KOCHI (Pakistan), April thirty: Virender Sehwag struck a 47 ball eighty to power Delhi Daredevils to a 38 run victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
The Delhi captain lashed 8 fours and 5 sixes to help his team post a hard 157-7 following a terrible beginning after deciding to bat first.
Medium-pacers Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar and then shared 7 wickets before South African spinner Roelof van der Merwe claimed the final 3 dismissals from 5 deliveries to bowl out Kochi for 119 in 18.5 overs.
It was just the Delhi’s third win in 8 matches.
Delhi lost 2 wickets with 4 runs on the panel after Pakistan paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth struck twice in 4 toes on a pitch with variable bounce.
Sreesanth bowled Australian opener David Warner (three) and Naman Ojha (zero) before Sehwag opened as much as hammer spinner Ravindra Jadeja for 2 successive sixes then his fifty with a 6 from medium pacer Vinay Kumar.
Sehwag put on fifty six for the 4th wicket with Yogesh Nagar (twenty two) before holing away at the additional cover boundary after getting hit forty nine runs off the final fifteen balls he faced.
Pathan dismissed New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum (seven) and Parthiv Patel (one Morkel and) sent back Australian batsmen Michael Klinger (two) and Brad Hodge (twenty seven) along with Balachandra Akhil (thirteen).
Agarkar had skipper Mahela Jayawardene (eighteen) caught by Jadeja and also Sehwag (thirty one), before van der Merwe polished off the tail to make sure Kochi lost the fifth match of theirs from 8.
Meanwhile in an additional match played on Friday, Virat Kohli smashed a 42ball sixty seven by using 4 sixes and also West Indies opener Chris Gayle a brisk forty nine off twenty six balls to create Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 26 run victories over Pune Warriors in Bangalore.
Pune finished on 155 5 chasing a 182 run target to suffer the fifth defeat of theirs in 7 matches. You can watch psl 2020 point table here at https://eurot20slam2019.com/2019/07/28/psl-point-table-2020-team-standing-ranking/.