Delhi downed by Sun Risers

2015-05-09 21:04
Moises Henriques (File)

Cape Town - Moises Henriques, with an unbeaten 74, and an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 64 with Ravi Bopara (17), ensured that the Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded a six-run victory over the Delhi Daredevils, at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, on Saturday.

Opting to bat first, the Sunrisers accumulated 163 for four, but DD - despite the best efforts of Saurabh Tiwary and Kedar Jadav with an undefeated fifth-wicket partnership of 91 - could only amass 157 for four.

The Sunrisers, who seem to have found the formula for success, scoring 200-plus in their victory over the Mumbai Indians - sans Dale Steyn and Trent Boult - stuck to the same recipe leaving the two international fast bowlers on the bench, which seemed strange, as the strip had a greenish tinge to it.

Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner set the wheels in motion for the hosts. However, the wheels came off, when both openers were sent back to the dressing room for an early bath.

Dhawan (13) looked to chip Zaheer (Zak) Khan over the leg side, but mistimed the stroke and Albie Morkel took an easy catch at mid-wicket.

This is the fourth time that Zak has picked up the wicket of Dhawan in the IPL.

Warner (17) looked to do the same to Nathan Coulter-Nile, all set to give a fullish delivery a heave over mid-wicket, but he found the edge and Saurabh Tiwary only had to jump to take an easy two-handed catch.

Suddenly the Sunrisers were 31 for two in the fifth over.

Henriques and Eoin Morgan looked to re-establish the natural order of things, but the pair only succeeded in adding 33 for the third wicket.

Offspinner Jayant Yadav tossed a delivery up, Morgan looking to make room, lofted it straight to long-off and Coulter-Nile dived forward to get his hands under it and the Sunrisers were 64 for three.

Coulter-Nile claimed his second scalp when Karn Sharma mistimed a short ball, which instead off pulling it as he intended, it went off the edge and high enough for Yadav to catch it at point. Ninety-nine for four.

With Henriques and Bopara in full flow, Albie Morkel was brought on to bowl the penultimate over to initiate the break-through, however, he was given the full treatment, smashed for 21 runs: 4,2,1,2,6,6.

Henriques's 46-ball innings included one boundary and five sixes, launched to all points of the stadium.

Coulter-Nile finished with two for 25 and Jayant Yadav bagged one for 19.

The Daredevils' opening pair, Quinton de Kock - playing in his first IPL match this season - and Shreyas Iyer, looked to make a significant inroad into the deficit, but their intentions were dashed when Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a peach of a delivery, Iyer looked to pull, but could only top-edge it back to the bowler.

De Kock aimed to redress the imbalance, but no sooner had he reached his half-century, he danced down the track to lift legspinner Karn Sharma out of the park, but he misjudged the timing and was stumped by Naman Ojha.

De Kock's dismissal (50 off 31 balls, which included nine four and a six) signalled an implosion.

That man Sharma was at it again.

Yuvraj Singh went down the wicket to offspinner Parvez Rasool, but merely lofted the ball to Sharma at long-on, and DD captain JP Duminy was beaten by the spin of Sharma and the Devils had lost three wickets for six runs off a mere 13 deliveries.

Saurabh Tiwary and Kedar Jadav initiated the resurrection with their partnership, but it proved to be inadequate.

Tiwary finished on 26 not out and Jadav was unbeaten on 63, struck off 34 balls, finding the ropes on eight occasions and clearing them twice.

Sharma finished with figures of 3-0-12-2, but even that was not enough to stave off defeat.

The Sunrisers' victory propels them to fourth on the log and a potential place in the play-offs, while the Daredevils' aspirations have all but evaporated.

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