Williamson Masterclass (89) Sets up Sunrisers’s 15-run Win Over Daredevils

Match report

Sunrisers Hyderabad maintained their 100 per cent win record at home, by beating Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in the 21st match of IPL 2017. Sunrisers’ batting clicked after a couple of below-par performances and the bowlers were good enough to win the spoils. By registering back-to-back wins, David Warner’s men have moved themselves up to second, at least for 24 hours, on the points table.

The Kane Williamson masterclass

The good players always find a way to score runs in any format, in any conditions and help their team come out on top more often than not. And, on this night, Kane Williamson showed that he is just as good a player in the sport’s shortest format as he is in ODIs and Tests.

On a good batting pitch in Hyderabad, Williamson manoeuvred the ball extremely well and toyed with the Daredevils field setting throughout his classy 51-ball 89, which included six fours and five sixes. The standout features of Williamson’s innings were his ability to out-think the bowlers and milk them for runs all round the dial.

Shikhar Dhawan, who shared a 136-run second-wicket partnership with Williamson, played only a peripheral role while Williamson cut, pulled, lofted, and glanced the ball with authority. Having said so, the Delhi left-hander finally got himself a substantial score which he will look to build on.

Had Williamson played 10 more balls, Sunrisers will probably have posted a total in excess of 200. Nonetheless, he had played the most pivotal knock for the Sunrisers to put 191 runs on the board after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

Morris stands out for Daredevils

Over the course of this season so far, Chris Morris has been a perfect all-rounder for Daredevils, taking wickets, bowling economical overs and contributing runs with the bat at No. 6 and beyond.

And, on this night, while every other Delhi bowler struggled to pin down Sunrisers’ batsmen, Morris the bowler did what he has done since the start of the season: be hard to score off and find a way to take wickets. Three of Morris’s four wickets might have resulted from the batsmen going after him and not executing their shots properly. But because Morris didn’t provide hit-me balls—three of his four wickets were off deliveries that were back of a length—he gave himself a good chance of dismissing the batsmen if they chanced their arms.

Daredevils batsmen fail to kick on

Barring Rishabh Pant, who was out for a first-ball duck, and Morris, who didn’t face a ball, every other Daredevil who got to bat, made a good start and looked in good touch as well. But, chasing a formidable total, as no one needs telling, one batsman has to play a big knock which in T20 standards is about 80 to 100 runs. Unfortunately for Delhi, they didn’t get such a score from any of their batsmen. And, on what was a good pitch for batting, the Daredevils batsmen’s failure to score big was the difference.

Sanju Samson (42) sizzled with the bat once again and while he was in the company of Karun Nair (33), who himself batted fluently on the night, Daredevils had a great chance of chasing down 192, particularly with big-hitters like Pant and Morris yet to bat and capable of clearing the boundary from the word go.

But Daredevils lost crucial wickets right after the strategic time-outs (in the 10th and 14th overs), and this denied them the momentum to kick on and put pressure on the Sunrisers bowlers and fielders. Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten half-century (31-ball 50) after being demoted from No. 4 to 5, and Angelo Mathews (31) found some form too, ahead of Delhi’s sixth match of the season against Mumbai Indians. But these two batsmen, who came together in the 14th over, were left with too much to do.

Rashid Khan fails to fire once again

Rationally speaking, 192, considering the potency of Sunrisers’s bowling attack, was a stiff target for the Daredevils. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is the leader of the orange cap race, and Rashid Khan have been the standout bowlers so far this season. And, against Daredevils, unlike in the clash against Kings XI, these two had an additional 32 runs to play with as well.

Manan Vohra and Robin Uthappa in the match prior, had hit him for boundaries with considerable ease and made a mockery of the fact that Rashid was bamboozling even good batsmen against spin with his bag of tricks. So, although not an imperative, Rashid, to reassure himself, had to come up with an answer and good performance. But he was ineffective once again, as the Delhi batsmen went back and played him off the pitch quite comfortably. He barely went past the edge or struck the pads.

If Rashid fails to take wickets and continues to hemorrhage runs, Sunrisers will not be the same side as they are at the moment and their season might well not live up to its promise.

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, 21st match scorecard

Playing XIs

Sunrisers: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Kane Williamson, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Mohammed Siraj, and 11. Siddarth Kaul

Daredevils: 1. Zaheer Khan (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Karun Nair, 5. Rishabh Pant, 6. Shreyas Iyer, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Angelo Mathews, 9. Jayant Yadav, 10. Pat Cummins, and 11. Amit Mishra

Scores

SRH: 191/6 (Williamson 89 and S Dhawan 70; Morris 4/26)
DD: 176/5 (Iyer 50* and Samson 42; Siraj 2/39)

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in the 21st match of IPL 2017. Kane Williamson was awarded the man-of-the-match for his classy 51-ball 89 (6×4 and 5×6)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Innings (toss: Hyderabad, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
David Warner caught Mishra, bowled Morris 4 (7) 0 0 57.14
Shikhar Dhawan caught Mathews, bowled Morris 70 (50) 7 1 140.00
Kane Williamson caught Iyer, bowled Morris 89 (51) 6 5 174.50
Yuvraj Singh bowled Morris 3 (4) 0 0 75.00
Moises Henriques not out 12 (6) 2 0 200.00
Deepak Hooda not out 9 (4) 0 1 225.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, and Siddarth Kaul
Extras: 4 (2 no-balls, 1 wide and 1 leg bye)
SRH’s total: 191/4 in 20 overs, at 9.55 runs per over
SRH’s fall of wickets: 12/1 (Warner, 1.5), 148/2 (Williamson, 16.1), 170/3 (S Dhawan, 18.1), and 170/4 (Yuvraj, 18.2)
Delhi Daredevils (DD) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Jayant Yadav 2 2 16 0 8.00
Chris Morris 4 10 26 4 6.50
Zaheer Khan 4 4 37 0 9.25
Pat Cummins 4 6 37 0 9.25
Angelo Mathews 3 1 41 0 13.66
Amit Mishra 3 2 33 0 11.00
Delhi Innings (target: 192 runs in 20 overs, at 9.60 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Sanju Samson caught Henriques, bowled Siraj 42 (33) 3 2 127.27
Sam Billings caught Hooda, bowled Siraj 13 (9) 3 0 144.44
Karun Nair run out Shankar (sub) 33 (23) 5 1 143.47
Rishabh Pant caught Warner, bowled Yuvraj 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Shreyas Iyer not out 50 (31) 5 2 161.29
Angelo Mathews caught Jordan (sub), bowled Kaul 31 (23) 2 1 134.78
Chris Morris not out 0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Jayant Yadav, Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan, and Amit Mishra
Extras: 7 (2 wides, 3 byes and 2 leg byes)
DD’s total: 176/5 in 20 overs, at 8.80 runs per over
DD’s fall of wickets: 14/1 (Billings, 1.5), 85/2 (Nair, 9.2), 86/3 (Pant, 9.5), 105/4 (Samson, 13.1), and 175/5 (Mathews, 19.5)
Sunrisers Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 9 29 0 7.25
Mohammed Siraj 4 9 39 2 9.75
Siddarth Kaul 4 9 32 1 8.00
Rashid Khan 4 7 33 0 8.25
Moises Henriques 3 3 32 0 10.66
Yuvraj Singh 1 3 6 1 6.00

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