Delhi Daredevils yet again failed to get back into their act of fighting decisively in IPL-4 tournament. On Thursday, even after winning the toss and put their rivals Kolkata Knight Riders into bat first and restrict them to a modest total of 148 on their home wicket at Kotla, their inability to chase shattered their dreams of pushing themselves onto the road to recovery looks grim.
Of the seven matches they played so, they could just win only two and thus remain bottom of the points table. They are left with another seven and of them five must win matches. Can they? Will Sehwag get back into the form? Or Is all over for Delhi in this year edition of IPL?
Though such a thing is not at all difficult or impossible in T-20 cricket, yet looking at the way Sehwag’s Delhi team is performing, one may be forced to say `it may be a distant dream.` Ironically, the Delhi team has to depend much on its skipper`s performance, while it was not case with other big teams. Only if Delhi openers Sehwag and Warner start firing from all cylinders and give a flying start like the other day against Chennai Super Kings scoring 153 in just 11 overs, otherwise none of the latter order batsmen, except for Hopes, failed to perform well with either bat or ball. Though Delhi scored the highest total of the tournament so far -231 – its bowlers could not take advantage and restrict their rivals, CSK chase. As a result, the CSK came as close as to win by reaching 202.
Back to Thursday match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the Sehwag’s boys failed to put up a better show. Though gutsy half century of Manoj Tiwary helped KKR post a modest 148 for seven, the Delhi Daredevil failed to en-cash. The reason, their openers – Sehwag and Warner got out cheaply in the very first seven overs. Not only it was satisfying for KKR new skipper Gambhir to earn the bragging rights over best buddy Sehwag but it also brought the smile back in the face
of Shah Rukh Khan who enjoyed his first victory in his hometown as he shook a leg with Cheer Girls to the tune of Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re.
The Daredevils this season are highly dependent on Virender Sehwag-David Warner combination. While Warner dragged one from Balaji that shaped in slightly onto his stumps, Sehwag (34, 23 balls, 5×4, 1×6) was in a punishing mood as he hit a flurry of boundaries in the first five overs. It was young Jaidev Unadkat who got the dangerous Daredevils captain with a short ball that hurried onto him as he went for a pull and Balaji, who was standing at deep fine leg, didn’t make any mistake. Sehwag’s dismissal literally put the brakes on scoring as all the KKR bowlers did a splendid job during the middle overs. James Hopes (25, 30 balls) simply didn’t get going which led to additional pressure on other batsmen who perished going for big shots. Iqbal Abdulla was the pick of the KKR bowlers scalping three wickets for 25.
Earlier, Tiwary scored 61 off only 47 balls (2×4, 3×6) as the other KKR batsmen failed to provide substantial support to the Bengal captain. Apart from Shreevats Goswami, who scored 22, none of the other top-order KKR batsmen crossed the 20-run mark.
With this win took KKR capture eight points while Delhi stay put on four following their fifth loss and their road to recovery from here looks pretty bleak.