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In the battle to decide who takes the wooden spoon, Pune Warriors India triumphed over the Delhi Daredevils by 38 runs at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. Batting first PWI, riding on their skipper Aaron Finch’s half-century, posted 172 before their bowlers restricted DD to 134.
Chasing 173, David Warner was given a life as early on as he was dropped by Finch off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first delivery. Wayne Parnell however got Warner (2) the next over caught by wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa. Bharath Chipli, playing his first match of the season, pulled Parnell for a six and was put down by Angelo Mathews at slip a few deliveries later. Mahela Jayawardene (14) who survived a stumping chance perished the next delivery as he reached out to a wide delivery from Ali Murtaza only to scoop it to Luke Wright at point.
Murtaza struck twice in the 8th over having Virender Sehwag (11) caught out in the deep before trapping Chipli (16) leg before to leave DD four down in the eighth over. Ben Rohrer (7) then dragged Ashoke Dinda as DD at the halfway stage were 65 for five, needing 108 runs more to win. CM Gautamhit a six off Kumar in the 12th over andIrfan Pathan survived a run out attempt as Robin Uthappa failed to collect the ball when whipping off the bails. Needing 69 from 30 balls, DD lost Gautam (30) caught by the boundary off Angelo Mathews. Morne Morkel (0) followed him a couple balls later, caught by Parnell. Pathan (24) then perished caught by Manish Pandeyoff Mathews in the 19th over. DD eventually finished 38 runs short.
Earlier PWI won the toss and elected to bat. PWI started positively as Finch slammed a six off Siddarth Kaulin the second over. Umesh Yadav got the initial breakthrough as Uthappa (24) sliced him to Warner at point. Yadav was then taken for 17 runs as Finch launched him for two sixes and smashed a boundary. Shahbaz Nadeem got one through to bowl Pandey (10).
Finch continued attacking with a six and a boundary off Pathan. The PWI skipper brought up his half-century in the 12th over but departed soon after as he chipped one off Kaul to Sehwag at mid-wicket. Yuvraj Singh (3) miscued Irfan Pathan and was caught by Sehwag to leave PWI four down in the 14th over. Angelo Mathews top edged Morkel for a six in the 16th over. Wright hit consecutive boundaries off Morkel in the 18th over before he and Mathews (30*) combined to add 24 runs of the 19th over bowled by Umesh Yadav. Wright (44) fell in the last over as PWI finished at 172 for five.
Man-of-the-Match: Luke wright
Brief Scores: Pune Warriors India 172 for 5 (Aaron Finch 52, Siddarth Kaul 2-27) defeated Delhi Daredevils 134 for 9 (CM Gautam 30, Angelo Mathews 3-14) by 38 runs.
Chasing 184, MI lost Glenn Maxwell (0) to the third delivery of the run-chase as he was caught by Manan Vohra at third man edging Praveen Kumar. Aditya Tare pulled Azhar Mahmood for a six before cutting him away for a boundary. Tare then lofted Sandeep Sharma over the ropes before the bowler got one through the gap between bat and ball to castle him. Ambati Rayudu then hit consecutive boundaries off Sandeep Sharma as MI reached 51 for two at the end of the Power Play overs.
Rayudu (26), trying to hook, gloved Parvinder Awana to the wicket-keeper in the ninth over. Rohit Sharma launchedPiyush Chawla deep into the stands before Dinesh Karthik (0) chipped one straight back to the bowler a couple of balls later. At the halfway stage, MI were 69 for four still needing 114 runs.
Rohit Sharma (25) was dropped by Shaun Marsh off Chawla, but the Mumbai Indians captain failed to make the most of it as he was bowled a few deliveries later. Kieron Pollard (22) was given a lucky break when he was caught off a no-ball but Sandeep Sharma had him caught by David Miller a little later. Rishi Dhawan (14) was adjudged leg before off Mahmood in the 17th over. Mahmood then bowled IPL debutant, Nathan Coulter-Nile (9) in the 19th over. Gilchrist dropped the gloves and came on to bowl the final over of the innings. With his very first deliver, he had Harbhajan Singh (5) holing out to Gurkeerat Singh at the midwicket fence as MI fell 51 runs short.
Earlier in the evening, MI won the toss and elected to bat. KXIP were shaken early as they lost Mandeep Singh (1) in the second over caught by Pollard off Dhawan. Coulter-Nile uprooted Gilchrist's (5) off-stump to leave KXIP two down. Shaun Marsh looked in ominous mood as he smashed three boundaries off Dhawal Kulkarni in the 6th over. Lasith Malinga's 8th over went for 20 runs as Mahmood hit a six and three successive boundaries.
Mahmood continued his assault slamming consecutive sixes off Glenn Maxwell in the 13th over. Mahmood and Marsh who added 148 runs for the third wicket were each given a chance in Dhawan's 14th over as the MI fielders put them down. Mahmood deposited Harbhajan over the ropes, before the bowler came back to bowl Marsh (63). Malinga trapped Mahmood (80) leg before wicket. Vohra (20*) hit a couple of boundaries before Pollard had Miller (6) caught in the deep. With three wickets falling in the last over, KXIP finished with 183 for eight.
Man-of-the-Match: Azhar Mahmood
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 183 for 8 (Azhar Mahmood 80, Lasith Malinga 3-39) defeated Mumbai Indians 133 for 9 in 19.1 overs (Ambati Rayudu 26, Piyush Chawla 2-20) by 50 runs.