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Pune Warriors thrash Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets







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Aaron Finch (64) struck a half century as Pune Warriors notched up their first win of the season with an easy seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.

Chasing a modest 146 for a win, the Warriors overhauled the target with eight balls to spare with Finch playing sheet anchor with a 53-ball 64 at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium to give the home side their first win in three matches.

The Warriors romped home easily on the foundation laid by the openers – Finch and Robin Uthappa (32 off 16 balls) — who raised 58 runs in just 4.5 overs.

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Ross Taylor and Yuvraj Singh, who returned to the side after missing the second match due to a sore back, chipped in with 17 and 28 not out respectively.

Yuvraj took some time to open his account but he ended the contest in style with a six off Sreesanth as the Warriors reached 148 for three in 18.4 overs. Yuvraj’s 23-ball knock was studded with two fours and as many sixes.

Uthappa launched an amazing attack on Sreesanth with two sixes and a four in the pacer’s next over as the Warriors reached 50 in the fourth over itself with the help of four fours and as many sixes.

The opening stand was broken in the fifth over with the Royals captain Rahul Dravid taking a brilliant one-handed catch at short-midwicket to dismiss Uthappa off James Faulkner. Uthappa’s 32 came from just 16 balls and was studded with three fours and two sixes.

With the openers having given a rollicking start, the Warriors had the luxury to slow down a bit. Finch and Taylor eschewed risk to take their side to 86 for one at the halfway mark with the asking just six and over.

Earlier, Rahul Dravid (54) struck his second half century in three games but the Royals could only post 145 for five after opting to bat.

The Royals had the worst possible start with opener Kushal Perera out LBW first ball off Bhuvneshwar Kumar but Dravid steadied the innings with the other opener Ajinkya Rahane (30 off 27 balls) with a 81-run stand for the second wicket from 11.1 overs.

Dravid hit eight fours in his 48-ball knock and with his departure at the team score of 93 for four, the Warriors came back into the match.



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