An uncharacteristically patient 52 off 44 balls from Virender Sehwag helped the Delhi Daredevils go top off the table in Group ‘A’ of the Champions League T20 after a three-wicket win over Perth Scorchers here yesterday.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) side made heavy weather of chasing down the Scorchers’ score of 121 for five.
Loss of wickets at regular intervals didn’t help Delhi’s cause as they stuttered to a score of 123 for seven in 19.3 overs, thanks largely to Sehwag’s gritty innings.
After being put in to bat, the Scorchers lost opener Herchelle Gibbs (6) early. Australian pair Shaun Marsh (39) and Simon Katich (34) forged a 73-run stand for the second wicket.
However, Marsh’s downfall started the slide for the Australian outfit as they failed to gain momentum in their innings. Katich too departed soon, which further slowed down Perth’s run-rate.
Delhi pacers Morne Morkel (3-19) and Ajit Agarkar (2-14) bowled beautifully, helping restrict the opposition to the meagre score.
Delhi in reply were woeful. Barring Sehwag, none of the batsmen tried to apply themselves. The Daredevils’ famed batting line-up crumbled under pressure and the side was soon reduced 60 for four in 10 overs.
Perth Scorchers 121 for five in 20 overs (Shaun Marsh 39, Simon Katich 34; Morne Morkel 3-19, Ajit Agarkar 2-14) beat
Delhi Daredevils 123 for seven in 19.3 overs (Virender Sehwag 52, Irfan Pathan 14; Michael Beer 2-18) by three wickets