Daredevils Hang In

There was another predictable result in the IPL today as the Delhi Daredevils handed out the latest thrashing for Bangalore. The Royals Challengers batted first and the innings would have been a complete disaster if not for a battling 52 from little Goswami, their reserve wicket keeper, and Misbah-ul-Haq smashing 24 off the final over. As it was, 155 looked almost competitive, unless Sehwag and Gamhir got a start. Well, guess what happened. By the time they were both out Delhi already had 100 on the board and they hadn’t finished the 9th over. From there Delhi strolled to a 5-wicket win.

It is worth noting that Gambhir and Sehwag two are #1 and #2 on the list of top run scorers for the competition. You might therefore ask why their team is still doubtful for qualification for the semi-finals. Delhi pretty much have to win their last two games (home against Kolkata and Mumbai) to stand a chance. And yet Rohit Sharma and Adam Gilchrist of the Deccan Chargers are #3 and #5 on that list, and their team is languishing near the bottom of the table, totally out of contention. Just in case you happen to hear a BBC commentator repeat the tired old line again, this game is not just about big-hitting batsmen.