The flaws have been ironed out and Team Delhi are really looking unbeatable. The clouds of doubts over skipper Virender Sehwag’s form and fitness cleared out on Thursday like the Pretoria skyline as his team thrashed Mumbai Indians to finish on a high ahead of the semis.
A target of 165 and all eyes were on Sehwag (50 off 27 balls) as he walked in to bat at No. 3.
But there was absolutely nothing in his batting that showed that he was going through a bad patch. The ball kept hitting the middle of the bat right from the word go and Sehwag looked like the player we all know.
With the Mumbai Indians pacemen unable to extract lateral movement, it was just a case of stand and deliver for Sehwag. He hit through the line with effortless ease as the target kept coming down at a rapid pace.
And of course, there was his trusted lieutenant Gautam Gambhir at the other end. It seemed that the duo had decided to take charge of the business end of the tournament. Even after Gambhir got out, Sehwag, along With Tillekeratne Dilshan, carried on for a while, but Harbhajan Singh struck off successive balls to bring some life back into the game.
Bhajji (4/17) removed AB de Villiers and Rajat Bhatia too to create some flutter, but Dinesh Karthik and Amit Mishra stemmed the rot to ensure a four-wicket win. Earlier, Delhi’s leading paceman Dirk Nannes, too, looked in fine form, removing Sanath Jayasuriya and JP Duminy early.