Daredevils downed via D/L

2014-05-10 17:38
Kevin Pietersen (Getty Images)
New Delhi - The Sunrisers have emerged from the gloom and the rain to record a mathematically engineered eight-wicket win over the struggling Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, on Saturday.

The supersport.com website reports that by the time the rain had delayed the Hyderabad innings, and then repeatedly whittled away at the overs, the Duckworth-Lewis target eventually emerged at 43 from five overs.

The was a ray of hope for Delhi, when Shikah Dhawan and Aaron Finch went cheaply, but two sixes from Naman Ojha condemned Kevin Pietersen's dysfunctional team to their seventh loss in nine games.

Earlier, the hosts, desperately seeking a home win to keep their season alive, had struggled to a mediocre total of 143 for seven.

Petersen made the point that he needed to lead from the front to turn the season around, and he did just that by promoting himself to opener. The move looked good when the Daredevils ended the power play on 52 for the loss of Quinton de Kock, caught after playing a slightly wide delivery from Dale Steyn.

Petersen, who until this match had scored just 63 from six innings, looked to be fulfulling his promise, hammering two sixes and four fours, but in his eagerness, he charged at legspinner Amit Mishra and miscued a shooter to cover for 35 from 19 balls. He left cursing his self-inflicted misfortune.

Mishra struck again in his next over to cut short Mayank Agarwal's stay after scoring 25 off 18 balls, and the momentum halted at 73.

Laxmi Shukla was fortunate to escape an lbw appeal off Mishra's next ball, but he Dinesh Karthik set about building a total, putting on 55 off 44 balls in a stand interrupted an hour by the rain.

While they took advantage of the odd loose ball to keep the scoreboard moving, they were never able to take a firm grip. The hundred came up after 75 deliveries, the second 50 having come in 40 balls.

On the resumption they never really got going when a brilliant catch by Dale Steyn on the long-off boundary, in which he leapt high and back, dismissed Karthik off a Moises Henriques full toss. Four balls later Shuklar swatted flat and hard to David Warner and the brakes had been applied.

In the last tight three overs, they lost JP Duminy as he tried an audacious reverse, and Kedar Jadhav off the last ball, which gave Steyn two for 20 off his four overs.

It was a fighting total, given the Sunrisers' batting inconsistency, but not one that was to be tested.

Delhi Daredevils:
Q de Kock, MA Agarwal, KP Pietersen (captain), KD Karthik (wicketkeeper), JP Duminy, LR Shukla, KM Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Imran Tahir, S Kaul, R Shukla

Sunrisers Hyderabad: S Dhawan (captain), AJ Finch, KL Rahul, NV Ojha (wicketkeeper), DA Warner, MC Henriques, IK Pathan, KV Sharma, DW Steyn, A Mishra, B Kumar



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