Daredevils Keep Playoffs Hopes Alive with Dominant Batting Show Against Sunrisers

Match report

Delhi Daredevils (DD) snapped their five-match losing streak with a tremendous batting performance in front of their home crowd, chasing down 186 with utter ease and authority for a win over away strugglers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). For a team who were bowled out for 67 only a couple of evenings back, this was a commendable batting performance against one of the potent bowling attacks in the league. This win by six wickets took Delhi to sixth on the IPL 2017 points table at the end of the 40th match.

Chasing a stiff target, Daredevils had substantial partnerships throughout their innings and this was the most significant aspect of their victory. In addition, what the Delhi batsmen did exceedingly well was keep the required run rate under control. They were always on the lookout for runs and prioritised aggression over docile batting, meaning the team under the cosh were the one defending a big total.

Karun Nair, the stand-in skipper for the hosts, played an important knock of 39 as an opener, providing his team with the ideal start along with Sanju Samson. He batted with a clear mind and with the Sunrisers bowlers bowling short of a length, the Karnataka batsman played eye-catching strokes off the back-foot, cutting and lofting the ball over the infield on the off-side to find the boundary with utter ease. His innings had five fours and two sixes.

Samson (24), Rishabh Pant (34) and Shreyas Iyer (33) also made vital contributions in the context of this match, but having gotten off to good starts, failed to kick on and make big scores. Corey Anderson, a player who Delhi have persisted with despite the New Zealander not producing good performances, took care of the finishing job with a 24-ball 41*, which was punctuated with two fours and three sixes.

Anderson fed off the good work that had been done by the top order and played his best knock of this season so far, bludgeoning the ball to and over the boundary rope off all Sunrisers bowlers and batting like he used to for Mumbai Indians. Chris Morris (15*) was the other unbeaten batsman, as Delhi’s batting order underwent a tremendous alteration with Pant moving up to No. 3 from No. 5, Anderson moving up to No. 5 from No. 6 or No. 7, and Morris too, batting a couple of positions higher.

Sunrisers’s bowlers, who are normally potent, struggled to pick wickets on this evening. Also, with the team management having gone in with just four specialist bowlers, the fifth bowler’s overs bowled by Moises Henriques (2.1) and Yuvraj Singh (1) proved too expensive. Henrique conceded 36 runs off his 2.1 overs and Yuvraj was hit for 16 runs in his solitary over, and these 3.1 overs going for 52 runs were probably the difference in Delhi going on to win the match.

Having looked like they might struggle to reach 170 or thereabouts, Sunrisers posted a formidable 185/3 batting first, thanks to some precise hitting from Yuvraj Singh after the 17th over. A whopping 52 runs came off the last three overs of the innings, with Yuvraj alone scoring 38 of those. Moises Henriques only played a peripheral role in the 93-run fourth-wicket partnership for Sunrisers, garnering 25 runs off 18 balls.

In typical Yuvraj style, the stylish Punjab left-hander made a slow start to his innings, scoring just 28 runs off his first 25 balls and looking slightly out of place. He was given a reprieve when on 26, by Sanju Samson, who was fielding at deep square-leg and put down a straightforward high catch. Chris Morris the bowler was, understandably, frustrated. Samson and Delhi were made to pay a heavy price for their sloppiness on the field, with Yuvraj going on to add 44 more runs and making a massive difference to the Sunrisers’ total.

Kagiso Rabada endured an extremely disappointing night with the ball, conceding 39 runs off his final two overs (the 18th and 20th of the innings) to finish with figures of 4-4 dots-59-0. Yuvraj was severe against the South African quick, hitting him for five fours and a six off his final 12 legitimate deliveries. Henriques, although a spectator for much of this partnership, struck a couple of boundaries himself as well, to actually propel Sunrisers to the total they ended up with.

Having been put into bat first, the visitors made a good, quick start through David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. This duo put together 53 runs inside the powerplay, for the first wicket. Warner was the first man to be dismissed by Mohammed Shami, who castled the New South Wales left-hander with a perfect yorker.

The wicket of Warner and the nature of Feroz Shah Kotla pitch, which offered plenty of turn, allowed Delhi to string together a few tight overs during the middle phase of the Sunrisers’ innings. Amit Mishra, in particular, was in great bowling rhythm and made optimum use of the pitch conditions to strangulate Dhawan and Kane Williamson. The Haryana leg-spinner might have taken just one wicket, of Dhawan, but he crucially bowled an economical spell and satisfactorily kept hitting the pads of the batsmen with his clever variations that weren’t being picked up.

The hosts had all the momentum while Mishra and Jayant Yadav were in operation. Runs were hard to come by and the overs were being bowled at the rate of knots. Between the last over of the powerplay and the 12th over, Sunrisers mustered only 39 runs and lost three crucial wickets. So, if not for Yuvraj’s innings, Sunrisers might have ended up with a considerably smaller total on a pitch that the batsmen were able to hit on the up and bat fluently.

Mohammed Shami was the player of the match for his bowling figures of 4-8 dots-36-2.

Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 40th Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Delhi: 1. Karun Nair (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Mohammed Shami, 4. Shreyas Iyer, 5. Corey Anderson, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Angelo Mathews, 10. Amit Mishra, and 11. Jayant Yadav

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

Scores

Hyderabad: 185/3 (Yuvraj 70*; Shami 2/36)
Delhi: 189/4 (Anderson 41* and Nair 39; Siraj 2/41)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) innings (toss: Delhi, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
David Warner bowled Shami 30 (21) 4 1 142.85
Shikhar Dhawan caught Iyer, bowled Mishra 28 (17) 4 1 164.70
Kane Williamson caught Morris, bowled Shami 24 (24) 1 1 100.00
Yuvraj Singh not out 70 (41) 11 1 170.73
Moises Henriques not out 25 (18) 2 0 138.88
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, and Mohammed Siraj
Extras: 8 (1 no-ball, 2 wides and 5 leg byes)
SRH’s total: 185/3 in 20 overs, at 9.25 runs per over
SRH’s fall of wickets: 53/1 (Warner, 5.2), 75/2 (S Dhawan, 8.2) and 92/3 (Williamson, 11.4)
Delhi Daredevils (DD) bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Jayant Yadav 4 12 26 0 6.50
Kagiso Rabada 4 4 59 0 14.75
Chris Morris 4 7 36 0 9.00
Mohammed Shami 4 8 36 2 9.00
Amit Mishra 4 9 23 1 5.75
Delhi innings (target: 186 runs in 20 overs, at 9.30 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Sanju Samson caught Dhawan, bowled Siraj 24 (19) 2 1 126.31
Karun Nair caught Bhuvneshwar, bowled Kaul 39 (20) 5 2 195.00
Rishabh Pant bowled Siraj 34 (20) 4 1 170.00
Shreyas Iyer caught Siraj, bowled Bhuvneshwar 33 (25) 1 2 132.00
Corey Anderson not out 41 (24) 2 3 170.83
Chris Morris not out 15 (7) 1 1 214.28
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Angelo Mathews, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, and Mohammed Shami
Extras: 3 (2 wides and 1 leg bye)
DD’s total: 189/4 in 19.1 overs, at 9.86 runs per over
DD’s fall of wickets: 40/1 (Samson, 4.1), 72/2 (Nair, 7.4), 109/3 (Pant, 11.4), and 148/4 (Iyer, 15.6)
Hyderabad bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 9 33 1 8.25
Mohammed Siraj 4 7 41 2 10.25
Siddarth Kaul 4 7 38 1 9.50
Moises Henriques 2.1 1 36 0 16.61
Rashid Khan 4 8 24 0 6.00
Yuvraj Singh 1 0 16 0 16.00

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