Warriors post 143/7 against Royals

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 17:47 [IST]
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Warriors post 143/7 against Royals

Being put into bat, the Pune Warriors got off to a decent start with Jesse Ryder glancing Johan Botha fine for four in the second ball of the first over. The other opener Manish Pandey and Ryder each took a four off Ashok Menaria in the second over. However, at the end of the 3rd, Botha had Ryder stumped for 18 off 12 and the Pune Warriors were 24/1 with Robin Uthappa the new man the crease.

In the 5th over, Uthappa upped the ante by smashing Amit Singh for two boundaries, before laying into Shane Warne by knocking three fours off him as the score moved onto 49/1 in 6 overs. But Uthappa was also lucky to get away with three very close lbw appeals in that over. Putting that good fortune behind them, the batting duo each smacked Amit Singh for a boundary in the 8th over as the score ticked over to 66/1.

In the 9th over however, Uthappa was caught by the keeper attempting a shoddy reverse sweep off Warne and the bowler had eventually won the battle as the batsman departed for 35 off 21 balls. The score was 70/2 when Yuvraj Singh walked to the crease. Pandey kept the momentum going by striking a boundary off Botha, but Yuvraj was fortunate to survive a close lbw shout later in the over.

But Yuvraj wasn't so lucky in the next over when he was run out for 7 off 11 balls, while backing up at the non-striker's end. The Warriros had slipped to 91/3 in 12.2 overs. Pune were in deeper trouble three balls later when Pandey holed out to the fielder at deep midwicket for 30 off 31 balls. Then Mithun Manhas and Harprett Singh took their side past 100 in the 15th over. Several quiet overs followed till Manhas finally got Singh away for a four in the 18th over.

In the penultimate over, Watson got rid off Harpreet Singh for 13 off 19 as the score read a less than satisfactory 121/4. In a dramatic final over, Manhas lofted Trivedi for a six before departing to the same bowler. Then Rahul Sharma was run out for a duck before Nathan McCullum finished off the innings with a six and a double, at 143/7.

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