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Daredevils humiliated on home turf by Victoria

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Delhi Daredevils were embarassed by the Victoria Bushrangers in front of a large crowd and right on their home turf – the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi! It was a no show at all from the homeside who could put up a paltry 98/8 on board having won the toss. The pitch too was disgusting as the score with many balls shooting low and not coming onto the bat. Victoria chased the low target losing just 3 wickets and with 3.2 overs to spare although conditions became much more worse.

Gautam Gambhir had a horrific start to his captaincy stint after he missed a flick shot to be bowled with the ball staying very low. Virender Sehwag (21 from 15) provided plenty of hope at the start with 4 blazing boundaried but his stay was cut short thanks to a brilliant caught and bowled from medium pacer Clint McKay. Dilshan (18) took his time and started to show his flashy strokeplay, but he too couldn’t last long on a pathetic wicket. The top scorer of the innings was Mithun Manhas (25 from 34 balls), who batted with a damaged hamstring in the last half of his innings.

For Victoria, Clint McKay bowled well for his 3 for 17 in 4 overs. Another similar bowler like him – Andrew McDonald too enjoyed success with 2 for 17 in his 4 overs. There was an impressive bowling stint from slow left arm spinner John Holland who bowled with a lot of control in his flight and speeds. Holland was earlier picked in the Australian One Day Squad to tour India.

The target was very low, just 99 to get from 20 overs but the pitch was getting even more difficult to play any free flowing shots. However, left handed opener Rob Quiney showed his sparkling brilliance to come up with 4 fours and 3 superb sixes in a knock of 40 from 33 balls. Quiney was up against some good bowlers like Nehra, Nannes and Amit Mishra. Skipper Cameron White ensured that his side didn’t face any collapse by staying right till the end with an unbeaten 22.

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