Lusty hitting by Delhi Daredevils' lower order batsmen gave their side the chance of an improbable victory against Pune Warriors India in game 16 of IPL-4 at Mumbai on Sunday.
Earlier, Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh got the wickets of Irfan Pathan and Naman Ojha of successive deliveries as the Delhi Daredevils lost their way.
Delhi openers, David Warner and Virender Sehwag were dismissed after putting on 75 runs for the first wicket.
Yuvraj smashed an unbeaten 66 of 32 balls as Delhi were set a winning target of 188.
Robin Uthappa and Mohnish Mishra missed out as they fell for single figure scores after Jesse Ryder was dismissed for 60 of 27 balls.
Graeme Smith and Mithun Manhas were the first two wickets to fall for Pune.
Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and put the Pune Warriors India into bat at the DY Patil Stadium.
Van der Merwe and Morne Morkel do not feature in the Daredevils eleven and replacing them will be Matthew Wade and James Hopes. For the Pune Warriors Abhishek Jhunjhunwala replaces spinner Murali Kartik.
The Daredevils, led by swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, need to get their act together after two straight losses to Mumbai Indians at home and Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur to score their first points in the Twenty20 event.
Table toppers Pune, on the other hand, are sitting pretty after winning both their first two home games the only unbeaten side so far in the tournament - with a measure of comfort.
The bowlers, especially, have delivered the goods by restricting rivals Kings XI Punjab and Kochi Tuskers Kerala to below 150.
If Alphonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh got among the wickets in the opening tie against Kings XI, South African Wayne Parnell joined the fun in the second match against the Tuskers with a superb initial burst.
But they, as well as skipper Yuvraj Singh, know that in Sehwag and Warner, Delhi have two explosive openers who could take the game away in no time. The bowling needs to be as straight as possible in the first six overs of Power Play.