Mumbai v Delhi, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 22, 2013

Openers swap does trick for Daredevils

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi Daredevils finally have their first points of IPL 2013, after cruising to a nine-wicket win against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. While it was quite a poor showing by Mumbai's new-ball bowlers, credit would have to go to Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene for captialising on the chances offered them and allowing Daredevils to close out the chase of 162 with three overs to spare.

Daredevils rejigged their batting line-up, reuniting Sehwag and Jayawardene at the top, and the pair went on to become only the third combination in the IPL to put together a second century opening partnership - they added 151 at almost 10 an over. Speaking after the match, Jayawardene said Daredevils' injury issues had prompted him to bat in the middle order at the start of the tournament. "Losing Kevin [Pietersen] and Jesse [Ryder] prompted me to go down the order as we needed some solidity in the middle. But since our batting unit did not click, it was a call that I had to take," he said. "I spoke to David [Warner] about it and told him that I wanted him to play the role that Kevin played last year."

Sehwag's style suited him, Jayawardene said: "We complemented each other very well. As it is, Viru took a lot of pressure off me and my job was to give him more strike. His batting also allowed me to play freely and I could control the innings. We kept talking to each other, that we should not get carried away with good start."

After scores of 12, 25 and 17, and time out due to a recurrence of back trouble, Sehwag finally clicked, slamming 95 off 57 and batting through the innings. "I have seen how passionate Viru was about performing well. There is a lot of fire in his belly," Jayawardene said. "He was also coming off injury, the back spasms. So you've got to give him a bit of time [to get back into touch]."

Mumbai Indians captain Ricky Ponting was disappointed in the lines his bowlers delivered at the start. While Jasprit Bumrah bowled a lot outside off, Munaf Patel kept straying onto leg stump with fine leg up. "I think we could have stopped Sehwag getting off to the kind of start he got off to. With Sehwag, what's important is to tuck him up at the start," Ponting said. "Today, we gave him too many scoring options early on and let him get away. All the line and lengths that we spoke about, we weren't able to execute."

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  • Kumara on April 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks "Sir Viv can be a moral boost to the team but Mahela cetainly doesn't need the assistance of Sir Viv or Sir Bradman or anybody else coz Mahela is a legend himself." Yes, if the no. of matches played consider as the main qualification Mahela is a legend lol, but if the quality of performance and consistency is the main factor (which should be the case) he's no way near a legend to compare with those two batsmen you mentioned.

    Mahela is quality batsmen who when in full flow is a treat to watch.. myself enjoy watching his batting over most other batsmen. I'm both Mahela and more importantly Sri Lankan fan. But let's be clear, Mahela is only a Sri Lankan legend.

  • Naresh on April 23, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Although Shewag has failed the Indian team recently, a fit/firing Shewag should be welcome in the Iindian team. He is a proven match winner. The only senior for a middle order slot.We know Sachin was great and is now on the decline...but for SA tour India should consider Shewag.

  • jho on April 23, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @ noushadsk: Even If DD has license to lose 2 matches and win 7/9, CSK and RCB just need 3/9... 9 wins make sure play off spot, but you need good NRR with 8 wins. I too support DD and they are my 3rd favourites.. All te best!

  • Aishwarya on April 23, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    No doubt this was a brilliant knock from Sehwag when his team was downtrodden with six consecutive losses and his form was dismal.... Hopefully, he'll continue on a more prolific note carrying on with this confidence. However, that said, his place in the Indian Team is still in question. It will take a lot more match-winning performances to regain his place...especially with the upcoming youngsters rising up to the challenge.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Last night was awesome, To see Viru make it look easy, taking it to Mumbai Indians bowler live in IPL T-20 was simply put Great! Game atmosphere was just like any NFL Game in USA. Virender Sehwag is truly the most dangerous batsman in the world. Just like Drew Brees quarterbacking the Saints of New Orleans!

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Funny how a few days ago everyone was bashing sewhag and his ability to stay in the game, now with one good knock everyone is singing his prayers, u aren't a true fan if u jump ship so easily!!!

  • Krishna on April 22, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Well when it comes to Viru he is always a matchwinner and a delight to watch but the problem with him is he doesn't adapt to situations.He is effective but he needs to learn to play according to the situation and conditions.Todays innings proved that he has the capacity but he needs to show some consistancy.Great knock but i still don't see him back in team India as of now.As they say "If you cannot change,you will get changed".

  • rahul on April 22, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Sehwag is like Viv Richards. No one today remembers the last few years of Viv's career that were not so great. what people remember is the swagger, the anecdotes, the primal aggression and the memorable knocks. A decade from now that is what people will remember of Sehwag.

  • Prashan on April 22, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Brilliant work Mahela and hope DD keep improving. I am sure Sir Viv's presence had a major impact on DD yesterday.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    What Any Body Says... Shewag Is Great once Again He Proved That he is Great Player...Hats Off.... To him... This one Match Equal to 5 ipl Cup Won