IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils
The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium, Raipur made its debut, hosting two bottom-placed IPL teams on Sunday night.
Pune Warriors skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to field. The visitors made three changes to their team with Rahul Sharma, Abhishek Nayar and Kane Richardson coming in for Ali Murtaza, Ishwar Pandey and Mitchell Marsh respectively.
Ashok Dinda struck in his first over. The pacer bagged the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene, who made just 12 runs.
Pune Warriors lost by 15 runs to slip to the bottom of the IPL standings. Both Delhi and Pune have just two victories from nine games but Delhi are ahead with a better net run rate.
Image: Virender Sehwag with Yuvraj Singh
Sehwag, Chand steady Delhi
Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand stabilised the Delhi innings with a fluent partnership.
Sehwag made 28 from 26 balls, while Chand scored 17 as the duo put on 48 runs for the second wicket to lay a good foundation for Delhi, who were 68 for two after 10 overs.
Image: Virender Sehwag
Pune dent Delhi's charge
Ashok Dinda picked up his second wicket, as he removed Sehwag caught by wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa for 29.
Rahul Sharma in his second spell dismissed Chand in the same fashion for 17 as Delhi lost two quick wickets.
Image: Ashok Dinda celebrates the wicket of Virender Sehwag
Warner rescues Delhi
Sent in to bat at No. 4, David Warner rescued Delhi with a quickfire half-century.
The left-hander blasted 51 from a mere 25 balls, hitting four sixes and four boundaries to take control in the final few overs.
Image: David Warner
Jadhav hits quick runs at the end
Kedar Jadhav played the role of second fiddle to Warner to perfection, as the duo added 63 runs in only 5.5 overs to lift the home team to a competitive 164 for five in their 20 overs.
Image: Kedar Jadhav
Delhi's late burst lifts them to 164
Warner smashed 21 runs in the penultimate over bowled by Kane Richardson. In fact, three of his four sixes were hit off Richardson as the final five overs yielded 63 runs with 96 runs coming off the back 10.
Dinda emerged as the best bowler for Pune, claiming three for 31 in four overs, while Rahul Sharma (1 for 23) and Abhishek Nayar (1 for 15) claimed a wicket each.
Image: Yuvraj Singh tries to make a diving stop off his own bowling
Uthappa, Finch give Pune good start
Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch gave Pune Warriors a good start.
They both hit 37 from 33 balls to put on a 76-run opening stand for the opening wicket.
Image: Robin Uthappa (left) with Aaron Finch
Pathan's double strike cripples Pune
Left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan brought Delhi back into the contest as he claimed the wicket of both Pune openers in his third over.
Uthappa was caught on the fine leg fence by Unmukt Chand, while Finch was unlucky to be given caught down the leg side as the ball hit his thigh pads before being caught by wicketkeeper Jadhav.
Image: Irfan Pathan
Raipur stadium's impressive debut
The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium made it's debut and impressed many with the facilities on offer.
It is the second largest cricket stadium in India with a seating capacity of 50,000.
It will host two IPL matches this season with Delhi Daredevils playing Kolkata Knight Riders in the other game on May 1.
Image: The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium
Yuvraj fails to carry Pune home
Pune struggled in the final few overs as their big players failed to get the runs at a quick rate while also losing wickets at a crucial time.
Yuvraj Singh made 31 from 24 balls before he was dismissed in the 18th over as the asking rate kept creeping up.
Image: Yuvraj Singh
Yadav ends Pune's hopes
Umesh Yadav's double strike in the 18th over finished off Pune's hopes.
First he got Luke Wright caught at long-off for 19 before Yuvraj top edged a pull and was caught at deep square leg.
Pune finished on 149 for four in 20 overs to lose by 15 runs to slip to the bottom of the IPL table.
Image: Umesh Yadav