SinghAJ Finch
4th17Yuvraj SinghAD Mathews