Indian Premier League, 30th match: Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi, Apr 26, 2011
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 3 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
26 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Terence: "I guess I'm the first person ever from Aruba to send a commentary feedback? Tell me."

Kishan: "I dont think 160 is a very competitive total. If Gayle and Dilshan get going, they will chase it down with 5 overs to spare and DD don't have very great bowlers either. Remember Punjab scored 202 again DD."

Gayle and Dilshan are out there, intent on destroying Delhi's attack like they did against Kolkata. Can Ashok Dinda prevent that?


Dinda to Gayle, 1 leg bye, short of a length on the thigh, Gayle misses the glance and gets struck on the pad for a leg bye


Dinda to Dilshan, OUT, caught! Dilshan tries to pull his first ball for six but gets a top edge that goes miles in the air and descends into Naman Ojha's gloves behind the stumps

TM Dilshan c †Ojha b Dinda 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kohli the new batsman ...


Dinda to Kohli, no run, good length ball outside off stump, Dinda gets the ball to swing away from Kohli, who lets it go

Harry: "who know's it may be Pathan's day today. There is no question about his talent he just needs to get back his confidence. Maybe the 2 sixes would give him that."


Dinda to Kohli, FOUR, width offered outside off stump and Kohli punches fluently off the back foot, threading the ball through the gap at point, the length was too short as well


Dinda to Kohli, FOUR, terrific timing, the previous one was in front of point, this one is behind, Kohli uses the width and pace to cut the ball to the boundary


Dinda to Kohli, 1 run, punched off the front foot towards cover

End of over 1 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 10/1 (151 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.94)

    • V Kohli 9 (4b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 0 (1b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-9-1

Ranky: "Dilshan is looking out of colors in this IPL. Complete contrast to how he was in the WC. May be the captaincy is affecting his game." The Sri Lankan captaincy you mean?

Here's Pathan.


Pathan to Kohli, FOUR, the full ball on middle and leg, Kohli helps himself to the loose ball, clipping it off his pads through square leg


Pathan to Kohli, FOUR, terrible line, on leg stump, Kohli plays the glance to the fine leg boundary, rubbish start from Pathan


Pathan to Kohli, no run, this time he keeps it outside off, far better line, Kohli moves back and across and lets it go


Pathan to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli uses the width outside off to lean forward and drive the ball on the up wide of mid-off for four


Pathan to Kohli, no run, played off the front foot on the leg side


Pathan to Kohli, FOUR, too full and a touch too straight, Kohli moves forward and across and flicks through midwicket, the timing is simply too good and Pathan is looking helpless already

End of over 2 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/1 (135 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 13.00, RRR: 7.50)

    • V Kohli 25 (10b 6x4)
    • CH Gayle 0 (1b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-16-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-9-1

Dinda to Gayle, no run, Gayle finally gets back on strike and defends a short of a length ball on the leg side, he hasn't got off the mark yet


Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, he's away now, driving a length ball towards cover and calling Kohli through


Dinda to Kohli, 1 wide, Dinda will have to bowl that again after straying down leg


Dinda to Kohli, no run, left along outside off stump

"Wow. Pathan really has completely lost it in the last 6 years. He could have been a great bowler. Who knows whats happened to him," says Rahul. Lost lots of pace, lost lost of swing. That's about it.


Dinda to Kohli, 5 wides, another one strays down leg side and this time Ojha's dive can't stop the ball, Delhi are looking ragged


Dinda to Kohli, no run, length ball with width outside off, Kohli drives fluently but doesn't find the gap at cover


Dinda to Kohli, no run, another length ball which keeps a touch low outside off, Kohli plays towards cover


Dinda to Kohli, no run, Kohli plays the ball towards point by opening the face

End of over 3 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/1 (128 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 7.52)

    • V Kohli 25 (14b 6x4)
    • CH Gayle 1 (3b)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-16-1
    • IK Pathan 1-0-16-0

Morkel finally has the ball ...


Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle defends one from a good length on the back foot


Morkel to Kohli, no run, good length outside off, Kohli moves forward and drives to cover, not timed fluently


Morkel to Kohli, 1 leg bye, strays on to the pads, Kohli turns it towards fine leg

"To make matters worse, Pathan missed the entire Ranji season. He had a decent 2009-2010 Ranji trophy. I think he needs an English county stint like Zaheer had," says Akshay.


Morkel to Gayle, no run, Gayle's had enough, he backs away towards leg stump and tries to clobber the ball into south Delhi, gets beaten though


Morkel to Gayle, FOUR, carved over cover! Gayle sits back in his crease and slams the ball flat over the in field, it was too short and the ball pitched just inside the boundary


Morkel to Gayle, SIX, well he's hit that, not into south Delhi, but miles over the long-on boundary. Gayle made room, Morkel tried to follow him, but got hammered

End of over 4 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 45/1 (116 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 11.25, RRR: 7.25)

    • CH Gayle 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 25 (16b 6x4)
    • M Morkel 1-0-11-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-16-1

Dinda to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Kohli moves back and across and plays the ball towards midwicket


Dinda to Gayle, FOUR, too short, a bit of width outside off, and Gayle has sat back in his crease and slapped the ball through cover, Bangalore steam to 50


Dinda to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle nudges the ball - better length and line - off his pads towards midwicket


Dinda to Kohli, SIX, pulled over long leg for six! Kohli moves towards the off to get inside the line of a short ball and pulls flat and hard, Morkel - the tallest Delhi player - was on the boundary and the ball sped over his head


Dinda to Kohli, 1 run, played on the leg side for a single


Dinda to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle jumps forward and out towards the leg side, and flicks a full ball off his pads with power through midwicket, he's not about to be out-batted by Kohli without a fight

End of over 5 (17 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 62/1 (99 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 12.40, RRR: 6.60)

    • CH Gayle 21 (10b 3x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 33 (19b 6x4 1x6)
    • AB Dinda 3-0-33-1
    • M Morkel 1-0-11-0

Morkel to Kohli, no run, defended back towards the bowler


Morkel to Kohli, no run, pushed from the crease towards point


Morkel to Kohli, no run, Kohli makes room and tries to hit it a bit too hard, he was aiming for over the blower but mis-hit it to him


Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli works the ball towards midwicket and sets off for the single, Gayle responds and makes it even through there is a direct hit at the batsman's end

Morkel goes round the wicket ...


Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle uses the angle into him to open the face and guide the ball towards third man


Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, defended with soft hands towards cover and they steal a single

Sreenath: "People seem to think an English county stint is like eating Rasgullas in Kolkata.. readily available anytime. Such a misnomer."

End of over 6 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 65/1 (96 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.83, RRR: 6.85)

    • V Kohli 35 (24b 6x4 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 22 (11b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Morkel 2-0-14-0
    • AB Dinda 3-0-33-1

Umesh Yadav has the ball ... from over the wicket. He was bought for $750,000.


Yadav to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli works the ball towards midwicket


Yadav to Gayle, 1 leg bye, a skiddy ball hurries Gayle and he gets hit on the pad outside leg stump, runs a leg bye behind square


Yadav to Kohli, FOUR, length ball on the pads and Kohli flicks, and how. He times it superbly and places it fine of the fielder on the deep square boundary


Yadav to Kohli, no run, Kohli gets beaten by a fast one outside off


Yadav to Kohli, SIX, short and wide outside off stump, Kohli slashes and slashes hard, sending the ball high and far over the third-man boundary


Yadav to Kohli, 1 run, he plays to third man again, this time along the ground

End of over 7 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 78/1 (83 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 11.14, RRR: 6.38)

    • V Kohli 47 (29b 7x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 22 (12b 3x4 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-12-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-14-0

"For the price of Umesh Yadav + Irfan Pathan, Bangalore bought AB + Dilshan + Vettori + Gayle. How's that for a business from Mr. Mallya," says Sreekumar.


Hopes to Kohli, 1 run, driven from the crease towards long-on

It's Hopes bowling, by the way.


Hopes to Gayle, FOUR, full ball outside leg, Gayle makes room by moving his front foot and swings the ball behind square


Hopes to Gayle, OUT, caught at deep square leg, Gayle's gone! Hopes bangs it in short and Gayle plays an awkward pull that looks a bit like a slap, he skies it in the air and Venu runs in from the boundary to take a catch that will give Delhi relief

CH Gayle c Venugopal Rao b Hopes 26 (14b 4x4 1x6) SR: 185.71


Hopes to Kohli, FOUR, no relief from Kohli though, he gets to 50 by flicking the ball off the back foot through square leg, finds the gap on the boundary


Hopes to Kohli, no run, nudged on the leg side for a single


Hopes to Kohli, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards point

End of over 8 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/2 (73 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 6.08)

    • V Kohli 53 (33b 8x4 2x6)
    • AB de Villiers 0 (0b)
    • JR Hopes 1-0-10-1
    • UT Yadav 1-0-12-0

Phil: "Because of Dilshan's Struggles, I hope RCB replace Dilshan with Jonathan Vanidar; We saw what he can do during the CL 2010."


Yadav to Kohli, 1 run, full ball on the pads, flicked along the ground to deep square leg


Yadav to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers uses the pace and line of the ball to guide it towards third man, placing it fine enough to beat the fielder


Yadav to de Villiers, 1 run, defended off the back foot towards point


Yadav to Kohli, no run, played towards point from the crease

"I think AB is the most neatly dressed batsman around.I have never seen a batsman with a hanky!!" says Nithin.


Yadav to Kohli, 1 run, OUT, a direct hit from the deep and AB is gone. Kohli flicked the ball towards deep midwicket and the batsman wanted two because the fielder had to get to the ball from deep square leg. That fielder was Warner, though, and he tore across the ground, swooped on the ball and unleashed a flat throw at the bowler's end that hit direct and caught de Villiers miles short of his crease. And AB's one of the fastest runners in cricket. Stunning outcricket from Warner.

AB de Villiers run out 5 (2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 250.00


Yadav to Kohli, 1 run, flicked to Warner at deep square once again, they don't even think about the second

End of over 9 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/3 (65 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 10.66, RRR: 5.90)

    • V Kohli 56 (37b 8x4 2x6)
    • SS Tiwary 0 (0b)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-20-0
    • JR Hopes 1-0-10-1

Morkel to Kohli, OUT, bowled him! Huge wicket. Kohli was batting superbly but this time he pushes tentatively at a good length ball outside off and gets an inside edge back on to his stumps. Delhi are right back in this

V Kohli b Morkel 56 (38b 8x4 2x6) SR: 147.36

Pujara hasn't had much to do in this IPL, he has his chance now. Neither batsman has faced a ball yet.


Morkel to Pujara, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease


Morkel to Pujara, no run, pace and bounce from Morkel outside off, Pujara lets it go


Morkel to Pujara, no run, played from the crease towards backward point

"Ideal scenario for the "Dravid-like" Pujara. With the run rate around 6, we should be expecting a nice little knock from him," says Nithin.


Morkel to Pujara, 1 run, worked off the pads through midwicket


Morkel to Tiwary, no run, good length ball angles into the left-hander, Tiwary plays it towards square leg

End of over 10 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/4 (64 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.70, RRR: 6.40)

    • SS Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • CA Pujara 1 (4b)
    • M Morkel 3-0-15-1
    • UT Yadav 2-0-20-0

Hopes to Pujara, 1 run, Pujara bottom edges the cut into the ground towards backward point and Tiwary calls him through for a quick single


Hopes to Tiwary, 1 run, Hopes tumbles to the ground on his follow through and Tiwary pushes the ball past him for a single


Hopes to Pujara, no run, nudged off the hips towards midwicket


Hopes to Pujara, 1 run, a bit of width outside off, Pujara cuts in front of point, Bangalore reach 100, only 61 more to get


Hopes to Tiwary, 1 run, nudged off the hips towards square


Hopes to Pujara, 1 run, Hopes angles the ball into the right-hander, Pujara works the ball behind square and settle for the single against Warner

End of over 11 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 102/4 (59 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.27, RRR: 6.55)

    • CA Pujara 4 (8b)
    • SS Tiwary 2 (3b)
    • JR Hopes 2-0-15-1
    • M Morkel 3-0-15-1

Gamble from Delhi, Pathan's back.


Pathan to Pujara, 1 run, width offered outside off and Pujara cuts in front of point


Pathan to Tiwary, no run, good length and straight, that kept low as well. Tiwary stays in his crease and defends towards point


Pathan to Tiwary, 1 run, tight line and length, on off and middle, nudged towards cover for a quick single


Pathan to Pujara, 1 run, defended with soft hands on the off side and good running from the batsmen, focussing on the singles


Pathan to Tiwary, no run, driven off the front foot towards cover


Pathan to Tiwary, no run, played towards backward point, Pathan makes a strong comeback after getting caned in his first over

End of over 12 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 105/4 (56 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.75, RRR: 7.00)

    • SS Tiwary 3 (7b)
    • CA Pujara 6 (10b)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-19-0
    • JR Hopes 2-0-15-1

"Viru has to get more fielders inside the circle and stop the singles. Create panic. A good test of his captaincy," says Karn. Spin for the first time, here's Nagar.


Nagar to Pujara, 1 run, nudged off the pads on the leg side


Nagar to Tiwary, 1 run, too short but Tiwary only manages to biff it off the back foot towards long-on


Nagar to Pujara, OUT, that's a really long hop but Pujara has picked out the incredible Warner at deep midwicket. Nagar gave Pujara plenty of time to place the ball but all he managed to do was go back and loft it straight to the fielder. Could have hit that anywhere really.

CA Pujara c Warner b Nagar 7 (12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33


Nagar to Tiwary, 1 run, swatted from outside off towards deep midwicket

Vettori prepares to face ...


Nagar to Vettori, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

Five fielders in the circle.


Nagar to Vettori, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards backward point, another tight over from Delhi

End of over 13 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/5 (53 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.30, RRR: 7.57)

    • DL Vettori 0 (2b)
    • SS Tiwary 5 (9b)
    • Y Nagar 1-0-3-1
    • IK Pathan 2-0-19-0

"That was "Misbah-like" from Pujara!" says Ritchie.


Hopes to Tiwary, no run, excellent line and length, no room for the left-hander, Tiwary plays to point


Hopes to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary cuts again but can't get past point again


Hopes to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, good length but on the pads, Tiwary misses the flick but gets a leg bye


Hopes to Vettori, no run, Vettori tries to run the ball down to third man but gets beaten

"I can see Warner being the most popular overseas player among Delhiites. He's got the panache, rockstar-ish celebrations, and Viru-esque playing style," says KM.


Hopes to Vettori, no run, Vettori gets a leading edge to a delivery that stops on him a touch from short of a length, it lobs safely on the off side


Hopes to Vettori, 1 run, nudged off the pads through midwicket, two off the over, three economical ones in a row

End of over 14 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 110/5 (51 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.85, RRR: 8.50)

    • DL Vettori 1 (5b)
    • SS Tiwary 5 (12b)
    • JR Hopes 3-0-16-1
    • Y Nagar 1-0-3-1

Yadav to Vettori, no run, Vettori moves inside the line by walking across his stumps and tries to pull to long leg, he misses


Yadav to Vettori, 1 run, cut towards third man for a single


Yadav to Tiwary, 1 run, good length and straight, driven from the crease to long-off


Yadav to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori moves right across his stumps and flicks a full ball from middle towards long leg, risky shot but he plays it often


Yadav to Tiwary, FOUR, smashed! Length ball and Tiwary clubs it with raw power straight past the bowler, no stopping that


Yadav to Tiwary, no run, length ball outside off, Tiwary tries to beat the cork out of the ball once again but mis-times it to cover

End of over 15 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 117/5 (44 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.80, RRR: 8.80)

    • SS Tiwary 10 (15b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 3 (8b)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-27-0
    • JR Hopes 3-0-16-1

Pathan to Vettori, no run, Vettori swings hard at Pathan but gets beaten

"Warner should have been at the World Cup with Australia. He's a game breaking player. My guess is the Aussies will continue to play their boring line-up 'though. (Hopes should have found a place also)," says Tomek.


Pathan to Vettori, SIX, ah a pressure release, Vettori makes room by moving towards leg, Pathan responds with a length ball with width, Vettori launches it over long-off


Pathan to Vettori, 1 bye, Vettori misses the force through the off side and the keeper fumbles it


Pathan to Tiwary, 1 run, flicked through midwicket for a single


Pathan to Vettori, 4 byes, Vettori blinds the keeper and even though he misses the heave from outside off he ensures the keeper can't see it as well, he moved outside off to block the keeper's vision and swung across the line


Pathan to Vettori, no run, full toss outside off, walks across and gets down low to sweep but can't make contact

End of over 16 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 129/5 (32 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.06, RRR: 8.00)

    • DL Vettori 9 (13b 1x6)
    • SS Tiwary 11 (16b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-26-0
    • UT Yadav 3-0-27-0

Morkel to Tiwary, SIX, Tiwary has mauled Morkel over deep midwicket, short of a length ball and Tiwary got under it and heaved the ball powerfully over the boundary, is that the game breaker?


Morkel to Tiwary, 1 no ball, he over-steps! Tiwary plays the ball on the off side and wants the risky single, Vettori sends him back, free-hit coming up ...


Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary tries to hook the short ball and top-edges it over the keeper


Morkel to Vettori, 1 wide, Vettori moves way outside the off stump to play the ball, Morkel bowls it full and wide outside off, just inside the tram line, Vettori gets beaten but the ball is called wide. That is a rubbish call, it was inisde the tram line and Vettori had moved a log way towards the ball


Morkel to Vettori, 1 run, short ball pulled towards deep midwicket


Morkel to Tiwary, OUT, caught behind! Morkel salvages a terrible over by dismissing Tiwary! He bowled a full ball outside off, Tiwary bent low and tried to steer it towards third man, he ended up edging it straight to Ojha

SS Tiwary c †Ojha b Morkel 18 (20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 90.00


Morkel to Mithun, no run, Mithun is the new batsman, he swings and misses


Morkel to Mithun, OUT, mindless batting from Mithun. He just needs to stay there with Vettori, but what does he do? Attempts a big shot, that's what. He mis-times it in the air and Yadav takes the catch at deep extra cover

A Mithun c Yadav b Morkel 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 17 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 139/7 (22 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.17, RRR: 7.33)

    • DL Vettori 10 (14b 1x6)
    • M Morkel 4-0-25-3
    • IK Pathan 3-0-26-0

Syed Mohammad is the new batsman ... Bangalore need 22 off 18.


Yadav to Syed Mohammad, no run, Mohammad edges the ball into the ground towards the keeper


Yadav to Syed Mohammad, no run, short of a length outside off, Mohammad cuts hard but makes no contact, Vettori watches helplessly


Yadav to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, bat on ball towards cover and Vettori charges through for the single

"This Mithun guy is getting on my nerves...He gives 10 an over when he bowls and now he throws away his wicket when its almost run a ball needed. Somebody please knock some sense into his head," says Sam.


Yadav to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori spoons the ball through cover off the front foot, and takes the single


Yadav to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, shot! Mohammad uses the angle into him to pick the ball off his pads and flick it behind square, the fielder dives on the boundary but fails to make the save


Yadav to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, Mohammad you beauty! He uses the pace of the ball and steers the ball deftly towards third man and beats the diving fielder

End of over 18 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 149/7 (12 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.27, RRR: 6.00)

    • J Syed Mohammad 9 (5b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 11 (15b 1x6)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-37-0
    • M Morkel 4-0-25-3

Bangalore need only 12 off 12.


Hopes to Vettori, 1 wide, full and wide outside off, poor line


Hopes to Vettori, 1 run, full toss and Vettori swats it towards long off where Morkel slides to his left and fields

Five fielders in the circle to keep Mohammad on strike.


Hopes to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off stump, steered towards third man


Hopes to Vettori, FOUR, Vettori swings the game decisively towards Bangalore by making room and slicing the ball in the air and into the gap on the backward point boundary


Hopes to Vettori, 1 run, Vettori moves back and gently swats the ball along the ground through midwicket


Hopes to Syed Mohammad, no run, an excellent bouncer from Hopes, Mohammed tries to hook but misses


Hopes to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, Mohammad tries to drive but ends up slicing the ball through point to Warner in the deep

End of over 19 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/7 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.31, RRR: 3.00)

    • J Syed Mohammad 11 (8b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 17 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • JR Hopes 4-0-25-1
    • UT Yadav 4-0-37-0

Delhi have three to defend in the final over. They need a minor miracle. Six fielders in the circle.


Dinda to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, full ball outside off, Mohammad reaches for it and steers to third man


Dinda to Vettori, 1 run, dropped, Vettori spoons the drive in the air towards mid-off where Pathan dives forward and gets hands to the ball but spills it, Delhi had a lifeline at the last moment but Pathan goofed it up


Dinda to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, Bangalore have done it! Mohammad plays a short-arm pull to square leg and sprints the winning single

Bangalore were cruising in this chase after Gayle and Kohli tore into Delhi's attack but they lost three quick wickets - Gayle, AB and Kohli - in quick time. Delhi began to fight back but they didn't have enough ammunition in their pace-heavy attack.

"Both DC and DD exemplify the blunder of not picking a strong Indian contingent. Not surprisingly, both are right at the bottom," says Akshay.

VJ: "$1.9M drop by pathan. Now that Delhi has paid 1.9M for irfan, do they feel obliged to play him in each and every match?"

"Spare a though for Hopes. He single handedly try to win the game for Delhi," says Nick.

"I didn't intend to go out there and play like Chris (Gayle)," says Virat Kohli. "We got off to a great start. It just happened."

More flak for Irfan: "Did other teams pay Delhi to bid Pathan for $1.9 millions. This guy can't provide big finish with the bat, can't bowl out his quota of 4 overs properly and drops catches when it matters the most. Someone should remind him that with Torres scoring last weekend the whole world has only one man to criticise and thats him," says Prasad.

I'll have the presentation ceremony for you shortly.

Sehwag: "I think we gave too many boundary balls in the first six overs. Bad bowling. At the end also we didn't bowl well. The ball was not coming on to the bat, they cut a lot of grass, which we didn't want, but we have to carry on with whatever pitch we get. Pressure on Delhi now ..." He ends by thanking the sizeable Kotla crowd for its support.

Vettori: "Probably (left it a bit late). Kohli played an amazing innings. That partnership at the start set it up for us. Delhi fought back hard, fortunate Syed Mohamad came out and played with a cool head .. he's been a good find for us so far. Today was out best bowling performance as well."

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match. "I've always looked to bat No. 3, I can get myself in and play my shots. I'm loving it," he says. "I was really keen we win this match. We lost three in a row and now winning two back to back gives us some momentum."

The final word on today's game will be Aditi's. "I just feel sorry for poor Irfan. There was a time when no one could get enough of him. I don't think he wants to perform poorly, and it's not his fault DD paid so much money for him- in fact, it just means there was a bidding war over him," she says. "Sehwag had one of these unproductive periods too and Dravid backed him up then. Maybe he's doing the same for Irfan now, and I think that's great for Indian cricket. Also, I miss Irfan's curls. Bring 'em back, I say!"

And on that note, it's time to say good bye, for a few hours at least. Thank you for all your emails. I try and get through as many as I can. Honest. Have a good night.






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