Chargers overwhelm Daredevils by 16 runs

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 19:21 [IST]
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Chargers overwhelm Daredevils by 16 runs

Delhi's innings began on an ominous note with David Warner striking the first boundary of Daniel Christian in the second over after which Virender Sehwag creamed the same bowler for three consecutive fours. Then Warner sent Dale Steyn for two fours in the 3rd over as the score moved onto 27/0 in 3 overs.

Harmeet Singh who had been tucking up Sehwag got him caught by Dan Christian for 12 off 7 balls as the score read 28/1 in 3.5 overs. Christian then trapped Naman Ojha in front for 2 as the Daredevils had slipped to 33/2 in 5 overs, before Harmeet Singh compounded their woes when he had Aaron Finch caught behind for a duck.

The Daredevils went to 53/3 in 7.3 overs thanks to five wides from Harmeet Singh and Venugopal Rao knocking a four off him. Then Rao struck another boundary off the bowler to round off the over. Warner soon got into the act, smashing a six off Pragyan Ojha.

With the score at 86/3 in 12 overs, Rao clobbered Mishra for a four before getting out to the same bowler for 21 off 23. The Daredevils were 90/4 with Irfan Pathan the new man at the crease. Warner survived a drop catch by Bharat Chipli off Harmeet in the 14th over to bring up his 50.

But Dhawan ensured that it wouldn't be a costly error when he had Warner caught at deep midwicket by Ravi Teja for 51 off 48. Then James Hopes smashed a six to round off the over at 107/5 in 15 overs with still 62 runs required off 30 balls. The Daredevils fell deeper into trouble when Pathan was caught at deep midwicket off Ojha for 5 off 9 balls.

With the Daredevils' hopes fading fast, Yeshwant Nagar struck some powerful biffs, including a six each of Mishra and Steyn, before Christian ended his stand for 22 off 10 balls. Morne Morkel tried to keep the flame alive for the Daredevils with a six next ball. But it was too little, too late as his side wound up 16 runs short.

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