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IPL 2012 – DD vs PWI: Daredevils Thrash Warriors

By on April 24, 2012

Delhi Daredevils 148 for 2 (Sehwag 87*) beat Pune Warriors India 146 for 2 (Pandey 80*) by eight wickets…

Just four wickets fell, equitably divided across the two innings, and in the end Delhi Daredevils paid Pune Warriors back in the same coin, avenging a recent home loss to the same team with an eight-wicket away win at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Tuesday.

Virender Sehwag, fast approaching top form – if not there already – made mincemeat of the 147 target, with an swashbuckling unbeaten 87, as none of Sourav Ganguly’s tricks and ploys appeared to work. Delhi overhauled the target with four overs to spare when the skipper swung Rahul Sharma for his third six of the match.

Not once was Delhi tested, except perhaps for a stray few moments when Sehwag left Mahela Jayawardene in the lurch, causing the Sri Lankan’s run out early in the chase. But the Delhi captain more than made up for the lapse with an exhibition of aggressive batting thereafter, single-handedly taking his team across the line with ten boundaries and three sixes.

Earlier, Pune Warriors elected to bat and reached a respectable total – thorugh an unbeaten 145-run stand in 18.4 overs for the third wicket- despite losing Jesse Ryder and Ganguly within the first two overs of their innings. Manish Pandey (80) and Robin Uthappa (60) stepped up to be counted, yanking Pune out from their hole and bringing them back to the brink of competitiveness.

They had to counter tight bowling from Delhi’s two left-arm spinners – Shahbaz Nadeem and Pawan Negi – who bowled their eight overs for just 44 runs. But once the two were bowled out, Pune’s batsmen looked to up the tempo.

Pandey struck three sixes, but was dropped at least two times (on 20 and 44) during his knock, before bringing up his half-century in 40 balls. Uthappa was rather more watchful. He reached his fifty in 52 balls, allowing his more frenetic partner to get the quick runs.

The last four overs of Pune’s innings yielded 47 runs, as the home team sough to break the shackles of their slow start. Pandey clouted a six off Irfan Pathan and consecutive boundaries off Umesh Yadav. Uthappa too picked up steam, punching fours off Morne Morkel, who, until then, had bowled economically.

Pune’s last gasp efforts heaved them to 146-2, a total that was no match for Sehwag in his current state of mind.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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