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IPL 2: DD vs KXIP : Match 3 Review April 20, 2009

Posted by Kunal Janu in Indian Premier League (IPL).
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daniel-vettoriApril 19 2009, CapeTown: Rain rain Go away, Come Again Another Day…. A poem that the spectators and the players had been singing for most part of the day. Day 2 of the IPL season 2 saw more rain showers and delays. When the rain finally stopped, The match was reduced to a 14 over affair between the sides. With Sehwag on one team, the Delhi Daredevils were favorites from the start.

Frequent showers ruined the first match of Sunday’s double-header in Cape Town, reducing the target required by Delhi Daredevils to only 54 in six overs, a goal they reached with all wickets intact. The victory, however, was set up by Daniel Vettori’s remarkable spell which brought an abrupt halt to Kings XI Punjab’s burgeoning momentum and gave Delhi a manageable target to chase.
DD won the toss and elected to field first hoping for some swing and seam movement. The match was further reduced to 12 when rain interrupted between toss and start of play. For the first time in his life, Glenn McGrath was seen warming the bench being in a squad. His place went to the Australian pacer Nannie who bowled a wavered but quick first over. Delhi bowlers struggled to contain the Punjab openers Karan Goel and Ravi Bopara as the duo hit some huge sixes even with the pulled in boundaries. Kings XI Punjab were off to a flyer as the duo scored 67 off 5 overs.

ScoreCard: Match 3

Goel played continued to play his shots before he miscued a full length delivery into the hands of Daniel vettori at Mid Off. Vettori then held the ball and bowled the 7th over of the inning. He picked up Bopara off the very first ball out lbw to a straighter one. Vettori bowled some contained overs as the Kings XI punhab batsman struggled to get the score going. Sangakkara fell to vettori caught by Nannes at short fine leg. Yuvraj scored the longest six of the match equaling Karan Goel’s 101m hit. Yuvraj left the field out run out to a poorly judged single by Mahela Jayawardene.

Score at 98 for 4 and with only 10 balls remaining, Jayawardene had to take the responsibility of scoring runs after losing Yuvraj. But he was out two balls later caught at long off to a Daniel vettori delivery. Chawala was out run out by superb effort from Tiwary while Irfan lost his wicket to Salvi in the penultimate over of the inning. Kings XI punjab finished at the score of 104 off 12 overs.

Gautam Gambhir gave Delhi an ideal start by driving Irfan Pathan over cover and flicking through midwicket for boundaries. Thereafter, however, it was all Sehwag. He flicked his first ball, from Yusuf Abdulla, over fine leg for six and lofted his second to the long-on boundary. The drizzle that had been around from the half-way point of Punjab’s innings grew stronger and forced the players off with Delhi on 24 for 0 after 1.5 overs. When play resumed, Delhi needed only 31 more off 25 balls. Sehwag drove the first ball after the resumption firmly to the long-off boundary and effectively ended any slim hopes of a Punjab victory.

Delhi daredevils would not want to change anything apart from strengthening their bowling attack by bringing in the ‘Piegion’ McGrath for Nannes. The middle order of the DareDevils side remained untested but given the kind of form Sehwag is in they should not be too worried. Spin again proved the fate of the day as Daniel vettori took the man of the match for his 3-15. Yuvraj singh will be hoping his team does well in the bowling department, and the rain stays away.

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