Sunrisers cruise past Delhi

2013-05-04 21:21
Virender Sehwag (File)
Cape Town - The Sunrisers Hyderabad ended the Delhi Daredevils' chances of reaching the Indian Premier League playoffs by claiming a six-wicket victory with 37 balls to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

According to the supersport.com website, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, Delhi struggled on a slow pitch and were eventually bowled out for a paltry 80 in 19.1 overs.

The Sunrisers claimed their fifth straight home win by reaching 81 for four in 13.5 overs, as Hanuma Vihari (11 not out) struck Umesh Yadav (2.5-0-27-0) for a four through the covers.

The Daredevils were never able to get going as some wonderfully tight bowling from Dale Steyn (4-0-21-2) and a resurgent Ishant Sharma (3-1-11-1) curtailed the big-hitting Virender Sehwag (eight) and classy Mahela Jayawardene (11).

The visitors could only manage 26 for one at the end of the powerplay and continued to struggle on a slow pitch.

The young Unmukt Chand top-scored with 17 off 24 deliveries which included three boundaries. Jayawardene was the only other batsman to get the ball across the rope as he struck one four and one six in his innings.

Darren Sammy claimed a wicket with his first ball when he clean bowled Sehwag, who had become extremely frustrated by the slow scoring rate.

Sammy then returned to claim the wicket of Jeevan Mendis (11) in his second over and ended with figures of 3-0-10-2.

The spin twins of Karan Sharma (1-9) and Amit Mishra (1-16) combined well in the middle overs as they ended with combined figures of 6-0-25-2.

Thisara Perera backed up the opening bowlers extremely well, conceding just nine runs in his first two overs. He then returned to claim the wickets of Johan Botha (one) and the final wicket of Yadav (0).

The Sunrisers made a fast start in their reply as Shikhar Dhawan struck four boundaries in his 16-ball knock of 22 which was ended by Botha, who trapped him lbw.

Dhawan and Parthiv Patel added 33 for the first wicket in just 28 balls, which had been in complete contrast to the Delhi innings.

But with the introduction of the slower bowlers, the runs dried up and the hosts became nervous, as Ashish Reddy (5) was caught behind off the bowling of Ashish Nehra (1-14).

Patel (14) fell just five balls later as Hyderabad slumped to 43 for three. A 17-run partnership between Kumar Sangakkara (eight) and Darren Sammy (18 not out) steadied the ship somewhat, but a rush of blood saw Sangakkara smash a ball from Botha straight to Yadav on the long-on boundary.

Vihari then strode to the crease and survived an early scare as Botha seemed to have his man caught behind down the leg-side, but the umpire ruled that Vihari had not touched the ball.

Vihari then added 21 undefeated runs for the fifth wicket with Sammy to guide the hosts home.

The victory lifts the Sunrisers up to third position on the log with 14 points from 11 games while the Daredevils have had their chance of reaching the playoffs snuffed out. 

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