Delhi Daredevils regained their spot in the top 4 of the league with a commanding 7-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad at Vishakhapatnam on Thursday. Earlier, Warner failed to capitalize on his start, and Amit Mishra pulled the game back for Delhi before restricting the home side to 146 runs.
While Sunrisers fielded an unchanged line-up, Delhi made sweeping changes to their team after losing two consecutive matches – while captain Zaheer Khan was out with an injury, Billings, Brathwaite and S Nadeem also were left out the squad. In came Mayank Agarwal, JP Duminy, J Yadav, Coulter-Nile to replace them.
JP Duminy, who was the stand-in captain in Zaheer's absence, won the toss and put the Sunrisers
1. No stopping this man Warner
SRH started slowly enough. It seemed to be a good track when Jayant Yadav and Coulter-Nile bowled a very tight opening spell. Not a single boundary came in the first three overs as they mixed up the bowling well to keep Dhawan and Warner guessing. But the dam broke in the fourth over when Shami was brought in. The first assault came from Dhawan who flicked the second ball beautifully for a four. Then David Warner, who had scored only 6 off 8 so far, went on the rampage scoring 27 runs off the next 6 balls. He sent Shami for two consecutive
2. No stopping Mishra as well
Amit Mishra is the second highest all-time wicket-taker in IPL history, and the under-rated bowler showed why once again today. He first got Dhawan exactly when he must have wanted to accelerate after
3. de Kock gives Delhi a solid start; Moises pulls SRH back
Last time Quinton de Kock got off to a start, he scored a 50, but Delhi lost to the Kings XI. This time, there was no 50, but his early innings blitz put Delhi Daredevils in the driving seat from the very start. A good 55-run partnership for the second wicket with Karun Nair had Delhi requiring just over 6 and a half runs an over for the win. But Moises Henriques had other plans.
On the second ball of the 10th over, Henriques removed Karun with a beautiful slow yorker. It didn’t look all doom and gloom right then with de Kock still at the crease. But that security lasted only for 3 balls as de Kock was sent packing by the Australian pacer, and suddenly the target started to look a little bit steep, especially with new batsmen Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson in the middle. Too bad he dropped Samson later in the match.
4. SRH lose the plot as Mustafizur flops
Of all the teams batting first in this season’s IPL, Sunrisers have the best win-loss ratio while defending a target. Mustafizur Rahman has been a key factor for them in each of those wins. But tonight, somehow he went off boil and Hyderabad never made inroads into the Delhi batting. First de Kock dealt with the left-
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