Second win for Delhi
Raipur (PTI): Delhi Daredevils won the 'Battle of Minnows' as they defeated Pune Warriors by 15 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League here on...
Raipur (PTI): Delhi Daredevils won the 'Battle of Minnows' as they defeated Pune Warriors by 15 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League here on Sunday. Needing 165 to win, Warriors could manage only 149 for four despite a 76-run opening stand between Aaron Finch (37) and Robin Uthappa (37) at the newly built swanky Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium. This was Daredevils' second win in nine matches and they climbed a place higher from their usual last spot to be placed eighth in the nine-team table. The win also technically kept them in the hunt for a place in the knock-outs. The Warriors, who have had an equally disastrous campaign, now languish at the bottom after their seventh defeat. Umesh Yadav bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he dismissed Yuvraj Singh (31) and Luke Wright (19), giving away just two runs. The over turned out to be the 'Game-Changer' as Warriors lost out despite two half-century partnerships. Finch and Uthappa matched each other stroke for stroke as the Daredevils pace quartet of Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Ashish Nehra and Morne Morkel provided with at least one 'boundary-ball' per over. Earlier, David Warner assaulted the Pune Warriors bowlers in a brutal fashion with the Daredevils posting a competitive 164 for five after they were put in to bat. Warner blasted his way to an unbeaten 25-ball 51 as he saved the Daredevils from what could have been another woeful batting performance. Credit should also be given to Kedar Jadhav (25), who played the role of second fiddle to Warner to perfection, as the duo added 63 runs in only 5.5 overs to put home team on a pedestal. Jadhav hit two sixes in his 19-ball knock. Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 164 for 5 (David Warner 51 no, Virender Sehwag 28, Ashoke Dinda 3/31) bt Pune Warriors 149 for 4 (Robin Uthappa 37, Aaron Finch 37, Umesh Yadav 4/24, Irfan Pathan 4/29).