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Sunrisers Hyderabad leapfrogged to third place in the standings after they routed the Delhi Daredevils by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. SRH put up a very impressive show with the ball demolishing DD for just 80 runs before knocking off the target with 37 balls remaining.
Chasing a meager 81, Shikhar Dhawan got SRH rolling with a boundary offIrfan Pathan in the first over.Umesh Yadav was dispatched for two boundaries in the second over before Dhawan cut Ashish Nehra for a boundary. Johan Botha got the first breakthrough trapping Dhawan (22) leg before. Ashish Reddy (5) hit Nehra for a boundary before he was caught behind. SRH made 41 from the power play.
Jeevan Mendis then had Parthiv Patel (14) stumped to leave SRH three down. At the halfway stage, SRH were 55 for three, still needing 26 runs. Botha got his second wicket as Kumar Sangakkara (8) was caught by Yadav in the deep. Sammy (18*) slammed Mendis for a massive six in the 13th over, as SRH closed in on the target. Hanuma Vihari (11*) finished the match with a crisp boundary off Yadav as SRH won with 37 balls remaining.
Earlier DD won the toss and elected to bat on a slow wicket. Mahela Jayawardene flicked Dale Steyn for a six over square-leg in the third over. Ishant Sharmastruck in the next over when he rapped Jayawardene (11) leg before wicket. DD managed only 26 from their power play as they struggled to find any kind of momentum in their innings. Darren Sammy knocked back Virender Sehwag's (8) off-stump to leave DD two down in the eighth over. DD were 43 for 2 at the halfway stage.
Steyn bowled Unmukt Chand (17) before Mishra had Warner (8), who was put down by Vihari on 6, stumped to leave the DD innings in disarray. The capitulation continued as Karan Sharma caught Kedar Jadhav (3) off his own bowling. Jeevan Mendis (11) holed out in the deep off Sammy to leave DD reeling at 70 for six. Johan Botha (1) then fell to Thisara Perera before Shahbaz Nadeem (0) was run out in a comic misunderstanding. Steyn removed Pathan's (13) off-stump and Perera cleaned up Nehra (0) as DD were bowled out for 80 - their lowest score in the IPL.
Man-of-the-Match: Darren Sammy
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 80 all out in 19.1 overs (Unmukt Chand 17, Darren Sammy 2-10) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 81 for 4 in 13.5 overs (Darren Sammy 18*, Johan Botha 2-11) by 6 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders kept themselves in the hunt for a spot in the last four, of the Pepsi IPL 2013, with a convincing eight wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday night. KKR, after restricting RR to just 132 on a slow wicket, chased down the target on the back of an unbroken 78-run partnership between Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis.
Chasing a modest 133, KKR openersGautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla started positively. Bisla stepped down the track toAnkeet Chavan and launching him over the fence. Bisla then proceeded to hit Shane Watson for consecutive boundaries. RR finally got their first breakthrough as Watson had Gambhir (12) stumped. KKR made 48 from their power play.
Bisla (29) departed in the eighth over caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Chavan. Yusuf Pathan thumped Chavan for a massive six before Jacques Kallis followed it with a handsome hit for maximum off Brad Hogg. At the halfway stage, KKR were 82 for 2, needing just 51 more runs.
Pathan continued his assault with a six off Stuart Binny before another massive one off Hogg. Kallis ticked the scoreboard over, while Pathan played his strokes and remained unbeaten on 49. Kallis sealed the run-chase with a boundary, helping his team go past the finish line with 16 balls to spare.
Earlier RR won the toss and elected to bat. After a quiet couple of overs, Watson smashed Sumit Narwal for consecutive boundaries in the third over. Sachithra Senanayake outfoxed Rahane (6) to have him stumped. Iqbal Abdulla then struck having James Faulkner (1) caught by Gambhir. RR made 34 from their power play. Sanju Vishwanadh pulled Abdulla for a six in the 9th over. RR were 71 for one at the halfway stage.
Sunil Narine trapped Watson (35) leg before wicket before Senanayake got Dishant Yagnik (10) to chop one onto his stumps to leave RR four down. Sanju continued to attack, depositing Senanayake over the fence. With the ball keeping low, boundaries were difficult to come by for RR. Sanju (40), who was put down on 37 by Bisla off Narine, perished in the 18th over caught by Kallis off Rajat Bhatia. Kallis sent Owais Shah's (24) leg stump flying in the final over as RR finished at 132 for 6.
Man-of-the-Match: Yusuf Pathan
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 132 for 6 (Sanju Vishwanadh 40, Sachithra Senanayake 2-26) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 133 for 2 in 17.2 overs (Yusuf Pathan 49*, Shane Watson 1-21) by 8 wickets.