Two sides placed at the bottom, the match didn’t hold much importance to be the Sunday’s main game. The bigger attraction was the new Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh stadium in Raipur. The crowd of over 45,000 ensured that the enthusiasm for this clash of the bottom placed teams wasn’t dampened.
Honestly I don’t feel that Pune Warriors India is as bad as a side as their results show. Over the last two seasons they have lost some of the closest games and as a team they have failed to click together. It’s tough to fathom the exact reason but it’s been frustrating for the fans. Having suffered carnage in the hands of Chris Gayle in their last game, Pune hoped Virender Sehwag would treat them better. Pune bowled much better but David Warner in his new role at the number four looked in a devastating form. His unbeaten rapid 51 ensured Delhi Daredevils a fighting total of 164. For Pune Warriors, Ashok Dinda was the most impressive bowler with three wickets. Sehwag was beginning to look dangerous and had Dinda not picked his wicket, Delhi would have looked for a 190. As I said, Pune isn’t a bad side as their results show. They looked in control for most part of the chase, and it was a shame that they couldn’t finish it off. Skipper Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa started well, later Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright kept them in the game but in the end it was 15 too many runs for the Warriors. Delhi bowers deserve some credit for that and it feels even better because the ones who did the job were the Indian seamer duo of Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav. Some relief for Delhi now, as they finally have a team below them in the points table. Surely, a happy exchange of place for them. Brief Scores DD 164 for 5 in 20 overs [V Sehwag 28(26), D Warner 51(25)*, K Jadhav 25(19), A Dinda 4-0-31-3] beat PWI 149 for 4 in 20 overs [R Uthappa 37(33), A Finch 37(33), Yuvraj Singh 31(24), Irfan Pathan 4-1-29-2, U Yadav 4-0-24-2] by 15 runs