It’s what the Rajasthan Royals felt after Sehwag was done with them. After dissing Mascarenhas in the opening over he seemed eager not to face Shaun Tait when Delhi’s innings began but smashed Munaf Patel as soon as he was introduced to keep the heat on. Gambhir and Dilshan went off successive deliveries and that was his cue to turn it up to 11 as Sehwag raced away to his 50 off just 21 balls.
The match was done and dusted by the time he left having built on the groundwork laid by the Delhi bowlers. Everyone kept it really tight and took their chances to get wickets.
Rajasthan crumbled under the pressure of Delhi’s relentless pressing for wickets and need to figure a slot for Damien Martyn in their middle order. They need one more experienced, mature batsman in the middle order and the dearth at the moment thanks to Graeme Smith’s tournament ending injury is something they don’t seem to have planned for.
In Mohali, Kaif must feel vindicated.