Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Cape Town October 21, 2012

Delhi knock out Perth in low-scorer


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

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.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on October 23, 2012, 17:50 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?

  • John on October 23, 2012, 17:44 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.

  • Sammy on October 22, 2012, 20:08 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!!

  • Wicky on October 22, 2012, 19:06 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"

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 16:45 GMT

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

  • Ashok on October 22, 2012, 13:14 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"!.

  • V.L on October 22, 2012, 13:11 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.

  • Rajesh on October 22, 2012, 10:14 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?

  • Rajesh on October 22, 2012, 9:54 GMT

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

  • Mohan on October 22, 2012, 9:17 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

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