Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Cape Town

Delhi knock out Perth in low-scorer

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

October 21, 2012

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Delhi Daredevils 123 for 7 (Sehwag 52) beat Perth Scorchers 121 for 5 (S Marsh 39, Morkel 3-19) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Virender Sehwag scored 52 off 44 balls, Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers, Champions League T20, Cape Town, October 21, 2012
Virender Sehwag made a controlled half-century to set up the chase © Getty Images

The clouds hung heavy over Newlands but the rain that has blighted much of this Champions League Twenty20 stayed away, allowing a tight and intense encounter that ended with Delhi Daredevils moving top of the group. The headliner for Daredevils was the much-maligned Ajit Agarkar, who took two big wickets before coolly finishing off the game with the bat.

Though Perth Scorchers were eliminated after this defeat, they showed typical Australian tenaciousness to take the match to the final over. On a track where it was tough for the batsmen to time the ball, Scorchers could run up only 121, a score which is rarely defended in Twenty20 cricket and which looked even smaller given the heavyweights in the Daredevils batting. The heads didn't drop, however, and they steadily chipped away at the Daredevils.

Their appetite for a scrap was highlighted by Nathan Rimmington. In the 15th over, Virender Sehwag, nearing a half-century and the last big-name batsman remaining, slashed a chance to third man, where Rimmington fluffed the catch, and for a six too. In a low-scoring match, that seemed the slip that would seal Scorchers' fate. Instead, Rimmington hit back by removing Irfan Pathan off the very next delivery, and then getting the critical wicket of Sehwag three balls later.

That set up a tense finale. Naman Ojha, the last recognised batsman, put away a short delivery from Brad Hogg for four, but was otherwise ill at ease. He nicked a jaffa from Nathan Coulter-Nile to the keeper in the 18th over but wasn't given out, though two balls later he edged it once more, and this time there was no need for the umpire to even raise his finger as the deviation was so clear.

Three wickets in hand, and 17 to get off the final two overs on a difficult track. Not a problem for Agarkar, who carved an inside-out lofted off drive for four in the penultimate over, before crashing a low full toss for four on the first ball of the final over to ease Daredevils towards victory.

The trickiness of the pitch was shown by Sehwag's scoring pattern. Usually a batsman who loves the boundaries, and isn't the keenest between the wickets, Sehwag had to run 30 of his 52 and was regularly looking for the quick single, instead of the massive hit out of the park. He was the only one of the Daredevils batting stars to get to double-digits: Mahela Jayawardene guided a half-volley to short fine leg, Ross Taylor missed a straighter one from Michael Beer and Kevin Pietersen miscued to backward point.

Daredevils' other overseas player, Morne Morkel, was at his best, though, as were the rest of their four-pronged pace attack. After Morkel bowled Herschelle Gibbs in the first over, Shaun Marsh and Simon Katich re-built the innings with a 73-run stand. They could step up the pace, though, and just as they looked to open out, Agarkar removed both to suck the momentum midway through the innings.

Morkel, Daredevils' bowler of the tournament in the IPL, then returned to inflict more damage. The highlight was the 19th over, when with Scorchers looking to swing at everything, he conceded just a single and dismissed the dangerous Mitchell Marsh.

Despite the batting letdown, Scorchers gave it their all but couldn't dent the chances of the only IPL team still alive in the tournament.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP Last 5 overs NB/Wides
Perth Scorchers 53 10 1 34/1 32/2 0/4
Delhi Daredevils 45 9 1 38/2 29/1 0/9

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Posted by JG2704 on (October 23, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

@Nampally on (October 22 2012, 13:14 PM GMT) I take your points on board but wasn't there a SA who took 3 for to help restrict Perth's total? Yes fair play to the Indian batsmen for their contributions but surely you're not trying to tell me that KP,Jaya and Taylor aren't top world class because they failed today?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

@himohan007 on (October 22 2012, 09:17 AM GMT) Great mature post there. The difference is that England are by and large developing the overseas born players they have which is surely different from picking the biggest marquee names from overseas. It's not like England have picked established international players like Kallis, Steyn,De Villiers. The only overseas born player England have picked recently who has played at full level for his birth country is Morgan.I'm not even begrudging IPL teams of their wealth and financial advantages - just stating the fact that they have these advantages over other sides.

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 22, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

@Wicky Roy - If Pakistan was winning T20 games more than India, then how come Pakistan is ranked sixth with Bangladesh and Ireland for company, while India is placed third? lolz...It's probably due to winning more games against minnows, while losing all games against India!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 22, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

@rajesh yes bt inspit of ur assertions,pak z wining t20 intrnationals far more regularly than india So who cares Whether they r "STREET LEVEL" OR "MOTORWAY LEVEL"LOLZ.2NDLY i havn't said that scorchers r average i just meant that they were perfrming below durng Ths CL.n"

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Dont forget that agarkar was best oneday bowler for india..than zaheer khan....has taken more wickets at good ave...than zaheer khan...

Posted by Nampally on (October 22, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@JG2704: To be honest & fair, the 3 overseas batsmen contibuted just 18 runs between them, facing just 121 runs to Win!. So the overseas players in DD were not worthy to be designated " World class", were they? It was the local batsmen in DD that carried them to victory. Many players in this CLT 20 emerged who were unknown names but they played like World class players - G.Bodi, Mckenzie, Phangiso, to name a few from one team. In this format, special skills drive a player to be successful - Not the "WC label"!.

Posted by maddy20 on (October 22, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover The hype is India's batsmen have always thrashed your hopeless Pak. Be it Worldcup World T20 or Asia Cup. A 23 year old has humiliated your famed "world's best bowling lineup" many times. As for your if's and buts, the Daredevils will win the champions league or atleast make the finals. That is way better than the Sialkot Slippers who are back home beating up old retired cricketers.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 22, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

@wickyroy.paklover if the team which has players like shaun marsh,mitchell marsh,gibbs,katich,ronchi,north,hogg(all played for australia) is an average team then how can you call the team which has mediocres like nazir,akmal brothers,hafeez,afridi,arafat,tanvir,gul....A Street level team?

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 22, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

@wickyroy.paklover if if if..but but but .....perth would have won the

Posted by himohan007 on (October 22, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

@ JG2704 I think there is a flaw in that statement. Here I corrected it. "And how many WC players would England have without their overseas recruits?"lolz

Posted by himohan007 on (October 22, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

@ JG2704 on (October 22 2012, 08:11 AM GMT) And how many WC players would DD have without their overseas recruits?

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 22, 2012, 9:58 GMT)


Posted by JG2704 on (October 22, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Well played both sides. Decent game swinging one way and then the next. Sad for Perth but I guess you can't expext to defend scores around 120ish vs a side with Sehwag,Jaya and KP in it - even though they nearly did

Posted by JG2704 on (October 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (October 21 2012, 17:55 PM GMT) And how many WC players would DD have without their overseas recruits?

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

@Rajesh india1990,so this was "ipl's best team"(SO CALLED).REACHING SUCH A PETY SCORE AGAINST A Side which z been an average side in dis CL z Far From Being calld "GREAT PERFORMACE",HAD SEHWAG NOT BEEN Given few lives,even 120+ would have been wel out of reach.lolz

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

viru hope u can also perform well in tests against england

Posted by KuldeepSrawat on (October 22, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Well done Ajit Agarkar. Felling good for most utility cricketer India has ever produced .Here are few analysis about Ajit Agarkar. # Best average and strike rate of any bowler India has ever produced in ODI. # World record of fastest 50 wicket in ODI which is still a Indian record. # Fastest 50 runs in ODI by any Indian. # Best out side (boundry) fielder Inda has ever produced. (Yuvraaj once said abt himself that he is not the best fielder, the best fielder of our side is Ajit Agarkar) # Ajit Agarkar was at his best in 2007-08 session when was was dropped from the side and never make a comeback since then and most important things is he was the best picking bowler in Indian side when he was dropped ( most wickets by any indian bowler in 2006-07 Session )........ at last I still belief he can still make it for Indaian ODI side and can contribute in all department...

Posted by Shahbaz Alam on (October 22, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Yes, PS had to pay the price for pitching the ball up on a bouncy track. Where top order batsman struggle to put bat on ball of a good length delivery, they pitch the ball up to Agarkar and co. why they ball vally and yorkar length when the ball is flying from good length. A semi tale ender bat who want to swing the ball to everywhere and PS provide him the length to work with.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

ajit agarkar needs to be selected in ODIs for indian cricket team. he has some 280+ wickets to his name. Other close performers are, J srinath 315 A Kumble 337 Z Khan 282

if he had been playing for india regularly he would have been highest wicket taker for india by now.

Posted by sandeepgla on (October 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

The performance of delhi against perth shows that no players can play short ball well even if they r from australias,

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

DD agin rely on sgewag batting..other batsman did not well thier job & bowlers irfan pathan and agarkar take win to the DD..but all credit going to shewag.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

really felt good for agarkar, he does need that momentum , according to stats he got the best economy , nd best strike rate amoung all the indian bowlers except javagl srinath, so this hguy is put of indian side. i hope he keep showing his consistancy in CL nd in indian domestic season too and hope fully he wil be back in the squad in next couple of months may be in odi against england. atleast we do need an inswiner nd outswinger pacer in teem unlike other current retard fast bowlers of india except zaheer, even though he is not performing at all neither takin wickets lately.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

Presently need to take Agarkar as it helps for Zaheer to reduce his workload in all three formats. Agarkar needs to pick up for ODI's.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 22, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

Agarkar has been a surprise. Maybe on overseas pitches he has it to bowl well. Dont know about Indian tracks. His shortness gives India a Sami type bowler. His recent performance gives selectors an option though in home matches - 3 spin 2 pace bowler option would be preferred.

Posted by Nampally on (October 22, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

I was disapponted by the DD's batting failure. DD was set a simple task of scoring at 6 runs/over which appeared to be a child's play considering the top 5 DD batamen. Yet Jaya, KP & Taylor between them got just 18 runs!. it was left up to Sehwag & Irfan to pull the side from a deep hole before both were out to irresponsible strokes when their team needed them to stay & finish the game. Sehwag kept trying to upper cut the ball even after he was let off twice playing that stroke & finally ran out of luck playing the same stroke again. Great batsmen never repeat their mistakes. Sehwag needs to play for the team rather than for himself.I am a huge supporter of Sehwag but feel his attitude needs to change radically. DD must thank Agarkar(MOM) for their victory & passage into the Semis. I was very impressed by his bowling in the last match & this one. He was accurate & pacy (135 - 140 KPH). In his present form he deserves to open the bowling for India. One change -Warner to replace Taylor.

Posted by Feroz9700 on (October 21, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Delhi almost lost it. Thanks to Agarkar who managed to pull it for DD, never know why low scoring games get such tight finishes. Still Delhi has a very strong team and should be able to win this tournament. KP needs to fire for them and probably Warner is a better bet instead of Mahela. Delhi probably don't want to overattack with the Likes of Viru and KP to follow and that's why prefer Mahela over Warner. Anything over 150 should be enough for Delhi bowlers to be able to defend, only concern is there big guns need to fire in the batting department, bowling as such looks good so far.

Posted by narangi on (October 21, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 ~~ On fast and bouncy pitches , picking WARNER ahead of TAYLOR is much better !!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 21, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

The pitch was okay. The problem was that both teams batted poorly. DD almost lost it. What were they thinking ? As for the scorchers, it's SAD to see such a MEDIOCRE Australian team in my life. No world class players in there.

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Couldn't have said it better... maligned; after all he has been through with Dhoni and the selectors. He deserved better and still has it to make the XI... Well done Agarkar, you proved to be the best among you time and a few now...

Posted by phunny_game on (October 21, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Delhi has always been a quality side but will be actually tested against the Titans... As Perth scorchers, and even KKR in this tournament have been mediocre... The real test lies ahead.... Hope delhi come out all guns blazing

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

What happened to Perth ? The Fast track bullies couldn't handle Delhi on a fast pitch?

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

good half century for sehwag should install confidence for the big test against England , felt nice for good old Agarkar , go DD go once again bring the cup to an Indian IPL team like the last 2 years

Posted by aby_prasad on (October 21, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Much maligned agarkar??? Whats the story with that? hmm wish the reporter had wrote that too :( . Hey how about that , Sehwag batting sensibly with a solid score on a bouncy 'western' pitch while flat track experts perth loses. Agarkar and yadav, ofcourse along with morkel bowling better than their counterparts. hmm, wonder where the flat track allegations are now! Im writing this cos whenever they play well, its forgotten but once they lose, the comments are all over the place. So dont mind me blowing a bit of a horn to remind all, WE CAN PLAY TOO :D. Go delhi go!

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 21, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@counterstrile1.6: Warner has a long way to go, he lacks finesse, something you can't say about the Sri Lankan. I'm an Indian fan but I rate Mahela as one of the best captains I've seen, and I've been watching cricket for a long, long time. Jayawardene is the kind of guy who instantly appeals to his fellow players, and he reads the minds of his bowlers very well, cajoling and offering them a word of advice at exactly the right time. He deserves to be in any team for his leadership skills alone. Apart from his sublime batting, his fielding skills are par excellence.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 21, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

DD almost did a

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 21, 2012, 15:55 GMT)


Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 21, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Although I'm a huge fan of Mahela but on these fast and bouncy pitches, Picking Warner ahead of him is not a bad idea !

Posted by   on (October 21, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

for 121 chase u chand should have send opening instead of sehwag please give chanses to young stars

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 21, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Glad to see Indian Fast Bowler Umesh Yadav and medium-pacers Irfan and Agarkar making life uneasy for "so called" Good-Batsmen of fast and Bouncy pitches. Go DD Go !

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