David Warner and Kedar Jadhav boost Delhi Daredevils to 164/5 against Pune Warriors

David Warner was unbeaten on 51 off just 25 balls © IANS

Raipur: Apr 28, 2013
 
Delhi Daredevils‘ two most reliable batsmen in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, David Warner (51 not out) and Kedar Jadhav (25), propelled their team to 164 for five against the Pune Warriors India after a none-too-impressive start.

Warner and Jadhav shared a swashbuckling 63-run partnership in the latter half of the first innings to rescue their team from a precarious position. After being 96 for four in 14 overs when they started, the duo smashed 63 runs in the last five overs to help Delhi to a competitive total on the brand new Raipur track.

Seven minutes were lost an over into play after a problem with the sightscreen disturbed the Delhi batsmen, after being put in to bat by Aaron Finch. After play resumed, Delhi soon lost captain Mahela Jayawardene (12) early, before Virender Sehwag combined with comeback kid Unmukt Chand for a 48-run stand.
 
Sehwag took his time to settle in before going for his shots, hitting two boundaries and as many maximums as he provided an impetus to his team. Chand, back in the team after a long stint on the bench, was cautious in his approach from the other end, but stuck around with Sehwag as the duo looked to shake off the early wobble.
 
Just as Sehwag was getting into his aggressive swagger, Ashok Dinda got his team the big wicket. Sehwag looked to pull a ball that was banged in short and straight, but found the edge that carried straight to wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa. Almost immediately, Chand nicked one to Uthappa off the bowling of spinner Rahul Sharma to give Pune their third wicket.
 
This brought the big-hitting left-handed duo of Warner and Ben Rohrer together with 10 overs to go and Delhi at 68 for three. The Australian pair put on 28 runs for the fourth wicket before Rohrer gave Uthappa his third catch of the evening to make it 96 for four.
 
One of Delhi’s most consistent batsmen this season, Jadhav, then walked in to join the other performer in the team. Kane Richardson, playing his first match this season, was hit for three towering sixes by the two batsmen in the penultimate over, as Delhi began to entertain thoughts of 160.

In the final over, Jadhav pulled Dinda over deep mid-wicket for six, before holing out to Mithun Manhas at long-on. He was gone for 25 off 19 balls. Irfan Pathan then pulled the last ball of the innings to the deep square-leg fence to end on a high. Warner remained unbeaten on 51 off just 25 balls at the end, his knock studded with four boundaries and as many sixes.

The Pune Warriors wouldn’t have expected the Daredevils to cross 150 given how they started and would be really disappointed on conceding the 15-20 extra runs in the end. Dinda was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, taking three for 31 in his four.

Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 164 for 5 in 20 overs (David Warner 51*, Kedar Jadhav 25; Ashok Dinda 3 for 31) vs Pune Warriors India.

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