Warriors overwhelm Kings by 5 wickets

Published: Sunday, May 8, 2011, 23:26 [IST]
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Warriors overwhelm Kings by 5 wickets

Pune Warriors got off to a circumspect start in their chase with Praveen Kumar bowling a maiden straight up. Then Manish Pandey struck Ryan Harris for two fours in the second over. In the next one, Jesse Ryder smashed Praveen for two boundaries as well as Pune moved onto 21/0.

In the following over, Ryder was dropped by Paul Valthaty off Shalabh Srivastava from a powerful shot that went to the boundary. Then Pandey hit a four as well as Pune moved onto 30/0 in 4 overs. Ryder then holed out to long on off Bharghav Bhatt for 15 off 18 balls as the score read 32/1 in 4.4 overs. New batsman Robin Uthappa got underway with consecutive boundaries off Srivastava.

Then in the 8th over, Uthappa ran a single to bring up 50/1 for Pune before the same batsman straight drove Harris for a beautiful boundary and after 9 overs the Warriors were 65/1. But then in the 10th, Uthappa went for a hook shot to be caught off Harris for 22 off 18 balls as the Warriors had slipped to 69/2 in 10 overs.

Captain Yuvraj Singh settled in with a four of Praveen in the next over. Then the same batsman swatted Valthaty away for another boundary in the following over. But there was trouble at the other end when Praveen bowled Pandey for 28 off 30 balls and Pune were 84/3 in 12.1 overs. In the 14th over, Yuvraj got Valthaty away for another boundary, taking the score to 92/3.

Then Yuvraj struck Bhatt for a huge six to bring up the Pune Warriors' 100 in 14.3 overs before hitting a boundary over cover and following up with another maximum and one more boundary. Pune needed just 6 runs to win from the remaining 5 overs, but Yuvraj was out to Srivasatava for 35 off 15 balls with the Warriors score reading 116/4 in 15.3 overs.

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala delayed an inevitable win when he was caught behind off Srivastava for a duck with the Warriors still requiring 3 runs to win. Callum Ferguson and Mitchell Marsh then took their time before the former hit the winning run to take Pune home by 5 wickets with 17 balls to spare.

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