Shane Watson shines as Jaipur beat Delhi
Shane Watson landed heavy blows with ball and bat to leave Delhi static on 8 pts and keep Jaipur at the top of the table, reports Anand Vasu.Updated: May 12, 2008 02:31 IST
The lesser of the two Shanes — Watson landed heavy blows with ball and bat to leave Delhi static on 8 points and keep Jaipur at the top of the table before they head out for a break to Goa. It was five wins in as many home games for Jaipur as they restricted Delhi to only 156 and then knocked off the runs with some panache.
When Warne said he had a plan to keep Virender Sehwag quiet, he wasn't joking. But planning a strategy and implementing it successfully are two different things and Warne found an ideal footsoldier in Shane Watson. The line of attack was on middle and leg, hitting the deck hard and Watson was spectacular, conceding only three in the 10 balls he bowled to Sehwag.
With the runs not flowing, the sucker ball, short and wide of the stumps, was too much to resist and Sehwag cut straight to point.
Getting Sehwag early was the main goal, but when Shikhar Dhawan was run out after a horrible mix-up and Gautam Gambhir (31) failed to pick a slower one from Siddharth Trivedi and dragged the ball back onto his stumps, the writing was on the wall. Delhi had lost their three most prolific batsmen with only 68 on the board.
With AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik and Amit Mishra all failing to come off, Delhi were in dire straits when the Sri Lankan duo of Farveez Maharoof and Tillakaratne Dilshan came together at 100/6.
They added 54 in 22 balls, with Maharoof taking Warne apart, unaesthetically yet brutally clubbing him for 27 runs in the 19th over. Maharoof began with a one-handed six over long-off. He came down the pitch next ball to launch a drive over the on-side and Mohammad Kaif's diving catch at long-on went in vain as he landed on the boundary rope. The last two balls were clubbed over midwicket and Delhi's bowlers had something to work with.
Even with little pressure on the batsmen Glenn McGrath was at his masterly best, pitching the ball in the right areas with monotonous discipline, conceding a mere 6 runs in his three-over spell. Jaipur played him out scoring just 21 off the six powerplay overs.
A couple of run outs were balanced out by two crucial dropped catches: Graeme Smith was let off by Amit Mishra on 0 and Watson reprieved by Sehwag on 26.
The assault that Watson then launched on Delhi's bowlers sealed the deal. Cutting, pulling, driving and flicking emphatically, Watson blasted 74 with 5 fours and 5 huge sixes and even his run out in bizarre circumstances.
Neeraj Patel dug out a Maharoof yorker and hared off for a quick single. The throw narrowly missed the stumps and the batsmen set off for a suicidal run off the overthrow. Karthik received the second throw and had the bails off beating Watson's dive. As Delhi celebrated umpire Steve Davis flat out refused to refer the decision to the third umpire. Sehwag had a word with Rudi Koertzen, the other umpire, and even as tempers heated up MSS Ranawat, the television umpire, gave Watson out. It would make little difference as Jaipur got home with three balls and five wickets to spare.