Delhi Daredevils fired on all cylinders in their must-win game against the Wayamba Elevens on their own turf. The homeside won the toss, elected to bat first and what they did was to bat Wayamba out of the contest by piling up 170/5. It was a massive total on the dangerously low bouncing wicket at the Kotla.
Delhi’s victory of 50 runs was set up by the partnership between Virender Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik. The two batsmen were helped by the wrong lengths employed by the Wayamba bowlers who often pitched the ball up rather than bowling it short and straight. Sehwag scored an absolutely brilliant 66 from 42 balls with 10 fours and a six. Dinesh Karthik played the second fiddle but in the slogs came up with a hat-trick of sixes against the disapointing Ajanta Mendis. Karthik finished with an impressive 61 from 41 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes.
It was just too much of a task for Wayamba. They were softened up by the brisk pace of left armer Dirk Nannes. Wayamba found themselves at 36 for 5 after 8 overs. They could end up with just 120/7 and that too was possible only because of a classy innings by Mahela Jayawardene (53 from 40 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes). Nannes captured 4 for 24 while Glenn McGrath still produced some vintage magic even though his bowling pace was atleast 20 kmph lesser than what it was during his peak. McGrath had proud figures of 2 for 20 in his 4 overs.