IPL4: Sehwag blasts Delhi to win against Deccan

Published: Friday, May 6, 2011, 8:30 [IST]
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Sehwag masterpiece wins it for Delhi

Chasing a mammoth total of 176, the only way Delhi could have overcome that was through their skipper. And how did he respond? By a 56 ball 119. Delhi lost their other opener Aaron Finch in the second ball of their innings without making any contribution to the chase. So did, Naman Ojha, Venugopal Rao, Travis Blirt and Irfan Pathan. But Sehwag, was unstoppable.

The Delhi innings had batsmen of two types - Virender Sehwag and other. The second highest score in Delhi's chase was an unbeaten 10-ball 17 from James Hopes, followed by a 15-ball 12 from Irfan Pathan. And that apart of the six batsmen who got out, three couldn't score beyond five and one beyond seven. Now that should be sufficient to elaborate why was Sehwag's innings so special.

At the end of the sixth over, Delhi were 25/3 with Sehwag on 8 of 13 deliveries, and that is when it appeared that desperation got on to Sehwag and he took matters in to his own hands. Such was his assault on the Deccan bowlers that he made the otherwise impressive trio of Steyn, Ishant and Christian appear pedestrian.

At the end of the seventh over when the asking rate was more than 11, Sehwag plundered 23 runs of debutant Ishan Malhotra's over and stated his intent to win the match on his own. He then looted 13 from the next over bowled by Dan Christian, forcing Sangakkara to implement spin.

He did to Amit Mishra what he normally does to other spinners across the World. But there was a slice of luck involved too. After lofting Mishra to the maximum in his very first ball, he offered a simple chance to Ankit Sharma at the sweeper-cover only to find it grassed. He then hit the third delivery for a boundary as if to show Ankit, what his mistake could earn his side.

Again after Birt departed in the 11th over contributing just four runs in 28 ball 61 run partnership, Sehwag again dispatched Mishra for three boundaries on the trot. Between that he slipped through Ravi Teja's hands to get his second reprieve.

Sangakkara tried everything from Steyn to Chipli, but there was no stopping for Sehwag as he brought up his hundred in only 48 balls before eventually falling to Steyn with a final score of 119 from 56 balls and his team needing 27 of 30. James Hopes then completed the formalities in the company of Yogesh Nagar.

On an otherwise Sehwag day, Deccan who were put in to bat after losing the toss made the most of Delhi's fielding and bowling lapses to post a huge score of 175. Duminy and Sangakkara, both played some outstanding cricket to capitalise on Delhi's lapses and scored 55 and 44 respectively.

Dan Christian and Shikhar Dhawan chipped in with some lusty blows to ensure that Delhi had a huge total to chase. For Delhi, the Indian bowling trio of Salvi, Pathan and Agarkar bowled better than others and managed to keep a leash on Deccan to some extent.

OneIndia Cricket

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