Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Delhi April 21, 2013

Sehwag, Jayawardene trounce tricky target

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Delhi Daredevils 165 for 1 (Sehwag 95*, Jayawardene 59) beat Mumbai Indians 161 for 4 (Rohit Sharma 73, Tendulkar 54) by 9 wickets
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On a hot Sunday afternoon, two bowling attacks got into a contest of who could bowl worse. Mumbai Indians outdid their Delhi Daredevils counterparts by a comfortable margin, and handed Daredevils their first win in seven attempts this season.

To give credit where it's due, Daredevils were ordinary for a much shorter duration. They only let things go after they had reduced Mumbai to 24 for 2 in six overs, giving Rohit Sharma full toss after full toss to deposit into the stands, and conceding 161 runs. Mumbai's Jasprit Bumrah and Munaf Patel, though, were poor from the start, letting the hitherto struggling Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene run away with the chase after which the duo regained their touch too.

The match couldn't have started more differently. After Mumbai finally split the faltering box-office opening combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, Daredevils' left-arm bowlers stifled the top order on a slow pitch. Finally included, Roelof van der Merwe made the biggest difference, with the wicket of Dwayne Smith in the third over.

Everything was going in Daredevils' favour. They got the danger man Dinesh Karthik with a deflection from Umesh Yadav in his follow-through, and Tendulkar was struggling to strike at a run a ball. They somehow took Mumbai to 57 for 2 in 10 overs, but then the deluge started. Andre Russell, for some reason replacing Morne Morkel, began with a full toss for Rohit to hit a six. In the next over, Shahbaz Nadeem dropped Tendulkar.

In between the odd classy shot and heave, Rohit kept getting his loose balls. In all, he was given five full tosses, off which he scored 20 runs and was holed out on the last. These were not yorkers gone wrong, these were knee-high full bungers. Around more ordinary fielding, Mumbai kept prospering, but this was nothing compared to what was to follow.

Bumrah, of the strange action, might have been rescued by dodgy umpiring in the previous match he played, but his angle and his gentle pace and length bowling was fodder for the batsmen this time around. His first over finished, Bumrah went to short fine leg to drop Sehwag off Munaf Patel. It shouldn't take away from how poor the delivery was: short, down the leg side, with the fine leg up in the circle.

Munaf didn't stop doing that in his first two-over spell, and was consistently picked away on the leg side past the short fine leg. While Bumrah paid for that wide angle, Munaf was penalised for not bowling to his fields, and their next overs yielded 17 each. At 50 for 0 after five overs, these two had smelled blood, and you don't let Sehwag and Jayawardene smell blood. David Warner may have wondered why he didn't face such bowling when he opened the innings.

Matching each other shot for shot now, they carved through some of the better bowling, whipping Lasith Malinga, reverse-sweeping Harbhajan Singh, delighting the home crowd that has refused to stay away despite all the losses, becoming only the third combination in IPL to have registered two hundred-run opening stands.

What chance did Dwayne Smith stand? In his second over, the 10th of the chase, Smith was carved away for four by Sehwag and paddled away for a six by Jayawardene. And that six, coming as early as it did, brought the asking rate down to a run a ball. No collapse, fashionable as it might be, followed and the remaining 63 were got in just 45 balls.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • pjkaka on April 21, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Did anyone notice the chemistry between Sehwag and Mahela today? They were fist bumping, laughing, smiling after virtually every boundary. I haven't seen DD openers this relaxed in this edition of IPL. You could see Sehwag was comfortable with Mahela at the other end, and vice versa. DD needs to stick with this combination if it has to get things right. Viru needs to be in the right frame of mind if he has to play well. Mahela at the other end will put him in that frame of mind.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 21, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    What an onslaught from Mahela - Sehwag pair. lol two weeks of frustration, disappointment, humiliation.. They took it all out on MI. lol. Sehwag was taking the aerial route while Mahela was showing his pure class by sweeping, reverse-sweeping, late-cutting, driving... shot for shot..boundary for boundary..What an opening pair. lol too bad Sehawg missed out the century. If Mahela hadn't got out (or WALKED), Sehawg might have got his 100.

    Mahela once again showed what a brilliant captain he is, by leading from the front. He assisted Sehwag n used him to the perfection. If there is an art called "how to get the best outta Sehwag" , Mahela has certainly perfected that art.

    DD seem to have found their right combination in the top order. But Morkel must be brought back. Mendis can also be a good asset as he is a good hitter of the ball.

    Way to go Mahela n Co. !!!!

  • thesolidrock on April 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    All the other teams put their best big hitters up front. Mumbai continuee to send in their best big hitter with less than five overs to go. That will always cause you to lose matches. Your best hitter must have the opportunity to bat most of your overs that is how your team will be successful. Had pollard batted early Mumbai could have made 200. Kartick, Sharma, Tendulka, ponting. these are good batsmen who will make big scores but they score their runs to slowly to put a winning score on the board.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    No matter how much the Mumbaibatting is criticized. It is actually their bowling which is sub par. Munaf is past his useby date. Pollard may get an odd wicket but he is very pedestrian. Harbhajan cannot get wickets and Malinga also is now not at all penetrative. In the last match also against DD although Mumbai made above 200, DD got to 165 without any of their main batters firing. Mumbai has a serious problem. Their slection and tactics are all muddle headed. Theu do not play Dhawal Kulkarni for no obvious reason and what about the million dollar man. MI have a lot of undroppables and they have added to their undroppable woes by selecting Ponting as a captain

  • sameercricket1610 on April 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Great innings to watch from MI and DD, atlast Sehwag has fired everybody was eager to see Sehwag to perform now he should not let it down, now he should perform consistently, also warner and mahela if they want DD to qualify in top 4.

  • 9ST9 on April 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Chandran Tcp - you say "Packed with only Test Match veterans like ..,Lasith Malinga" how on earth is Malinga who hasn't played a test in 3 years become a Test Veteran :S

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    So sad to see Mumbai struggling. I dont think Bhaji and Munaf deserve their place in the XI. Mumbai should open with Sachin and Aditya Tare followed by Karthik, Rohit, Ponting, Pollard, Ambati Raydu, Mitchel Johnson, Ojha, Malinga and Dhawal Kulkarni / Abu Nechim. Pollard can be promoted so that he can bat for at least 10 overs. Rohit can also be used as a part time spinner ( dont forget how effective spinner he was when he was playing for Deccan Chargers)

  • on April 22, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Cheers sweet2hrme. Well said. SRT & Ponting dont deserve a place in T20 game. Cant believe Maxwell sitting out for ponting. MI should open with Blizzard & Rayudu. Then comes Karthiks, Rohit, Pollard, Maxwell..enough for opposition to take a pill. Wake up Ambanis...

  • sumit0071 on April 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Stop all this NON SENSE.... Sachin is going through a lean patch, he is finding his form and in one or two more matches he will fire, and once he will fire it will be hell for the bowlers. He is the only orange cap holder from INDIA. He is indispensable for INDIA and for MI as well. If Sachin would have got out yesterday playing a careless shot then you all would have commented that he is finished but now that he has scored a half century, he will surely hit the bowlers hard in the coming matches. And don't forget next match is on 24th April against KKR at Eden Gardens the Mecca of Cricket in INDIA. and its SACHIN's birthday also, so playing in front of 70,000 people on your birthday will be a great experience. And don't forget what he had done on his birthday in 1998 against the Aussies. One of the best ODI innings ever played. GO SACHIN GO.... I am with you, Rock the Eden Garden the Mecca of Cricket in INDIA.

  • VickyN on April 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Mumbai lost because of their undisciplined bowling - 160+ was a good total to defend against a struggling batting line up. T20 is all about balance of the team. By making Ponting the captain, MI doesn't look settled enough - at times Ponting looks like a liability on similar lines as Gilly for KXIP (they should use wealth of their knowledge as mentors). The teams with Foreign captains will struggle because they will not be able to adjust against different conditions unless you are like Sanga who is ready to sit out. And we see this funny model of rotating captains (innovation award to Warriors). RR, RCB, CSK and KKR (in spite of their losses) look much settled and guess what - they all have desi captains.

  • pjkaka on April 21, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Did anyone notice the chemistry between Sehwag and Mahela today? They were fist bumping, laughing, smiling after virtually every boundary. I haven't seen DD openers this relaxed in this edition of IPL. You could see Sehwag was comfortable with Mahela at the other end, and vice versa. DD needs to stick with this combination if it has to get things right. Viru needs to be in the right frame of mind if he has to play well. Mahela at the other end will put him in that frame of mind.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 21, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    What an onslaught from Mahela - Sehwag pair. lol two weeks of frustration, disappointment, humiliation.. They took it all out on MI. lol. Sehwag was taking the aerial route while Mahela was showing his pure class by sweeping, reverse-sweeping, late-cutting, driving... shot for shot..boundary for boundary..What an opening pair. lol too bad Sehawg missed out the century. If Mahela hadn't got out (or WALKED), Sehawg might have got his 100.

    Mahela once again showed what a brilliant captain he is, by leading from the front. He assisted Sehwag n used him to the perfection. If there is an art called "how to get the best outta Sehwag" , Mahela has certainly perfected that art.

    DD seem to have found their right combination in the top order. But Morkel must be brought back. Mendis can also be a good asset as he is a good hitter of the ball.

    Way to go Mahela n Co. !!!!

  • thesolidrock on April 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    All the other teams put their best big hitters up front. Mumbai continuee to send in their best big hitter with less than five overs to go. That will always cause you to lose matches. Your best hitter must have the opportunity to bat most of your overs that is how your team will be successful. Had pollard batted early Mumbai could have made 200. Kartick, Sharma, Tendulka, ponting. these are good batsmen who will make big scores but they score their runs to slowly to put a winning score on the board.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    No matter how much the Mumbaibatting is criticized. It is actually their bowling which is sub par. Munaf is past his useby date. Pollard may get an odd wicket but he is very pedestrian. Harbhajan cannot get wickets and Malinga also is now not at all penetrative. In the last match also against DD although Mumbai made above 200, DD got to 165 without any of their main batters firing. Mumbai has a serious problem. Their slection and tactics are all muddle headed. Theu do not play Dhawal Kulkarni for no obvious reason and what about the million dollar man. MI have a lot of undroppables and they have added to their undroppable woes by selecting Ponting as a captain

  • sameercricket1610 on April 22, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Great innings to watch from MI and DD, atlast Sehwag has fired everybody was eager to see Sehwag to perform now he should not let it down, now he should perform consistently, also warner and mahela if they want DD to qualify in top 4.

  • 9ST9 on April 22, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Chandran Tcp - you say "Packed with only Test Match veterans like ..,Lasith Malinga" how on earth is Malinga who hasn't played a test in 3 years become a Test Veteran :S

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    So sad to see Mumbai struggling. I dont think Bhaji and Munaf deserve their place in the XI. Mumbai should open with Sachin and Aditya Tare followed by Karthik, Rohit, Ponting, Pollard, Ambati Raydu, Mitchel Johnson, Ojha, Malinga and Dhawal Kulkarni / Abu Nechim. Pollard can be promoted so that he can bat for at least 10 overs. Rohit can also be used as a part time spinner ( dont forget how effective spinner he was when he was playing for Deccan Chargers)

  • on April 22, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Cheers sweet2hrme. Well said. SRT & Ponting dont deserve a place in T20 game. Cant believe Maxwell sitting out for ponting. MI should open with Blizzard & Rayudu. Then comes Karthiks, Rohit, Pollard, Maxwell..enough for opposition to take a pill. Wake up Ambanis...

  • sumit0071 on April 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Stop all this NON SENSE.... Sachin is going through a lean patch, he is finding his form and in one or two more matches he will fire, and once he will fire it will be hell for the bowlers. He is the only orange cap holder from INDIA. He is indispensable for INDIA and for MI as well. If Sachin would have got out yesterday playing a careless shot then you all would have commented that he is finished but now that he has scored a half century, he will surely hit the bowlers hard in the coming matches. And don't forget next match is on 24th April against KKR at Eden Gardens the Mecca of Cricket in INDIA. and its SACHIN's birthday also, so playing in front of 70,000 people on your birthday will be a great experience. And don't forget what he had done on his birthday in 1998 against the Aussies. One of the best ODI innings ever played. GO SACHIN GO.... I am with you, Rock the Eden Garden the Mecca of Cricket in INDIA.

  • VickyN on April 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Mumbai lost because of their undisciplined bowling - 160+ was a good total to defend against a struggling batting line up. T20 is all about balance of the team. By making Ponting the captain, MI doesn't look settled enough - at times Ponting looks like a liability on similar lines as Gilly for KXIP (they should use wealth of their knowledge as mentors). The teams with Foreign captains will struggle because they will not be able to adjust against different conditions unless you are like Sanga who is ready to sit out. And we see this funny model of rotating captains (innovation award to Warriors). RR, RCB, CSK and KKR (in spite of their losses) look much settled and guess what - they all have desi captains.

  • DD_f0rever on April 22, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Did anybody read what Viru said after Match Winning Knock ?

    He gave credit to Sir Vivian Richards who gave DD some tips about bluffing lol!. Sir Richards presence made the difference.

    Viru said, In fact it was Sir Viv's decision to try out something new that's why Mahela came in to open with Viru.

    Well played Viru.

  • Shajahan.P on April 22, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Well said by "sweet2hrme" on (April 22, 2013, 4:55 GMT).

    Most of ours wanted DK should be given the Captaincy. but the big Question here is, will he be respected in front of (by) Ponting, Sachin, Malinga, Pollard, Munaf, worst Bajji...?

  • sweetspot on April 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Neena, Neeta, doesn't matter. If Viv shows up, someone delivers!

  • cricanalyst05 on April 22, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @DILEEPMJOHN Ricky ponting walked in a test match vs New Zealand after he was struck on pads by Tim Southee!!

  • elgenioroshan on April 22, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @sweet2hrme - FYI don't know for how long you have been following IPL. I guess it was 2009 or 2010 Sachin was the only Indian to hold the orange cap. Other than him, it is Kohli. Yesterday you saw him go after strokes. He didn't waste time dotting deliveries. MI lost 2 early wickets and you expect him to go Bang Bang? He is in terrible form and he is showing signs of coming back. Maybe you haven't seen Sachin in form, no bowler is safe. Why do you think he earned that name Master Blaster? Give the man some breathing space. Cherish the fact that you are still seeing the greatest batsman alive play b4 your eyes. Imagine what people would giv to actually see Don Bradman play. So don't bother when he quits. He is the only man respected all over the world when he walks out to bat. Also he is going to be the only Indian to be knighted once he quits. Also he is so humble to walk to viv Richards learning whatever he can from him. He wil be back in amazing form.Just watch. Cricinfo plz publish

  • PTtheAxis on April 22, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    so ponting is already the non-playing captain ... afraid to come out and face the music. if he came to bat even 161 was not possible. strange decisions on overseas players from most teams. compete lack of sense and gnowledge of teh t-20 game.

  • on April 22, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Packed with only Test Match veterans like Ponting, Tendulkar,Zakir Khan,Harbhajan,Lasith Malinga,Munaf Patel Can Mumbai hope to win IPL T20?

  • NareshPodi on April 22, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    A unique record by Viru Highest individual scores in Tests, ODI and T20 are 319,219 and 119 respectively. Superb.

    Viru can win the matches for DD, if you give more responsibility to him.

  • sweet2hrme on April 22, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    I thought MI will be one of team who will reach in semis. But the way they are playing its seems they will not.. Why sachin is not learning t20 is a fast game u hv to play aggressive rather than playing anchoring role all the times. See MI openers they cant hit sixes aur boundaries in power play. Putting lots of pressure on kartik and rohit..! U cnt win matches by anchoring all the time. Ur approach almost similar in every match.. ! Where is maxwell million dollar baby..?? What is punter doing?? Malinga not able to take wickets?? If sachin playin 50 or 40 balls than they are going to loose every match. He cant play fast bowling or spin.. Same shot rubbish paddle sweep all the time.. Cnt loft the spiner or faster.. Only making room here n there.. Hè forget his natural game and nowt on a retiring stage he is making us bore.. Plz sir ji whn u take retirement?? No dull cricket anymore frm sachin and pointing now..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 22, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    MI got what they deserved . With only Mali as the W/C bowler and the other gun MI speedster with 150 kph left arm inswingers with new ball sitting drinking cola in dugout whole match bowlers were no more than a bunch of pie throwers on such a flat pitch . And kudos to Sachin for another 'contribution' to a team's 'victoty' -:) He could take a cue from fellow veteran and captain and drop himself down the order .....but knowing him it's just as likely as him bidin aideu to internat cricket by end of next month or so..

  • on April 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Sidharth Monga, really sorry but the articles you are writing these days are more terrible than the bowling we witnessed yesterday. Nowhere in your article you mentioned the batting prowess that came from Rohit, Jaya and Sehwag. A reader reads an article to get a summary of the match 'cause he couldn't watch it. The impression your article is giving is that each and every ball bowled to them was a dolly. It is also saying that the square cuts sehwag played were bowling blunders and not sehwag's skills executed to perfection. You article is also saying that the six over fine leg was ordinary because everybody would anticipate like Jaya that Smith will bowl a full delivery on the leg side, right??

  • saikarthikg on April 22, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Is this the effect of Sir Viv Richards in the dugout of DD??

  • on April 22, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    for next match my MI team Maxwell, God, DK(C), Rohit, Pollard, Ambati, Tare/Yadav/Dhavan, Johnson, Bhajji, Oza, Malinga

  • 12kris on April 22, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    You trounce an opponent, not a target.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on April 22, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Excellent batting from Viru and MJ, lovely to watch. But as Monga points out, the bowling was terrible from MI. DD gifted 20 runs from poor fielding/catching but MI returned the favor withe equally poor bowling. And to all the fans giving credit to Viv Richards for DD's win..you would think he could do the same for West Indies cricket, no?

  • on April 22, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    While watching Sehbag inning I remembered our Nepalese captain Paras who always plays great ckt in pressure situation

  • TyrantInShorts on April 22, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Tendulkar's slooooow batting, more suited to one-day matches, is costing Mumbai multiple matches. I hope he gets his pace right, or drops himself down or out of the order like Ponting, another tortoise, did.

  • Ajit_Gupta on April 22, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Splitting Sahwag and Warner was a master stroke as it instilled a sense of ownership and responsibility in care-free Sahwag. It is very important how these whimsical aggressors are used by Delhi Daredevils. I still believe they have enough fire power to blast off any side but they need to maintain their sense all along. Whosoever is responsible for bringing this sense of ownership and responsibility in the minds of the top three must continue to play that important role. I guess, Vivian Richards was the key to rein in the supertalented care-free tormentors to get the best out of them.Good luck to the other teams as the DD storm has just packed lot of power and heading to all of them....

  • on April 21, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    When viru failed DD loose the match as one sided and if he hit they win one sided game. Mind blowing innings from real master blaster some of the shots seems to be unbelievable. If Viru continues in the same fashion DD can upset some big ones. Be aware Viru started finding the middle of the bat and I am sure this innings will brought lot of confidence not only with him also the entire team will get motivated. Still lot more cricket left with Viru sure he will be call back to the Indian Team.

  • sweet2hrme on April 21, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Sehwag where ur forms goes whn playing against quality attack. This is not gr8 batting just gr8 bowling by MI. Horrible team selection. I m also not impressed by pointing captaincy. In middle over he always allows batsman to take eaisy single. Puting no pressure always hv defensive fielding!! U r going with 7 batsman and ordinary bowling attack. Ur bowlers fail in rajasthan in a seaming track here also in slowish track. U allow to leak so many boundaries in power play.. N in opposite ur openers always struggle to make use of power play.. Poor very poor..plz play positive n aggresive cricket

  • elgenioroshan on April 21, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    The man with highest boundaries [4's +6's] in all IPL Got 2000 ipl runs The man with highest strike rate in all IPLS Arguably best opener of all times and finally today he proved the he is also the BEST FINISHER. Give the man some credit rather than criticizing him that he scored against mediocre bowling! He has not been having a good few months. Dropped from the Indian side, not picked for champions trophy. So finally when you get to see an innings like this, respect it because he is also no less than a legend.

  • DILEEPMJOHN on April 21, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    I dont think Mahela's walk for an LBW was 1st of that kind.. identical situations have happened but i couldnt recollect any of them. Jayawardana did his job and his teammate Malinga got him with a yorker and it was clear even to the batsman its out. He didnt wait for the decision assuming an International Level umpire wont make a mistake in this easy decision. Fair Play points might have also influenced. DD dont want to stay in the bottom for both IPL games ranking and fair play ranking..! Good to watch Viru back in form.Let there be a healthy competition among Viru, Gauti, Vijay and Dhawan.

  • Dragonboyz on April 21, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    @Baseball sucks-The same Mahela didnt walk when he clearly nicked the ball against csk to dhoni.He should have walked at that time.You should not choose to walk according to the situation.But still a legend

  • JG2704 on April 21, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    ITV4 preferred to show touring cars to IPL today so didn't see this.

    However - and I've not noticed anyone else post this - I noticed Ponting didn't come in to bat in the top 6. While - due to his ineffectiveness in IPL 2013 - I'm kind of for this , it begs the question , what is he even doing in the side?

    Surely MI should be fielding another bowler or bowling all rounder if RP isn't deemed right to come in the top 6? Maxwell - I don't recall - has played a game so far despite his hefty price tag. Fair enough if MI were winning every game without him but they're not. Why pay such an amount for a player if you're not going to use him ? Baffling.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 21, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Why is nobody talking about Mahela's WALK ?? He walked after an appeal for LBW. First time in the history of Cricket. What a legend !!! He is a role model for some other Cricketers who have a tendency to mankad batsmen. Well done Mahela !!! Proud of you...

  • sweet2hrme on April 21, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Kickout pointing! Or Punter shld give his captiancy to Kartik. My best 11 for MI.. 1. Sachin(i dnt, bt dnt hv any option) 2. Maxwell 3. Kartik 4 Rohit 5. Pollard 6. Raydu 7. Bajji 8. Johnson 9. Malinga 10. Kulkarni 11. Munaf Now see the result.. MI Plz read my comments!

  • on April 21, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    viru is back... sir viv richards to the DD side has changed the fortunes for DD.. still a long way to go for DD..

  • QingdaoXI on April 21, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    MI should Have this team for the next match or they can say its all over. Kartik, Sachin, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard, Saxena, Franklin, Johnson, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 21, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @Narbavi ; First let me quote you something from the post-match review (Gavaskar/ Sidhu/ Kapur) "Just like every successful man has a woman behind - every successful Sehwag has a Mahela behind" lol. Not my words. I just quoted it.

    I'm not taking anything away from Sehwag. He played a brilliant innings. But the mastermind of that thrilling match was none other than legendary Mahela. Why wasn't Sehwag successful before when he opened with Warner ? Its coz he was under pressure all the time. So he got out playing some funny shots.

    But today it was totally a different ball game. Mahela never put Sehwag under pressure. He played shot for shot , boundary for boundary. So Sehwag could play his natural game but SENSIBLY. And Mahela made sure Sehwag plays more no. of balls as Mahela didn't want Sehwag to stay at non-strikers end for a long time. Sehwag may scored more runs, but Mahela was the man who led that innings.

    You think that u know better than experts, and me in that case ? LO

  • sweet2hrme on April 21, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Its not sehwag its MI.. U shld give thanks to MI more.. Bowling half volley, leg side, full toss on leg side, over pitch.. Sehwag loves this kind of mediocre bowling.. So no its not gr8 batting but gr88 bowling by MIndians. What a horrible team selection by MI..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 21, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    What a change Sir Viv brought into this DD side. Credit to him for instilling confidence in Sehwag and Mahela (Mahela looked so hapless this year). Well done Sehwag. Well done Sir Viv. Take a bow to both of you!

  • on April 21, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Viru was amazing today! Match winning performance from him, and a comfortable victory, thanks to him!!

  • on April 21, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    however u may write it........ I was in Kotla to watch this.... after being let down in the home match against CSK.... to watch Viru with a lot of faith. And he didn't disappoint..... though couldn't believe.... how did a good fielder like Nadeem would drop two catches and miss a runout chance....... but the good thing was..... we the Delhi Daredevils have won our first game of the season

  • sweet2hrme on April 21, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Shewag shld give thanks to MI. Sehwag loves mediocre bowling and MI attacks was not more than mediocre in this match. Against quality attack he always fails..

  • on April 21, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Big Daredevil Fan: I Dont remember when Any Team in IPL have beaten Up and Thrashed lyk dis DD have done today....... Feels Great To See SEHWAG Firing.....Ponting & Company Just Watching. Go DD.......U Dfntly Rock.

  • Narbavi on April 21, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks: Credit to Mahela for Viru's performance? If i were you i would think twice before posting such nonsense, everyone knows Viru is the one to be credited!!

  • mngc1 on April 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @ibbani. Your thinking on the use of Pollard is along the lines of the MI management and captaincy - satisfied with mediocre scores and hoping that their only strike bowler can do the job. Twice last year Pollard went in when MI were already in trouble with 8 overs gone for a measly 30 runs. Today MI made a paltry 24 in the powerplay compared to DD's 60. Have you considered that Pollard only stars in a couple of matches because putting him at end does not give him any opportunity? Today he got only 10 balls. Earlier he got 2 balls. He has 3 ODI centuries where he stabilized innings against Australia and India with healthy SR. He should be sent in with the fall of the first wicket after 5 overs. T&T will benefit with the existing MI strategy as he will be available for Champions League when MI does not qualify for IPL semis.

  • dsklokuge on April 21, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    DD had a close games. They can beat all the team . i wish next match comes with morkel instead of Russel. Warner is good for 3 or 4 batsman. for last few matches . DD gave more pressure for Warner . but now Mahela got all responsiblity with Viru is the man always can fire. everything went nicely for today . keep ur momentum for next 9 matches . u can beat the row . Good luck for next few matches . ( jeevan couldn't find his rhythm for last few matches. i don't know why mahela didn't use jeevan as bowler for last 2 matches. he can bowl well )

  • musingsofamoron on April 21, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I really love the way Viru played. He is in no way finished and I do not understand why was he wearing specs against Australia. He is not a big power hitter like Gayle but more than makes up for it with an unparalleled ability to find gaps and generating his own pace irrespective of the nature of the pitch. I feel that Shabaz Nadeem's contribution should not be overlooked here. He dropped Tendulkar when he was on 37. Tendulkar made 54 but more importantly took 18 more balls to do so. Imagiine 18 more balls of Keiron Pollard aided by the lousy DD fielding. MI would have made close to 200. Ofcourse, Shabaz also tried to mess up his earlier goodwork by dropping Pollard in the last over but in the end it did not matter much. Hence, I felt that Shabaz Nadeem should have been given the Nayi Soch Award.

  • JaDeD_INDIAN on April 21, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    All Hail Sir Viv and i think its time for Agarkar.

  • Srini_Indian on April 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    What a brutal knock by Viru, he toyed with Malinga and other Mumbai bowlers. Nice supporting role by Mahela. Well done, Delhi. Keep going Sehwag and co.

  • on April 21, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Looks like Delhi finally got their S(he)WAG on, and why not? Afterall, their ambassador Sir Viv Richards is the original Daredevil and the man who brought S(he)WAGger to the game!

  • Skilled90 on April 21, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    thing with every other team is they have a good bowler to support the strike bowler,even if malinga keeps one side tied down if the other bowlers are not adding any pressure, the momentum they create to the batsman by horrible bowling is going to carry on to the next over.on rare occasions munaf patel is good . anyone disagrees? malinga was economical compared to others, Anyone Disagrees?

  • RiznyF on April 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    When analysing the performances of DD in their precious 6 matches and this match is that Sehwag and Mahela fired. That was the only defference or else DD would have suffered another defeat. DD needs to win 8 out of the next 9 matches to reach the playoffs. What were they thinking when they picked Russel. If they pick him then he needs to bowl. Mahela should only pick a player if he's going to utilse. He wasted jeevan mendis in the prevous matches. But I think he utilised Van de Merwe well. Mahela needs more bowling options. A genuine allrounder and a good bowler need to be added. Morkel and Mendis should play for Russel and warner. However, Warner probably should be given another game since it not good to change the winning combination too much. If DD make it to the playoffs from here it would be a good team effort and not individual performances.

  • vickytheboss on April 21, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Hello Mr.Helicopter, now the Jet has taken off.... Viru is the real mass of Indian cricket

  • ibbani on April 21, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Pollard is ideal #5 regardless of situation. He can take away any game, but he does not have the mettle to stay and think all ball is for hitting, he is more than gayle but without brains. I am glad that Gayle and Pollard are there in RCB and MI and not viceversa, What a good brain from Vijay Mallya to keep VK, Gayle and AB in this fantastic team. All true match winners. Pollard has shown his talent in only a couple of matches in every IPL, but Gayle has shown it in 10 of his 16 matches in IPL every year for RCB in last 2 years. This year he is even better. Mahela and Viru batted wonderfully in today's match, credit to Viru, not to write off his 1 day and T20 career.

  • sandeep1978 on April 21, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Absolutely agree with the author.Some truly awful bowling by both sides. This is the reason we have been hopeless at the t20 world cups. Where will we get such awful opposition bowlers at the international level?

  • on April 21, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I don't know it's the efeect of Sir Richards or Sehwag-MJ returning to form together, but whatever it was, I am loving it..... Thank u Sir Viv, for lending a helpful hand to a troubled team. And where are those Sehwag critics, who wanted him out of the team????? Keep it up Viru......just love the way u play.

  • NikhilNair on April 21, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Sehwag has arrived! Hope to see some more superb innings like this from him in the coming matches!

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I have mixed feelings. On one hand I am happy to see sehwag back in to form. But I feel sorry that MI are loosing their way.Trying to overcome one problem they are creating another for themselves.Mitchell Jhonson was rested for the sake of smith which proved costly.Malinga is not the same bowler who used to send shocks down the spinal cord of the opposition.He was much better in the Big Bash. I dont see much of a problem in the batting but the bowling dept.is in disarray.Some thing has to be done about it before it is too late.

  • sweetiepaper on April 21, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST, I have to agree with you MI is missing out by not having Pollard bat more overs. Forget wickets. Anyone outs after the 10th over send in Pollard. Once he is not in already (lol). BTW he has 4 N.O.s this year. The highest in the IPL2013. That shows he's being wasted. MI batting is so good, that even if he outs there are still many others that can make up. The Good problem is that Sharma and Karthik have been very good. Even Rayadu. But you cant lose by not having enough runs. Wickets in hand and Pollard only batting a few. Senseless. Come on MI this could be your year. Get it right.

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Well done Viru..It is a great pleasure watching Sehwag playing fluently...The difference between CSK & DD - CSK maintains a Required Run Rate of 10 & wins the match and DD maintains a current run rate of 10 & wins a match !!

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Great show by the nawab its like doing a knockout bout

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    @brutal analyst: lol as i said pollard had his chances up the order in the previous editions too but he was way below par..just on one innings you can not give him permanent spot up the order! just as pathan is doing no good for kkr and you can no were compare pollard with gayle..and i guess not just MI even other t20 teams for which pollard plays even there he does not have a permanent spot up the order..and we can always wish many things but they are not always a possibility. @gerradldk: that was a dumb joke!

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Thank you Viv Richards, you are a true legend

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    MY team are richly known as Tigers on Paper. Oh I am sorry not MY team but MI Team-the Mumbai Indians team. Virendra Seh WAGGED his Doggy tail a dogged one, knocking all parts of the ground handsomely with his head on. Courtesy Spare the Rod of Sir-Viv's entry making the Delhi more DareDevil.

  • on April 21, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Sir Viv seems to have a positive effect on DDD team

  • Gagzilla on April 21, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    2 Legend showed there Power n skill to a Leendry team today...... Weldone DD I think When Viru n Warner playing They try to over come each other That s why they arn't sucessful as opener But i know Maiya n viru has a great uderstanding between them as they have played more than 1o year cricket ...... Great opening pair

  • Richvii on April 21, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    In the 1st place, after winning toss MI took batting.!Very poor decision! Further from a psychological standpoint, DD were under tremendous pressure, let alone the fact that the pitch was supporting pace in the first few overs-until 9-10 overs.Ponting should step down captain immediately and Karthik should be given the charge. Get Coulter Nile, DK back in place of Ponting and Patel and then this team will go places. If Ambati Raydu doesn't perform, give opp to Yadav/Amitoze singh! MI is the worst team in terms of giving opps to newcomers! Otherwise MI will not even qualify for the semifinals.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 21, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @John Duchaussee I say he comes as a floater regardless of wickets with the opportunity to bat at least 10 overs, if he's out so be it M.I have long tail and they can back u but if Pollard bats those 10 overs M.I win simple. He could also be tried as an opener like Pathan was yesterday anything other than facing less than a dozen balls when your side is losing from low totals with minimal wickets down.

  • rocket_rocket on April 21, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    good to see sehwag fire after a long time...there is something that makes me cheer the underdog side in this case delhi....mumbai has the most brutal batting line up but in the bowling dept.barring malinga no one has that x factor to pick up wickets at will..harbhajan's line is too defensive..munaf is too predictable..but again everthing looks so ordinary when sehwag gets going and not to forget jayawardena- class personified

  • on April 21, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST. You continue to complain about the number of balls faced by Pollard but you are not making any suggestion as to what position you think he should bat at. If, for example, he does not open and the openers bat for 16 overs he would not be able to bat for more than 4 overs. What do you suggest???

  • Tiran4D on April 21, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Finally DD won their 1st match

  • dadasupporterNO.1 on April 21, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    MI desreves it , team which lefts out ojha,dhaval for bumeah and patel deserves it

  • on April 21, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Bwahahahahahahahaha !!

    Beware IPL teams, "DD - The Party Spoilers" are back; They are Hurt and they are here to HURT others.

    Love You, DD. So Happy to see DD finally recording its 1st win. Sehwag and Mahela indeed made mockery of MI bowling attack. MI fans must be moaning "Why us ? " HoHo.

    I still feel, Russel doesn't deserve a place in playing XI. Play either Botha or Rohrer.

  • The-love on April 21, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Oh My God!!!!Both Guru(Sachin) and Chela(Sehwag) made me eat my words....Awesome display of batting by both....

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 21, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    @cric_vk He faced 9 balls, he showed v CSK when M.I were all but finished that he is more than capable of batting higher when he single-handedly won them the game ! He's one of only guys in IPL like Gayle Warner Sehwag that can win u a game single-handedly if he gets in, facing under a dozen balls each game when your side is losing with low totals is criminal.

  • GerrardLK on April 21, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    When Sachin scores runs, one should realize what would be the result of the match. Often a cake walk win for the opposition. A bitter truth.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 21, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    @cric_vk He faced 9 balls, he showed v CSK when M.I were all but finished that he is more than capable of batting higher when he single-handedly won them the game ! He's one of only guys in IPL like Gayle Warner Sehwag that can win u a game single-handedly if he gets in, facing under a dozen balls each game when your side is losing with low totals is criminal.

  • Gun79 on April 21, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Better Late than Never :)

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    lol surely not a 150-0 pitch! some good batting by DD but real bad bowling by MI! and how can you pick harbajan over ojha who was the one of highest wicket taker when he was playing for deccan chargers! but anyways a good watch!

  • GerrardLK on April 21, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Suppose even a school kid will know to select a right team than this MI Management. How on earth could you drop MJ & Ojha? Can't believe we people watching cricket in front of the TV have a fair knowledge than the so called experts in the camp who're paid in millions & making the stupidest team selection in history. Poor standards of cricket.

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    @brutalanalyst pollard was in at 14th over and that's the ideal time when he should get in..as we have seen in the previous match and even in earlier seasons pollard has failed whenever he has been promoted up the order..so you can say whatever you want to but everything isn't possible in reality!

  • manmishr on April 21, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Best over of the innings so far... Just 5 runs conceded by Patel :D

  • sweet2hrme on April 21, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Very third class bowling of MI. What a stupid team selection..

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 21, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Pollard wasted again facing 9 balls or whatever, I wish he was at a side that actually played him he's a cleaner hitter than even Gayle imo ! M.I don't have enough here expect DD first win today.

  • srinideva on April 21, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    atleast 4 to 5 full tosses to rohit, he scored well in those deliveries.. but in international level you won`t get that///real fact...Keep hype

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    The pitch seems to be a slow one..so i guess the DD players need to spend some time on the pitch before they try to attack the MI bowlers..as we saw Sachin and Rohit started slow earlier but were full on fire in the later half! Change of Pace gonna be crucial too i guess..Hoping for a MI victory!!

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    well played sachin & well played rohit! lol but don't know why bowlers were bowling full toss and full length deliveries to rohit quiet often :P haters gonna still hate SACHIN...but he is still AWESOME!! :D

  • on April 21, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    After Baby Maxwell, Agarkar could well become the most expensive player in IPL 6 . 11 off his 1st over !!!

  • on April 21, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    they're r scoring at 3 runs an over in the powerplays and we call it a batting paradise !!!

  • Htc-Baseball on April 21, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Inspite of his skillful captaincy last game i was disappointed by the way he used jeevan mendis,he is much better an allrounder than irfan pathan. Mendis should open ahead of warner or sehwag both of whom are in awful form.

  • Htc-Baseball on April 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Master stroke from Mahela, Mahela's adroit captaincy is the need of the hour for DD

  • on April 21, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Mahela please,already u made DD lose by making umesh bowl ahead of morkel and here u have dropped morkel, God save delhi from the lankan giant.

  • The-love on April 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    So This is the time for Out of Form Guru(Sachin) vs Out of Form Chela(Sehwag).

  • The-love on April 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    So This is the time for Out of Form Guru(Sachin) vs Out of Form Chela(Sehwag).

  • on April 21, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Mahela please,already u made DD lose by making umesh bowl ahead of morkel and here u have dropped morkel, God save delhi from the lankan giant.

  • Htc-Baseball on April 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Master stroke from Mahela, Mahela's adroit captaincy is the need of the hour for DD

  • Htc-Baseball on April 21, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Inspite of his skillful captaincy last game i was disappointed by the way he used jeevan mendis,he is much better an allrounder than irfan pathan. Mendis should open ahead of warner or sehwag both of whom are in awful form.

  • on April 21, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    they're r scoring at 3 runs an over in the powerplays and we call it a batting paradise !!!

  • on April 21, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    After Baby Maxwell, Agarkar could well become the most expensive player in IPL 6 . 11 off his 1st over !!!

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    well played sachin & well played rohit! lol but don't know why bowlers were bowling full toss and full length deliveries to rohit quiet often :P haters gonna still hate SACHIN...but he is still AWESOME!! :D

  • ddr3 on April 21, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    The pitch seems to be a slow one..so i guess the DD players need to spend some time on the pitch before they try to attack the MI bowlers..as we saw Sachin and Rohit started slow earlier but were full on fire in the later half! Change of Pace gonna be crucial too i guess..Hoping for a MI victory!!

  • srinideva on April 21, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    atleast 4 to 5 full tosses to rohit, he scored well in those deliveries.. but in international level you won`t get that///real fact...Keep hype

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 21, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Pollard wasted again facing 9 balls or whatever, I wish he was at a side that actually played him he's a cleaner hitter than even Gayle imo ! M.I don't have enough here expect DD first win today.