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Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals take early lead in IPL season

The Indian Premier League’s 2012 campaign is underway, and both Pune Warriors India and Rajasthan Royals have both started off their schedules strongly.

Rajasthan began the season with a win against Kings XI Punjab, as the Jaipur side hit for 191/4, and were able to outlast Kings XI’s 160/9. In the team’s second match, it scored a 164/5 and stopped Kolkata Knight Riders at 142. The only other club to start off with a perfect record from two matches was Pune Warriors, as it came back to score 129/9 against Mumbai Indians’ 101/9. The Warriors followed up the victory with another impressive showing against Kings XI, scoring 166/6 to the Mohali team’s 144/8.

Both Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils are not far behind, as both teams are level on points, with one more match completed. Mumbai overcame Chennai Super Kings’ score of 112 by an impressive 115/2, taking the match by eight wickets. The West Indian team rebounded from its loss against Pune Warriors to score 142/5 against Deccan Chargers, giving it a five-wicket victory.

Delhi started off its season with an easy victory against Kolkata, as it rolled to a win by eight wickets after posting a 100/2. After a tough loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, the side rebounded by posting a 111/2 against Chennai, giving the Delhi another eight-wicket victory.

The results leave Deccan Chargers and Kings XI at the bottom of the table after two matches each. Both teams are dealing with net run rates of less than -1.

Mumbai takes on Rajasthan this week, in what will be very important for placement in this early part of the season. In addition, Pune Warriors also will have an opportunity to keep pace with the top of the table when the team faces Kings XI at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

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