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Delhi done as Pune prevail in battle of the worst

Delhi Daredevils lost to Pune Warriors by 38 runs today and have finshed last in this year's T20 League in Pune today. Kushal Phatarpekar reports.

india Updated: May 20, 2013 03:03 IST
Kushal Phatarpekar
Kushal Phatarpekar
Hindustan Times
Pune Warriors,Aaron Finch,Delhi Daredevils

The last day of the league competition carried little significance for Delhi Daredevils or Pune Warriors in the context of the competition. However, it provided a chance to avoid becoming the only side in the league's six-year history to finish last twice.

Pune seemed to be more conscious of that fact as they mustered up their best batting performance at home this season, posting a target of 173 to script an easy 38-run victory and avoid finishing at the bottom of the table. Scorecard

The match itself was a lacklustre affair with many misfields and a lack of application with bat and ball by both sides, a battle of the basement teams in every sense.

Sordid play
Still, Delhi produced an underwhelming display true to their sorry run in the season. It was a valiant show from Pune captain Aaron Finch.
The maverick Australian produced an array of shots, bludgeoning the Delhi Daredevils bowling that seemed have lost all focus.
On a dry pitch that did not offer much to the bowlers, Finch's 53 (34b, 3x4, 4x6) proved crucial. After his dismissal, Luke Wright (44 — 23b, 7x4, 1x6) and Angelo Mathews (30 no — 22b, 2x6) gave them the edge with Umesh Yadav conceding 24 runs in one over.
A dropped catch off Mathews by Irfan Pathan at the mid-wicket boundary on the last ball of the 19th over summed up Umesh's day as he gave away 52 runs in his four overs.

A poor reply with the bat for Delhi made the task even easier for Pune.

A 54-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Irfan (24, 28b, 2x4) and CM Gautam (30, 23b, 2x4, 1x6) gave a glimmer of hope.
However, Ali Murtaza, the stand-out performer for Pune, brought the curtains down on Delhi's poor season, bagging three wickets in four overs giving away just 15 runs.

First Published: May 19, 2013 15:53 IST