Daredevils v Lions, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Durban October 25, 2012

Lions reach final with rousing win

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Lions 139 for 5 (Bodi 50, McKenzie 46*, Yadav 2-20) beat Delhi Daredevils 117 for 9 (Pietersen 50, Morris 2-7, Phangiso 2-18) by 22 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Gulam Bodi said at the half-way stage that his team, Lions, may have fallen around 15 short of their desired total but a spirited performance with the ball in favourable conditions was too much, even for a power-packed Delhi Daredevils batting line-up. Following up on Bodi's half-century and Neil McKenzie's death-over surge, Lions' Chris Morris bowled an outstanding spell and, backed ably by his spinners, helped knock out the only remaining IPL team from the Champions League. In doing so, Lions also kept alive the possibility of an all-South African finale in this diverse franchise tournament.

Lions managed a fighting 139 but Daredevils would have felt justified in their decision to bowl first in overcast conditions amid plenty of breeze. Their bowlers found swing, movement and good bounce, and the assistance lasted through the game. But Daredevils had the batsmen to counter that and they'd infused their line-up with more power up the order, with regular captain Mahela Jayawardene, surprisingly, sitting out again to make way for David Warner in the opening slot. Warner did attack, but briefly, and the early departure of Daredevils' openers was key in Lions being able to keep the pressure on.

They were helped by Virender Sehwag, who fell first ball trying to loft Sohail Tanvir over mid-on only to be caught, though Warner and Kevin Pietersen staged a counterattack. Both targeted Dirk Nannes, who was squeezed through extra cover for two boundaries from Warner and thrashed down the ground by Pietersen. But Morris, brought on first change, with his high-arm action, accuracy, minimal but unsettling movement and encouraging bounce tightened one end up. The bounce accounted for Warner, who top-edged a catch back to the bowler while attempting to jab one on the leg side, and that began a phase of stagnation.

It coincided with the introduction of spin, and Unmukt Chand found it difficult to get a move-on. While Morris was probing away at one end, Aaron Phangiso and Jean Symes, both left-arm spinners, gave little away, slowing it up often as the batsman found it hard to connect desirably when often swinging across the line. Overs six to ten yielded just 17 runs, Chand tied down at one end before he went down holing out to long-on, desperately seeking a lift. Instead of Ross Taylor, out came Irfan Pathan and his promotion failed. Nannes returned in the 14th over, attacking Taylor at No. 6 with a slip and the captain followed that over, as Nannes reacted swiftly to his right to pluck a one-handed catch.

Miscalculation was the feature of Daredevils' game, as Pathan's promotion followed the decision to send in Pawan Negi ahead of Ajit Agarkar. This, despite Agarkar's spunky batting that helped his team beat Perth Scorchers in their previous completed game. Pietersen, stranded at one end, lost five of his partners in one over after another before there was too much for him alone to achieve. With 48 needed off 24, he perished in the sixth over after the collapse began, dismissed fittingly by Morris who had begun the choke with his miserly spell. With Pietersen's fall, Daredevils' fate was sealed.

Bodi and McKenzie played influential roles after their team was put in. Bodi, the in-form batsman, was scratchy to begin with. His initial movement across gave him a hard time against the bounce from Morne Morkel and swing from Pathan.

The innings was set back by a wicket-maiden from birthday boy Umesh Yadav and Daredevils had edged ahead with Lions 63 for 3 at the end of the 11th over. In the interim, Bodi had started to get going, playing to his strengths against Pietersen's slow ones by lofting them past extra cover. He swung against Negi with the turn to launch him over deep square leg and built a solid association with the experienced McKenzie, who stayed on till the end. The pair ran well, McKenzie scored boundaries on both sides of the wicket, even pulled Morkel for six, in a stand worth 59 in 44 balls.

Though the attempted surge in the final overs was curtailed by Yadav's discipline, some indiscipline in the field earned Lions crucial runs. Yadav himself dropped a straightforward catch, so did Pietersen, and McKenzie squeezed as much as he could out of those two reprieves, eking out 46 off the last five. It proved more than sufficient.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on October 28, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Blythesville on (October 28 2012, 01:16 AM GMT) Have you actually watched the tournament at all or are you just booing because T+T are no longer in it? T+T were knocked out fair and square - even if the qualifying system was a bit harsh. But many of the matches have gone down to the wire and the second semi final couldn't have been more entertaining. Even in this semi final Lions won by defending a sub 140 score. Surely - while we all like to see big scores posted - it's good that when a side posts around 130-140 it hasn't necessarily meant game over in the side batting second's favour.

  • Blythesville on October 28, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Talk about a tournament that missed the presence of Trinidad & Tobago and the excitement they are capable of bringing.

  • JG2704 on October 27, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @anshu.s on (October 26 2012, 21:30 PM GMT) My comm (JG2704 on (October 27 2012, 07:57 AM GMT) was to you. Wasn't posting to myself there.

  • on October 27, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    To all those moaning about IPL being a joke and all that, just because no IPL team qualified for the finals....let me tell you this.

    As an Indian, I would rather be in India's position that most other countries. It is imperative to have a strong economy (Cricketing economy and demand) which gives continuous return. It will always encourage a stream of good players.

    If you don't have the strong cricketing economy your results will always be up and down. Great players come and go, Great teams come and go, but the a strong economy will help maintain a decent team.

    The only countries that come close are OZ, Eng and SA (players+Cricket economy) and SL (their love for the game in general).

    Champions League is not perfect, but its not as bad as people complain. IMHO, the no. of direct entry teams should be as follows - SA-2, Aus - 2, India - 3, Eng - 1, SLPL - 1, Pak -1, WI-1, NZ -1, Bang - 1.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @teo. Yes Thats why australia and southafrica never won a t20wc whereas india and england won t20wc one time...

  • JG2704 on October 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 26 2012, 18:50 PM GMT) Indeed 2 of 4 is a better ratio than 3 of 8 and while I'm not sticking up for our football teams which I couldn't really give a flying one about , you might also notice that the other 2 country's sides who have won it in the last 5 years are Italy and Spain whoes clubs have similar financial clout. Which country's domestic sides have anything like the financial clout the IPL sides have? Don't get me wrong , they still have to perform but in Football there are 3 or 4 country's with similar wealth - in cricket India (IPL sides) stands way above the rest in the wealth stakes

  • aby_prasad on October 27, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    lol ppl jus cant bear that ipl is flourishing and in the news everywhere much like many are jealous of epl and its growth!

  • dravinashbs on October 27, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @Bravobravo : So SL lost all the series against losers both at home and away. what should they be called?

  • teo. on October 26, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    All I can say is, 23 out of the 44 players starting in both semi's were South African :D 24 if KP is counted.. (lets not go there..) Thats the highest number. further evidence that, at this point in time.. SA is truly the games powerhouse. Btw, Aus were 2nd most represented... a re-emerging force it seems. Happy days... Eng and India need to get their act together.

  • anshu.s on October 26, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @JG2704, you are a sensible bloke hence i will explain myself, football CL is almost 50 years old competition while cricket version is hardly 4 years old so IPL team winning two out of four is a better winning ratio than 3 out of 8 in the last decade by EPL teams.Chelsea won it last year but they were rather lucky and boring and they beat my beloved Barcelona lol.No i am not indicting EPL or excusing the flaws and excesses of IPL but my post was for our loving neighbours trying to point the basic fact that in footy there are 4 leagues of equal stature financially and popularity wise but in Cricket it is the BCCI which has monies .ECB gets decent amount due to its TV deal with sky (200 mil Euros) is good but still pales in comparison.Coming to cricketing reasons most of our foreign batters let us down and our Indian batters with the exeption of Sachin did decent.It really hurts when people are just waiting for Indian teams to fail and this creates a feeling of us v/s them which is sad.

  • JG2704 on October 28, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Blythesville on (October 28 2012, 01:16 AM GMT) Have you actually watched the tournament at all or are you just booing because T+T are no longer in it? T+T were knocked out fair and square - even if the qualifying system was a bit harsh. But many of the matches have gone down to the wire and the second semi final couldn't have been more entertaining. Even in this semi final Lions won by defending a sub 140 score. Surely - while we all like to see big scores posted - it's good that when a side posts around 130-140 it hasn't necessarily meant game over in the side batting second's favour.

  • Blythesville on October 28, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Talk about a tournament that missed the presence of Trinidad & Tobago and the excitement they are capable of bringing.

  • JG2704 on October 27, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @anshu.s on (October 26 2012, 21:30 PM GMT) My comm (JG2704 on (October 27 2012, 07:57 AM GMT) was to you. Wasn't posting to myself there.

  • on October 27, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    To all those moaning about IPL being a joke and all that, just because no IPL team qualified for the finals....let me tell you this.

    As an Indian, I would rather be in India's position that most other countries. It is imperative to have a strong economy (Cricketing economy and demand) which gives continuous return. It will always encourage a stream of good players.

    If you don't have the strong cricketing economy your results will always be up and down. Great players come and go, Great teams come and go, but the a strong economy will help maintain a decent team.

    The only countries that come close are OZ, Eng and SA (players+Cricket economy) and SL (their love for the game in general).

    Champions League is not perfect, but its not as bad as people complain. IMHO, the no. of direct entry teams should be as follows - SA-2, Aus - 2, India - 3, Eng - 1, SLPL - 1, Pak -1, WI-1, NZ -1, Bang - 1.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @teo. Yes Thats why australia and southafrica never won a t20wc whereas india and england won t20wc one time...

  • JG2704 on October 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 26 2012, 18:50 PM GMT) Indeed 2 of 4 is a better ratio than 3 of 8 and while I'm not sticking up for our football teams which I couldn't really give a flying one about , you might also notice that the other 2 country's sides who have won it in the last 5 years are Italy and Spain whoes clubs have similar financial clout. Which country's domestic sides have anything like the financial clout the IPL sides have? Don't get me wrong , they still have to perform but in Football there are 3 or 4 country's with similar wealth - in cricket India (IPL sides) stands way above the rest in the wealth stakes

  • aby_prasad on October 27, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    lol ppl jus cant bear that ipl is flourishing and in the news everywhere much like many are jealous of epl and its growth!

  • dravinashbs on October 27, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @Bravobravo : So SL lost all the series against losers both at home and away. what should they be called?

  • teo. on October 26, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    All I can say is, 23 out of the 44 players starting in both semi's were South African :D 24 if KP is counted.. (lets not go there..) Thats the highest number. further evidence that, at this point in time.. SA is truly the games powerhouse. Btw, Aus were 2nd most represented... a re-emerging force it seems. Happy days... Eng and India need to get their act together.

  • anshu.s on October 26, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @JG2704, you are a sensible bloke hence i will explain myself, football CL is almost 50 years old competition while cricket version is hardly 4 years old so IPL team winning two out of four is a better winning ratio than 3 out of 8 in the last decade by EPL teams.Chelsea won it last year but they were rather lucky and boring and they beat my beloved Barcelona lol.No i am not indicting EPL or excusing the flaws and excesses of IPL but my post was for our loving neighbours trying to point the basic fact that in footy there are 4 leagues of equal stature financially and popularity wise but in Cricket it is the BCCI which has monies .ECB gets decent amount due to its TV deal with sky (200 mil Euros) is good but still pales in comparison.Coming to cricketing reasons most of our foreign batters let us down and our Indian batters with the exeption of Sachin did decent.It really hurts when people are just waiting for Indian teams to fail and this creates a feeling of us v/s them which is sad.

  • JG2704 on October 26, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @anshu.s on (October 26 2012, 12:02 PM GMT) If you're bringing the English EPL football teams into it they have won the CL or equivalent 12 times - level in 2nd place with Italian sides and once less than Spanish sides. The current holders are Chelsea and an Eng side has won the CL twice in the last 5 years , 3 times in the last 8 years. And yes English football teams would not win CL without their overseas players or financial clout. But I find it funny that you defend IPL but slate EPL when both are so similarly run.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 26, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @ali-abbas Ipl teams won 2 out of 4 clt20..what about the sialkot goats?..not even qualified..lol

  • S-A-M-1994 on October 26, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Please Include ALL iPL TEAMS IN CLT20 NEXT TIME .PLZ PLZ PLZ........4 WASN'T ENUF ..........PLZ LISTEN ME

  • S-A-M-1994 on October 26, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @Kale Rjesh,Big Lol at your IPL teams with No local talent lolz...... hey Put all 8 ipl teams in clt20 next time .......haha

  • BravoBravo on October 26, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Mahela decided not to play with DD. Good move, because over last few years SL cricket declined. The reason was they were playing too much cricket with IND and India. This is the sole reason for decline of the cricket in SL. Because for last 80 years IND maintained worst WIN to Loss ratio (in every format of the game)among all the test playing nations, and that is UNDISPUTED FACT. SL lost their edge by playing too much with loosers.

  • on October 26, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    No Mahela Jayawardena, No win for Delhi Daredevils.... ;D

  • OzWally on October 26, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @Harmony111, et al - the reason we hate the IPL teams is because the rules are slanted in their favor. Four teams automatically qualify AND they can have up to 4 "imports" (non-Indian players) playing at one time. Anyone who believes in fair competition will want to see their HOMEGROWN talent win against these mercenary teams.

  • josh.davis on October 26, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @ anshu.s 'two IPL sides winning CL in 2010,2011 has done lot better than overhyped EPL teams in football CL !!' this is a cricket not a football forum so I fail to see the relevance of your comment, also you might be interested to know that chelsea won the CL last year and in the last 8 finals, 8 english teams have contested, winning 3 times.

  • Rahul17_1983 on October 26, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @Thyagu5432:Not only IPL teams .But to entire BCCI and indian cricket.Because no one like others to grow and letting others behind.U can say this jealousy as well.In nxt 20 yrs also Pakistan,Sl BD cricket boards cannot match to BCCI.Thats the reason for hatred.Even in cricket quality non of the teams mentioned have won 2 WC,no. 1 in Test at any point of time,1 T20 WC simulataneously.Even the money in IPL and charm of this tourmnament is way ahead to any other teams domestic tournaments.

  • asithaSL on October 26, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    No Mahela.... No wins for DD...., Taylor or Warnner out of team, they might hv made finals now.... CLT20 is boring, until it has good combination of teams that we can call "Global" tournament. Plz 2 IPL teams more than enough 4 next edition

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 26, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover still they are better than sialkot goats...

  • baghels.a on October 26, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    BCCI please allow Pakistani players in IPL from next year so WickyRoy.Paklover and other Pak fans can tone down there rhetoric .SL fans since loosing to India in 2011 WC have started pouncing on India related threads.Ithink they must be seriously tired of seeing SL lose to INDIA again and again,BCCI goes out of the way to help SL board,organises meaningless INDO-SL series every year, 5 or six out SLPL teams owned by India, so many SL players play in IPL yet they response with nothing but hatred !! go eealam !!!

  • bigwonder on October 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Shewag did not want to be captain of DD to focus on his batting. I guess he was focusing on getting a duck in the match that mattered. Well done Viru, your IPL contract awaits you.

  • anshu.s on October 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    IPL haters quit the hating and your sarcastic tone is sounding repetitive .Cricket is a niche sport played by 8-9 countries and in half of those countries it is a 2nd or 3rd sport of choice.India with it's billion followers and huge TV deals is only viable financial market.Instead of bashing India or IPL pls try to engage with it, we are not Football that we can argue weather EPL is the best, or la liga,or serie a or bundesliga is the best ,unlike football we don't have 200 coutries playing the sport niether there are billionaire investors queing up to invest.In an ideal world you would like other countries also with that financial musle and billion plus captive market to counterbalance BCCI but sadly that is not the case so please accept the fact and coexist amicably.Atleast India with 50 over WC win in 2011,u-19 WC 2012,no.one in odi's and test before 8-0 thrashings,two IPL sides winning CL in 2010,2011 has done lot better than overhyped EPL teams in football CL !!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @g.narisma,i m poor at maths would u plz help me sorting out dis issue that how many scores indian batsmen put on the board in dis match? Is it more than 50+?lolz.dn'twry our bowlers wil also trouble safas if they r goint to dent our batsmen.cheers

  • Harmony111 on October 26, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @sirvivfan: Don't you know that IPL teams have won 2 of the 3 CLT20 titles so far? CSK won it in SA itself while MI won it in 2011, incidentally the other finalist then was another IPL team, RCB - what happened to the other teams in Indian conditions haan? Even in 2012 show me one non Indian player who played an innings like Virat Kohli or Raina played in 2010 CLT20... Show me one non Indian player who in this CLT20 played like KDK's knock or Debbrata Das's knock. The closest ones are D Kock, Bodi or McKenzie but they are by no means as good as these knocks. If you want I am prepared to debate this exhaustively. Even after this CLT20, IPL teams will have a 50% title winning ratio and you say that IPL teams. If you are a Pak fan then tell me what did your Stallions do? I hear they went back gelded. If you are a BD fan then sorry, your team are not even worthy of the qualifiers and you want to talk down IPL teams?

  • Akshita29 on October 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @vxttempt ok Sachin scored some runs in 1989 . So he should play till 2019 or till apocalypse . And like if have said Sachin played with intent and tried to score quickly yet managed a strike rate of 71 then he should seriously retire.

  • taxa on October 26, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    they should not have dropped mahela. Ross taylor should have been dropped, from a captaincy point of view and batting point of view. mahela can always bat at no2 or 4.

  • Thyagu5432 on October 26, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @counterstrike1.6: Spot on! I dont understand this hatred towards IPL teams. Just like the players and other officials are paid by the franchisee, may be, the fans expect to be paid to be their fans. T20 format itself is such that it gives chance to every team to win unlike in test matches and to a lesser extent in ODIs.

  • deadite11 on October 26, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Its time to scrap the CL series, as many expected IPL teams got exit so there's less interested.

  • ssridhar on October 26, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Classy, demonstrative and educative batting by veteran Neil McKenzie consistently is pleasing to watch. Dour though he has been in Tests for SA, adapted to T20 and produced significant scores for Lions brought them to the final. He has to be appreciated for his common-sense batting.

  • on October 26, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    What should one say about this.... 4 TEAMS from IPL and only 1 Semi Finalist (Lost As well). Few days back I read a comment from an Indian Friend that since we are the biggest sponsors of the CLT20 we can do what ever want..... So what one should say about this..... I recommend that in the next edition they should include 2 more team (total 6 teams) so that at least they can make to SEMI Finals.........

  • JG2704 on October 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @vxttemp on (October 26 2012, 03:46 AM GMT) This isn't meant to be anti Sachin comments because obviously over the years he has been immense. But in this particular tournament what did MI expect from Sachin and in what game did he succeed in his role? It seemed to me that he neither anchored the inns or got the team off to a flyer.

  • JG2704 on October 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @mahjut on (October 25 2012, 23:44 PM GMT) Wasn't meaning to slate Tahir but the guys I mentioned look a whole lot better (in shorter formats) than Tahir did at at test level. You answered my query anyway

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on October 26, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @ sirvivfan - yes money can't buy success - that's one thing. And not performing well is another. I'm sure Had DD won, you wouldn't have posted it. And FYI, CSK had won the same tournament on the same "unsuitable" conditions in 2010 where M Vijay was the highest run-getter and Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker. What you have to say about it ? I'm sure you would say that was FLUKE. lol And what conditions r u talking abt. ? Did Hussey score 100 every-time ? Did Ross score double century for DD ? Did Johnson picked 5-for for MI ? Did Kallis perform for KKR ? These guys also had the bad tournament. In fact, both SA teams reaching the business end of the tournament clearly shows how much "home conditions" suit home teams.

  • bhrangi on October 26, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    OMG!!!.,, How these people enjoying the exit of IPL teams jus because it has a name (INDIAN ) in it.

  • ramli on October 26, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I don't know why IPL teams are targeted for anything ... I thought it was CSK that lifted the trophy last time in SA ... it was MI in India ... this trend is just in tune with swinging fortunes associated with T20 ... nothing more ... nothing less ... serio

  • ramli on October 26, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ali Abbas ... a test match in India is different from that in England ... wait and see the turn (or spin)!!!

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on October 26, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    (From India, Die hard DD Fan) Congratulations Lions and all SA fans. U guys deserve it. DD was really ordinary with bat. de Kock, Morris, Mckenzie, Bodi, A. Petersen, Phangiso - they are all very good players. On these fast and Bouncy conditions we were really dependent on our overseas players in batting dept., sadly except KP no one showed fight. Anyways win n lose is part of the game..Also, I would like to mention one thing that I really respect SA fans, they never show attitude whether they win or lose...unlike some of pak fans who even before the tournament started were beating their own chests that sialkot Stallions were the best team and they would win the tournament even without overseas players lol !!

    Best of all luck to Lions for the finals. I hope, you guys win. de Kock is future Star of SA and World Cricket and an ideal replacement for Boucher.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 26, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    What would have happend had there been no kp,morkel in this match?i m sure lowest score in t20s at all level would have been registred lying some where btwen 40 to 50

  • S-A-M-1994 on October 26, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    haha ! WHAT A SHAME ,EVEN OVERSEAS PLAYERS COULDN'T WIN FOR OVERATED IPL (No local talent ) TEAMS .... ANOTHER EXPECTED RESULT COMING UP.ENG GONNA WIN 4-0 AGAINT POOR TEAM INDIA IN INDIA LOL

  • sirvivfan on October 26, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    IPL team soundly beaten. No amount of money can buy success, unless they play on conditions that completely suit them! Real jokers. Surely if you fancy yourself as being a top batter than why can't you apply yourself to in these conditions. I am so pleased for Titans and Lions? Well done? Hopefully one of them go on to won the championship, furthermore I want SA to beat the Aussies in the forth coming test series. Riazuddin mohammed

  • Valavan on October 26, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @CricketMaan, what is it Team India to do with DD vs Lions match, why you take a long way back in 1985 till now, did you forget SL started to play test in 1982, and too did england win in SL, they levelled the series, didnt England level the series in India in 2006, or didnt you watch that game at all. You see levelling a test series in Aus and SA seems to be a greater achievement for a team who is playing international cricket for more than 60 years. does that what you wanna say here. cricinfo please publish

  • on October 26, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Rajesh_india_1990- heheheheeeee....... Can feel your depression, your frustration. This will continue until you stop supporting the minnow India. (lol)

  • on October 26, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    All IPL teams are out of the tournament. What a shame for BCCI & Indian fans. Even if they play 9 teams out of 10, still they would not win the tournament. Indian Cricket is in Disarray. They will soon lose status from Cricket in all formats of the cricket game. This is the truth & no one can deny.

  • CricketMaan on October 26, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @MunafAhmed811 (and @KURUWITA) I wanted to add the World Series in 85 that India won in Australia. runners up in SA in WC03. Add to that a test series win in England and the fact we leveled a series in Aus in 2004 and SA in 2010/11 and England piror that. Even though we win more at home and the last 8 test overseas were pathetic, SL can't even do that at home. Look at thier recent record against India both in India and home. They even lost the last two T20 palyed at home agaisnt India and lost tests to Aus, Eng at home. I have a lot of respect for Sanga, Mahela and Murali as world cricketers but they too have failed to take thier team across the line.

  • on October 26, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar was upset when David Warner commented abot the inability of the Indian batsmen on the fast & bouncy tracks in SA.We saw that in the 1st semi-final yesterday

  • TontonZolaMoukoko on October 26, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I bet Morne Morkel is glad he represented Delhi now, a bit like brother Albie, Faf Du Plessis and AB De Villiers who all chose the filthy lucre over their domestic team who are still in the tournament. I'm no South African fan, but both their teams have been a credit to this tournament. You wonder how good the Titans would be if they didn't have to give half their players to teams that got knocked out in the group stages.

  • CricketMaan on October 26, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Mahela is such a bad luck for any team that he is part of. He simply does not know how to get a team across the line to win a silverware. His record as captain speaks for itself. Today as a captian he chose to sit out and was a tactical blunder that cost the team. With Shewag on and off and Warner warming bench its a huge mistake to drop himself while he has been leading and opening in the round robins. That said, Viru let his team down yet again when they needed him. It shows his mindset and now unless India produce belters he will be found wanted against Jimmy and Boardy.

  • SLWJ on October 26, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    y they dropped mahela.... still i couldnt undestand...???? Best T20 captain....

  • quittthewhinging on October 26, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @ getsetgopk. Maybe I'm misinformed but there were 2 foreign players in the Lion's line-up, viz, Tanvir and Nannes. Who may I ask were the other 2?

  • phunny_game on October 26, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    when the captain drops himself in a semi final game... there are some real issues the team needs to sort out!!!

  • Homer007 on October 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Ho Hummmm - is it just me or is this last 6 weeks the most boring cricket period for years... my 6 year old and 8 year old kids have enjoyed it - although they have no idea who the teams are. I'm South African and there doesn't seem to have been much appetite or publicity for this event over here. I shudder at the thought of the IPL coming along. Roll on the Aussie tests and some real cricket. My Kids are Really excited about that as well

  • Valavan on October 26, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @vxttemp, haha if you like sachin keep that with you, we here are cricket lovers, cricket is bigger than lara, sachin or ponting. I dont care what sachin does, but sachin plays now in team only basis of his past, he is nowhere near his shadow, same is applicable for indian openers. If India have good batting reserve, why sachin stops growth of a young talent. If he is a good human who care for indian cricket, he should have hung his boots by the australian summer. Sachin is a player, he cannot define cricket as a whole. cricinfo please publish.

  • on October 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    IPL is becoming a joke really. since inception of it india has not been able to qualify for world t20 semis and with four IPL teams in champions league they still cant win it. SHAME..!

  • spiritwithin on October 26, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @ qasrazakaz>>next year please send 6 indian teams to have some chance of an ipl team making it to thefinal>>is this frustration bcoz ur team did'nt qualified for CL??y u forget that IPL team won the last two champions league??its a competition,all teams r capable of beating each other

  • spiritwithin on October 26, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @Chris_P on >>The scorecard says it all, only 3 batsmen got to double figures for DD & they were all imports. Back to the drawing boards lads.>>u r ignoring the fact that delhi reached the semis only due to local players apart from morkel be it in batting or bowling,warner,mahela,taylor failed in all the league matches,batting was heavily dependent on sehwag and other local players to deliver,in bowling apart from morkel all were indian bowlers..even in semis just reachin double figure counts for nothing,fact is apart from KP all batsman failed...

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 26, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @getsetgopk More even amazing is that your own national team keeps losing to our team in WC events (they only once in all WC tournaments). Even you know that T20 is a hit and miss and you keep wasting your energy on India related articles.

    AS far as CLT20 is concerned im gald it is over. My Tatsky subscriber stopped feeding HD channels and i didnot even consider recharging as i am least interested in these meaningless T20s. But i have ESPN and cant wait for the F1 this weekend.Bring it on. Wrooom.

  • yorkslanka on October 26, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    although I like DD, well done to the lions for getting to the final and i hope that they go ahead and win it now..Its always nice to see an underdog get the upper hand...terrific fielding by the lions as well as a very balanced team ...as always the failure and liability for DD was sehwag..he is carried by his team and should be dropped for warner and mahela to open but hey i guess thats politics...

  • Chris_P on October 26, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Good work by the Lions. On a pitch that isn't small & offered some movement for the bowlers helping pace with bounce, only one team was really prepared to face this bowling. The scorecard says it all, only 3 batsmen got to double figures for DD & they were all imports. Back to the drawing boards lads.

  • getsetgopk on October 26, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @JG2704: LOL I would like to know that too but heres a theory, he opened two or three articles on cricinfo and accidentally scrolled down on the wrong article to reply to someone on the other article perhaps?

  • qasrazakaz on October 26, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    next year please send 6 indian teams to have some chance of an ipl team making it to thefinal

  • DSN CRIC CLUB on October 26, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    what a foolish decision to drop Mahela who was the biggest experienced in that line up Congratulations to Lions!!!!!!!!

  • on October 26, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Unmuk Chand 9 off 20 balls was crucial.

  • loveNpeace on October 26, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    foolish decision by mahela to drop him self and make way to warner, he should have been in the team, because his leadership skills would have restrict lions for a lesser score. and he could have given a solid start to the dillhi inning with shewag

  • on October 26, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Mahela Ayya (bro) pls. do not play again with DD... select any other IPL team...

    b'cos if they dont konw your ability no need to work with them more

  • on October 26, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    they say hindsight is 20-20! People shouldn't delude themselves into thinking that dropping mahela was the magic bullet that made DD loose. I agree that mahela should have played instead of taylor. mahela or no mahela DD should have gotten 140, especially when Bodi said Lions were 10-15 short. I think the bigger mistake during the chase was sending taylor in at 6.

  • g.narsimha on October 26, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    GETSETGOPAK - I DONT THINK U R SUFFERING from memory loss, forget semis, INDIA IS THE TEAM WHICH beaten u r team to lift one t-20 wc at this very place , thats it, reg over seas players in this d d team no body contributed , it is VEERU who single handedly earned a semifinal slot for DD the entire team depends on him he failed , the team is out thats it,my dear one simple advise why u wast u r energy on INDIA related threads always celebrating our adverseries , irrespective all these short comings our cricket is here to stay , we will easily recharge our resources, as our youth team is current wc hoders, with few exciting talent , what about u r team u cant win any thing out side u r frontier UAE not even in SL , now its u r turn to move out , what will happen in SA , I CANT EMAGINE , ONLY THING OF INTEREST IS TO SEE HOW MANY TIMES U R GREAT GREAT TEAM REACHES 3 DIGITS IN ALL FORMETS .

  • lgnandan on October 26, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Dare devils are scared devils now! IPL should not depend on big names. Instead they should start grooming local talents of India. It will definitely lay strong foundation for Indian cricket. Results may not be felt immediately but it'll help Indian cricket in future. So called emerging players fail to perform away from Subcontinent : Issue should be taken care of. IPL is not helping cricket except economically.

  • anver777 on October 26, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Yet again DD choked in a knock out stage...... with so many stars in the team they were the firm favorites to win this crucial semis... the start was horrible for DD losing aggressive Shewag early in the chase !!!! Morris bowled superbly & deserved to be the joint MOM with McKenzie !!!! will it be a SA affair on Sunday ????

  • vxttemp on October 26, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @Akshita 29: 4 out of 5 - Has India reached Semi's? Good that you've some memory about SA 2007 - Do you know, how Sachin played Great Imran, Waqar, Wasim, Abdul Quadir in 1989? Do you know How sachin played when India toured England in 1990, Do you know about India in Australia 1992 tour?(where Indian so called greats like vengsarkar failed). And then how sachin carried the bagage of 10 other guys, till Dravid and Ganguly got into the team after 96 wc. Do you remember when Sachin got the Man of the series in Australia when they whitewashed India in 99. Do you know his world cup scores in 2003 in SA? I can write whole day on this. I'm following him even before he was selected for Indain team. Nope - But u do remember 6 drops(Really 6 drops - u want to bet on that :-) :-) )

  • AjitDJ on October 26, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    The Lions have played fantastic cricket throughout the tournament and deserve to win it the most.

  • on October 26, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    "He who dwells in the past, has no hope for the future" pak fans, no point in reminding what happened 20-30-50 years ago ...last 5 years we have kept hammering pak, sl n ban consistently...... when india loses even 1 game to asian team only that one is remembered EVEN BY YOU. that is proof in itself

  • vxttemp on October 26, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @Frank: Don't worry about Sachin's fans defending the master. At least me. This is neither the first time nor the last time, I would be defending him. Forget about his performance, you will always find some haters opening up a discussion against him. And I've been doing this one way or another from the past 24years :-) Sorry to say, but most of the guys whom I know and who comment Sachin, they know about cricket more or less than my grand father knows :-)

  • vxttemp on October 26, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @akshita29: Oh! I see. You could notice that there was intent from other teams, players. But you fail to notice what MI expects from Sachin. By the way, thanks for telling me that Sachin plays without intent. I don't think I've ever heard anyone saying this - not even the extreme haters of Sachin. Have you ever been part of any team plans/discussions? Any way, I'm not your friend unless you become part of Sachin's fan club :-) :-)

  • NGayanP on October 26, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    "Big news is that Taylor is out for the toss. Mahela Jayawardene has offered to sit out to let David Warner. And that offer has been accepted by Delhi Daredevils management. That's a big move. Warner has not played a single game in this tournament so far" Cricinfo Match Commentary - 25/10/2012

    ......"he (Mahela) is sitting out so that Daredevils can give a game to David Warner" Cricinfo Match Commentary - 23/10/2012

  • Chandanmm on October 26, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I'm happy that all IPL teams are out... defending champions mumbai eliminated very cheaply... it has many big big stars, still couldn't win a single match.... pathetic sachin scored 7, 5, 2 ... shame on him

    BCCI shouldn't send fourth-class team like mumbai from next clt20...

  • on October 26, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    IPL teams are now history. SRT, the great player he is, has to take a decision himself. No one in India can have the courage to drop him. It is painful to see the master dragging himself on and on. His reflexes and bat speed have slowed down considerably. He is still good enough to stage yet another comeback on home turf but what point he needs to prove now. He is India's greatest and the current failures will not change this fact. But only SRT can put an end to his fans' misery of defending him. As far as Sehwag is concerned last night's shot explained his mindset and style both. No need to say any further. Hail Proce Ganguly, the Wall Dravid and Classy Laxman for making the right decision at the right time.

  • on October 26, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    This is what happens when you drop Mahela...

  • ComeIndiaNo1 on October 26, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    MJ dropped.. lost the match

  • torsha on October 26, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Well nobody has dropped Mahela please. Mahela himself has sacrificed and that was just ridiculous decision by him. Anyways better team won.

  • Widuror on October 26, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    devils suffered because MJ Dropping, BTW happy thing to see all indian team out of the competition

  • Harmony111 on October 26, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @Akshita29: Your arguments are so opportunistic. You said that SRT did not try to attack and score in a single match. It is misplaced + incorrect. FYI, Sachin's job in the team is not to score at a breakneck speed. His job it to be the backbone of the team and allow others to scores runs quickly. He has been playing like this in IPL too and MI's problem in IPL 2012 was not SRT's so called slow batting but that there was no one capable of opening with SRT. They tried several but no one was good. Davy Jacobs, Levi, Shikhar, Smith and a few others perhaps have been tried in 2012 and other seasons but no one has been consistent. In 2011 IPL MI lost a few matches cos Shikhar was a bit too slow and ate into the quick runs scored by SRT. Anyways, your argument is incorrect since the 3 times SRT played, he was bowled twice trying to score quick runs by either slogging or steering and once was run out. Seems for you SRT should be caught in deep to be called as trying to score quick runs :-p

  • Akshita29 on October 25, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @vxttempt why are you talking about India not making semis in Wt20 . Ok if u want to talk then 1. India won 4 Out of 5 games in WT20 . What if Sachin played ?????????????? 2. India won the wt20 2007 that too in SA . What if Sachin played ??????????? 3 . India won the 2011 world cup . Did sachin made any winning contribution ? Yes he did . In the semis . OH he was dropped 6 times 4. Last year MI won the champions league . What if Sachin played i ????????????.. Look brother Sachin is the greatest cricketer India have produced . Just his presence in the team excites the fans. He has produced some great innings and no one is going to break his records in any format . He is one of the reason cricket is so popular in India.

  • Sanga2014 on October 25, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    How they drop classy batsman like MJ. He is smart T20 opener and also a very brave captain. I dont know how did they drope a guy like MJ

  • mahjut on October 25, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @JG2704 I'm not a saffer but of the spinners you mention only Botha had test potential i never got why he wasn't in the team (i have heard he and Smith were not always on the same page but that's hearsay). On the other hand i still think it's harsh to rate Tahir too negatively just yet ... he's played his part in SA test success even in England. he may not have in reality outbowled Swann (who was at the time the no 1 spinner} but his success in england was far greater than Swann's in the series between the two sides.He's oldish so may never be as consistent as one would want but he bowls well most of the time [shame he can't eliminate the dross he does bowl from time to time]. I still back him for SA...they should give him another series (or tw,o if he isn't awful in OZ}

  • Sinhaya on October 25, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, yeah Pakistan have beaten India 5 times in tests in India in contrast to just 2 by India in Pakistan, which only happened in 2004. We whacked you all by an innings in our 2nd only test in history in 1952 in Lucknow. We clobbered you all in Bangalore in 2005.

  • Akshita29 on October 25, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Dear friend vxttemp why bring Sachin up for discussion on this post . Since you insist let me give my point 1 . Sachin had a strike rate of 71 in the tournament . Probably worst by any batsman (not including tailenders.) 2. Yes , today Lions and DD did not score much in the power play but there was no lack of intent . Means they were trying but conditions and good bowling combined resulted in low score in the power play . But Sachin not in a single match tried to attack and score . He scored slowly in every match thinking that he will get through the first few overs he will make up in the last few overs which he cannot do anymore. And biggest problem with Sachin is that even if the captain wants to drop him he can"t because of his god status in India .

  • mahjut on October 25, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    nice to see the bowlers coming back into T20s ... despite everything being against them!! i like neil Mckenzie but how could the MoM go to anyone other than Morris????

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 25, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Good to see the local side doing so well and the star of the show Phangiso hopefully will be crowned king of the CLT20 along with the rest of the Lions after the final

  • azirqusa on October 25, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    My Suggestion --- For Next CLT20 : -- : 3 IPL Team at Semi's : OR : IPL Champ to FINAL Directly (:-) Additionally, include 3 more IPL Teams in Qualifier; will guarantee a good INDIAN Fan Base through the tournament, hence the Financial Success.

  • vxttemp on October 25, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @ Indians + Sachin bashers + akshita29: So what are you guys up to now. I believe Tendulkar is not in DD. What was Lion's score in 1st 6 overs - 34? and what about DD's score in the same period? When MI was chasing a low score in a dead rubber, everyone blasted Sachin for the slow start. I'm taking pleasure in DD loss. So should Sachin only retire. Has India reached Semis in the last T20 WC? I repeat, Sachin didn't play in that.

  • fr600 on October 25, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Deserving win... The top scorers from DD are Pietersen 50, Warner 21, Morkel 18. The rest combined scored 21 runs. That's hilarious.

  • JustIPL on October 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    We have to give up taking IK Pathan as an all rounder from now on.

  • Htc-Android on October 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    89 of delhis runs were scored by three foreign players and their fans are IPLs teams are the best in the world. Without the foreign players they struggle to beat highschool teams from Aus and SA.

  • Htc-Android on October 25, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    What a superb innings from sehwag. the most overated cricket ever.

  • on October 25, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    next time all IPL teams should be in qualifying round also.......if not, then give all Country top teams Direct Entry !!

  • on October 25, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    @getsetgopk: They don't deserve to win because there were four foreign players? I wouldn't raise that topic if I were you. Lions are without Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior and Graeme Smith (All from Joburg). Titans are without Dale Steyn, AB DeVilliers, FAF Du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, and Marchant De Lange.(All from Pretoria area) Then again, who scored the most runs for Delhi? Did he not come from SA?

  • JustIPL on October 25, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    KP got good match practice but did not take responsibility of taking DD home.

  • JustIPL on October 25, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    India could not reach final despite fielding four teams. It would be better to send two teams one IPL champion and other State sides T20 champion.

  • BravoBravo on October 25, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Taylor comments at the end of one sided, humiliating for DD (destined for defeat) match that IPL in next few months was completely sickening and nauseating. Probably he meant that IPL will provide sadistic pleasure to IND fans.

  • on October 25, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Some of these IPL teams need to play the qualifiers.

  • DWO1 on October 25, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Lions on their achievement of making it to Sunday's CLT20 Final 2K12. Personally the IPL teams have shown no form in this series and leave the fans of the T20 format to wonder why so many of them were included in a "Champions" tournament which really required 1st place teams (clubs) from club competitions. Probably the organizers need to revisit next year's competition and ensure that ONLY first place clubs(teams - the IPL INCLUDED) in their relevant competitions are invited to the competition.It will be great to see an ALL RSA Final on Sunday ...

  • noplay on October 25, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Oh please! Do not make Mahela into some kind of magician. Mahela was leading an international team in the T20 world cup to get less than 140. That team was said to have a weak bowling attack. And what happened?

  • Kavum on October 25, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Mahela left himself out? Yes I do believe that.

  • Mervo on October 25, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    It is good that these wickets have given just a little to the bowlers, not the usual slow turners that give nothing to quality bowlers. As a result there are no remaining sub-Continent teams in the competition remaining. It shows how much wickets play in results.

  • on October 25, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    I say they should have 9 out of 10 teams from IPL , this way at least one is guaranteed to make the finals

  • on October 25, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Stupid waste of time tournament. If the Lions can reach the final then maybe Manchester United or Barcelona should send a cricket team to play here.

  • JG2704 on October 25, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @MunafAhmed811 on (October 25 2012, 15:20 PM GMT) Yours is the 1st comment on this thread. Who are you replying to?

  • JG2704 on October 25, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I must confess I didn't watch the Lions inns and thought that 140 would be too little with the array of stars DD have developed over the years. And when KP and Warner were together it looked like they were going to explode at any time and take the side home. However full credit must go to the Lions bowlers. I have been mightily impressed by Phangiso throughout this tournament and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is an IPL player in 2013 , although I hope HL keep hold of him so that if the IPL side he plays for also qualifies for the CL , HL are his first choice side. I'm just wondering , do SA specialise in spinners for the shorter formats? I hugely rate Botha,Petersen and Van Der Merwe but I'm not so impressed with Tahir in the test arena. Are these guys not so effective in the longer formats?

  • janaka8511 on October 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Paid the penalty for dropping Mahela... Mahela's captaincy + his batting He is the only batsman who can play spin well ...World Team Skipper dropped....i can't believe this...i am so sory dd fans....me...2

  • getsetgopk on October 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    And what amazed me actually was the fact that they were playing in semifinal, how did they even get there? Naturally when their national team cant get to the Wt20 seminal their clubs dont deserve to be in a semifinal event but yeah there were 4 foreign players in the team, explains alot!

  • samincolumbia on October 25, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Mahela choked even before a ball was bowled...LOL.

  • on October 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    i would like to ask from cricinfo live score Commentator Sidharth Monga, whatz the connection between SL finals team and DD team management?? mahela not even the captain of SL at that time .. Sidharth Monga has some series issues against SL isnt it ?

  • Dilbar786 on October 25, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    the only way an ipl team can win clt20 if they hav all 10 teams from ipl..somthing to thnk abt for organizers

  • AzAb12754 on October 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Even with 4 IPL teams still 1 couldn't reach the final let alone win it :)

  • on October 25, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    According to cricinfo Commentator Sidharth Monga Delhi Daredevils team management handled by Sri lankans,SL ministers ,Trevor Bayliss & sanga

  • bobmartin on October 25, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    So that's it for the IPL teams then... Even the much lauded match winning hero KP couldn't save them. Bye-bye... have a good trip home boys

  • xylo on October 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I like how the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir used CLT20 as a vacation to keep their minds and bodies fresh for the upcoming England series. Anyways, now we will have the best T20 teams in the final, and should finally be a game worth watching.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 25, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    The best team won. DD were cosmetic in nature. Who in the hell dropped Mahela and made Ross as skipper ? Even if Mahela himself took the decision, what was he thinking ? Utterly irresponsible and ridiculous would be understatements of the century. DD prove they are perennial chokers. They also end up choking in the nation of CHOKERS. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Well Sydney looking good to win the trophy now.

  • 2nd_Slip on October 25, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Fantastic work from Morris and Phangiso aswelll as Bodi keep up the good work might just earn yuorselfs T20 call ups to play the Ausies in SAs up coming tour. Rooting for an all SA final-would be fiiting-both the Titans and Lions have played well

  • sineth.sl on October 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    the winning momentum of double D was gone with the decision of changing the most experience captain.. mahela is currently world T20 captain.. with this change DD deserved this treat from lions.. mahela is not a big hitter but he can hit to gaps and control the pressure and he is a smart captain.. I think today DD team management is destroy our last hope.. good luck next time double D. please next IPL edition play with your regular captain mahela j. HE IS THE SMARTEST CAPTAIN I EVER SAW.. :-P

  • Nampally on October 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    I was shocked that Mahela, the skipper, dropped himself from the line up & played Taylor as the captain. That was the worst move by DD who missed Mahela's captaincy + his batting.Secondly where is the responsibility of the Senior batsman, Sehwag, when he hits the very first ball of the innings & gets Out?.The same attitude of Sehwag & Gambhir has landed India into a huge spiral dive in Tests. Last but not the least Why is Taylor in the side when he prefers to send Chand & Pathan ahead of him? Is he a non playing captain for whom Mahela benched himself? An easily winnable total of 140 by a batting powerhouse was squandered by DD. Such blunders are rarely committed by Champions. Sehwag should retire from Cricket as he has become a liability to any team that he plays for. A World class talent wasted!. India should drop both Sehwag & Gambhir for their careless & irresponsible batting.Sehwag never learnt a very basic rule of putting the Team above himself- A Sad reflection indeed!.

  • Sudhir65 on October 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Team lost due to Sehwag. His contribution to national team and to the club team has been negligible. And yes, DD coach and captain showed some very strange and ineffective leadership. Pressure got to them before the Lions.

  • on October 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    World Team Skipper dropped in the semi's league match.......... ,i can't believe this....All the DD Players are nuts included Mahela....

  • naxif on October 25, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I guess they'll probably have 6 IPL teams next year . . .

    and the LIONS would be playing in the qualifying round!

  • sonu77 on October 25, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Delhi got the result what they really deserved.before the match most of the DD fans wanted David Warner in place of Mahela & it happened & DD pay the price for it.I too think Warner should be there from the begining in place of taylor not mahela.t20 is not all about big hitting.teams need a player like mahela specially chasing these type of target.(ex:mckenzie's inning made the difference) & may be his captaincy record not great in finals but not in semi finals.DD really missed his experience tonight.

  • ian45 on October 25, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @Presenjeet Bhaskar, Thats why the lions are in the final and your team is well, OUT

  • on October 25, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    oh no, i am scared. Next CLT20 2 IPL teams will automatically qualify to the semis.

  • CaptainKool on October 25, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Lazy Misfield by Pathan and Agarkar, drop by KP, Chand and Irfan ahead of Taylor and Mahela dropped himself for Warner. Those were bizzare tactics. Picking up Warner is justifiable but Taylor is the one who should have dropped himself and Mahela should have been in the team. Why in the world DD keep experimenting at semifinal stages?

  • Akshita29 on October 25, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    2 things 1. KP is not at his best yet . He is still struggling a bit coming after a long layback . Despite all that he tried his best . 2. Chand should not have been batting so up the order . Mj should have played ahead of RT . Warner should have played every match.

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    they should have dropped taylor for mahela. And what was the point in taylor coming in at 6?

  • Robin-Hood on October 25, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Paid the penalty for dropping Mahela and picking just hitters. Who ever said to drop mahela will repent now. Who on earth will drop Mahela on the most important game to give chance to Warner. They could have tried Warner in the group matches, not on nockout semis. Anyway I feel sorry for guys here who wanted to see Warner instead of Mahela will no longer see DD. Good bye DD and so called Warner and Ross and wanted see Mahela out today.

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Ummukht Chand is so overrated wasn't even the top scorer not even in the top 5 in Under-19 World Cup no wonder India don't select him Sydney should win this anyway.

  • ALiQamar on October 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    First tough game for DD and look what happened...

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Bad decision............. mahela out of final 11

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Delhi didnt realize wht is captain role...they dropped captain for semi so they are definitely going to lose the game

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 25, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Sehwag did a Afridi,chand did a misbah and DD did a pakistan...

  • Sumedha1980 on October 25, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Who ever wants MJ drops from the team looks like they got the answer now. He is the only batsman who can play spin well. Lion spinners are dominating....who should be blame for this. Is the management or MJ.......;) hope tylor and KP pull this off...I love to see DD in the final....let's see

  • on October 25, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    there is no use playing for some 50 odd deliveries and churning same number of runs in a t20..Bodi, unfortunately, has been doing the same for poor Lions. He has serious handicap in his technique.

  • on October 25, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    No mahela ohhhhhh U will lose.............................

  • on October 25, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Not a great decision of not playing Jaya.... He is a cool costomer.

  • MunafAhmed811 on October 25, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @KURUWITA : Your comment that Indian win only in India is testimony to fact of blind knowledge you got. India has won a World cup in Eng (1983), a T20 World cup in 2007 in SA, CB series 2008 in Australia where your beloved SL was third team, Asia cup in your own back yard SL, Natwest series in 2002 in England where again your beloved SL was third team to make up the numbers. Now please remind me where in world besides SL has SL won any cup except the one in last century (1996).

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  • MunafAhmed811 on October 25, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @KURUWITA : Your comment that Indian win only in India is testimony to fact of blind knowledge you got. India has won a World cup in Eng (1983), a T20 World cup in 2007 in SA, CB series 2008 in Australia where your beloved SL was third team, Asia cup in your own back yard SL, Natwest series in 2002 in England where again your beloved SL was third team to make up the numbers. Now please remind me where in world besides SL has SL won any cup except the one in last century (1996).

  • on October 25, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Not a great decision of not playing Jaya.... He is a cool costomer.

  • on October 25, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    No mahela ohhhhhh U will lose.............................

  • on October 25, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    there is no use playing for some 50 odd deliveries and churning same number of runs in a t20..Bodi, unfortunately, has been doing the same for poor Lions. He has serious handicap in his technique.

  • Sumedha1980 on October 25, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Who ever wants MJ drops from the team looks like they got the answer now. He is the only batsman who can play spin well. Lion spinners are dominating....who should be blame for this. Is the management or MJ.......;) hope tylor and KP pull this off...I love to see DD in the final....let's see

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 25, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Sehwag did a Afridi,chand did a misbah and DD did a pakistan...

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Delhi didnt realize wht is captain role...they dropped captain for semi so they are definitely going to lose the game

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Bad decision............. mahela out of final 11

  • ALiQamar on October 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    First tough game for DD and look what happened...

  • on October 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Ummukht Chand is so overrated wasn't even the top scorer not even in the top 5 in Under-19 World Cup no wonder India don't select him Sydney should win this anyway.