IPL 2013: Pune Warriors vs Rajasthan Royals - As it happened...

IPL 2013: Pune Warriors vs Rajasthan Royals - As it happened...

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IPL 2013: Pune Warriors vs Rajasthan Royals - As it happened...Zeenews Sports Bureau

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Pune innings:

Over 18.4 || Score 148/3

Sreesanth has been brought back to bowl the penultimate over. And Yuvraj plays a cracking drive off the second ball for a boundary through covers! And then Yuvi finishes it off in style as he clobbers the fourth ball for a six over deep midwicket for the winning runs! So this means that the Pune Warriors have ended their 11-match losing streak!

Yuvraj Singh28* (23b) Angelo Mathews 1*(1b)

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Over 18 || Score 138/3

Cooper to bowl his final over. He drifts away on the leg side and Yuvrak guides that towards fine leg for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 17 || Score 131/3

Faulkner brought back into the attack. And Faulkner picks his second wicket off the match off the last ball of his spell! Finch was looking to score a big shot, it was a yorker and the stumps were knocked off! Three runs and wicket from the over.

AJ Finch b Faulkner 64 (53b)

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Over 16 || Score 128/2

Trivedi to bowl his final over. And Yuvraj Singh has seen enough! Trivedi bowls a slower one and Yuvi smacks that over long on for a Six! Eleven runs from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 117/2

Cooper to bowl his third over. Five runs from the over.

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Over 14 || Score 112/2

Trivedi into his third over. Sachin Baby missed a run-out chance. Finch played the ball towards mid on and first refused for a single, then went for it and was gone in case if it was a direct hit. Three from the over.

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Over 13 || Score 109/2

Faulkner to continue. Finch scores a boundary off the first ball past the bowler. Just one more run scored off the next five balls, five runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 104/2

Harmeet Singh to bowl his final over. And Ross Taylor goes for his favourite slog sweep and smashes the second ball over deep midwicket for a Six! And knowing that it would be Harmeet’s last ball of the innings, Taylor once again takes the chance off the last ball but is caught at deep midwicket by Brad Hodge. Eight runs from the over.

LRPL Taylor c Hodge b Harmeet Singh 17 (20b)

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Over 11 || Score 96/5

Cooper brought back into the attack. Cooper bowls a full-toss and Finch smashes that over deep square leg for a Six which also brings his fifty off 36 balls! Pune were low on confidence and they needed a stupendous innings like this. Well played Aaron Finch! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 82/1

Harmeet Singh has been brought back into the attack. Good over on this occasion, three runs from it.

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Over 8 || Score 79/1

Siddharth Trivedi comes into the attack. He drifts on the leg-stump on one occasion and Finch works it towards deep square leg for a boundary! Finch was given some room outside the off-stump and he cut that past the fielder at point for a boundary! Twelve runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 67/1

Faulkner to continue. Just three singles from that over.

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Over 6 || Score 64/1

Kevon Cooper comes into the attack. Finch gets a bottom edge that rushes past third man for a boundary! Six runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 58/1

Faulkner introduced into the attack. And the carnage doesn’t stop! The bowler bowls a short of length ball, Finch comes down the wicket and goes over cover for a boundary! Uthappa wanted to clear the penultimate ball towards leg side, but Dravid pulls off a blinder to dismiss Uthappa! Seven runs from the over.

RV Uthappa c Dravid b Faulkner 32 (16b)

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Over 4 || Score 51/0

Sree to continue. And there’s the shot for the day for you! Robin Uthappa stays at the crease and launches the first ball over long on for his first Six! The next ball is a low full-toss and Uthappa works that to deep square leg for a couple. The bowler follows it with a short of length ball and Uthappa plays a frontfoot cover drive for another boundary! and it is a no ball as well. Sreesanth bowls another full-toss, Uthappa came a step ahead and hit that towards deep midwicket for another Six! Good shots from Uthappa but we have seen some pathetic bowling from Sreesanth in this over. Last three balls produced two singles. Fifty up for Pune Warriors and this is just the fourth over which produced 21 runs!

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Over 3 || Score 30/0

Harmeet Singh to continue. And Uthappa hits two consecutive boundaries off the first two balls. Uthappa takes a single off the third and then Finch shimmies down and clobbers another six over long on! Finch follows it with a single. Uthappa takes another single. Seventeen runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 13/0

Sreesanth to bowl the second over. It was a decent over as just one came off the first five balls, but then Sree ended the over with a half volley and Finch smashed that over long on for a Six! It was stand and deliver! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 6/0

Uthappa and Aaron Finch open for Pune, Harmeet Singh will bowl the first over. Good start for the youngster. The fourth ball was pitched short and Finch swept that for a boundary deep square leg. Six runs from the over.

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Rajasthan innings

Over 20 || Score 145/5

Bhuvan to bowl the final over. He offers some width to Hodge off the first ball and that is dispatched for a boundary at deep backward point. Hodge follows it with a single at cover. Bhuvan attempts a slower ball and Faulkner was ready as he smashed that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Faulkner follows it with another single. Bhuvan offers some width on the off side and Hodge play a cut shot that runs past Yuvi at point for another boundary! A single to end the over and which means Pune need 136 runs to win the match!

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Over 19 || Score 130/5

Dinda to bowl the penultimate over. It was a good over by Dinda as gave just four runs. Crucial over at this stage of the game.

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Over 18 || Score 126/5

Bhuvan has been brought back into the attack. He attempts a yorker, ends up bowling a low full-toss and Faulkner smacks that over deep midwicket for a Six! Bhuvan bowls a full-toss last ball and Hodge smashes that towards deep backward point where Ross Taylor couldn’t stop it. Fourteen runs from the over.

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Over 17 || Score 112/6

Mathews to bowl his final over. Six runs from the over. Six runs from the over.

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Over 16 || Score 106/5

Rahul Sharma to bowl his final over. Dishant Yagnik tries a Dilscoop off the fifth ball, doesn’t time it well, falls on the ground and is caught at first slip. Four runs from the over, excellent spell from Sharma 4-0-16-2 comes to an end.

DH Yagnik c Suman b Sharma 12 (8b)

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Over 15 || Score 102/4

Yuvraj into his final over. And now Taylor picks an excellent catch to dismiss Dravid! Dravid was offered some width and he played it towards cover where Taylor took a stunner from one hand to his left. Dishant Yagnik is the new batsman. And he gets off the mark with a clever late cut that runs to third man for a boundary! And Yagnik plays a reverse-sweep off the fifth ball for another boundary at square leg this time! Ten runs from the over.

R Dravid c Taylor b Yuvraj Singh 54 (48b)

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Over 14 || Score 92/3

Mathews to bowl his third over. And Mathews drops Hodge off his own bowling! It was a tough catch as Mathews bowled a slower one and Hodge hit it to his right and he couldn’t hold on to the catch. Four runs from the over.

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Over 13 || Score 88/3

Yuvraj to bowl his final over. And this time he gets a wicket. Binny shimmied down and Yuvi pitched it shorter, Binny mistimed his shot and was caught at long on by Marsh! Five runs from the over.

STR Binny c Marsh b Yuvraj Singh 1 (4b)

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Over 12 || Score 83/2

Sharma into his third over. And he gets the much needed break through! Rahane charged down the wicket and attempted to clear the fielder at mid off but Mathews dived to his left to take an excellent catch to dismiss Rahane! Three runs from the over.

AM Rahane c Mathews b Sharma 30 (27b)

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Over 11 || Score 80/1

Mathews to bowl his second over. He bowls fuller length and Dravid smashes that to square leg for another boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 72/1

Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack. And Rahane welcomes him with a powerfull boundary hit through mid off! And then Marsh gifts one to Dravid on the leg side and that is worked towards square leg for a boundary! Eleven runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 61/1

Yuvraj to continue. Dravid gets some width off the third ball and he cuts it past point for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 54/1

Sharma to continue. And the openers are certainly playing with a plan here. They are making sure they don’t lose any wickets till the ten overs and with wickets in hand, they can make the best of the last ten overs. Five runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 49/1

Yuvraj Singh comes into the attack. Five from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 44/1

Spin introduced, Rahul Sharma to bowl his first over. And as you would expect from him, just four runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 40/1

Dinda to bowl his second over. And he pitches the first ball full and outside the off-stump which is played through covers for a boundary by Rahane! And Dravid scores another boundary off the fifth ball, another top shot driven through covers! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 30/1

Angelo Mathews to bowl his first over. Dravid gets some room off the second ball and he cuts that past point for a boundary! Two balls later, Mathews bowls one on the pads and Dravid works that for another boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 20/1

Bhuvan to continue. And he bowled a front-foot no ball and Dravid scored a boundary off the free-hit. Seven runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 14/1

Dinda to bowl the second over. Dinda bowls a fuller length delivery to Dravid who drives that through covers for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 7/1

Rahane and Perera to open for Rajasthan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over. And he strikes first ball! It was pitched on middle and off and it sharply nipped into the batsman. Good start for Pune and the Rajasthan skipper Dravid has come to the crease. Bhuvan bowled the last ball on the pads which was easily flicked at deep midwicket for a boundary by Rahane. Seven from the first over.

MDKJ Perera lbw b Kumar 0 (1b)

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TOSS: Rajasthan have won the toss and elected to bat first.

While Rajasthan Royals would be high on confidence after winning two out of two matches, Pune Warriors would be desperate to register their first win of the tournament as both the sides lock horns with each other.

Rajasthan Royals are once again looking a force to reckon with after Rahane and Dravid have provided them with decent starts in both the matches. Kevon Cooper is someone who has been in fine touch ever since he made his debut last year and even this year he has done a decent job with the ball. The pacers on other hand are all in good form which was clearly seen in their previous match at their home ground where they played five pacers who shared ten wickets between them.

Pune Warriors are stuck at the bottom of the table with a run-rate of -1.915. They lost their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad after they failed to chase down a target of 126 runs. Their defeat in the second match was even more humiliating after they were bundled for just 99 runs and Kings XI Punjab chased down the target in just 12.2 overs. Big players like Samuels and Mathews have failed in both the matches and the team franchise would want them to deliver their best in today’s match.

First Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 19:14

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