Monday, March 15, 2010

IPL THREE : Sehwag powers Daredevils to the top

Virender Sehwag muscled his way to the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils secured their second win beating Rajasthan Royals by six wickets at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.

The IPL party travelled to Ahmedabad for the first time, and the crowd lined up for their 'home' team Rajasthan to watch Yusuf Pathan repeat his pyrotechnics of Mumbai. Pathan was out for a duck as Rajasthan could only manage 141 before Sehwag unleashed his own version of crash, bang, wallop in his 34-ball 75 to run away with the game.

It left Rajasthan without a win in two games and the former champions must get their act together against Bangalore on Thursday.

Sehwag reserved special treatment for Munaf Patel, hammering the bowler back for sixes before the same bowler accounted for his dismissal. But by the time Sehwag left he had done the damage.

Delhi took only 17.1 overs to reach their target and the victory puts them on the top of the league standings.

Earlier, Barring a brief priod of fireworks, Rajasthan Royals had largely themselves to blame as they were held to 141-6.

The Royals were off in a flurry, lost a wicket and resumed with lusty hitting. The story repeated itself twice over in a stop-start innings after Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and inserted them in. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, the Bengal batsman stroked a maiden unbeaten IPL half-century, but was also guilty of running partner Paras Dogra out.

Two wins out of two for the Daredevils sees them top the points table on net run rate with 4 points. The Royals, on the other hand, languish at the bottom of the table after two successive losses.

Delhi Daredevils 142 for 4 (Sehwag 75) beat Rajasthan Royals 141 for 6 (Jhunjhunwala 53*) by six wickets

Player of the match V Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils)

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