Pune: Before their home fans - who turned out in good numbers at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Sunday afternoon - Pune Warriors prevailed in the battle of the basement-dwellers, leaving Delhi Daredevils to hold the IPL 6 wooden spoon. In a match of no real significance, Pune pipped their visitors by 38 runs but the win will overall ring hollow because as in 2011 and 2012, the team massively overwhelmed despite its mammoth price tag.
Pune were coasting on the back of Aaron Finch's rollicking half-century until two wickets for the addition of five runs stalled the innings and allowed Delhi to think of keeping the hosts to under 150. But Luke Wright (44 from 23 balls) and Angelo Mathews (30* off 20) showed their mettle with a 71-run stand in just 37 deliveries that boosted the total to 172 for 5. In defence of a strong total, Pune found excellent production from left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza who pegged Delhi back with three early strikes and Mathews who grabbed three wickets at the death.
On a solid batting track, Pune's openers briefly threatened to put on a strong partnership as their final act of the season. Robin Uthappa (24) led the early aggression with some crisp drives and flicks before he scooped a full delivery from Umesh Yadav to David Warner at point in the sixth over to end an alliance of 38 in 5.1 overs. After a lull, Finch attacked Yadav in his
07:25 PM, May 19, 2013