Delhi to play for pride against Cobras

DD would look to salvage some pride with a consolation win against Cape Cobras in an inconsequential Airtel CLT20 match today.

Delhi‘s hope of making it to the final-four crashed yesterday after Gautam Gambhir‘s men suffered an eight wicket loss to Bangalore Royal Challengers in a League B Super Eight encounter.

The home team though will have to come up with a vastly improved performance against a confident Cape Cobras side who have already qualified for the semifinals of the USD six million event having already collected four points after registering a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Victorian Bushrangers.

Gambhir said after his side’s eight-wicket loss to Bangalore that they would look to give the Delhi fans something to cheer about but he himself has been woefully out of form having scored just 18 runs from the three outings in the tournament.

Except for Virender Sehwag, none of the batting stars in the Delhi line-up has not done anything worthwhile. Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan and Englishman Owais Shah have failed to live up to expectations.

But more than batting, Delhi have been hit hard in the bowling department and sorely felt the absence of New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was belted for 59 runs in his four overs by Bangalore yesterday. He is likely to be persisted today as there are few slow bowling options for Delhi.

Except for Dirk Nannes, who yesterday bowled at 150 km per hour, none of the pacers has been consistent. Ashish Nehra has failed to carry on his fine form in the international circuit into the cash-rich event while retired Australian great Glenn McGrath flopped yesterday after being among wickets against Sri Lanak’s Wayamba.

For Cape Cobras, on the other hand, everything is falling in place as the South African side have been able to come up with all-round performance consistently in the 12-team event.

Pace duo of Monde Zondeki and Rory Kleinveldt have forged into a ominous new-ball pair to make batsmen’s life miserable, while young Jean-Paul Duminy and Vernon Philander backed the bowlers brilliantly with their bat.

Zondeki yesterday scalped both the Victoria openers Brad Hodge and Rob Quiney in the very first over and the Australian side could never really come out of the disaster during the match.

Cobras batting boasts of a strong middle order with Puttick and Derek Brand opening the innings, followed by an impressive Henry Davids, who produced unbeaten 45-ball 69, and in-form Jean Paul Duminy down the order.

Teams (from):

Cape Cobras: Andrew Puttick (C), Derek Brand, Ryan Canning, Henry Davids, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Herschelle Gibbs, Claude Henderson, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Justin Ontong, Vernon Philander, Francois Plaatjies, Stiaan van Zyl, Monde Zondeki, Charl Langeveldt.

Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir (C), Virender Sehwag, Rajat Bhatia, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Karthik, Mithun Manhas, Amit Mishra, Yogesh Nagar, Dirk Nannes, Ashish Nehra, Aavishkar Salvi, Pradeep Sangwan, Owais Shah, Manoj Tiwary.

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