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Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors India by 15 runs







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A change in ‘home’ venue brought about a change in Delhi Daredevils’ luck. The team that had lost seven of their eight games before this game, edged out Pune Warriors in a close finish at the swanky Veer Narayana Singh stadium as Raipur made its debut on the T20 league map.

After Pune Warriors had made a strong start in chase of a target of 165, Daredevils bowlers hit back in the final overs to help their team clinch the issue by 15 runs, their just the second win of the season. With this win, Daredevils have finally managed to rise in the points table.

warner ipl delhi daredevils Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors India by 15 runs

It was a battle between two bottom-placed teams, yet it generated tremendous enthusiasm among the spectators as Raipur witnessed its first big-ticket cricket event. To them it did not matter whether the ‘home’ team Delhi, which has adopted the city for a couple of games, won or lost. They had come to be entertained and be part of a new experience. And they were not disappointed as they saw Indian stars like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh perform for them in a keenly-contested affair.

After DD had notched up 164 for five, PWI, led by Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright, were going well. But Umesh Yadav accounted for the duo in the 18th over to give DD the upper hand. Getting 35 runs in the last two overs proved beyond the reach of the remaining PWI batsmen.

Earlier, when DD were sent in to bat by Pune, they slipped to 96 for four. DD were, not for the first time this season, in deep trouble. However, David Warner and Kedar Jadhav rebuilt the innings to bring DD back into the game. Warner, pushed down the order, salvaged things with his powerful hitting. He struck the ball hard and handsome to attain his third fifty this season.



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