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Match Review of Delhi Daredevils vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala

Indian Premier League - Match review

Date : 30th April 2011 Match No. : 36th
Teams : Delhi Daredevils vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Venue : Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
Umpires : K. Dharamsena and T. Hill Third Umpire: K. Hariharan
Toss : Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat

Playing XI Delhi DaredevilsPlaying XI Kochi Tuskers
Virender Sehwag (c)Brandon McCullum
David WarnerMahela Jayawardane (c)
Venugopal RaoRavinder Jadeja
Irfan PathanBrad Hodge
Travis BirtParthiv Patel
Naman OjhaM. Klinger
Yogesh NagarB. Akhil
Van Der MerveRamesh Powar
Umesh YadavS. Srisanth
Morne MorkelR. Vinay Kumar
Ajit AgarkarR.P. Singh

Match no 36 Kochi Tuskers vs Delhi Daredevils, the two teams who have been in poor form and kissing the bottom of points table. Tuskers the hosts today have not been able to get going with their winning momentum. On the other hand the Daredevils have never looked like a threat to the opposition. One of the reasons for Delhi's poor form is that they have made most number of changes (18 in 8 matches) in their playing XI. The need of the hour is that the personnel of both the teams lift their individual performances.

The pitch today looked very different than the one from Deccan Chargers match. It was not at all grassy and looked to turn out good for the batsman. Skipper Virender Sehwag after winning the toss decided to bat first to put up a decent total to defend.

Minutes after the openers came to bat, it was realized that the pitch had no bounce at all. Due to lack of bounce the ball was keeping very low. As a result in the second over itself David Warner got out on a delivery from S. Srisanth which kept too low. All Daredevils fans expectations got washed out with Warner getting out cheaply. Naman Ojha who was promoted up the order, fell victim to Srisanth in the same over without scoring a run. Daredevils were 2 wickets down at the score of 4 runs.

Venugopal Rao, who usually starts hitting the ball the minute he gets on, could not understand the nature of pitch at all. He struggled and managed to survive only 10 deliveries to score1 run.

With 3 down on 35 runs, worried Sehwag must have thought whether he took the right call to bat first. Yogesh Nagar, who showed some spark in the match against Knight Riders, came to the Daredevils rescue along with the skipper. They built a vital partnership of 56 runs. This partnership gave Sehwag a confidence to play his natural game against all odds. He hit the ball for boundaries and sixes whenever he got an opportunity. Unfortunately, while trying to convert a single into double, Nagar got run out at an individual score of 22. Travis Birt, who could not do much in the last match came out handy and played some nice looking cricketing shots with Sehwag. Sehwag's captain's knock of 80 runs in 47 balls came to an end while trying to hit a six. Couple of good shots from Irfan Pathan helped Delhi to reach a total of 158 runs.

Now it was the time for the home side to chase the target set by the opposition. 159, though was not a big task but the team was shaky after their nightmarish performance against the Deccan Chargers the other day. Also having seen the behavior of the pitch, it would have added to their worries. Tuskers' openers had an equally bad start, Michael Klinger and B. McCullum got out cheaply at the total of 15 runs. Loosing early wickets, always make chasing more though and gives bowling team an upper hand.

Once the openers were sent back first the wicket keeper Parthiv Patel and then the skipper Mahela Jayawardane came to bat. The former got out cheaply on low keeping ball at the score of just 1 run. Now came the 20-20 specialist Brad Hodge. He joined hands with skipper to bail out his team, while doing so he got a second chance when he was dropped by Irfan Pathan's butterfingers. Irfan Pathan's performance in the field in this season has made him 'Dropped Catches' specialist. At one stage it looked that the dropped catch might prove expensive for the Daredevils, but Morkel quickly sent Hodge back at an individual score of 27. Tuskers were now 77 for 5.

R. Jadeja who has been trying to rescue his team every time they got into trouble, tried to repeat his act with putting 31runs in just 22 balls with a huge six. While trying to connect a shoulder length delivery for a six, he was caught at the boundary. He had his doubts about the no ball and even got it checked by third umpire, but was unlucky. With Jadeja getting out all the Tuskers's hopes were wiped off. The tail Enders were taken care of by the spinner Van der Merwe who took 3 wickets. The Tuskers inning ended at the total 119 with 7 balls to spare.

The highlight of this match was the impeccable shots played with Virender Sehwag. Today his shots not just got the elevation, but covered the distance as well. On a pitch where every batsman struggled, Sehwag made it look so easy. It looked as if he is playing on a different pitch altogether. That's his POWER.

Result: Delhi Daredevils won by 38 runs.

The Awards:

Man of the match: Virender Sehwag for his match winning 80 in 47 balls.

Maximum Sixes: Virender Sehwag for hitting 4 sixes.

Kingfisher Fair Play Award
Chennai Super Kings tops the chart

Orange Cap (The leading run scorer)
Virat Kohli- Royal Challengers Bangalore

Purple Cap (The leading wicket taker)
Lasith Mallinga- Mumbai Indians

Question of the day: Does IPL have a lengthy schedule?

Last Updated on 5/2/2011

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