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Pune Warriors in convincing victory over Daredevils.

PUNE: Pune Warriors India and Delhi Daredevils came into the last Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 match with the sole aim of avoiding the wooden spoon. And yesterday, Pune showed enough intent, which Delhi didn't, to wrap up a convincing 38-run win at Subrata Roy Sahara stadium here to push Delhi to a last-place finish.

Deciding to bat first, ron Finch led from the front with a 34-ball 52, before a brisk 71-run partnership between Angelo Mathews and Luke Wright propelled Pune to 172 for 5. After that, Ali Murtaza's excellent returns of 3 for 15 and Mathews's 3 for 14 ensured that Delhi were restricted to just 134 for 9.

That Delhi bowled 13 overs where less than 10 runs were scored but still allowed Pune to post a big score was because of the 19th over of the innings when Umesh Yadav conceded 24 runs.

The Delhi bowlers were mostly in control of proceedings till then. Robin Uthappa was the first to fall, after an attractive 24, in the sixth over when he checked a shot off Yadav and David Warner lapped up the leading edge at backward point.

Shahbaz Nadeem bowled a tight line and in his second over, he bowled Manish Pandey, who ended up in an awkward position in trying to cut an arm ball.

At the other end, Finch favored the arc between long-on and square leg, where he hit all his four sixes, on the way to his fourth half-century of the season. He looked good for more but committed early to a short delivery from Siddarth Kaul and looped the ball to short midwicket, where Virender Sehwag took the first of his three catches of the match. Yuvraj Singh went to a non-committal shot off a poor ball from Irfan Pathan and Pune were 96 for 4 by the 14th over.

But in 37 balls of aggressive batting after that, Mathews and Wright changed the complexion of the game. They spoiled Morne Morkel's bowling figures before Yadav leaked far too many runs at the death to leave Delhi's batsmen with a daunting task.

Delhi's chase never took off. Warner and Mahela Jayawardene, the two openers who got a life apiece, fell within the Power Play overs. Warner inside edged Wayne Parnell to be caught behind and Jayawardene guided a wide delivery from Murtaza straight into the hands of Wright at backward point.

Murtaza then played with Sehwag's patience, tempting him with loopy flight, and Sehwag fell for it and hit one straight to Raiphi Gomez at the extra-cover boundary. Off the very next ball, Murtaza had Bharat Chipli, playing his first game of the season, plumb in front of the wicket. Pathan avoided the hat-trick and Pune missed as many as five chances, but with wickets falling regularly, Delhi were always behind. And in the last five overs, when Delhi needed 69 to win, they just did not have enough firepower to thwart Pune.Indian police widen spot-fixing probeAFP adds: In New Delhi, Indian police said yesterday they had widened their probe into cricket spot-fixing after the arrest of three players and 11 bookmakers, warning that more teams were under the microscope.

Test discard Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was among a trio of players from the Rajasthan Royals arrested Thursday over allegations they agreed to bowl badly during the Indian Premier League in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars.

But speaking to AFP, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said players for some of the other eight teams involved in the ongoing domestic Twenty20 competition were now under suspicion.

"It is still early but some other teams are also involved" in the rigging, Kumar said by phone. "It is not established yet but we are looking into that." Spot-fixing is an illegal activity in which a specific part of a game, but not the outcome, is fixed.

Sreesanth, who has played 27 Tests for India, is alleged to have been paid four million rupees (about $75,000) to give away 14 runs in an over while playing for the Rajasthan Royals against the Kings XI Punjab on May 9.

His teammate Ankeet Chavan also allegedly agreed to give away the same number of runs in a match Wednesday against the Mumbai Indians in exchange for $110,000.

The third player, Ajit Chandila, allegedly received $36,000 for giving away a set number of runs in a match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Pune Warriors.

Commissioner Kumar did not disclose the identity of teams now under the widened police investigation but said he was "hopeful" of an early breakthrough.

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Date:May 20, 2013
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