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Sehwag leads the run chase for the Daredevils

Virender Sehwag showed the way, Dinesh Karthik followed. The two Delhi Daredevils batsmen made the most of difficult batting conditions at the Kotla, posting 170-5 against Wayamba in a must-win match.

Sehwag blazed away to 66 in 42 balls, batting with complete authority over Wayamba's bowlers, many of whom have played for Sri Lanka recently. His unfortunate run-out didn't deter Karthik, who made 61 from 41 balls.

To put their efforts in context, the Kotla Stadium has been the lowest scoring venue in the Champions League. Earlier in the day, New South Wales were able to comfortably defend a score of 130 against Sussex Sharks here.

The Jehan Mubarak-led Wayamba have a formidable line-up featuring Mahela Jayawardene, Mahela Udawatte, Michael Vandort among others. But they would be challenged by Delhi's bowlers led by Glenn McGrath, Dirk Nannes, Ashish Nehra and Amit Mishra.

Chanaka Welegedera was the best among Wayamba's bowlers on show. He started the match with a maiden to Tillakaratne Dilshan and finished his four overs taking 2-25.

Dilshan fell cheaply, but Sehwag started raising the run rate. He was hard on the seamers, punishing them through the arc between third-man and point, and around midwicket.

He was run out when Karthik called him for a single to point, where Jayawardene's throw to the batting end was spot-on.

Karthik smashed Ajantha Mendis thrice over midwicket off consecutive balls in the 19th final over to bring up his fifty. He was out in the same over, stumped off a wide. The over went for 23 runs.

Delhi must win this match since they had lost to Victoria. Should they lose this, the home team would be knocked out of the Champions League.

source - intoday.in
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