GAME CHANGING MOMENT: Warner, Chand see the Daredevils home
An unbeaten 66 off 42 balls by David Warner coupled with superb fielding enabled Delhi Daredevils to notch up their second successive win in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.
Delhi restricted their opposition to 136/7, thanks to some disciplined bowling that was backed up by equally brilliant fielding. If Delhi were sublime with their catching, their opposition were nothing but abysmal. They dropped four easy catches and though the Daredevils lost their openers cheaply, David Warner and Unmukt Chand saw the team home with a useful partnership. With Virender Sehwag and captain Mahela Jayawardene departing early, their opponents must have seen a ray of hope to defend a low total. However, the duo put on a partnership of 95 runs for the fourth wicket, taking Delhi within touching distance of the target.
Unmukt Chand, out of form this season so far, got runs on board with a gritty 37 to deny the opposition any further opening. David Warner was at his fluent best, scoring his fourth half-century of the tournament. They were helped to much extent by the poor fielding from their opposition too.
The wicket-keeper missed an easy stumping chance of David Warner. The Aussie was dropped again at the long-on boundary to give him another life. Warner capitalised on the missed chances and smashed the opposition bowlers for 6 fours and 3 sixes and sealed the victory for the Daredevils with 13 balls to spare.
With a low score to chase, the 95-run partnership between Unmukt Chand and David Warner, with both batsmen displaying contrasting style of batting, was the game changing moment for Delhi, who got an outside chance of making it through to the play-offs after the victory.