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The Delhi Daredevils applied the brakes on their two match losing streak when they defeated table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets on Thursday. After restricting the hosts to a modest 146-8, the Delhi Daredevils knocked off the required runs in 18.1 overs. As a result of their convincing win, the Daredevils climbed to third place in the VIVO IPL 2016 standings.
As has been the case with them for most part of the season, the Delhi Daredevils began poorly, before clawing their way back into the contest, eventually taking grip of the match. They put the hosts in after winning the toss, but much to their dismay David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan began steadily before switching to over drive mode. Shikhar Dhawan was the first to break the shackles when he on drove Mohammed Shami for a boundary in the fourth over. His captain David Warner then teed off; he punished Shami for consecutive boundaries, before picking up 14 runs of the first three deliveries of Jayant Yadav’s third over. Despite only scoring 11 runs of their first three overs, the hosts were well-placed at 51 for no loss at the end of the Powerplay period and the visitors were under pressure.
Warner continued his merry ways after the fielding side’s time out – picking up a boundary each in the next two overs. The Daredevils desperately needed a breakthrough at this stage, and the off-spinner Jayant Yadav responded; bowling from round the stumps, he beat Warner in the air, had him playing the wrong line and castled him. Warner, who brought up his 3000th IPL run when on 6, made 46 from 30 balls and hit six fours and a six, and his partnership with Dhawan was worth 67.
The Delhi Daredevils used that breakthrough to take control of proceedings. Dhawan (34 from 37 balls) picked up two boundaries off Duminy in the tenth over, but he perished in the 13th over when he was outwitted by Amit Mishra. 98 for 2 at that stage, the SRH innings fell away thereafter. It was a parade of sorts as the home side then lost six wickets and could only add 48 runs in the remaining seven overs.
Yuvraj Singh was outsmarted by Mishra, Moises Henriques received a superb inswinger first up to be trapped LBW, while Deepak Hooda became the second batsman this season to trod onto his stumps. Chris Morris had a hand in the next two dismissals; his low full toss first castled Kane Williamson (27), after which he was alert to the possibility of a run out and kicked the ball onto the stumps to catch Bhuvneshwar Kumar short of his ground. Naman Ojha was last man out, pulling a low full toss down the throat of square leg. SRH finished their twenty overs at 146-8, scoring only 66 runs in the back ten.
For the visitors, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Amit Mishra picked up two wickets each. Chris Morris was exceptional once again, conceding just 19 runs in his four overs – which included a two-run 19th over, while Shami and Jayant picked up one wicket apiece. JP Duminy, who took over the reins in the absence of Zaheer Khan, was the only bowler to go wicketless.
When it was their turn to bat, the Daredevils lost the wicket of Mayank Agarwal – who partnered Quinton de Kock at the top – in the fourth over. But de Kock played an aggressive innings, picking up boundaries all round the park, and along with contributions from Karun Nair, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant took the team home.
de Kock scored 44, aided with five boundaries and two sixes, while Karun played a few classy drives in his 17-ball 20 before both were dismissed in the tenth over. de Kock was at the receiving end of a rough decision from Umpire Marais Erasmus, while Karun yorked himself and became Moises Henriques’ second victim.
18-year old Pant muscled his way to 39 from 26 balls, studded with two fours and three sixes, while Sanju helped himself to 34 from 26 balls, studded with two sixes – including the winning hit. Their 72-run partnership, which came off just 52 balls, helped the Daredevils get over the line with eleven balls to spare.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Moises Henriques and Ashish Nehra (1-23) were the two wicket-takers. Overall, the SRH bowlers had a forgettable outing; their famed trio of Nehra, Mustafizur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended with combined figures of 11-0-94-1.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 146-8 in 20.0 Overs (David Warner 46, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-25, Amit Mishra 2-19) lost to Delhi Daredevils 150-3 in 18.1 Overs (Quinton de Kock 44, Rishabh Pant 39*, Sanju Samson 34*, Moises Henriques 2-19)
Man of the Match: Chris Morris, for his bowling figures of 4-0-19-1, which included 10 dot balls.
The Mumbai Indians were shot out for just 92 in their previous tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad but they recovered from the humiliating loss to post an impressive six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. The crucial win helped MI to take the fourth spot on the table while RCB will now have to win their remaining four games and hope for other results to go their way to seal a playoff spot.
For the visitors, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has always been a happy hunting ground and on Wednesday they posted their sixth win in seven encounters against the home team. Having restricted the RCB to just 151/4, Mumbai Indians knocked off the target with eight balls to spare. It was a clinical display as the bowlers executed their plans well against a strong batting line-up and the batsmen planned their chase well after losing Parthiv Patel on the seventh ball of their innings.
Rohit Sharma (25) and Ambati Rayudu (44) batted with caution and did not panic even though the Powerplay overs fetched only 39 runs. They stuck to their plan and continued to bat in the same fashion when the field was spread out. The two focused on rotating the strike before Rohit’s miscued shot resulted in his wicket in the 10th over.
With Varun Aaron ending the 58-run stand, the home team looked to build pressure. Playing his maiden IPL game, young Nitish Rana batting at No. 4, perished for just nine when he was caught brilliantly by Stuart Binny in the deep. The home team lifted themselves in the field and a magical effort from AB de Villiers ended Rayudu’s stay in the middle for 44. de Villiers ran hard from long-on to take an excellent diving catch off Aaron’s bowling.
After Rayudu’s dismissal, the Mumbai Indians still needed 44 from four overs but their overseas batsmen Kieron Pollard (35 off 19) and Jos Buttler batted beautifully to seal the victory. Pollard first targeted Shane Watson, who gave away 18 runs while Buttler (29 off 11) slammed two sixes off Chris Jordan to bring the equation down to a paltry 10 from just 12 balls. The Englishman hit a six to complete the proceedings.
Earlier, the home team got off to a disastrous start with their key batsmen failing to get to double digits. Playing perhaps the most important match of the league, RCB included Chris Gayle in the line-up to bolster their batting attack. The big-hitting Jamaican’s inclusion thrilled the home crowd, but his stint in the middle ended in yet another disappointment.
Struggling to get big scores, Gayle in his comeback game lasted only six balls. His score of five, was his seventh consecutive single digit score in T20s. Gayle’s dismissal left the team reeling at 17-2 after captain Kohli endured a rare blip, getting out on the first ball of the second over bowled by Tim Southee. The Mumbai Indians’ had placed a fly slip for Kohli and the RCB captain’s poke went straight to the fielder.
Two quick dismissals resulted in a drastic fall in the run-rate. A third-wicket partnership of 43 runs put the home team back on track. However, RCB lost the third wicket when AB was caught off Pandya’s bowling in a bid to accelerate. Local boy KL Rahul, who negotiated a tough spell at the start, batted with a lot maturity and picked the bowlers well. As the overs began to trickle, he upped the ante. At one stage it looked like, RCB would struggle to get to 135, but the 18th over shifted the momentum.
The move to bowl Pollard over Harbhajan Singh, whose three overs had only gone for 19 runs, proved detrimental as the big man was smashed for three sixes and a four. Rahul remained unbeaten on 68, while Sachin Baby made 25 from only 13 balls providing a late flourish. For the visitors,Krunal Pandya stood out with his tight spell of four overs. He bowled 11 dot balls and gave away only 15 runs. Brief scores: Royal Challengers Banglore B 151/4 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 68 not out, Sachin Baby 25 not out, Krunal Pandya 1/15) lost to Mumbai Indians 153/4 in 18.4 overs (Ambati Rayudu 44, Kieron Pollard 35 not out, Varun Aaron 2/37) by 6 wickets. Man of the Match: Krunal Pandya for his excellent bowling figures of 4-0-15-1