DareDevils fight back to shock the Warriors
Felix Austin | cricket20
Aaron Finch and Venugopal Rao steered the Delhi DareDevils to an unlikely 3 wicket victory over the Pune Warriors to seal the visitors first victory in this years tournament.
Venugopal Rao (31) and Finch (25) shared a 6th wicket partnership of 47 from just 4.1 overs to set up a tense finish after the pair had been dismissed by Yuvraj Singh in the penultimate over.

With the tension mounting James Hopes smashed Jessie Ryder for a massive six off the first ball of the final over before dispatching a boundary through backward point to seal a remarkable victory.

It was a shocking end for the Warriors who had looked in total control after Juvraj Singh scored a brilliant half century to help the home side reach 187-5 after the Indian international smashed 3 sixes in the final over.

The skipper smashed 66 runs from just 32 deliveries which included 4 fours and 5 sixes before he took four vital middle order wickets to set up such a frantic finish.

Jessie Ryder also scored a quick fire half century to help the Warriors reach 187-5 against the DareDevils to take control of the game thanks to a sloppy display in the field by the visitors.

The Kiwi blasted 60 runs from just 27 deliveries which included 5 fours and 5 sixes to give the unbeaten Warriors the perfect start at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.

Faced with a tricky run chase the DareDevils top order finally came out with all guns blazing after two disappointing starts against the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.

David Warner lead the way, smashing 43 runs from just 26 deliveries as the DareDevils started the run chase in rampant style reaching 67-0 at the end of the power play overs.

His partner Virender Sehwag played a quieter role contributing 17 runs to the partnership as he reached the 1000 run landmark in the IPL.

With the pair looking untroubled at the crease the Warriors finally made the vital break through to remove Warner (46) who was run out by Robin Uthappa at the end of the 7th over to end an opening stand of 75.

It could have got worse for the DareDevils 3 deliveries later after Sehwag was dropped by Juvraj Singh who almost collided with team mate Monish Mishra as they both went for the same catch out on the long off boundary.

Luckily for the Warriors Sehwag (37) was finally removed two over later when he was bowled by Jessie Ryder who removed the DareDevils skippers middle stump to leave the visitors 97-2.

With the game in the balance Yuvraj struck to remove Irfan Pathan (14) and Naman Ojha (11) in consecutive deliveries to leave the DareDevils 116-4 after 12.4 overs.

Matthew Wade (3) quickly followed before cameos from Finch (25) and Venugopal Rao (31) set up a thrilling final over which left the DareDevils needing 8 run sfrom 6 deliveries.

With the tension mounting Hopes sealed victory by dispatching Ryder for a six and then a boundary to seal a fantastic victory for the DareDevils.

The game got off to an electrifying start thanks to Ryder who smashed Venugopal Rao for two massive sixes at the end of the first over in a short lived experiment for the visitors who removed the spinner from the attack after just one over.

The action continued in the second over when Ryder’s opening partner Graeme Smith was lucky not to go first ball after he edged a delivery from Dinda through to wicket keeper Naman Ojha.

Despite a huge noise Smith remained at the crease and was saved by an half-hearted appeal by Dinda who didn’t seem to interested in appealing to umpire Amiesh Saheba.

Luckily for the DareDevils Smith’s (12) stay at the crease didn’t last much longer as the out of form opener picked out Irfan Pathan at third man two overs later much to the relief of Dinda who finally dismissed the South African.

Although the Warriors were dealt an early blow, Ryder more then made up for this by smashing 4 boundaries off the bowling of Umesh Yadav in the 6th over to help the home side race past 50 from just 32 deliveries.

Their grip on the game was strengthened by Ryder’s 54 run 2nd wicket partnership with Mithun Manhas (20) which saw the Warriors reach 82-2 after Manhas was dismissed by James Hopes in the 9th over.

Ryder completed his half century soon after with another towering six this time off the bowling of Shahbaz Nadeem after being dropped by Dina at the start of the 10th over.

With the milestone reached Ryder tried to increase the run rate but he played one shot two many and was caught by Aaron Finch out of the deep backward square-leg boundary to give Nadeem the vital breakthrough.

Uthappa (4) quickly followed the Kiwi back to the dugout but Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh took centre stage with his own quick fire half century to help the home side reach 187-5.
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