Daredevils v Lions, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Durban

Who will overcome big-stage fright?

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

October 24, 2012

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October 25, 2012
Start time 1730 local (1530 GMT)

Morne Morkel took 3 for 19, Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers, Champions League T20, Cape Town, October 21, 2012
Morne Morkel, once again, has led Delhi Daredevils' attack admirably © AFP
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After South Africa lost from a winning position against Pakistan in the recent World Twenty20, the choking question inevitably came up during AB de Villiers' press conference. De Villiers put on a brave smile and said if South Africa made the semi-finals of the tournament there would be no choking then. South Africa didn't, and de Villiers' assertion wasn't tested. A team from South Africa, Lions, has made the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20, and tomorrow won't be a bad time to see whether de Villiers' confidence is backed up by Alviro Petersen and his men. They have already suffered a mini-choke, against Yorkshire, on their way to the knockouts, where they will be facing a side who have a habit of dominating the league stage and messing up in semi-finals.

Delhi Daredevils have made the IPL knockouts three times in five seasons; they are yet to play in an IPL final, leave alone winning the title. On two of those three occasions, they have topped the table after a long and gruelling league stage only to come up short on the big night. It won't be only the South Africans playing under the shadow of the 'c' word in Durban.

It is interesting to note that the Indian franchise has relied purely on the quicks to make it this far while a left-arm spinner, Aaron Phangiso, has been the key element around which the South African franchise's attack has revolved. Daredevils' attack is lopsided for Indian conditions, but here in South Africa, it has worked superbly.

Watch out for…

Aaron Phangiso has gone for just 4.43 runs an over so far in the tournament. Daredevils, with a captain who is inventive against spin and a former captain who goes hyper-aggressive against it, could target him. He has the variations to cope with attacking batsmen.

Morne Morkel, once again, has led Daredevils' attack admirably. He's been quick, difficult to score off and nasty with the bounce he gets. Most of the Lions batsmen would have played him a lot. How will they tackle him?

Weather and conditions

The tournament has seen four washouts so far. Even as the final league game between Titans and Daredevils was falling prey to rain in Centurion on Tuesday, it was pouring down in Durban, the venue for tomorrow's semi-final. The weather held up today, but the bowlers' run-ups were still wet, and Lions had to practise indoors. The organisers are considering a reserve day for the knockouts, but a final decision is yet to be made. In case of a no-result, the team with the most wins in the group stage will make the final, so Daredevils will be praying the rain stops following them.


"We always thought we can make it to the semis and even the final. The guys have been working hard since April, when we lost the final of the MiWay T20 Cup to the Titans. So, it's not a surprise that we're in the semi-finals; we were expected to do well."
Aaron Phangiso

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Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

MunafAhmed811,Mr.Ram,ThumpingWin,Bruisers >>did you guys saw what is a bad selection is? Waner should have been included for Ross Taylor !!! DD would have gone to the final at least if the management have made the correct selection,,,,,

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

How can you leave out Mahela in such an important match... Thank God Sehwag is the DD captain and not India captain...

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (October 25, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

@Sajil Alakkalakath : your comment that Indian players dont play for win and only for records is not true and not to fact. In fact India has won T20 Wc2007 and ODI World cup 2011 where no Indian scored century but Gambhir and Dhoni scored 90 each ot take India to victory. On contrary Mahela played slow and notched up 2 centuries slowly to make SL loose both finals and 2 more later on a total of 4 finals choked. This clearly shows who plays for records.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (October 25, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Excellent move to keep out Jayawardene out of playing 11 in SF. His history with SL team shows he chokes and makes his team choke . SL and Jayawardene has choked 4 finals. Delhi now have chance to win this at least.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Yup, it's chokers vs chokers in the semi-final. All the non-chokers don't get this far.

Posted by Poda_Pokkai on (October 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Dare Devils should rename their franchise name to "ScareD evils"... they are scared of knock outs

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Where are my comments. I never seen my comments posted in This page.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Since 2007, Sri Lankan captains are in the ceremony of finals. If I am not wrong more than 5 times they had. The thing is they can reach till the finals, But cannot make the finals in their pocket. But this time Mahela and team even cannot reach to final. cause Lions are pretty much familiar with the pitch as well they have Quality bowlers and batsmen. DD of course have some BIG Numbers, but won't able. Best of Luck for Both Teams.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 25, 2012, 12:36 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

i dont believe this Mr thumpingwin..go get your facts straight about ahel...you say he chokes under pressure...what pressure can be bigger than a worldcup Finals...2007 and 2011 both he got centuries,,,at least research before you exaggerate something

Posted by ravikb on (October 25, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

It would really be unfair on DD if this match is a no-result and Lions are through since they haven't lost a single match in group stage. How can they win more than 2 matches when they could play just 2 matches?

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

@ tejas - If I was Mahela I would have dropped myself for Warner. Problem with DD is too many opening batmen, that's why Ross who is comparatively good down the order especially in death overs, can't be dropped. If u leave Rossy out then what would be batting combo ? Mahela, Viru, Warner and Unmukt - they are all opening batsmen. KP too is top-order batsman. Who will score in death overs then ? Ross looked in decent touch against KKR where he hit some good shots in death overs.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

I dont care about the rude or negative comments on this post, but I love all of you who support Delhi. I dont care about the strategies, i just want sehwag to hit a double century and delhi to score 300, then we can easily win by 200 runs.

Posted by Robin-Hood on (October 25, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Mahela is a good batsman and a good captain, but Warner is just a hitter. What's going to happen if you replaced Mahela and Warner gets out from the 1st ball, coz most of them here are always using the word IF, IF word, if Warner scores match will be finished early, if warner stays for 6 overs score will be enough, like imaginations. When you come to real world from your imaginations, say, even if Mahela gets out with a cheap score, still he will lead the team to win the game. So don't worry about replacing Mahela, coz he has two options than Warner. I think Ross tayler is a better option with Warner, but still Warner is too risky for semis, coz he hasn't played any so far. FOR DD MAIN TARGET IS WIN THE SEMIS, NOT THE ENTERTAINMENT AND LOSE THE GAME. Good luck for Mahela and DD.

Posted by Mr.Ram on (October 25, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

DD's Supporters are wating to watch their hero's wonderful performence in semi-final.It is the only team enter into the knock out rount from IBL. If eveything goes well ( batting and bowling) DD will get CL T20 champion title from the final. It is the best team and good exemple for the rest of IBL team. Good luck!

Posted by pratisharora77 on (October 25, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

If it does not rain it looks DD would make it easily.. If the number of overs are been cut down its goona be t8 match..

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (October 25, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Mahela will lead the Devils to victory, no doubt it!!

Posted by Mr.Ram on (October 25, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Suporters from both team will get good cricket entertainment from the first semi-final match between DD and Lions. DD's batting & bowling line up is stronger than Lions. Top order batsmans should give their strong hit with bat and get high score without losing their wikets. The batting line up should be like this 1.Warner, 2.Sehwag, 3.U Chand, 4. KP Pietersen, 5.Taylor, 6.IK Pathan, 7.Ojaha, 8.Agarkar......

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

the Lions have punched above their weight in this tournament. They do not possess the big names the other teams have and they have relied on a team effort, rather than 1 or 2 superstars to get through to the semi's. Win or loose, "choking" is out of the question as they have exceeded even the most cricket savvy journo's at ESPNCricinfo's expectations pre tournament. The only side that could potentially choke is the DD side that is loaded with superstars and surely are expected to make it to the finals. I suggest that the author of this article go and find out what choking actually means before throwing it into the article like that.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Indian test players are living in the world of statistics, batting average, and records, not interested to win matches for the country.

Posted by ThumpingWin on (October 25, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Mahela should be replaced..He is not that great captain he chokes under pressure but by luck was always supported by sanga and co to do the job..Bring warner in for him then the side looks stronger..Its going to be a good match..

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

DD have to keep Warner for the semis and the final. If I were Mahela I would leave Ross out of the side.

Posted by Karnain on (October 25, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

If the semi finals get washed out, teams with the minimum loses should get qualified instead of most wins. It's a fare rule because more games were affected by rain in the group stages & to win a game you have to battle against opposition team as well as the weather. So it must be team with minimum loses should qualify for the finals.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

DD winning because of Mahela captaincy, I think it is a big. He didn't contributed anything with his bat so far. very average outings so far. Some how DD's bowling suit to this condition. They have formidable bowling attack and still their batting needs to click. Warner needs to play, Taylor can sit out. If Warner and viru give some reasonable star and I am sure Delhi having a clear chance to win. Viru needs to play more overs that will help DD score some good runs and put some pressure on Titans.

Posted by patilyogs on (October 25, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Hope to rain will stay away today, otherwise there must be reservce day tomorrow. if it washed out DD will out since they won less matches in legue stage. but it is interesting that DD have not loose any match in legue stage but Lions loose one match. DD have fair chance to win this match if rain stay away today....

Posted by Bruisers on (October 25, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

@Lalankan_sri - Oh really? What has Mahela done in bringing the team through to semis?? Scores of 4 & 21.. The guy hasn't done anything to justify his place in the team ahead of Warner. Now don't say "Its because of his captaincy DD made it so far".. He is not a star captain but the captain of a star-studded team. I would rather pick Warner in his place and make Taylor the captain for the remainder of this tournament.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 25, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Mankyso will be burried today.I believe Mankeyso is as good as Delhis net bowler only.So Delhi batsemn wont have problem facing him.Ofcoarse from next year onwards we will win him to bowl to our opponents in nets as he will not be in this Delhi team with his ability.

Posted by Gappistan on (October 25, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

@xylo A look at the stats shows that If sehwag is captain then the team loses in Semis, in case of Mahela the team loses in final. If DD have to win the final, make Unmukt Chand as captain in the finals. Problem solved

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

why the great IPL teams need foreign players in champions leaugue. better play with indian players and get whitewashesd...

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

It should have been CSK in place of lions as they lost crucial match against lions. It would ve been a cakewalk for CSK in semis if they ve been qualified. but this time i think DD will make it.

Posted by anver777 on (October 25, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

There are chances that this match will also spoiled by the Durban rain.... hope the rain stays away & give viewers a full game of entertaining T20 cricket !!!!

Posted by mfmfaiq on (October 25, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

I Hope No More Chokers for DD When Mahela is Leading...

Posted by Lalankan_sri on (October 25, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

That is the power of Mahila Jayawardena. No other IPL teams have made it to semies.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

i think DD should not any change in the team,,to day Morni morkel & shewag are the keys of DD...but don't depend on a one batsman...its a more pressure to shawag,,so other batsman want to do something fro DD,bowlers are really well this moment

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 25, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Usually DD choke at this stage in IPL. Let us see what they have in store for CLT20 this time. I predict them choking again.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Mayya should drop to No 4.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 25, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

@golgoal Indian win only in India mate. Look at where all other Indian IPL ended up in SA. Mahela's captaincy made DD into Semi Final. But for Final an Aussie should be made captain.

Posted by BravoBravo on (October 25, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

@Thermal_sytem: In total agreement with you and AMEN to that. @Alex400: "They will win if THAT happens", here is the news for you, It's not gonna happen. @Marcio: What you said is a uniltaeral wet dream of yours. Keep dreaming.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 25, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

IPL team should allow 5 foreign players. Making warner sit is not good. Taylor has not shown his Bangalore heorics in DD uniform. He failed badly for DD. He needs to be shipped out. I strongly think Warner and Jayawardene open and sehwag should play middle order. Sehwag is still coming and they go 10 run per over make any team go in panic mode. I think jayawardene should ask sehwag to bat middle order. Its time for sehwag to move to middle order in indian team as well. That way he can extend his career. At present few more failure as test opening will seal sehwag fate. Youngsters like unmukt chand is coming. But one century or double century can work wonders. DD can win it if every batsman play responsibly not transfer responsibility to next batsman like previous game. It will be even contest mainly because Non IPL teams has chemistry , IPL teams are hired guns not glued that well.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

If Viru Fires its Party time and its Good Buy Lions.If Sehwag 7 Peterson are on song then any other team has no chance becouse none of them have chased over 200,.let the games begin.One thing is evident South Africans are great Hosts.

Posted by Marcio on (October 24, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

The DD are clearly the most powerful team in cricket history. They have a guy sitting in the stands who, in his last two Champ. L. games scored 260 runs and lost his wicket just once - and now he is the DD coffee boy! Maybe they are still angry for the 160 he scored against India in Perth. Don't think you'll see this guy bother to turn out for an IPL team in the C.L. again. Come back to the AUS' franchises, DW, we'll give you a game.

Posted by golgoal on (October 24, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

@Junaid Zaman Stallion are top team from the bottom. Very lucky to be even allowed to participate in international competition. Should consider this a gift that came their way. @xylo I think this will be a good learning experience for Mahela. The Indian players know how to win big tournaments, and I am sure Mahela would love to pick up some things from the Indian players.

Posted by Jibreil on (October 24, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Isn't everyone seeing the weather here, the match will probably washed out. Kudos to ICC for choosing SA as the venue.

Posted by lankavigi on (October 24, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Two big semi-finals, all in just one month, for Mahela. Delhi should get through to the finals. Their team line-up looks stupendous. A team where you basically have to either leave Warner or Mahela, is too good a batting line-up. The only problem is that they haven't fired. I won't be surprised if Mahela sits out. Both Mahela and Warner should be there. Taylor should be dropped. Mahela is tradionally a middle order batsmen. Warner n Sehwag at the top, with Mahela and KP making up the middle order. The bowling looks good with Morkel heading it along with Pathan and Agakar. Lions have been the surprise package of this tournament. Alviro, Mckenzie, De Kock,etc, have all shown their mettle. It surely will be an intriguing final, but Delhi should edge it. More experience, versatality, loborious, you name it!! If they do reach the finals, Mahela will remember glimpses of the past(four world cup finals!!!!). It's not SL, but DD have also had their share of bad luck!! Hope they make it!!

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 24, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

@ Junaid Zaman: Top teams did not even qualify for the Main draw!. This is a club level cricket and your teams did not make it.. That just tells the quality of your side. World Famous Stallions - who were led by SIR Shoaib Malik and Hampshire - Help me with few players whom i can mention. Cheers!

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 24, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

I dont want DD to win tommorow. If DD becomes champions and doesnt make it to top 4 in next year IPL, BCCI will use this defending champion excuse and bring them into next years CL as a 5th IPL team.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Format is already questioned big time. How can a group topper knocked out in SF on the baisis of number of wins. Also this is not fair comparison when two team were in different group.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

1/4 IPL teams made it to the semis whereas top teams like Stallions and Hampshire could not make it. If DD loses from here we better see a reasonable and just format next time around.

Posted by xylo on (October 24, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

With Mahela as captain, you can expect DD to go all the way to the finals and lose it. In any case, the pacers of Sydney Sixers are likely to prevail over DD batsmen. Also, expect Morkel to go for plenty given that the Sixers batsmen are likely to relish pace bowling.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 24, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

The problem with DD is everyone wants to bat like sehwag. Iresponsible. Sehwag has the talent and skill to bat like the way he does. Others do not have the skill. They need to play to their strength. That is counter opposition plans. DD needs to stop losing wickets in first 12 overs. They will win if that happens

Posted by InnocentGuy on (October 24, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

The infamous south african chokers or the perennial IPL chokers! *Chuckle*

Posted by   on (October 24, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

DD gonna break the shackles of not reaching to finals of mega events.. All the best DD.. Hope for a great match tomorrow

Posted by Nampally on (October 24, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

For DD batsmen it is not the stage fright but it is "over confidence & irresponsible batting" which needs to be eliminated. In Sehwag, KP & Mahela they have the 3 of the most dominant short format batsmen in the world. But they get out in a reckless manner. The 4th professional spot has been given to Warner rather than to Taylor, who is a tremendous hitter with one of the best S/R in the T 20. If Sehwag & Warner open, Mahela can bat #3 or #4. This gives DD the most potent batting in T 20. Chand is young but a clean hitter as well. In bowling, the 4 pronged pace attack is equally good with either Negi or Nadeem providing the left arm spin. This is a strong team with right attributes.They just need to play responsibly & perform the task ahead. Lions also have Bodi, Mckenzie & de Klok as good hitters but can they hit Morkel & Co?. In Phangiso they have a great bowler but can he tame the DD top 4? DD are the favourites. Play Responsibly & carry the IPL banner into Final & win it ALL..

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