IPL: Finch magic steers Pune to win

2013-04-16 00:00

AARON Finch’s 45-ball innings of 67 proved to be the match-winning contribution as the Pune Warriors held off the Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs in their IPL clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai yesterday. 

The Australian’s 10 fours and two sixes, along with Steve Smith’s remarkable undefeated 16-ball cameo of 39 at the death, catapulted the visitors to a total of 159 for six. Only South African Chris Morris starred with the ball for Chennai, as he recorded figures of 4-0-25-2.

The Super Kings reply rarely threatened and only Subramaniam Badrinath (34) and Ravindra Jadeja’s (27) fourth-wicket partnership of 46 contributed significantly to the eventual total of 135 for eight.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the shining light with the ball for the Pune outfit, as he produced immaculate figures of two for 12 in his four overs. Ashok Dinda (4-0-24-2) and Mitchell Marsh (4-0-35-2) also chipped in with two wickets apiece.

The Warriors second win of the competition sees them move up a place into seventh in the standings, while MS Dhoni’s team sit just one place higher by virtue of their superior net run-rate.

With his team having earlier won the toss and electing to bat, Finch wasted little time in showing his intent as he mauled countryman Dirk Nannes (4-0-42-0) for three boundaries in the opening over.

Finch was imperious as he struck eight boundaries in the first five overs, and launched his first maximum over long off at the start of the eighth over from the bowling of R. Ashwin (4-0-24-0) — shortly after the 50 had come up.

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