Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Delhi April 10, 2011

Knew Malinga would be tough to handle - Sehwag

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The Delhi Daredevils batsmen crumbled against Lasith Malinga's fiery yorkers and clever variations in pace, something their captain Virender Sehwag had tried to prevent. His plan during the Delhi innings was to take the bulk of the strike against Malinga, a ploy that failed despite him playing out a maiden over against him. Sehwag was run out, and Malinga cashed in to finish with a five-for to bowl Delhi out for 95.

"This is the first time in the last ten years that I've played a maiden over," Sehwag said after the game. "I knew the other batsmen would not be able to pick Malinga. I thought I'd bat against him and let the rest take on the other bowlers."

Delhi have several new players in their squad, with Sehwag among the few who's stayed with the franchise following the auction. "I think I'm the only player in the team who's played the last three IPLs for Delhi, and there are ten debutants with me. So it will take time for us to gel and perform as a team."

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar, who made an unbeaten 46 in the chase, admitted the pitch was one of the more difficult surfaces to bat on. "I thought 135-140 was going to be a fighting total because the ball was keeping low," he said. "Adjusting to the pace of the pitch was going to be extremely important."

Apart from Malinga, whose performance he described as "spectacular", Tendulkar also praised Rohit Sharma, who looked good during his unbeaten 27. "He is a terrific and gifted player, and on a difficult track he played some brilliant shots. This season we'll have to wait and watch what he is capable of."

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  • Hindh on April 12, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @kuruwita Yes Malinga has won the battle but Indian team won the overall war ... Before the WC every tom , dick and harry was talking that india wud be out of WC by semi finals because of home pressure , but the capability of the Indian team was amazing...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @hindh88, @karthikfromchennai, I am talking about Sehwarg. He is gone against Good bowlers. Dhoni realised the situation and came out ahead of Raina, and Yuvraj to protect them from Malinga. But in WC final and In this match Malinga won the battle between Malinga & Sehwrag.

  • NALINWIJ on April 11, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    What a legend is Malinga who gets 5 wickets and bowls a maiden to SHEWAG in a t20 match when you have only 4 overs. If you pick IPL or WORLD T20 all time XI Malinga should be selected.

  • Hindh on April 11, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @kuruwita sehwag was out 1st ball or 2nd ball in final . it doest matter now. What matters is that India won the World cup 2011 thats it.......

  • karthikfromchennai on April 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    @Kuruwita, yes we too saw the WC final where sehwag was out for a duck...but did u also see Dhoni lifting the worldcup in the end? chill out....I understand your frustration that SL lost the cup...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Both Malinga & Sehwrag got exceptional skills. It is nice to see the battle between these two, an exceptional bowler Vs an exceptional Batsman. I think Malinga won the battle because Sehwrag could not score a single though Malinga did not take the wicket. I think Sehwrag has the memory of WC final.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @cricPassion2009, Yes a top batsman against crappy bowlers. He is gone for duck in the 2nd ball in WC final. That is why he said he did not want to score against Malinga.

  • lahiru_ran on April 11, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    malinga is the best bowler i have seen......... no one there to beat him.. ha ha

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 11, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @crystosis, Yes we saw it in WC final Sehwag was gone for 2nd ball duck.

  • Philip_Gnana on April 11, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Come on guys give Sewag a break. He is a tremendous batsmen and he has walked his talk over and over again when it comes to taking bowlers apart. He has recognised Malinga's capability and has given him the credit. Sehwag, Jayasuriya, Gale, Gilly all fall within the same league, but Sehwag has been more consistent that the rest. Malinga was truly awesome and this only confirms why Mumbai had retained him and he has paid back the confidence placed in him. SRT is a legend. He knows how to handle his team. It is good that he gave equal praise to Rohit Sharma for his performance on a dodgy wicket. Well done Mumbai. Philip Gnana, Surrey

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