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Delhi Daredevils innings:
Over19.3 || Score 123/7
Rimmmington to bowl the last over. Agarkar smashes one through covers for a four. Thats a great start to the over for DD. Agarkar takes a single of the next ball. Negi on strike with 3 more to win from 4 balls. Negi smashes a boundary wide of long off to seal the victory for Delhi Daredevils.
Over 19 || Score 114/7
Mennie to bowl the second last over of the innings. Agarkar manages a single off the first ball. Negi gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a single. Agarkar lifts one over mid off for a much needed boundary. Takes a bye of the next ball. Negi heaves and misses at a length ball outside off stump. Smashes a full-toss straight back past the bowler for two runs.
Over 18 || Score 105/7
Coulter-Nile comes into the attack and starts off with a dot ball. Huge shout in the second ball and it did look like it flicked something but the umpire remains unmoved. Ojha is lucky to be still around. Guides the fourth ball straight into the hands of the wicket-keeper. Agarkar comes to the crease. Single of the last ball.
NV Ojha c Ronchi b Coulter-Nile 6 (11b)
Over 17 || Score 104/6
Hoog into his last over bowling to Naman Ojha. DD require 26 from 21 balls and Naman Ojha pulls a short one towards wide mid on for a four after three consecutive dot balls. Thats wide and DD get three runs off it.
Over 16 || Score 96/6
Rimmington into his third over. He gets Pathan first ball who tried to chip it over long on but ends up giving an easy catch to Katich. Naman Ojha joins Sehwag in their pursuit of the target. There is the big wicket Sehwag is gone caught at sweeper cover. Pawan Negi comes to the crease.
IK Pathan c Katich b Rimmington 14 (18b)
V Sehwag c Mennie b Rimmington 52 (44b)
Over 15 || Score 94/4
Coulter-Nile continues. Pathan gets a single off the first ball. The second one is wide. The batsmen are slowly but surely nearing the target. Sehwag gets a six to third man off the last ball. Twelve runs off the last over. Good one for DD.
Over 14 || Score 82/4
Beer into his last over. Sehwag and Pathan getting singles at will here. The Scorchers need to do something different. Tight run there Sehwag makes it in time though. Seven runs off Beer’s last over.
Over 13 || Score 75/4
Coulter-Nile brought into the attack. Pathan tucks the first one wide of mid wicket for a single. Another single for Sehwag. Both batsmen dealing singles for the moment. Not willing to take undue risks. Coulter-Nile helps their cause by bowling a wide delivery. The batsmen doing it easily at the moment.
Over 12 || Score 69/4
Beer into his third over. Sehwag and Pathan content to hit the ball around for singles. Just four runs off the over.
Over 11 || Score 65/4
Pathan drives the first one from Hogg for a single. Sehwag fetches a single off the third ball. Pathan square cuts the fifth ball for a couple of runs. No run off the last ball. Good over for the Scorchers.
Over 10 || Score 61/4
Beer continues. Single off the first four deliveries for Sehwag and Taylor. Beer traps Taylor right in front. Thats a big blow for DD. Pathan joins Sehwag. Off the mark in the first ball. Successful over for the Scorchers.
LRPL Taylor lbw b Beer 5 (8b)
Over 9 || Score 56/3
Hogg to continue. Taylor taps the second ball for a single. Another single for Sehwag. Taylor nudges the ball wide of mid on for a single. Wide ball from Hogg, Sehwag didn’t pick the wrong one though. Sehwag uses the pace of the bowler to run it to third man for a boundary off the last ball.
Over 8 || Score 46/3
Beer to bowl his first over. KP defends the first one. Uses his feet and flicks it to deep mid wicket to fetch a single off the second ball. Another single for Sehwag. KP loses his patience and with it his wicket. Rash shot held at short third man. Ross Taylor replaces KP. Works the last ball for a single towards the leg side.
KP Pietersen c MR Marsh b Beer 9 (9b)
Over 7 || Score 43/2
Hogg comes on to bowl his first over of the afternoon. Pietersen rocks onto the backfoot and forces the first ball towards mid off for a single. Sehwag slashes hard at a flighted delivery outside off stump for a single. KP bamboozled by a gem of a delivery. Five off the over.
Over 6 || Score 38/2
Mennie to bowl his third over. Pietersen plays a beautiful shot wide of mid on to get off the mark off the second ball. Gets a single of the third. Sehwag showing his defensive skills here. He could not wait any longer as he smashes the next ball towards long off for a boundary. No run off the last ball.
Over 5 || Score 28/2
Pietersen walks in. Coulter-Nile to bowl his first over. Sehwag glides the third ball towards third man for a boundary. Coulter-Nile losing his rhythm a bit. Bowls a wide fourth ball. Good comeback though. Sehwag cramped for room in the last ball but still manages to play it to third man. Six runs off the over.
Over 4 || Score 22/2
Mennie to bowl his second over. Sehwag defends the first one solidly. Sehwag does not look to be in a hurry for a change. Takes a single of the fourth ball. Unmukt defends the fifth ball calmly. Unmuket edges the next one to the keeper and DD lose their second wicket.
U Chand c Ronchi b Mennie 3 (6b)
Over 3 || Score 21/1
Rimmington continues for the Scorchers. Sehwag drives it back over the bowler’s head. Sehwag helps a wide ball past the keeper for four. Eleven runs off the over.
Over 2 || Score 10/1
Joe Mennie to bowl the second over. Mahela flicks the second ball away for a couple of runs. Mahela flicks one straight to short fine. Soft dismissal. Unmukt replaces Mahela.
DPMD Jayawardene c Beer b Mennie 4 (7b)
Over 1 || Score 8/0
Jayawardene and Sehwag walk out to start the innings for Delhi Daredevils. Nathan Rimmington to bowl the first over. Single off the first ball. Sehwag defends the second ball. Third ball is nicely worked off the hips towards the leg side. Drifts one onto the pads, Mahela will be disappointed to have missed out on that one. Sehwag opens the face to guide the ball towards third man and fetches three runs. Mahela smashes the last ball straight back at the bowler for one run.
Perth Scorchers innings:
Jayawardene would be very satisfied with the performance of his bowlers. Perth Scorchers would feel that they are at least 20 to 30 runs short of what they would have wanted to achieve.
Over 20 || Score 121/5
Umesh to bowl the last over for Delhi Daredevils. Good full bowling from Umesh. No loose deliveries on offer for the batsmen. Smashes the last ball straight over the bowler’s head. Pietersen makes a wonderful diving effort to restrict them to just two runs.
Over 19 || Score 114/5
Morkel to bowl his last over. Marsh skies the first delivery and Pietersen takes a superb catch. Nathan Coulter-Nile comes to the wicket. Just two runs and a wicket for Morkel in his last over.
MR Marsh c Pietersen b Morkel 20 (18b)
Over 18 || Score 112/4
Umesh to bowl his third over which North steers away to third man for a single. Marsh picks up three runs off the third ball. Six runs from the over.
Over 17 || Score 106/4
Morkel returns to bowl his third over and dismisses Ronchi off the first ball. Agarkar takes the catch at third man. Marcus North comes to the crease. A single off the fourth ball to North. Bowls a rare wide ball which Marsh fails to make contact with. Four off the last ball for Marsh. Seven runs off the over.
L Ronchi c Agarkar b Morkel 2 (5b)
Over 16 || Score 99/3
Just thirty runs conceded off the last five overs. Negi continues to M. Marsh. Smashes the second ball for a much needed boundary. 10 runs off the over.
Over 15 || Score 89/3
Agarkar to bowl his last over and he picks up a wicket off the first delivery. Thats two in two for Agarkar. Katich not being able to keep the ball down down and skipper Jayawardene takes a fine catch. Luke Ronchi replaces Katich and Agarkar nearly gets his hat-trick beats him outside off stump. Two runs off the over.
SM Katich c Jayawardene b Agarkar 34 (33b)
Over 14 || Score 87/2
Mitchell Marsh replaces his brother Shaun. Pawan Negi to bowl his first over. Tight over from Negi. Just three runs off the over.
Over 13 || Score 84/2
Agarkar comes on to bowl his third over. Katich takes a single off the first ball. Very tight bowling from Agarkar not giving any room to the batsman to free their arms. Agarkar finally rewarded for his tight bowling. Picks up the wicket of Marsh who pulls straight to midwicket.
SE Marsh c Sehwag b Agarkar 39 (41b)
Over 12 || Score 81/1
Pietersen unlucky this time. Marsh inside edges a ball past the keeper for a four. Another four off the fourth ball. More convincing this time around from Marsh. Twelve runs off the over.
Over 11 || Score 69/1
Umesh to Katich who drives one over covers for two runs. Umesh seems to be losing his rhythm. Bowls two consecutive wide deliveries. Another couple of runs for Marsh. Good over for the Scorchers. Ten runs from it.
Over 10 || Score59/1
Pietersen continues to Katich. Three dot balls in a row. A couple of runs to third man for Katich releases the pressure a bit. Marsh smashes the last ball for a four towards deep backward point.
Over 9 || Score 52/1
Agarkar smashed to deep mid wicket for a four off the third ball. Good over except the one poor ball which got smashed.
Over 8 || Score 46/1
Pietersen to bowl his off-spinners. Katich smashes a short ball for four.
Over 7 || Score 38/1
Agarkar replaces Pathan. Single off the first ball for Marsh. Tight start for Agarkar. Just four runs off the over.
Over 6 || Score 34/1
Umesh to replace Morkel. Starts off with a perfect Yorker which Marsh just manages to dig out. Good over from Umesh. Just three runs from his first over.
Over 5 || Score 31/1
Pathan to Marsh who pushes one towards mid- on for a single. Katich guides the next one to third man. Katich smashes the last ball of the over towards deep square leg for a six
Over 4 || Score 22/1
Morkel to continue to Katich. Katich takes a single off the second ball. Another single for Marsh. Katich moves across the stumps and helps it behind square for a four.
Over 3 || Score 16/1
Pathan to continue. Starts off with another tight ball to Marsh. Marsh smashes the fourth ball past square leg. Ends the over with two dot balls.
Over 2 || Score 11/1
Morne Morkel to bowl the second over. Marsh edges one outside the off stump drops short of Sehwag at slip and runs away for four. Gibbs plays one on. Inside edge crashes into the stumps. Katich is the new batsman.
HH Gibbs b Morkel 6 (7b)
Over 1 || Score 6/0
Herschelle Gibbs to start the innings with Shaun Marsh for the Scorchers. Irfan to start proceedings for Delhi Daredevils. Irfan begins with a couple of tight deliveries. Beats Gibbs outside the off stump in the third ball. Gibbs spoils the over with a Six off the last ball.
Toss Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and have elected to field first.
Perth Scorchers (Playing XI): Shaun Marsh, Herschelle Gibbs, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus North(c), Luke Ronchi(w), Nathan Rimmington, Joe Mennie, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Mahela Jayawardene(c), Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Unmukt Chand, Ross Taylor, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha(w), Pawan Negi, Ajit Agarkar, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav
Delhi Daredevils face Perth Scorchers in Group A encounter in Champions League T20 with slots for the final four up for grabs.
With other IPL teams out of contention Delhi Daredevils will be looking to be the only IPL team to make it to the final four.
Perth Scorchers will be looking to go level in the points table with the Daredevils and Auckland Aces by defeating the Delhi Daredevils today.
First Published: Sunday, October 21, 2012, 16:21