Delhi Daredevils lifted themselves off the bottom of the table through a hard earned 15-run win over Pune Warriors India at the Chhattisgarh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur. David Warner did the star turn for DD with a well composed 51 that enabled them post 164, following which the bowlers did well to restrict PWI to 149.
Chasing a stiff 165, PWI started cautiously as Irfan Pathan bowled a maiden first over. After a few sedate overs, Robin Uthappa upped the tempo with two boundaries off Morne Morkel. PWI made 43 runs from their power play overs. Aaron Finch smashed three boundaries off Pathan's seventh over as PWI started to up the ante. At the halfway stage, PWI were 75 for 0, still needing 90 runs of the remaining ten.
Pathan struck a double blow in the 11th over pegging back PWI. First Uthappa (37) was caught by Unmukt Chand in the deep before Finch (37) was adjudged caught behind. Yuvraj Singh looked in dangerous mood with two imperious strikes to the boundary off Pathan.
Needing 55 from 30 deliveries, Luke Wright and Yuvraj struggled to get the boundaries. In pursuit of quick runs, Wright (19) and Yuvraj (31) fell to Umesh Yadav in a span of a few deliveries to put DD on top. Needing 28 runs off the last over, Shahbaz Nadeem gave away only 13 runs to leave PWI short.
Earlier opting to field PWI’s Ashok Dinda drew first blood when he had Mahela Jayawardene (12) caught by Wright. Virender Sehwag got a move on smashing Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six before cutting him away for a boundary. DD were 37 for one from their power play overs. Dinda got another breakthrough when he had Sehwag (28) gloving to the wicket-keeper to leave DD 68 for 2 at the halfway stage.
Unmukt Chand (17) departed the next over caught behind off Rahul Sharma. Wickets continued to fall as Abhishek Nayar dismissed Ben Rohrer (13). Warner (51*) then started to assault the PWI bowlers, pulling Kane Richardson for a six before smashing three boundaries off Dinda's 17thover. DD took apart Richardson's 19th over for 20 runs as they hit three sixes off it. Some big hitting by Kedar Jadhav (25) helped DD reach 164 for five from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: David Warner
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 164 for 5 (David Warner 51*, Ashok Dinda 3-31) defeated Pune Warriors India 149 for 4 (Aaron Finch 37; Umesh Yadav 2-24) by 15 runs.
3: Number of maiden overs bowled by Irfan Pathan in IPL 2013. He thus equaled Kings XI Punjab’s Praveen Kumar’s record of most maidens this year.
4: Number of fifty stands put on by Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch in IPL 2013- most by any opening pair. The performance of this pair in IPL 2013: 58, 0, 96, 38, 83, 0 and 76.
10.46: Pune Warriors India’s economy in last 5 overs (16 to 20) – worst for any side in IPL 2013.
12: Wides conceded by Pune Warriors India – most by any side in IPL 2013.
19: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur became the 19th Indian ground to host an IPL match.
"Disappointing with the ball in the last five," says Aaron Finch. "That cost us at the end of the day. We are a bit conservative in the chase, but we could have made up. Morne, Umesh and Nadeem bowled really well. We have got only ourselves to blame for where we find ourselves. We haven't been consistent. We need seven from seven to get to nine wins. We have nothing to lose now."
"We had a really good game," says Mahela Jayawardene. "We had to adjust to the wicket upfront, which we did. Davey batted really well towards the end. The bowlers bowled really well. I thought 140-150 might have been par, 160 was pretty decent. We need to keep this momentum, keep working hard and get wins under our belt. We haven't been consistent, hopefully we can do that now."
"To bat through is the role I have been given," says David Warner, the Man of the Match. "I am enjoying it. I just thought if I could get myself in and bat 20 overs, we could put a decent score on the board. We were always trying to get 10 an over for last five, sixty was bonus. You want the ball to follow you in the field, you want to be in the hot spots. You see Kohli, AB, they want to do that too. Hopefully we can take the momentum into the next game."