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IPL T20 2011 – DD vs KXIP: Delhi Thump Punjab In Kotla High-scorer

By on April 23, 2011

Delhi Daredevils 231 for 3 (Sehwag 77, Warner 77) beat Kings XI Punjab 202 for 6 (Marsh 95, Gilchrist 42) by 29 runs…

Chetan Chauhan, former Test cricketer and DDCA official, was asked to comment on the fresh, green wicket at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. He said it will be very quick but there will be a lot of sixes hit today. He forgot to mention fours.

Delhi Daredevils hit 20 of them to go with 12 sixes as they piled 231-4, the highest score of the tournament. They wanted to blow Kings XI Punjab with raw pace by playing five seamers. Instead, they did it with some astonishing hitting.

Punjab didn’t go away quietly. They responded with 202-6, with 21 fours and 11 sixes. But 231 was a target too big, and despite their best intentions and Shaun Marsh’s belligerent 95 (46b), Punjab’s job bordered on the impossible. Morne Morkel bowled 14 dot balls in his first three overs, Paul Valthaty had a rare failure, and Punjab fell behind the required rate very quickly.

Virender Sehwag and David Warner both made 77, while Venugopal Rao and Naman Ojha contributed 47 in the three overs they batted. Delhi’s top-order batting revolves around these players, and all four of them delivered today, keeping Delhi in the hunt for a place in the second round. This is just their second win of the tournament after three losses.

After being inserted by Adam Gilchrist, Sehwag and Warner lived up to their billing of the tournament’s most dangerous opening pair. They raced to 52 in five overs, 115 in 10, 146 in 11.3 when Sehwag went for his fourth six off David Hussey’s first over and was caught at midwicket.

To not get 200 from there would have been criminal, and a one-sided game seemed on cards. Venugopal (28, 15b) and Ojha (19, 8b) gave them an excellent finish, one that mattered a huge deal in the final analysis.

Delhi dropped Gilchrist and Valthaty, both on zero. Gilchrist was missed by Ojha with the gloves while Valthaty was missed in the second over by Venugopal. Valthaty responded to the drop by plonking his front-foot down the pitch and swinging Pathan twice into the midwicket stands.

Gilchrist caught up, putting Morkel into the deep square-leg stands. But Punjab did not score for the next seven deliveries, causing Valthaty to attack Pathan again and mistime the shot to cover. Having made 71 in the last game, Marsh kept up a brutal attack over the next 13 overs. But they still needed 56 off the last three overs — and it proved 30 too many.

This game, with 433 runs in 40 overs, with 41 fours and 23 sixes, would also mark the arrival of Varun Aaron, clocked as India’s fastest pacer. The 21-year-old from Jamshedpur began poorly: Marsh pulled his first ball to square leg for four, and then clubbed him over long-on for six. Aaron bounced back, knocking back Gilchrist’s middle stump in his second over. After the expensive 13-run over, Aaron had figures of 3-0-23-1, absolute gold on a day like this.

Many years back, two of Aaron’s colleagues at the Daredevils made a name for themselves by dismissing Gilchrist. He was Ajit Agarkar’s first ODI wicket in 1998, while Pathan yorked the Aussie great in the Sydney Test of 2004. Those two have fallen by the wayside. How long Will Aaron go?

Source: AR Hemant, Yahoo! Cricket

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