After their seventh defeat in ten games, Delhi are the first team to be knocked out of the race for the playoff spots this season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) put in a complete performance with both bat and ball to end Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) hopes of making the playoff spots in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Sunrisers playing on their home ground in Hyderabad, completed their highest successful run chase of this season as they moved back to the top of the table.
Chasing 163, the Sunrisers got off to a good start with an opening 76 run partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales. Hales (45) was the first to go as he was bamboozled by an Amit Mishra turner. Mishra returned in the 11th over to claim the wicket of Dhawan (33) with another delightful delivery. Following Dhawan’s dismissal, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson steadied the SRH innings putting on a 46-run stand for the third wicket, before Pandey (21) was caught off a Liam Plunkett delivery in the 18th over. Yusuf Pathan then stepped in and hammered his way to a 12 ball 27 as he along with Williamson (32*) led Sunrisers to a seven wicket victory.
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Earlier in the day, Delhi won the toss and chose to bat first. They got off to an unlucky start as Sandeep Sharma managed to divert Prithvi Shaw’s straight drive onto the stumps to run out Glenn Maxwell at the non-strikers end. 18-year old Shaw played a wonderful innings scoring 65 off just 36 balls before being caught off a Rashid Khan delivery. Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer (44) was the only other batsman who made a sizeable contribution to the total before a cameo by Vijay Shankar adding 23 off just 13 balls in the death overs took the total to 163.
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The turning point of game was the blistering knock played by Yusuf Pathan who went on to score 27 off just 12 balls at a strike rate of 225.00. Pathan who hasn’t had an exceptional season so far walked in to bat in the 18th over. His quick-fire scoring took the pressure off Captain Williamson who anchored the run chase leaving the all-rounder to attack the hapless Delhi bowlers.
The best dismissal came in the ninth over of Hyderabad’s run chase. Alex Hales who was looking dangerous was all set to defend Amit Mishra’s last delivery of the over. Mishra who pitched the ball on the leg stump managed to find some great turn as the ball spinned away from the outside edge of the bat and crashed into the off stump.
Batsman of the Match
The batsman of the match was Delhi youngster Prithvi Shaw who put on a marvelous display of his sublime cricketing skills. Opening the batting he ruthlessly dispatched the Hyderabad bowlers all around the park before losing his wicket to Man of the Match, Rashid Khan. His 65 off just 36 balls came at a strike rate of 180.55, the highest among all of Delhi’s batsmen.
Bowler of the Match
While he couldn’t see his team through to victory, Amit Mishra with his bowling figures of 2/19 and an economy of 4.75 is our bowler of the match. He bowled out both of Hyderabad’s openers and pushed up the required run rate with some economical bowling in the middle overs.
Kane Williamson (SRH captain), “As a team we're trying to play our roles as best as we can and certainly adapt to the surfaces. We've played a real variety of surfaces and we were on a slightly different one again. The new ball and the power-play overs were vital and both teams used them really well and then after that as the ball got softer it was a bit of a scrap. The way we came back with the ball was really important.”
Shreyas Iyer (DD captain), “Really disappointing to be honest. At a certain point of time we were really in the game and on top but suddenly in between the momentum changed. On this ground it was a good total to get on the board. Even though we got a good start we couldn't capitalize later on. Ten runs extra would have been really important.”
Sunrisers will stay home for the next fixture as they host the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Delhi will travel home where they will host the Sunrisers in the return fixture on Thursday.
Points tableThe win takes Sunrisers back to the top of the table, they are tied on 14 points with Chennai but ahead due to their net run rate. Delhi move down to seventh on the table and have no chance whatsoever of making the playoff spots this season. Check out the updated points table here.Are you happy with your current monthly income? Do you know you can double it without working extra hours or asking for a raise? Rahul Shah, one of the India's leading expert on wealth building, has created a strategy which makes it possible... in just a short few years. You can know his secrets in his FREE video series airing between 12th to 17th December. You can reserve your free seat here.