Royals ensure Warriors' losing streak continues

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 19:45 [IST]
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Royals ensure PWI stay on losing streak

The Pune Warriors got off to an agonising start in trying to defend their 143/7. Six runs came off the first ball with Murali Kartik bowling a no-ball and then 4 byes, before Manish Pandey dropped Watson off a tough chance at long on. Then in the second over, Rahul Dravid smashed Alfonso Thomas for two fours as the score read 19/0. One over later, Watson carted Rahul Sharma for a huge six.

In the 5th over, the Warriors finally got their breakthrough when Thomas had Watson caught behind for 12 off 14 balls. Then Dravid was dropped by Harpreet Singh while in the next over, Botha survived a run-out chance from Ryder. But in the 8th over, Sharma caught and bowled Dravid for 18 off 20 balls, before Botha took a single off McCullum to bring up the Royals' 50 in the 9th.

Ashok Menaria flayed Jerome Taylor for a six in the 10th over, but in the very next, Rahul Sharma trapped Johan Botha in front for 12 off 18 balls as the score read 59/3 in 10.2 overs. The new batsman Ross Taylor got off the mark with a four off off-spinner Nathan McCullum, before cutting his spin-twin Kartik away for another boundary and following it up with a six as the Royals climbed to 81/3 in 13 overs.

There were fire-works at the other end as well, with Menaria slamming McCullum for a six. But Sharma ensured he was soon to play his last shot when he had the batsman caught by Alfonso Thomas at long on for 29 off 22 balls. But Taylor wouldn't back down, smashing a couple off boundaries and a six off Kartik in the 16th to reduce the equation to 35 required from 24 balls.

A few balls later, Ross Taylor went for a big hoick and was nearly caught by a diving Nathan McCullum at midwicket as the equation read: 29 runs off 3 overs. Then in the 18th over, Ajinkya Rahane struck Jerome Taylor for a four and scampered 6 more runs. 19 runs were needed off 12 balls when Taylor hit Thomas for a six and ran five more runs with Rahane, reducing the equation to 6 required off the last over. Then Rahane edged a four and and Taylor ran the winning runs.

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