New Delhi: The match between the bottom rankers Delhi Daredevils and Sahara Pune Warriors has been abandoned due to heavy downpour at Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. 


Both teams had nine points each but the Daredevils, with four wins and nine defeats, finished at the bottom of the table owing to their poor run rate.

The Warriors, with equal number of wins as Delhi, had to be content with a ninth-placed finish.

Delhi Daredevils were 56 for three against Pune Warriors when rain stopped play in their IPL clash after 10.1 overs at Feroze Shah Kotla stadium here on Saturday.

Colin Ingram (13) and Venugopal Rao (0) were at the crease for the hosts when skies opened up.

Delhi Daredevils were off to a terrible start as they lost their top three batsmen on a paltry 47 runs. Naman Ohja (8), David Warner (19) and Mathew Wade (11) were the three batsmen who left early.

Delhi Daredevils skipper James Hopes has won the toss and elected to bast against Sahara Pune Warriors here on Saturday. 

Brutally battered after being at the receiving end in the IPL season, both bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors would look to finish the Indian Premier League on a positive note when they face-off in their last match of the season, here on Friday.

In the absence of big-hitting opener Virender Sehwag due to shoulder injury, Daredevils have struggled upfront and as a result, the middle order too found it difficult to handle the pressure.

Since Sehwag's departure, stand-in captain James Hopes has struggled to lead a team that has some talented youngsters such as Naman Ojha and Varun Aaron who can give a healthy start to the team.

Delhi’s paceman Irfan Pathan bowled with enough zeal in the last match against Kings XI Punjab, picking up three wickets including those of Paul Valthaty and the in-form Shaun marsh. Skipper Hopes will hope for the same from the pacemaker.

The left-arm seamer's partner, Morne Morkel too has failed to live up to the expectations, with the opposition batsmen often picking him for easy runs.

Young Aaron has raw pace but when it comes to variety, he still has some way to go. The Daredevils' biggest let-down this season, however, has been the poor performance by their batsmen.

Promoted to open the innings in the absence of Sehwag, Ojha's partnership with David Warner did not really set the stage on fire. Venugopal Rao often looked like playing the lone ranger's role but that did not bring the team victory.

As far as the Warriors are concerned, they too struggled to strike the right chord in the tournament. Alike Daredevils, Warriors too have registered four wins in 13 matches.

After his man-of-the-tournament-winning showing in the World Cup, Pune skipper Yuvraj Singh was expected to continue with his dream run, but the script did not work out the way the left-hander would have wanted.

Even Sourav Ganguly's inclusion in the squad failed to turn the tide in his team's favour.

The prince of Kolkata proved a point to all those who ignored him in the auction by scoring a run-a-ball 32 in the team's win against Deccan Chargers, but wasted a decent start to be dismissed for 18 against his former team Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

What must have hit Pune hard was the performance of young Turks Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa. Both Pandey and Uthappa, who caught everyone's attention with their power hitting in the previous edition, looked a far cry this time around.

Similar was the case with Callum Ferguson and opener Jesse Ryder, who has just one half-century under his belt. In the bowling front, Rahul Sharma with his 14 wickets without any doubt has been the find of the IPL.

So impressive has been his bowling that the leg spinner has managed to earn words of encouragement from none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

But for his team to finish an otherwise poor campaign with a win, the Warriors will have to click as a team. And the same goes for the Daredevils also.


Sahara Pune Warriors: Yuvraj Singh (Captain), ER Dwivedi, Imtiyaz Ahmed, JP Faulkner, CJ Ferguson, GB Gaikwad, Harpreet Singh, DS Jadhav, AA Jhunjhunwala, Kamran Khan, M Kartik, HH Khadiwale, B Kumar, NL McCullum, M Manhas, MR Marsh, MD Mishra, SS Mundhe, A Nehra, TD Paine†, MK Pandey, WD Parnell, S Rana, JD Ryder, R Sharma, GC Smith, JE Taylor, AC Thomas, RV Uthappa, SB Wagh.

Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (Captain), VR Aaron, AB Agarkar, TR Birt, R Bist, U Chand, A Chandila, AB Dinda, AJ Finch, R Frylinck, JR Hopes, CA Ingram, AB McDonald, M Morkel, S Nadeem, Y Nagar, PT Naik, NV Ojha†, IK Pathan, RV Pawar, AM Salvi, S Sriram, RE van der Merwe, Y Venugopal Rao, Vikas Mishra, MS Wade, DA Warner, TP Yadav, U Yadav, Vivek Yadav.