Yuvraj leads stuttering Warriors recovery
Yuvraj Singh scored a vital half century to help the Pune Warriors recover after losing four early wickets which allowed the home side to set the Chennai Super Kings a victory target of 142.
The skipper shared a 5th wicket stand of 42 with Robin Uthappa after the Warriors had lost 4 early wickets to leave the home side under pressure after just 6 overs.
Despite losing Uthappa (31) at the start of the 14th over, Yuvraj (62) remained at the crease for the remainder of the innings to help steer the Warriors to a total of 141-6.
The Warriors skipper smashed two sixes off the bowling of Tim Southee in the final over to give the home side some momentum going into the Super Kings run chase.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh would have been disappointed to arrive at the crease site with the home side 28-3.
Jessie Ryder get the innings off to a good start dispatching Nuwan Kulasekara for three boundaries before Doug Bollinger struck twice to remove Ryder (19) and Mohnish Mishra (2) in the 4th over.
Mithun Manhas (0) quickly followed to herald the early arrival of Yuvraj who came to the crease in just the 6th over with the home side under pressure for the second time in the space of 3 days against the Super Kings.
Yuvraj’s mood would have worsened two overs later when Manish Pandey (10) picked out Ravichandran Ashwin at mid on after an ill advised pull shot off the bowling of Tim Southee to leave the Warriors 41-4.