After the return of Virender Sehwag from injury, David Warner has performed successfully in the Daredevils middle-order. He scored a match-winning half-century as Delhi beat Pune on Sunday.
At the brand new Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors by 15 runs to climb off the foot of the table in place of their opponents.
Story first published on: Monday, 29 April 2013 00:25
Delhi posted 164/5 in their 20 overs, aided by a 25-ball 51 by David Warner, who was declared Man of the Match as well. "We have the firepower in our batting and are finally performing well," said Warner at the post-match presentation ceremony.
"I love slotting in the middle-order. It takes the pressure off me and I have the freedom to play my shots. The wicket at Raipur was good for playing shots and I hope we can carry this momentum in to the next few games as well," added Warner.
Delhi skipper Mahela Jayawardene was pleased with the victory but hoped that his side could build on these wins. "We had a good game today. It was a perfect all-round performance with the ball and the bat," said Mahela after the win.
"Davy (Warner) batted exceptionally well as we managed to score more that what we had expected. Now it is up to us to carry these performance forward," added Mahela.
Pune started their chase of 165 well with openers Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch putting on 76 runs for the first wicket. "The over where Irfan got Uthappa and myself out was the turning point of the match. We lost a bit of momentum and could never recover," said Pune skipper Finch after the game.
"We are playing well but are lacking the killer instinct. We are bottom of the table now but that also means we have nothing to lose."
After sitting out the last few games due to poor performances with the bat at the start of the season, India Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand was delighted to get back in to the side.
"It's a great feeling to play for Delhi again. I have had some time to work on my shortcomings and I'm glad I got a few runs on the board today," he said after the victory.
"The new stadium at Raipur is great and I hope to come back and win a few more games here," Chand added.