Having won the toss and opting to bat first, The Pune Warriors got off to a decent start. In the 2nd over, Jesse Ryder edged Doug Bollinger fine for the innings' first four, before clobbering Nuwan Kulasekara for three consecutive boundaries. Then in a dramatic change of fortunes, Bollinger pegged back the Warriors by getting the wickets of Ryder (for 19 off 12 balls) and Mohnish Mishra (for 2 off 9 balls) as the score read 22/2 in 3.3 overs.
In the very next over, Mithun Manhas was bowled by Kulasekara for a duck. Pune's woes at the top of the order were continuing to play out with the score 28/3 in 5.2 overs with Yuvraj Singh the new man at the crease. But the slide didn't stop there - Manish Pandey was the next to go, dimissed by Tim Southee for 10 off 13 balls with the score at 41/4 in 7.2 overs. Then new batsman Robin Uthappa, reverse-swept Shabad Jakati for a four to bring up Pune's 50 in 9 overs.
In the 12th over, Uthappa carted R Ashwin for a six over mid wicket and two overs later repeated the shot, but was out next ball. The batsman was on his way for 31 off 22 balls with the Warriors again in trouble at 83/5 in 13.2 overs. Yuvraj cut loose soon afterwards, smashing Suresh Raina for a four and Ashwin for a maximum, before running a double to take the Warriors to 100/5 in 15.5 overs.
In the 17th over, Yuvraj lofted Doug Bollinger for a huge six bfeore he and Shaun March scurried three doubles and a couple of singles. Then 10 runs came off the 18th over with Marsh dispatching Southee to the fence. But Bollinger accounted for his wicket in the next ball, for 11 off 15 balls, as the score read 123/6. Then Yuvraj notched up his 50 by carting Southee for a six and followed it up with another maximum.