The Delhi Daredevils made light work of the target set by the Deccan Chargers. The surface looked like a good batting track, but chasing a big target is never an easy task. Still, the Daredevils went a long way to showing that their batting order will have no troubles coping without the presence of Kevin Pietersen.
Batting hero Shikhar Dhawan looked like he was onto an incredible game when he dismissed Delhi captain Virender Sehwag early. Sehwag can be a devastating batsman and has been in good form of late. However, the part time bowler claimed his scalp with the second ball of the match. However, David Warner and Naman Ojha came together and would complete an effortless demolition of Deccan’s attack. Warner’s innings wasn’t far off being as good as Pietersen’s hundred. He smashed 109 off of 54 balls. He hit 10 fours and an incredible seven sixes. The Australian power hitter seemed like an unstoppable force destroying Deccan’s bowling to all parts of the ground.
Bowling depth and fielding mishaps have been a problem for the Chargers all season long and frankly they were not good enough again in this game. Dale Steyn was not playing and that proved to be a big problem. Manpreet Gony bowled four disciplined overs, but TP Sudhindra, Ashish Reddy and Amit Mishra got smacked around. Kumar Sangakkara could not find bowlers to bowl with a bit of discipline, though in fairness, it was not easy against the massive hitting of Warner.
The Daredevils move back to the top of the IPL with this win and are now six points clear of fifth place. It is virtually impossible to see them slipping up now with four games remaining. They will now be focused on finishing in the top two.
what the league toppers did in league matches, could not do the same in eliminator matches