IPL: Pune pummel Delhi, avoid wooden spoon

Pune, May 19 (IANS) Delhi Daredevils, who topped the league standings in the last Indian Premier League, finished last this season after losing to Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here Sunday.

Delhi fell 38 runs short of Pune’s 172 for five, ending at 134 for nine. The home side skipper Aaron Finch slammed 52 runs off 34 balls while left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza and all-rounder Angelo Matthews snapped up three wickets each.

With this match, a sorry season came to an end for both teams. Pune could win only four of their 16 matches while Delhi ended up on the right side only thrice.

The hosts had the match in the bag when Delhi lost half their side for 64 runs in the 10th over.

Virender Sehwag (11) was a disappointment once again and David Warner, who opened the batting with Mahela Jayawardene, departed early.

A handy 54-run stand between Irfan Pathan (24) and Muralideren Gautham (30) saved Delhi the embarrassment.

Earlier, Finch delivered at the top, smashing four sixes and three fours.

Luke Wright (44 off 23) and Angelo Matthews (30 not out off 22) fired towards the end, blasting 71 off 37 balls.

The result was a welcome one for Pune, who got the wooden spoon in 2012.

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