The Match 27 between Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors India proved that Ganguly men are a force to reckon in IPL Season 5. The captain himself set an example for his boys first with the bat and then with the bowl. With today's win, Pune team has recovered from two successive losses while Delhi team has lost their winning momentum. But still Delhi is the table toppers as of today based on run rate.
On a Pitch which was flat, after winning the toss Delhi captain Sehwag opted to field. In Pune innings the opener batsmen Uttapa departed cheaply. But Ryder and Ganguly put up a 2nd wicket partnership of 93 runs. Delhi bowler Morkel who is the most successful bowler of IPL5 was also not sparred. Ryder hit six over a third man and then four past fine leg in an Morkel over. This impacted Morkel rhythm. But Delhi Captain decision to change bowlers could not control the run flow.
Ryder and Ganguly were not doing much running between the wickets since regular boundaries were getting them the desired run. Ganguly departed after scoring 41 runs in 35 balls. Then it was the turn of Smith to hammer the Delhi bowlers. Delhi bowlers struggled with their line and length. Smith quick fire 36 in 13 balls and Ryder 86 helped Pune pile up their highest total in Season 5.
While chasing, the home team lost Mahela Jayewardane early. But with worlds two explosive batsmen , Virdendar Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen, on crease delhi looked in control of the match. The pair added 81 runs in 5 overs and all the bowling changes failed. The Pune captain then decided to take the ball in his own hand. Pietersen had made up his mind to hit but Ganguly's ball kept low and hit the stumps. Delhi last match centurion departed prompting celebrations in visitors team. Soon another wicket of Irfan pathan was bagged by the captain, thanks to some smart fielder placement.
But with Sehwag still on crease, ganguly knew that match could turn either way. So captain took a chance by bringing back Kartik. Kartik bowled a slow tossed up delivery and Sehwag struck one straight back at him giving an easy catch. The remaining Delhi batsmen collapsed like pack of cards giving Pune team a comfortable win. With this win Pune are on 8 points and 4th on the points table based on Run Rate. Delhi team continues to be on top of the points table due to their better run rate. What an entertaining Match. Delighted to see ganguly form.