Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 4, 2013

Delhi knocked out after folding for 80

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 81 for 4 (Dhawan 22) beat Delhi Daredevils 80 (Sammy 2-10, Perera 2-11) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A couple of years ago, the Hyderabad Cricket Association had performed several pujas at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal seeking divine intervention to change the fortunes of the home side which seemed to invariably lose at the venue. Whether it was India, the local Ranji side or the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, the Hyderabad crowd turned up only to see their side defeated.

Whether it is due to the pujas or not, the home side's fortunes have certainly changed at the Uppal stadium. India won two Tests there this season, and the new franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have now won five in five after routing Delhi Daredevils with 37 balls remaining.

The bedrock of Sunrisers' surprisingly successful season so far has been the bowling. Dale Steyn has bowled with frightening pace, Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma have used their googlies to flummox the batsmen, Thisara Perera has had plenty of success with both bat and ball and Ishant Sharma, usually so profligate in the limited-overs format, has been effective with the new ball. All of that came together perfectly as they hounded out Daredevils for 80, the lowest total of the season.

Daredevils' campaign had been on life support over the past week, with a couple of victories just about keeping them alive in the competition. Their chances are now dead and buried after their faltering batting failed once again. There were only four fours and one six in the entire innings, less than what AB de Villiers managed in a single over against Ashok Dinda earlier this week.

Their openers survived a couple of pacy, probing overs from Steyn at the start before Asad Rauf gave a rough lbw decision to Mahela Jayawardene. Virender Sehwag followed soon after as he missed an indipper from Darren Sammy and lost his offstump. That left only David Warner among the big names, and though he was put down on 6, he couldn't make it to double-digits as he misread a Mishra googly and was stumped by yards.

The Sunrisers quicks had a plan on a track that was slow and had some variable bounce - they didn't bowl anything full, giving nothing that could be driven easily. The surface also offered turn for the spinners, which both Mishra and Karan exploited.

Daredevils had lengthened their batting with the inclusion of two overseas allrounders, Johan Botha and Jeevan Mendis, but it was to little avail. Mendis holed out to long-on, Botha top-edged to the keeper, and Irfan Pathan dragged on a Steyn delivery to the stumps. Daredevils went from 70 for 5 to 80 all out.

Sunrisers major weakness is their frail batting, and the pitch was not a batting beauty but the target was too small for Daredevils' bowlers to stand a real chance of defending it. Shikhar Dhawan made it seem like a flat track early on with some sumptuous shots, and though there were a few hiccups, Sunrisers maintained their 100% home record without too much trouble.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • riverlime on May 5, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    If you look closely, the more successful teams all have one thing in common, a talismanic West indian player. Bravo for CSK, Gayle for RCB, Pollard for MI, Sammy for SRH, Narine for KKR (even though KKR are losing, it is because of Narine that they are not bottom of table). Solution, Get a West Indian.

  • on May 5, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    DD Had to work on their strategy atleast after losing some matches like changing the captains n shuffling some players which didnt happen often. but anyway they r out of contention. Best of luck next time.

  • srinathphysio on May 5, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    c'mon sunrisers.SRH have stability to make in to final 4 crashing MI or RR.SRH bowling rocks. mishra wille be purple cap holder at the end of the tournament because still 3 more matches to play in hyd. SRH rocked.DELHI craked

  • Niketh2000 on May 5, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Noboundary-" Mahela was never a T20 player" huh??? really? when did you start watching cricket?? did you see the 2010 t20 world cup?? if you haven't I advise you to look at them and then at least stop just criticizing players who are faaar better than you think, and if you are tellling mahela cant accelerate, your big Dhoni has a far less strike rate than that of Mahela or even Sanga in T20I's, and remember Mahela and Sanga play at the top of the order so their job is to solidify a innings unlike dhoni who s lower down the order and so plays the part of a finisher but he still has a far less strike rate than other players, so before you criticize a player again im telling you to stop and think before that whether what you are going to do is correct!

  • sreehk on May 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Wish SRH and RR qualify for top 4 and both go to finals as well. If this happens it may well change the way IPL is played and how players are bought. Really good for cricket and the rush for stars will rightly take back stage over team combo. Also it would be mud on face for all fancy teams. Here are two teams which have optimally used their limited resources to a commendable effect. Coming to SRH, its logo should have been a Python! It is a team which creeps on the opposition and spirals a crushing grip on batsmen really squeezing them out for runs and finally swallows its prey slowly and lazily - the way SRH chase the low scores. Hope this features as a featured comment!

  • on May 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Enough is enough with Sangakkarra,he needs to sit out like Ponting.Look at Sanga's performance,he is much worst than pathetic.I think Dhawan should be the skipper.And JP Duminy should come in the place of Sanga.Also Vihari and Ashish Reddy are performing up o the mark.Great win by SRH.Credits to Sammy.

  • Prabhash1985 on May 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Last year, Sanga was severely criticized for his captaincy when they were losing. But, the same team, i.e. Steyn, Sanga, et al. are making their way to the top four. Today, they are greeted. I always thought they will do it. And I think, if Mahela, Sehwag, get the chance to be in DD, regardless of their age, they will prove how dangerous the DD can be, just like SRH. It's passion, mate. I hate being told that unsuccessful ends was the result of inability. It's just a few games, mate. DD will do well. Bad luck... I support SRH simply because Thisara, and not because Sanga. Sanga is a good gentleman, but I like Thisara's attitudes. He is a very humble, innocent player with a smile all the time. I wish Thisara open. Thisara is a very underrated player in Sri Lanka.

  • on May 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    3 wrong umpiring decisions? 2 vital ones?

    Can't the TV umpire correct it. coz it really matter in short games like these

    SRH needs to put perera or sanga with dawan (perera has power or sanga can hit fours easily and he won't get out trying to hit sixes.Sammy can strengthen middle order. Hanuman Vihari and A reddy needs to be replace but i dun know any well performing indian in SRH team

    For DD poor batting.can't put the blame on the middle order. Mahela's poor umpiring decision started the collapse. He was the only player who looked going with hitting the ball in the middle.

    Umpiring decisions affect a teams win or loss so much. they should let a batsman bat if he's gone for a wrong decision,may if only the team is all out.

    Reason to bat 1st is that they know SRH will crack in 120+ total. It's the correct decision. given that mahela and sanga r the best captains to defend low scores. he could have easily done that if they got to even 110

    Good luck SRH Keep going <3

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 5, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    In a season full of disappointments for the Daredevils, there was another in the form of Unmukt Chand - often mentioned as the next Virat Kohli. After Ian Chappell's glowing tribute after the U-19 WC, I really thought Chand would be special. Well, not really. Compare him with Sanju Samson and you'll see the vast difference in technique and approach.

  • GRVJPR on May 5, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Actually out of sangakkara and Mahela, Mahela is a better captain. Sangkara has a bad attitude and ego. But sangakara is lucky to have good attack that making him successful.

  • riverlime on May 5, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    If you look closely, the more successful teams all have one thing in common, a talismanic West indian player. Bravo for CSK, Gayle for RCB, Pollard for MI, Sammy for SRH, Narine for KKR (even though KKR are losing, it is because of Narine that they are not bottom of table). Solution, Get a West Indian.

  • on May 5, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    DD Had to work on their strategy atleast after losing some matches like changing the captains n shuffling some players which didnt happen often. but anyway they r out of contention. Best of luck next time.

  • srinathphysio on May 5, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    c'mon sunrisers.SRH have stability to make in to final 4 crashing MI or RR.SRH bowling rocks. mishra wille be purple cap holder at the end of the tournament because still 3 more matches to play in hyd. SRH rocked.DELHI craked

  • Niketh2000 on May 5, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Noboundary-" Mahela was never a T20 player" huh??? really? when did you start watching cricket?? did you see the 2010 t20 world cup?? if you haven't I advise you to look at them and then at least stop just criticizing players who are faaar better than you think, and if you are tellling mahela cant accelerate, your big Dhoni has a far less strike rate than that of Mahela or even Sanga in T20I's, and remember Mahela and Sanga play at the top of the order so their job is to solidify a innings unlike dhoni who s lower down the order and so plays the part of a finisher but he still has a far less strike rate than other players, so before you criticize a player again im telling you to stop and think before that whether what you are going to do is correct!

  • sreehk on May 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Wish SRH and RR qualify for top 4 and both go to finals as well. If this happens it may well change the way IPL is played and how players are bought. Really good for cricket and the rush for stars will rightly take back stage over team combo. Also it would be mud on face for all fancy teams. Here are two teams which have optimally used their limited resources to a commendable effect. Coming to SRH, its logo should have been a Python! It is a team which creeps on the opposition and spirals a crushing grip on batsmen really squeezing them out for runs and finally swallows its prey slowly and lazily - the way SRH chase the low scores. Hope this features as a featured comment!

  • on May 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Enough is enough with Sangakkarra,he needs to sit out like Ponting.Look at Sanga's performance,he is much worst than pathetic.I think Dhawan should be the skipper.And JP Duminy should come in the place of Sanga.Also Vihari and Ashish Reddy are performing up o the mark.Great win by SRH.Credits to Sammy.

  • Prabhash1985 on May 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Last year, Sanga was severely criticized for his captaincy when they were losing. But, the same team, i.e. Steyn, Sanga, et al. are making their way to the top four. Today, they are greeted. I always thought they will do it. And I think, if Mahela, Sehwag, get the chance to be in DD, regardless of their age, they will prove how dangerous the DD can be, just like SRH. It's passion, mate. I hate being told that unsuccessful ends was the result of inability. It's just a few games, mate. DD will do well. Bad luck... I support SRH simply because Thisara, and not because Sanga. Sanga is a good gentleman, but I like Thisara's attitudes. He is a very humble, innocent player with a smile all the time. I wish Thisara open. Thisara is a very underrated player in Sri Lanka.

  • on May 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    3 wrong umpiring decisions? 2 vital ones?

    Can't the TV umpire correct it. coz it really matter in short games like these

    SRH needs to put perera or sanga with dawan (perera has power or sanga can hit fours easily and he won't get out trying to hit sixes.Sammy can strengthen middle order. Hanuman Vihari and A reddy needs to be replace but i dun know any well performing indian in SRH team

    For DD poor batting.can't put the blame on the middle order. Mahela's poor umpiring decision started the collapse. He was the only player who looked going with hitting the ball in the middle.

    Umpiring decisions affect a teams win or loss so much. they should let a batsman bat if he's gone for a wrong decision,may if only the team is all out.

    Reason to bat 1st is that they know SRH will crack in 120+ total. It's the correct decision. given that mahela and sanga r the best captains to defend low scores. he could have easily done that if they got to even 110

    Good luck SRH Keep going <3

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 5, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    In a season full of disappointments for the Daredevils, there was another in the form of Unmukt Chand - often mentioned as the next Virat Kohli. After Ian Chappell's glowing tribute after the U-19 WC, I really thought Chand would be special. Well, not really. Compare him with Sanju Samson and you'll see the vast difference in technique and approach.

  • GRVJPR on May 5, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Actually out of sangakkara and Mahela, Mahela is a better captain. Sangkara has a bad attitude and ego. But sangakara is lucky to have good attack that making him successful.

  • on May 5, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Y Jeevan mendis ? y not Roelof Van Der Merwe r Russel Arnold ????

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 5, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Good win for SRH. Excellent bowling continues on a home ground. We can hope SRH can be in last 4 because net RR also got improved. but the only thing still worries is the batting. Because SRH is winning, no one is caring about it, but if they have to win the tournament, then they have to improve the batting. What happened to Sanga's batting? hard to believe that a person who scored tuns of run in Tests, and ODI's is finding difficulty in scoring even 10 runs in t20. Ashis, Akshat, Parthav, even Mishra and Sammy is scoring better than Sanga. More over Sanga is happy and well settled in the team even without scoring runs, as Cam White is also not scoring runs. Chris Lynn should have got a chance too. Its foolishness that only because of Sanga's captaincy SRH is winning. Sammy would have been a better choice. If parthav is scoring and keeping wickets, at least Cam White should captain, He is a big hitter and he had last season far better than sanga, If he gets form thats big + for SRH.

  • Wakenaam1103 on May 5, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    A novel idea would be for BCCI staging a match towards the end of the IPL season similar to an All Stars game in North America. A Rest of the World team playing an All India team. The stars are already there in India. This would surely draw record crowds.

  • Dhutugemunu on May 5, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    @ elgenioroshan ; This is Indian Premier League. Only 4 foreign players in the playing XI. Indian players didn't perform well for DD. Specially in batting. Shewag 225 (thanks to that lone 95*), Juneja 125, Jadav 119. Yadav 13 @ 23.00, Nehra 9 @ 26.77, Nadeem 7 @ 30.71, Pathan 7 @ 38.85.

  • Noboundary on May 4, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Mahela and Sehwag are well past their expiry dates. Warner is a highly over rated player... he has been a near total failure in all formats of the game... his only success comes from last year's IPL. That said Mahela was never a T20 player... he just does not have the skills to accelerate. Sehwag at his best would be a formidable T20 batsman...unfortunately age and fitness (or the lack thereof) has caught up with him. DD are just a pathetic outfit.

  • on May 4, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I'm a hardcore fan of Sunrisers Hyderabad, and I really my team to win this match. But seeing the way DD lost this match, I really feel sad for them. The net run rate got up well, but still, a score of 120 and the normal tiring chase of SRH would've given me a lot of satisfaction.

  • kc69 on May 4, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Best bowling lineup in this IPL is definitely SRH...Hope their batting and fielding also improves.Give chance to players like Ravi Teja who is a better batsmen and fielder than Vihari.

  • sweet2hrme on May 4, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Oh! Not again! Oh! Not again! ├ľnce again one sided match. I said so many times that please don't repeat the same mistake of taking batting first here still DD opted for bat first. Now see the result you lost badly and evently out of the tournament. Despite of knowing the fact that every visiting who batted first here had struggled still u opted bat first was the main turning point of the match for DD lost! Poor thinking from Jaywardne & Co. Full marks to SRH their bowlers are suberb.

  • Nampally on May 4, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Well Done SRH to maintain an unbeaten home record! If STH win the remaining 3 home games, they may make it to the play off. DD fell like 9 pins for may be the lowest total this year in the IPL. It is simply amazing to find such high powered batsmen- Jayawardene, Sehwag, Warner - fell so easily. How can Viv Richards or for that matter anyone, help the side when the players do not perform? On the other Dhawan, makes it look simple to score runs. SRH need to improve their batting significantly to help Dhawan in his effort to put a winning total. Sanga is still failing in his batting. Fortunately all 3 foreign players Steyn, Perera & Sammy bowled well to capture 2 wkts. each. Sammy is also batting well which augurs well for SRH. SRH are joint second in points with RR & MI 2 points behind & game in hand.DD, KKR, PW & Punjab Kings are more or less out of play off. SRH have to stay ahead of MI & RR to qualify. Good luck guys.

  • ram4crictheory on May 4, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @Chanal u r comments are way out of consideration blaming only Mahela for the Delhi's disaster, everyone has to be blamed from players to captain to management for the Delhi's performance this year and captain alone cannot be targeted.

    @Aneyako @Kavinda samarakoon, the comments of Chanal were way too harsh to accept, but the intention definitely has a point. The captain's role in the team is to utilize the resources available best for the team, which Mahela has definitely failed to do. It is not that Delhi didn't have the resources to alter the lineup, they just didnt try and do it. There is no doubt in my mind that Mahela is the best person to captain the team in terms of field placements reading the situation of the game, but he is not up to the mark in other aspects of captaining the team.

  • priceless1 on May 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Delhi was always been mediocre team , last year they did wonders before the play off thanks only to Peterson heroics , now he is not available the team is exposed

  • elgenioroshan on May 4, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @kavinda samarakoon - No indian player has performed for Delhi? Dude it is because of Indian Bowlers due to which delhi had many close games including the superover. The indian bowlers dragged it till the end while morkel was getting smacked. Pathan is the first bowler to bowl 3 maidens this IPL. If u need to blame someone for the dismal performance, then blame the entire delhi team. Every one performed in bits and pieces but performed as a whole on a single day. Even your mahela did not get enuff runs with the bat through out. Just 2 50s in 11 games doesn't mean his head gets spared. Sehwag was also very poor apart from 1 inning but he cant be left out cuz there is no better replacement than him. Mahela also cudnt get left out because there is no better captain then him. So blame the whole delhi team(except warner) rather than just Indian players.

  • Aju.Nair on May 4, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    This will be curtains for Delhi's this year IPL campaign.. Here is my observations that would have turned against them.. Failure of Juneja..Dropping Naman Ojha without giving more chances..dropping Venu Gopal Rao..not playing Van der Merve enough chances...David Warner is an opening batsman...the tactics to place him in middle order was wrong..didnt utilize Jeevan Mendis properly...No good opening stand...Morne Morkel's out of form....Everything above they missed Pieterson badly...next IPL, Delhi should have to look for a young Indian captain...Kohli,R Sharma, C Pujara...get some good allrounders....last year everyone played their part...last year one mistake turned their chances down - playing Russel ahead of Morkel.....so much disappointed to say - this year there is no positives from Delhi team - only one sweet memory they will have is their victory over Mumbai...strictly my opinion...

  • zaman2012 on May 4, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    DD is not mathematically out yet. Actually they can qualify as the third-placed team if every other result falls in their favor.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    mediocre captaincy from mahela to say the least, its time he steps down, poor decision to pick jeevan mendis

  • on May 4, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I was hoping the team would finish the match around the 10-11th over to improve NRR but they dragged it to 14th over. With RR RCB MI & CSK also fighting for top 4 positions SRH shouldve batted better to improve NRR because it looks like it might come down to it with how these teams are performing. Fielding also needs to improve vastly, especially the catching. Almost every match there is one dropped catch, mishra dropped dhoni & ishant dropped catch last match vs mumbai & today vihari dropped. These guys arent running 40 yards & diving to take a catch, they are almost underneath the ball & still dropping so that needs to improve. Bowling has been good the entire tournament, batting needs to improve especially chasing these low totals. Sanga failing again today, seems like it doesnt matter if its white or sanga both are failing with bat. Sammy has been great in the games he got, he has taken whites slot. I think SRH should get top foreign player next auction, really need a good batsman.

  • Narabavi on May 4, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @SurlyCynic:- mate, Sanga don't want to follow Ponting. Sanga was the first to did it.But his replacements too not worked.I still back him.It's great if he find his losing touch sooner than later.Because his captaincy is brilliant at the moment.& it's better stick to one captain than trying different people.We already saw what happened to Pune.

  • JamesSmithee on May 4, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Hydrabad is not place for batsmen. It is for bowlers. If you set 120 that would be a match wining total. I think Delhi batmen came to scored more than 150 in this wicket.

  • on May 4, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @ChanaL cant blame mahela.. he is a great captain & one of the best produced by Sri Lanka.. its coz of his captaincy the Delhi team got at least close to winning on few occasions. nothing to do with the captain. its the whole team. no indian player has performed well for Delhi.. i really feel sorry for Maehla :(

  • on May 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Looking at Daredevils 80/10, Its hard to believe that they were one of the best contenders before the start of IPL for the title. SRH were Underdogs, and they still are a great threat to major teams. In this format, it is a defining example that no team can be taken lightly. Having great Players is not a great thing. They should play when the situation demands. The setback for all the teams is that Hyderabad is winning matches at home and that itself adds as a mental barrier for the rest of the teams that it is difficult to beat Hyderabad at home. Steyn, Ishant, Mishra, White, Sanga, Perera, Sammy, dhawan take the honors, not to forget the bowling friendly tracks by the ground staff.The other part of the bowling dept has a strong backbone. Particularly in this match, Ambika Mishra RR:4, Ishant, RR:3.66, Perera 3.47 and Sammy RR:3.33. Steyn-Waqar combination is deadly I suppose. What makes them even more formidable for the moment is that they are playing the nest 4 of 6 matches at home.

  • sweetspot on May 4, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    When you get all out for 80 in ANY format, it is best to shut up and move on, hopefully forget it as soon as possible. DD haven't been doing well all season long to view this as their sudden demise or anything like that. Better luck next year DD. In the meantime, hopefully you will spoil a few parties!!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Was expecting Sammy to do the pacifier celebration when getting the MoM, funny Mishra didn't get the MoM (though he got it when Perera scored 31, 2 wickets , 1 runnout of international players while mishra bagged 2 mediocre batsmen and one who is not interested in playing for his team).

    The umpiring has been horrible. All the indian umpires and their captain asad rauf has been horrible.

  • SurlyCynic on May 4, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Despite dropping down the order and hoping other batsmen would do the job, Sanga managed another dismal 8 off 14 balls. How many more chances is he going to get? Have team management forgotten that he had to step down last year too?

    He is not a T20 player, White and De Kock have got fewer chances than him and can at least clear the boundary. Time for Sanga to follow Ponting's example.

  • jac_05 on May 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    pathetic umpiring.......not up to the standards..

  • on May 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    One and only player is performing for Delhi , is David Warner

  • AneYako on May 4, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Chanal: The captain is the only redeeming thing about Delhi. The whole team is horrible. As usual short sighted comments by some looking for a scapegoat. They should focus on some good local talent for next year because the current ones are not up to par at all. Asad Rauf being a world class umpire again today. Either way I feel bad for Mahela for being stuck with such a mediocre team. Sanga is the opposite side of scale where his team is filled with great performers.

  • on May 4, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    There is one change.. Reddy out and patel in for sunrises..

  • cricaadict on May 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I know delhi fans are very upset but what a poor pitch that is .batting look impossible down there so I feel sorry for delhi batting lineup and specially mahela who got poor desicion over him on such conditions.

  • SurlyCynic on May 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    This is a perfect target for Sanga, as he can go at his usual 80 strike rate. But the reality is both Mahela and Sanga should look at the example set by Ponting - and step aside for the good of the team.

  • ChanaL on May 4, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Daredarevils need to change something! This is is a disgrace for Delhi city. When the captain is a looser, I just dont know y they persisit within him. The franchise is loosing money.!!!! Mahela was never able to win anything for Sri Lanka cricket. Delhi. Is hoping he would do something special for them. Hmm...feel SOrrRy for Delhi:(

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 4, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Mahela became a victim of world class "Asad Rauf" umpiring !!!!

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  • Baseball-Sucks on May 4, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Mahela became a victim of world class "Asad Rauf" umpiring !!!!

  • ChanaL on May 4, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Daredarevils need to change something! This is is a disgrace for Delhi city. When the captain is a looser, I just dont know y they persisit within him. The franchise is loosing money.!!!! Mahela was never able to win anything for Sri Lanka cricket. Delhi. Is hoping he would do something special for them. Hmm...feel SOrrRy for Delhi:(

  • SurlyCynic on May 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    This is a perfect target for Sanga, as he can go at his usual 80 strike rate. But the reality is both Mahela and Sanga should look at the example set by Ponting - and step aside for the good of the team.

  • cricaadict on May 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I know delhi fans are very upset but what a poor pitch that is .batting look impossible down there so I feel sorry for delhi batting lineup and specially mahela who got poor desicion over him on such conditions.

  • on May 4, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    There is one change.. Reddy out and patel in for sunrises..

  • AneYako on May 4, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Chanal: The captain is the only redeeming thing about Delhi. The whole team is horrible. As usual short sighted comments by some looking for a scapegoat. They should focus on some good local talent for next year because the current ones are not up to par at all. Asad Rauf being a world class umpire again today. Either way I feel bad for Mahela for being stuck with such a mediocre team. Sanga is the opposite side of scale where his team is filled with great performers.

  • on May 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    One and only player is performing for Delhi , is David Warner

  • jac_05 on May 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    pathetic umpiring.......not up to the standards..

  • SurlyCynic on May 4, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Despite dropping down the order and hoping other batsmen would do the job, Sanga managed another dismal 8 off 14 balls. How many more chances is he going to get? Have team management forgotten that he had to step down last year too?

    He is not a T20 player, White and De Kock have got fewer chances than him and can at least clear the boundary. Time for Sanga to follow Ponting's example.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Was expecting Sammy to do the pacifier celebration when getting the MoM, funny Mishra didn't get the MoM (though he got it when Perera scored 31, 2 wickets , 1 runnout of international players while mishra bagged 2 mediocre batsmen and one who is not interested in playing for his team).

    The umpiring has been horrible. All the indian umpires and their captain asad rauf has been horrible.