A great all round performance from the Delhi Daredevils helped them defeat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in their Indian Premier League encounter at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Saturday. The Daredevils won the toss and chose to bat. They lost the early wicket of Mayank Agarwal (1) in the third over when the young opener nicked one from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/21) to Shikhar Dhawan in the slips to leave his side on 15/1.
JP Duminy joined the other opener Shreyas Iyer (60) at the crease and together they helped their side to 92/1 with Iyer bringing up a well-played half century. However Iyer was the second wicket to fall when he got a leading edge to David Warner at cover. Yuvraj Singh joined Duminy (54) and together they were able to steady their side’s innings and get them to 131/2 before their skipper was clean bowled by his fellow South African Dale Steyn.
Singh (9) did not last too long after that as he was brilliantly caught by Warner on the boundary. This brought in two new batsmen to the crease. The new pair was Angelo Mathews 15 not out) and Kedar Jadhav (19 not out) who saw their side to 167/4.
In reply the Sunrisers openers Dhawan (18) and Warner (28) set a decent foundation before the Indian batsman was castled by the Daredevils skipper as they found themselves on 50/1. A ball later the Hyderabad skipper fell victim to Duminy as well and was back in the hut. Ravi Bopara and Lokesh Rahul were the new batsmen at the crease and they were able to see their side to 89/2 before the latter departed for 24.
Neman Ojha was the new man but only managed 12 runs before he was undone by the South African combination of Duminy and Imran Tahir. With four overs to go the English combination of Eoin Morgan (1) and Bopara were at the crease however the established Bopara played one expansive shot too many and was out nine runs short of a half century and his fellow countryman was undone by a Duminy (4/17) delivery that sent his stumps flying a ball later as the men in orange found themselves in serious trouble on 129/6 requiring a further 39 runs from 18 balls.
But that didn’t quite bother the tail enders at the crease as Karn Sharma sent two Tahir deliveries flying over the boundary as they scored 18 runs off the 18th over to reduce the target to 23 off 12. The runs required was further reduced as they home team needed just 10 off the last over. Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/26) was the bowler in charge of defending those ten runs and he started off well with one run before running out Ashish Reddy (15).
With two balls left the batting side needed seven and Sharma stood up to the challenge and went big but was just denied by Agarwal who stopped it going over the boundary. The established Sharma (19) did go big off the last ball as well but he perished, caught by Matthews in the deep as the Daredevils ran out winners by four wickets.