With Rahul Dravid mentoring Delhi Daredevils, one expects smart moves, but surprisingly for everyone watching, Delhi sent in Angelo Mathews ahead of Chris Morris at the fall of Sanju Samson’s wicket with the score on 105/4 in the 14th over.
At that stage, Delhi needed 87 off 41 balls and the stage looked set for a Morris onslaught. With Delhi needing over 12 runs per over and the South African striking at 238.71 after 4 games, it was surprising to see him warm the seat at the dug-out as Mathews joined Shreyas Iyer in the middle.
What followed was on expected lines as a lackluster Mathews, managing just 1 off 4 balls in the last game against KKR, failed to middle even the full tosses, let alone the variation that the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques and Siddarth Kaul dished out.
Mathews was so out of sync with the situation that Iyer’s attempts to get the timely boundaries did not help as the required rate kept rising. Even the broadcasters kept showing Morris in the dug-out as if to question the thought behind sending Mathews ahead of him.
At a time when DD needed 47 off 18 balls, Mathews was still dealing in singles. He finally managed to hit a six off the second ball of the 20th over when a full toss from Kaul landed in the middle of his bat and went into the long-on stands.
Delhi now needed 17 off 4 balls, pretty gettable in the shortest format. But even before the Delhi fans could think of a possible thriller, Mathews played out two dot balls to make it 17 off 2 balls.
Mathews was finally dismissed for a 23-ball 31 off the fifth ball of the 20th over as Morris did walk out to the middle with Delhi needing 17 off the last ball. Morris returned back without facing a ball as Iyer played the last ball.
What a waste of a power-hitter.