Apr 112013

Aaron Finch

Big hitter … Aaron Finch took his Big Bash form to the IPL. Source: David Crosling / AAP

Victorian batsman Aaron Finch struck 64 runs to lead Pune Warriors to their first win of the Indian premier League season by seven wickets over Rajasthan Royals.

Chasing a modest 146, the home side overhauled the target with eight balls to spare for their first win in three matches.

The Warriors romped home easily on the foundation laid by the openers – Finch (64 of 53 balls) and Robin Uthappa (32 off 16 balls) – who raised 58 runs in just 4.5 overs at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

Ross Taylor and Yuvraj Singh, who returned to the side after missing the second match due to a sore back, chipped in with 17 and 28 not out.

In the day’s other match, explosive opener Chris Gayle hit 85 not out from just 50 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore cruised to an eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Bangalore were helped by good bowling from Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques, who finished with figures of 2-24.

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