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May 17, 2008
Indian Culture?: The Delhi Daredevils got rid of their cheerleaders a fortnight ago, after complaints that the scantily dressed girls weren't representative of Indian culture. But in their place, you can see two topless men with faces and torsos painted in red and black, the team colours. They dance around the outfield, with a bhangra troupe following them. More Indian? We wonder what the crowd thought of that.
Helping hands: No bowler enjoys catches being dropped off his bowling, and the excitable Sreesanth was near the end of his tether as two chances went down in the space of three balls. First Yuvraj Singh spilled a sitter at mid-off to reprieve Virender Sehwag, and then VRV Singh misjudged a chance at third man after Gautam Gambhir had miscued a drive. Two costly mistakes, redeemed only by the batsmen on the stroke of midnight.
Pace isn't everything: VRV bowled the fastest ball of the match, clocked at 143.2 kmh, and Sehwag responded with a nonchalant swipe over backward point. VRV's two overs went for 33, proof that pace alone doesn't count for much.
Fat men can move: You may remember Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in White Men Can't Jump, and the rotund Ramesh Powar exploded another myth tonight with a smart running catch at midwicket to send back the dangerous Farveez Maharoof. He had two wickets as well. Not bad for a debut outing.
Yours? Mine? Oops: When Shaun Marsh lofted one high into the dusty Delhi night, Shikhar Dhawan and Shoaib Malik both ran towards the rope to try and snaffle it. With the crowd making such a noise, calls of "Mine" are unlikely to have been heard, and the two men ran into each other. Fortunately, there was no repeat of the sickening Steve Waugh-Jason Gillespie collision , and a jubilant Dhawan rose off the turf with the ball in his hands.
Three strikes, you're out: Glenn McGrath had been on the money for the first nine balls of his spell, but then Yuvraj lofted sixes over long-off and backward square leg to rouse the sleeping Punjab lion. But his attempt at three in a row was brilliantly taken on the run [and dive] by Maharoof at long-on.
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