Well! Well! Well!
Delhi has proved itself again. Delhi Daredevils on Sunday defeated Wayamba Elevens by 50 runs and saved themselves from getting eliminated from the Champions League T20.
They have now booked their seats for the second round but are still on the waiting list. They may advance or they may not. But the chances are that they will advance.
The match was a very interesting match. The Wayamba Elevens lost the toss and were put in to field.
Their pacer Chanaka Welegedera made the Delhi opener Tilakaratne Dilshan struggle by bowling the first over maiden. But as we all know Sehwag never struggles, he hits out or gets out, and that's what happened. Sehwag hit a boundary as soon as he got his turn to bat. But unfortunately he didn't get much of a chance to show his magic. Why? Well because Tilakaratne Dilshan was keeping most of the strike and it became difficult for the Daredevils to score and gain momentum.
But in the fifth over Welegedera dismissed Dilshan and the Daredevils suffered a huge blow. But then finally Sehwag got the strike and he started smashing. Sehwag hit three fours to take the Daredevils 43/1 after 6 overs.
The Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir was batting with Sehwag. He was playing sensibly by giving the strike to Sehwag whenever possible. Sehwag was looking in good form and was smashing. But in the seventh over he too fell for just 3 and the mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis showed his magic.
The Daredevils looked like they would soon crumble. But nothing was stopping Sehwag from smashing, not even Ajantha Mendis, he smashed all over and the scoreboard kept ticking. The Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik also smashed and both these players were in good touch.
The 67 run partnership between Sehewag and Karthik finally came to an end in the 15 over when Sehwag was run out due to a misunderstanding between him and his partner.
But Karthik wasn't out and he smashed all over. Delhi was in a good position and it was looking as if Delhi would easily get to a total of 140-150.
But Karthik wasn't satisfied with that. He wanted more runs and he smashed the mystery spinner Mendis for 3 consecutive sixes in the first 3 balls of the nineteenth over. on the fourth ball he took a double and on the fifth ball, which was a wide he attempted a pull shot and was stumped. Delhi were 158/4 after 19 overs.
Then in the last over Owais Shah hit a six of Welegedera and then got out. But then the two new men on the crease took singles and doubles to take the score to 170/5.
All the Wayamba bowlers were too expensive escept for Welegedera who bowled 4 overs, gave away 24 runs and took 2 wickets.
The Wayamba Elevens were off a better start than the Daredevils but the lost too many wickets. Their wickets tumbled at regular intervals and most of their batsmen got out in single figures.
Mahela Jayawardene played a slow but good innings of 52 to save his team from getting all out.
In the end the Wayamba Elevens reached to a score of 120/7 in 20 overs and lost the match.
Most of the Delhi bowlers were economic and their pacer Dirk Nannes took 4/24 in his 4 overs.
Virender Sehwag was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant 66 from 42 balls. When he was asked that, if he discussed his run out with Dinesh Karthik, he answered that he hadn't and he wouldn't beacuse it was a part of the game.
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