Pune Warriors India signs off on a winning note
Almost all aspect of its game worked like a well-oiled machine as Pune Warriors India beat Delhi Daredevils by 38 runs to finish eighth in the Pepsi IPL6 tournament.
It was the Warriors’ fourth win in 16 matches. There was a middle order wobble though after Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch gave a decent start in the first session, but Angelo Mathews and Luke Wright provided the fireworks for a forceful finish in the last five overs.
Pune Warriors posted a home-match high score of 172 and dominated the second session with left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza striking it rich in his first and second overs, removing the rival skipper Mahela Jayawardena, Virender Sehwag and Bharat Chipli, who was playing a first match for a third franchise after Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers (Hyderabad).
Skipper Finch did everything right for his team winning the toss, electing to bat and scoring his fourth half-century.
The stocky-looking opening pair in Uthappa and Finch has been the only bright spark in an otherwise grim season for Warriors. Both natural fluent strokeplayers and hitters with ability to send the ball into the far tiers of the stands, Uthappa and Finch once again punched shots against a quality pace attack in the presence of a big holiday crowd that watched the action from roofless parts of the stadium, under a blazing sun.
With individual efforts of 410 runs (Uthappa) and 404 (Finch) and 568 together as openers, it appeared a close race in so far as who would finish as the top run-getter for the team. The Australian got the honour, eventually making a strokeful knock of 52 filled with four splendid sixes and three shots hit wide of the fielders to the fence.