Johannesburg - The Delhi Daredevils kept their nerve with
the ball to secure just their second win of the season, beating the Pune
Warriors by 15 runs in a bottom of the table scrap at the Shaheed Veer Narayan
Singh International Stadium on Sunday, reports the supersport.com website.
Umesh Yadav (two for 24) and Ashish Nehra
bowled with skill at the death, giving spinner Shabhaz Nadeem enough runs to
defend in the final over.
Despite Steven Smith clubbing a six in the
last over, it was too little, too late for the hosts, who needed an unlikely28
off the last six balls.
The Warriors paid for a pedestrian tempo in
the middle of their innings, in pursuit of the Daredevils' 164 for five.
Robin Uthappa (37) and Aaron Finch (37) had
given the Pune outfit a fine start with 76 for the opening wicket, but then
fell within four Irfan Pathan balls of each other to turn the game.
Yuvraj Singh (31 off 24 balls) tried, but
couldn't get into gear, and Luke Wright struggled to 19, as the Daredevils
tightened the runs up. The Pune side eventually ended on 149 for four, with
Smith ending on 17 not out.
Earlier, David Warner clubbed four sixes
and just as many fours, as he scored a decisive 51 not out off just 25 balls.
Medium-pacer Ashok Dinda removed the
dangerous duo of Mahela Jayawardene (12) and Virender Sehwag (28), as Pune made
a promising start with the ball. Keeper Uthappa helped himself to three
catches, as he enjoyed a fine all-round display.
But the Delhi side held on for the win,
which lifted them off the foot of the table, and pushed Pune below them.