x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

IPL: Pune Warriors deal Delhi Daredevils to the bottom

Pune send Delhi crashing to the bottom of the Indian Premier League table.

David Warner connects for Delhi Daredevils in a match during last year’s Indian Premier League. Warner will face a disciplinary hearing with Cricket Australia after his Twitter outburst against Australian cricket journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn of News Limited.
David Warner connects for Delhi Daredevils in a match during last year’s Indian Premier League. Warner will face a disciplinary hearing with Cricket Australia after his Twitter outburst against Australian cricket journalists Robert Craddock and Malcolm Conn of News Limited.

PUNE 172-5 (20ov)

DELHI 134-9 (20ov)

 

Toss Pune, chose to bat


Pune Finch 52, Wright 44; Parnell 3-36

Delhi Gautam 30, Pathan 24; Pathan 4-34

Man of the match Luke Wright (Pune Warriors)

 

Mahela Jayawardene made no attempt to sugarcoat the Delhi Daredevils' disappointing Indian Premier League campaign, which signed off with a 13th defeat on Sunday.

The were beaten by Pune Warriors India by 38 runs in a basement battle, with the result ensuring that Delhi will finish the season at the bottom of the table, having begun with high aspirations of challenging for the title.

Jayawardene said: "It was a tough day at the office for us, sums up the season.

"They played better cricket on this wicket. Rough season for us, but need to move on."

Captain Aaron Finch and Luke Wright were the Pune heroes in their total of 172 for five.

Finch had chosen to bat after winning the toss and he backed up his decision with three boundaries and four sixes in a quick-fire 52 off 34 balls.

Once he had been dismissed Wright, who was the man of the match, kept the momentum up, hitting seven fours and a six in his 44 off 23 deliveries.

Delhi's batting line-up once again failed to fire, with Jayawardene (14), David Warner (2) and Virender Sehwag (11) all falling cheaply, leaving them struggling at 64 for five.

Muralidharen Gautam brought some respectability to the innings as he struck 30, which included one six, but when he became one of the three wickets taken by Angelo Mathews (three for 14) the game was effectively up.

It was only Pune's fourth success of the season and Finch said: " I'm very happy with the way it ended. Disappointed we haven't been able to do it more often."

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