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Warner blast steers Delhi to victory

Buoyed by a blistering  hal-century (51, 25b, 4x4, 6x4) by Aussie batsman David Warner, Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors India by 15 runs to keep their hopes alive at the newly built International Stadium in Raipur, hosting its maiden match, on Sunday.

Pune openers Robin Uthappa (37) and Aaron Finch (37) gave their side a great start and they looked well on course at one stage. But some disciplined bowling by Daredevils, backed by electric fielding, did the trick, as Pune fell short by a big margin in the end.

Earlier, David Warner assaulted Pune Warriors bowlers in a brutal fashion as Daredevils posted a competitive 164 for five. Warner blasted his way to an unbeaten 25-ball 51 as he saved Daredevils from what could have been another woeful batting performance.

Credit should also be given to Kedar Jadhav (25), who played the role of second fiddle to Warner to perfection, as the duo added 63 runs in only 5.5 overs to put home team on a pedestal. Jadhav hit two sixes in his 19-ball knock.

Warner hit four boundaries and four huge sixes with 21 runs coming off the penultimate over bowled by Kane Richardson. In fact, three of his four sixes were hit off Richardson who bowled the ‘right length’ to be smashed over the ropes. The final five overs yielded 63 runs with 96 runs coming off the back 10.

Warner, who is Daredevils’ highest scorer in the league by a distance, scored his third half century despite coming in to bat at number four. Put in to bat, Mahela Jayawardene (12) got bogged down and holed out to Luke Wright off Ashoke Dinda but Virender Sehwag was watchful in the Powerplay overs before opening up. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was hit for a straight six and a boundary and he repeated with another pulled six off a slow bouncer from Luke Wright.
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