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Friday, 12 April 2013

PWI vs RR - M13 Report & Stats: IPL 2013

Match Report:

Suffering the ignominy of eleven straight losses, Pune Warriors India, on Thursday night decided it was time to tinker with the records at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. A collective effort from the team, that has burned at the bottom for too long, saw the home team breaking all shackles, and in telling style when they recorded their first win of the Pepsi IPL 2013 season. 

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Pune Warriors captain Angelo Mathews and Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid during the toss of the match 13 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune on the 11th April 2013
With the odds stacking up against them, PWI put in their all to record a convincing seven wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals to give the franchisee owners and their home fans something to cry hoarse about. 

Chasing a modest 146, PWI got back to winning ways as Aaron Finch played a magnificent innings scoring 64 off 53 balls. The victory came as a massive relief to Allan Donald and his team. 

PWI started positively as openers Robin Uthappa and Finch went hard after the RR bowlers. Harmeet Singh's 2nd over was taken apart for 17 runs, before Uthappa dismantled S Sreesanth hitting him for two sixes and a boundary to bring up Pune's 50 in just 3.4 over. James Faulkner provided the much needed breakthrough as Rahul Dravid pulled off a blinder to send Uthappa (32) on his way.

Needing less than 6 runs an over thereafter, Finch and Ross Taylor pushed the ball into gaps and rotated the strike to steadily close in on the target. Finch bought up his fifty in style smashing Kevon Cooper for a six. Harmeet Singh got RR their second wicket having Ross Taylor (17) caught in the deep by Brad Hodge. Finch finally departed to give Faulkner his second wicket. Yuvraj Singh finished the match in style with a six as PWI romped home with eight balls to spare..

Earlier RR won the toss and elected to bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his team off to a fantastic start as he dismissed Kusal Perera leg before off the very first delivery. Ajinkya Rahane and Dravid laid the foundation for RR putting on 81 runs for the second wicket. At the halfway stage RR were at 72 for 1, with Dravid and Rahane stroking the ball beautifully. Mathews pulled off a stunning catch in the covers off Rahul Sharma to send back Rahane (30) and break the partnership.

Stuart Binny (1) fell soon after caught off Yuvraj Singh. Brad Hodge was given a reprieve by Mathews when he was dropped off his own bowling on just one. Yuvraj Singh struck in the 15th over when he removed Dravid (54), courtesy of a brilliant one hand catch by Ross Taylor. Dishant Yagnik (12) fell playing an awkward shot to give Sharma his second wicket and pull the game in Pune's favor. A few lusty blows by Hodge (22*) and Faulkner (19*), in the last over enabled PWI to finish at 145 runs for 5. 

Man-of-the-Match: Aaron Finch 

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 145 for 5 (Rahul Dravid 54, Rahul Sharma 2-16) lost to Pune Warriors India 148 for 3 (Aaron Finch 64, James Faulkner 2-17) by 7 wickets. 

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Aaron Finch of Pune Warriors bats during match 13 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 between The Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune on the 11th April 2013
Stats Highlights:

280: Robin Uthappa’s strike-rate against Sreesanth in all IPL matches - 56 runs off 20 balls!

64: Runs scored by Pune Warriors India in first six overs – highest power play score for any side in IPL2013.

43: Number of balls taken by Rahul Dravid to score his fifty. It is the second slowest fifty for Rajasthan Royals in all IPL matches, after Abhishek Jhunjhunwala’s 45-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils at Ahmedabad in 2010.

11: Thursday’s win brought an end to Pune Warriors India’s losing streak of 11 consecutive matches.

2: Number of batsmen who got out to the first ball of the match in IPL2013. Kusal Perera joined Delhi Daredevils’ Unmukt Chand, who suffered this fate against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata in the very first match.

1: Pune Warriors India registered their first win against Rajasthan Royals in four attempts.

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Pune Warrior player Aaronn Finch receives the YES Bank maximum sixes award during the presentation match 13 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune on the 11th April 2013
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."

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Pune Warrior player Aaronn Finch receives the STAR PLUS Navi Soch Award during the presentation match 13 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune on the 11th April 2013

source: iplt20.com

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