IPL 4: Viru blast in Tuskers’ den

Just how well Delhi Daredevils recovered from initial setbacks and rode on Virender Sehwag’s gem was the essence of their 38-run win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The Delhi outfit had little to show by way of points when they arrived here but they would be a happy lot that their methods at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yielded positive a result and also because they now have the wood on Kochi, whom they host on Tuesday.

With the toss going in his favour, Sehwag had no hesitation in batting first on a wicket where batsmen found it tough to thrive as for the second straight match the opposition made the most of conditions on offer – Chargers had profited in the previous match here on a wicket that aided their quicks and it was Delhi’s turn on Saturday.

Sehwag (80, 47b, 8×4, 5×6) was however, an exception. That three wickets fell in quick succession – Sreesanth striking twice in four deliveries in his burst of two for 10 from four overs – had no impact on the Delhi dasher. From a sorry three for 46 in the first 10, they galloped to 157 for seven with 111 runs coming from the last 10.

Yogesh Nagar gave Sehwag good company in the fourth-wicket partnership that realized 56 runs (50b) before he took on Ravindra Jadeja’s throw from the deep and fell short going for the second run. Jadeja had earlier dismissed Venugopala Rao, who was clearly unhappy with umpire Tony Hill’s LBW verdict.

Sehwag came into his own during the 41-run fifth-wicket partnership with Travis Birt. Jadeja, Vinay Kumar and Akhil, one of the three changes Tuskers made to their side from the last match, bore the brunt of Sehwag’s blade that rained sixes.

Irfan Pathan helped himself to a boundary and a six as the Kochi bowling wilted and then the allrounder looked dangerous when it was Delhi’s turn to bowl as he got the ball to shape up nicely.

Brendon McCullum and Parthiv Patel failed to come to grips with the situation and were defeated by the pitch. Roelof van der Merwe, in the team for an injured James Hopes, had earlier latched on to a beauty at square leg off Morne Morkel as Kochi, at 28 for three, looked no better than Delhi.

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