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Warner, Ojha secure DD’s emphatic nine-wicket win over hapless DC
By IPL desk
Mumbai 10 May 2012
The Delhi Daredevils displayed their batting might as they chased down Deccan Chargers’ total of 187 with consummate ease. Thanks to this win, the Delhi franchise has returned to the top of the league standings, with 18 points from 12 games. Opener David Warner was the difference-maker in this match with his domineering knock of 109*.
Chasing a formidable 188 to win, opener Virender Sehwag (4) began in typical free-flowing style by smashing Shikhar Dhawan for a four off the very first ball. But it went pear-shaped for the DD skipper as he lobbed the next delivery in the air for Cameron White to take an athletic catch. The early wicket shocked the away side, but David Warner and Naman Ojha ensured that DC didn’t press home their early advantage. The Indo-Aussie duo attacked with precision to thwart any charge from their opponents.
Warner (109*) smashed the ball to all parts of the ground at regular intervals, while Ojha (64*) played the supporting role to a tee. The inexperienced DC bowling attack couldn’t stem the flow of runs as the Daredevils assumed complete control of the game. The attacking pair put on an unbeaten 189-run second wicket partnership to see the Daredevils home in just 16.4 overs.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat first. The Chargers’ opening pair of Daniel Harris and Dhawan began cautiously against the visitors’ pace attack. Morne Morkel eventually broke the opening partnership after Harris (19) drove straight into Mahela Jayawardene’s hands. Varun Aaron got in on the action as well after Sangakkara’s (4) mistimed pull found the short mid-wicket fielder. However, the home side had some fight left in them as Dhawan and White began a counteroffensive against the might of the Daredevils. The talented Indian left-hander continued his good form in the tournament with attacking strokeplay that gave the DC fans something to cheer about. White, on the other hand, was playing his role to perfection by providing ample support and unleashing big hits at regular intervals.
This counterattack stunned DD, and the duo put together a 126-run partnership. A direct hit from Shahbaz Nadeem eventually saw the end of Dhawan, but not before he put the Chargers on top with his 84-run innings. White was the last wicket to fall, after making 65. Thanks to this effort, the Chargers ended their innings at 187 for four.
Gayle, bowlers power Royal Challengers Bangalore to nine-wicket win in Mumbai
By IPL desk
Mumbai 10 May 2012
The race to the DLF IPL 2012 playoffs became even more competitive as the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Mumbai Indians to move into fourth position in the league standings. After a poor top-order performance from MI saw them post a below-par score of 141, Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 82 off 59 deliveries powered RCB to a nine-wicket win.
It was pacer R Vinay Kumar who did the early damage for RCB. After Virat Kohli, captaining the side in Daniel Vettori’s absence, opted to field first, Vinay Kumar struck twice in the second over to leave MI in all kinds of trouble at two for two. The RCB pacer had James Franklin (1) caught at thirdman by Zaheer Khan, while Rohit Sharma (0) was trapped lbw having faced three deliveries.
Sachin Tendulkar tried to bring MI back into the contest as he hit Vinay Kumar for three consecutive fours in the sixth over. The Mumbai legend, however, failed to convert his start into a long innings as he top-edged a delivery from Harshal Patel back to the bowler to give RCB their third breakthrough in the ninth over. Tendulkar made 24 and the hosts were 41 for three at the fall of his wicket. Patel followed up Tendulkar’s scalp with Ambati Rayudu’s (22) wicket; he was caught at long-off off a slower delivery in the 14th over.
MI’s situation worsened as Dinesh Karthik, who had walked out to bat at the fall of Sharma’s wicket, was out caught by Virat Kohli when he tried to hit Muttiah Muralitharan out of the park in the 16th over. Karthik, nonetheless, was the top-scorer in the MI innings, having scored 44 runs off 39 deliveries, which included three fours and a six. Muralitharan then had Dwayne Smith (2) caught at point the ball after Karthik’s dismissal to leave MI wobbling at 100 for six in 15.5 overs.
Late cameos by Kieron Pollard (21* off 13) and Harbhajan Singh (20* off 12), however, helped the hosts finish their innings with a flourish and go past the 140-run mark.
RCB had a relatively slow start to their innings as Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan managed just 35 runs in the first six overs. MI, perhaps, lost the opportunity to put the visitors under pressure in this period as Dwayne Smith dropped Gayle when the opener looked to smash RP Singh over the ropes in the sixth over. Yet, with Dilshan (19) being trapped lbw by Pragyan Ojha in the ninth over and MI restricting their opponents to just 54 runs in the first 10 overs, the possibility of a close contest was unfolding at the Wankhede Stadium.
It was at this stage that Gayle broke the shackles. The West Indies batsman smote Ojha for three sixes in the 11th over before hitting Kieron Pollard for a couple of fours and a six in the 13th and 15th overs respectively. He brought up his half-century off just 36 deliveries, and with Virat Kohli giving him steady company, RCB got to their required target of 142 in 18 overs. Gayle remained unbeaten on 82, while Virat Kohli, who hit a six to bring up the winning score, remained not out on 36 (off 25 balls).