Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Kotla

Mahela guides Delhi into playoffs

The Report by George Binoy

May 15, 2012

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Delhi Daredevils 140 for 5 (Jayawardene 56*, Awana 3-22) beat Kings XI Punjab 136 for 8 (Hussey 40*, Yadav 3-21, Aaron 2-19) by five wickets
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Mahela Jayawardene plays a pull shot , Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Delhi, May 15, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene controlled Delhi Daredevils' chase with an unbeaten half-century © AFP
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Mahela Jayawardene's half-century may have been the slowest for Delhi Daredevils this season but it was compiled under trying circumstances and helped his team become the first side to qualify for the playoffs. Jayawardene's composure under pressure ensured that an incisive fast-bowling performance from Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav, which restricted Kings XI Punjab to a middling total, was not in vain. With a place in the top four secure, Daredevils need to win only one of their last two games to secure No. 1 position.

Kings XI, on the other hand, needed victory tonight and in their remaining two games to be assured of a playoff spot. They cannot afford another defeat and will have to depend on net run-rate and on a permutation of results in other matches to qualify. Kings XI had persevered to make a below-par total competitive in their first clash against Daredevils - this season's 64th game - but did not have enough runs in the end.

Daredevils unleashed their quick bowlers, supported by a crack fielding unit, and a steady fall of wickets ensued after Kings XI chose to bat. They had made a brisk start but Aaron ended that with his first ball: Shaun Marsh caught glancing down the leg side. In his second over, Aaron had the free-swinging Mandeep Singh pulling to midwicket, where Virender Sehwag dived forward to take a low catch.

Kings XI were progressing well, though, and reached 50 for 2 in 6.2 overs. Yadav was the fifth bowler introduced, in the eighth over, and struck with his second ball. Nitin Saini drove loosely at a fast outswinger and Sehwag was stooping at first slip to catch the edge. After David Miller was run out by a direct hit from Pawan Negi at mid-on, Azhar Mahmood, the last of Kings XI's proper batsmen, was in as early as the 10th over. He stayed only until the 12th, when he hoisted Yadav towards long-off, where Irfan Pathan back-pedalled and caught the ball over his right shoulder on the edge of the boundary.

Kings XI were eventually in danger of being dismissed and David Hussey, who had been crying out for a reliable partner in vain, had to play within himself. He even turned down singles in the final two overs and dragged his team 136 for 8.

Hussey, however, had one really quick bowler in his attack too and Parvinder Awana rattled the Daredevils top order. He cut one delivery into Virender Sehwag and bowled him off the pad; he straightened two balls just outside off and induced edges from Venugopal Rao and Ross Taylor in the sixth over. In wretched form already, Taylor was recalled for this game in Roelof van der Merwe's spot but was out for a duck. Daredevils were 37 for 4. Awana's fellow seamers, Praveen Kumar and Azhar Mahmood, were economical too and Daredevils were only 42 after eight overs.

At this stage of Kings XI's innings, Sehwag had already used five bowlers. Hussey had used only three and had to bring in his fourth sooner rather than later. He gave Piyush Chawla the ninth over and watched Jayawardene cut the second ball for Daredevils' first boundary since the fourth over. Two balls later, Ojha stepped out and lofted the legspinner towards the straight boundary. The tide had begun to turn.

Daredevils needed 82 off 60 balls and Ojha continued to target Chawla, charging the bowler to loft consecutive straight sixes in the 11th over. Chawla also dropped a straightforward chance off Ojha at long-on, off Mahmood in the 13th over. Hussey, however, continued to persist with him and chose not to bowl himself.

There was irony as well. Chawla, who went for 33 in three overs, finished his spell with a maiden, while Awana, who had figures of 3-0-8-3, went for 14 in his last, the over that ended the game as a contest. Irfan Pathan played the shots, while Jayawardene watched in satisfaction, having been the glue that held Daredevils together.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-6) 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Kings XI Punjab 54 19 1 47-2 37-2 0/1
Delhi Daredevils 47 18 3 37-4 37-0 0/1

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Posted by   on (May 17, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

well done!mahela

Posted by mansoor777 on (May 17, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

No Piyush Please , Bring Mascarenhas and Gilchirst and Make Punjab win Today . CSK should be out of Tournament if they loss today

Posted by TSJ07 on (May 16, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Being a KXIP fan, I'm sad after this loss but it was not their day.If you see the dismissals for both teams,Punjab was really unlucky.Most of their batsmen were out to bad luck (Marsh)or playing too aggressively(Azhar,Gurkirat) or run out (Miller forgot that Mid-on is up in circle).Only Saini got the beautiful delivery.No one saw how Mandeep hit Morkel for three fours in one over!!!But on the other hand most of Delhi batsmen were out to real peach of deliveries by Awana (Tayler,Rao,Sehwag) What I want to say is that they can bounce back and defeat Delhi and CSK and can still qualify though they will have to depend on other results especially of RR. And BTW this was the best eleven KXIP which should play every match except Chawala who should be replaced with Bhat against who have many Left handed batsmen.

Posted by SasiGladi on (May 16, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Hussey was not that much dynamic as he used to especialy against DC, may he would have got in to pressure as a was case filed against him in Australia for not paying his money to ESMA.....even it made him to drop easy catches......Chaces for CSK become brighter hope they will finish third...

Posted by All_IS_WELL on (May 16, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

well done mahela

Posted by Robin-Hood on (May 16, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Mahela gave a good example from his innigs to young cricketers that T20 is not trying to hit every ball out of the park and how to hold the falling innings by keeping the run rate withing the reachable distance without taking any risk. DD's main target was win this game and qualify for the play off not the run rate. But the DD top order didn't realized that and they tried to smash every ball out of the park from very first ball. Luckily mahela was there to rescue the DD from a embarrassing defeat. If he tried the same top order did and got out total was 34/5 and no one was there to hold the falling part innings. Mahela showed he is a class act and why he is an important to the team. Please youngsters must learn from him.

Posted by mansoor777 on (May 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Piyush Chawla was the bigest culprit of Handing Loss to KXIP. He does not FIT even in Domestic Team. Please remove PIyush asap and INcluded Mascarenhas if you still need any chance of getting playoof

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Yadav, Aron and Awana were wonderful. Two of these three together in tests, guided by Zak will do wonders for India in away pitches. Praveen Kumar is a good containing bowler and should keep his place in the 16 and should be used as a back up for Zak. Losers like Vinay Kumar, M.Patel etc. should never come back to team India.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Did you guys noticed one thing? Whenever Preitty is there with her dumped face, King XI looses the match, whenever she is not there they win a match.......

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

dd need 2 change squad take rasell and drop taylor

Posted by ILI_ANALYST on (May 16, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Thanks Punjab For Making Way for CSK....Its Time For Lion to Roar at Dhar masala .Roarrrrrrrraaaaaaaarrrr

Posted by anver777 on (May 16, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Mahela could have been the MOM !!!! though it was a run a ball fifty, it guided DD to a victory.... Yadav bowled well, but Mahela's innings was very crucial at that stage.

Posted by Ind_cric_lover on (May 16, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Ohh ..wonderful to see 3 indian quicks. I would love to see 'rf' written after their names instead of rfm & rm. TP sudhindra is listed as 'rf' while he was bowling in the high 130s while all these 3 guys were clocking more than 145kph consistently.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

owsome fectabelus amazing

Posted by S305 on (May 16, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

That was a superb knock, under pressure, by Mahela, who is still managing to keep his head cool under stress. Good lessons for young schoolboys aspiring to be pro cricketers.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

i m very happy to see young indian pace duo(aoron nd yadav) performed well .I hove both of them will make playing11 in indian team in t20 wc.........

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

As always...mahela did it calmly!

Posted by skalwani on (May 15, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

I doubt MI will beat KKR this time around...they have been depending upon too many last over miracles!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Very nice to see three indian "pace" bowlers ! Varun Aron Umesh Yadav & Awana were too good today! I want to see these three bowlers bowling for the Indian test team in Durban,Lords & Pearth

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Its a shame that Taylor has been so out of form at the moment, as he can be devastating with the bat when he gets his eye in. I think a big one is coming, its just a matter of whether will persevere with him or make a change as there is no many games left.

Posted by LAKingsFan on (May 15, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Hope to see the same performance from King XI on Thursday.

Posted by Bruisers on (May 15, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

Drop Chawla and play Bhargav Bhatt for the next match. You will see the change in fortunes.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Delhi Daredevils rox always!!!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Ohh man!! DD is unstoppable at the moment with three super quicks and awesome quality batting.. Just imagine if Taylor gets the touch, no body will dare even to dream about winning against daredevils..!!

Posted by waheed on (May 15, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

I think they KXIP shld throw piyush chawla out of the team... he is of no use he dropped ojha at crucial stage and after that azhar mahmood and he himseld conceded 2 boundries of OJHA,s bat

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

wonderful knok by the Mahela.I saw some people commented to drop mahela but DD didn't.no other batsman capable of playing inings like this.Viru,Warner Oja can go after bowling and mahela can hold the ining.Hope to see A.Russel...! gud luck DD

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (May 15, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Good win for delhi. Mumbai indians should win tomorrow against KKR to qualify for play-offs and guarantee a top two finish.

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