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Pune’s death overs problem

In the 19th over against the Delhi Daredevils in Raipur on Sunday

Written by Chinmay Brahme | Pune | Published: April 30, 2013 2:21 am

In the 19th over against the Delhi Daredevils in Raipur on Sunday,Kane Richardson — an Aussie pacer making his IPL debut — was brought back to bowl. At that point,Delhi were 130/4 — far from a par score on the new pitch. Richardson dished out three length balls to Kedar Jadhav and David Warner. All three were put into the stands. Ashok Dinda returned for the last over and again generously put out two length balls and one gentle short ball,off which 12 runs were scored. Delhi made it to 165,scoring 63 runs in the last five overs.

Bowling length balls,full tosses and kindly short of length deliveries has been a fixture for the Warriors’ death bowling through the campaign. The side has conceded an average of 54 runs in the death overs (16-20) over eight games. In their last three outings,the side has conceded 61,67 and 63 runs in the last five overs.

This has allowed teams to enjoy a late burst and reach scores between 150-160,the par-score at most centres in this edition of the tournament.

Dinda,the West Bengal pacer has been a serial offender. He has picked up seven wickets at an average of 40.71 with an economy rate of 9.82. However,what would worry coach Allan Donald the most is Dinda’s notorious habit of bowling at least one full toss during each of his overs at the death. In the defeat against the Mumbai Indians on April 13,Dinda bowled the the 17th and the 20th overs. He conceded 35 runs off 12 balls. In the 20th,he bowled four full tosses. Rohit Sharma duly blasted two of those out of the park. A week later,at Mohali,Dinda bowled the 19th over with Punjab requiring 29 off 12. Dinda’s first two deliveries were full tosses on off-stump which David Miller carved away for successive boundaries. Thirteen runs came off that particular over giving Punjab a fighting chance in the last over.

The Warriors have shown a penchant for picking fast-bowling all-rounders. They gave Mitchell Marsh a sustained run before replacing him with Luke Wright. However,neither of them have been convincing with the ball at the death. Marsh was creamed for 21 runs in the 18th over in the Mumbai game with Sharma easily picking his cutters,slower balls and generous offering of length deliveries. Against Bangalore,he was taken for 19 runs in the 19th over,bowling two full tosses which were hit for a four and six each and a length ball which AB de Villiers deposited in the stands.

Pune,thanks to their bowling,have now swapped places with Delhi at the bottom of the table. And unless their pacers go through a steep metamorphosis before the match against Chennai or the Pune team-management back their spinners to do the job at the death,little can be expected from this top vs bottom clash for the home fans at the Subroto Stadium on Tuesday.

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