Champions League T20

Daredevils demolish Wayamba

2009-10-11 20:34
Virender Sehwag (AP)
Delhi - Dirk Nannes took 4/24 to demolish Wayamba's batting line-up and earn the Delhi Daredevils a 50-run victory in their Champions League Twenty20 match in Delhi on Sunday.

Wayamba were never in the hunt as they had lost half of their wickets in only eight overs, courtesy of veteran Glenn McGrath and Nannes.

Mahela Jayawardene tried in vain to give the Sri Lanka champions any hope, as he struck 53 off 40 balls, but he found no support and eventually became the Australian-Dutch’s fourth victim.

McGrath was his miserly self with match figures of 4-0-20-2, and was, understandably, quite pleased with his performance.

"Last time I had a match bowl was in the semi-final of the IPL last year," said McGrath. "I had not done any bowling or training until I arrived here, so I cannot complain. The boys bowled well. I could always land the ball pretty well but I was never quick. I'd rather be able to bowl fast too!"

Earlier, Virender Sehwag rose to the occasion as he ignored the troublesome pitch and smashed a delightful 66 off only 42 deliveries to propel Delhi Daredevils to 165 for five.

Said man-of-the-match Sehwag, "I think I batted really well because the wicket was staying low. Its very difficult for a stroke player but they bowled a lot of loose balls. Wherever I tried to hit fours and sixes I found it."

Losing the wickets of international T20 award-winner Tillakaratne Dilshan (10) and captain Gautam Gambhir (3) did not distract Sehwag in the slightest, as he displayed an awesome array of shots on a track that did not inspire stroke-playing, before being run-out by his partner, Dinesh Karthik.

The latter did what any guilty party should do in these circumstances, by hitting Ajantha Mendis for three consecutive sixes to atone for his sins. He was, however, dismissed by the mystery spinner in the same over for 61 off 41 balls.

Chanaka Welegedara was the pick of the Wayamba attack, with 2/22.

Losing skipper, Jehan Mubarak, was philosophical about the defeat, "We didn't turn up today, did we? We gave about 50 too many and we've left ourselves with a lot to do on Tuesday.

"A lot of their runs came in boundaries and especially on a pitch like this we didn't take the right options at the right moments. We have to learn from them and show everybody what we are capable of."

Gambhir encapsulated Delhi's day when he said, "We didn't play well in the first game. Playing here before Wayamba was a big advantage. Sehwag makes my job pretty easy and it was great to see him hit the ball like that today.

"Nannes has been bowling well. He has some pace which is useful at the start and at the end and he reverses the ball. Karthik really set up the game for us with the bat."


Delhi Daredevils: G Gambhir (capt), V Sehwag, TM Dilshan, KD Karthik (wk), MK Tiwary, OA Shah, R Bhatia, A Mishra, DP Nannes, A Nehra, GD McGrath

Wayamba Elevens: MG Vandort, ML Udawatte, J Mubarak (capt), DPMD Jayawardene, HGJM Kulatunga, KS Lokuarachchi, MF Maharoof, RSSS de Zoysa (wk), BAW Mendis, I Udana, UWMBCA Welegedara


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