T20 2018: Hyderabad beat Delhi by 7 wickets

T20 2018: Hyderabad beat Delhi by 7 wickets

On Saturday, Delhi Daredevils' new skipper Shreyas Iyer chose to defy the trend against SunRisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. It was in the second half that Rashid led SRH's counter-attack after Delhi were comfortably placed on 95 for 1 at the halfway stage.

Earlier, Daredevils' did not get the flawless start, as an out-of-form Glenn Maxwell (2) was brilliantly run out by pacer Sandeep Sharma.

In pursuit of 164 on Saturday (May 5), Alex Hales and a scratchy Shikhar Dhawan gave SRH the ideal start with 61 from the Powerplay overs. The Delhi Daredevils missed opportunities as they failed to make the most of their promising opening in batting and then released the pressure against their opponent SRH.

Pathan, who survived a dropped catch and later an LBW decision - which he overturned via DRS, lived up to the reputation of being a power hitter ensured SRH cross the line in the death overs.

A six and a four off the second and third balls of Dan Christian's final over from Pathan allowed Williamson to knock the one run needed to win off the penultimate ball.

For a large part of the game, DD looked the team with a better chance.

Kane Williamson's unbeaten innings of 32 too merits a mention here for the way he controlled the run-chase; the SRH captain never looked uneasy at the crease and never pressed the panic button - despite the fast-climbing required run-rate, and despite not finding the boundaries. It is important to stay in top two before going into elimination.

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Prior to Saturday, Prithvi Shaw was out to legspinners twice in 14 deliveries. The second wicket realised 86 runs off 51 balls.

Iyer got out for 44 runs off 36 deliveries while Rishabh Pant played an inning of 18 (19).

Hales began slowly before opening his shoulders and smashed Avesh Khan for three sixes to nearly double his score. Full and on leg stump, Iyer goes for a big shot only to find Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. He was castled by the leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the eleventh over.

Chasing 165 runs for victory Hales and Dhawan have provided a decent side to the chase as DD bowlers failed to get early breakthrough. Spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan have bagged eight and 10 wickets each from eight games while medium pacer Siddarth Kaul has been the most impressive with 11 wickets from eight games.

IPL veteran Amit Mishra, who has bowled many a match-winning spells in Hyderabad, bowled another superb one on Saturday night - 4-0-19-2 - that nearly single-handedly gave his team the momentum back.

Naman Ojha was dismissed cheaply and Shaw would fall eventually, but not before scoring a well-played 65 runs.

SRH 136/3 after 18 overs. Yet, Vijay Shankar's 23-run cameo took them to a competitive score with 17 runs being taken off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 20th over, who returned from injury. Bhuvneshwar finished with figures of 4-0-33-0. SRH's Rashid Khan took 2 crucial wickets of Delhi Daredevils. Chasing 164, Sunrisers reached the target in the last over with Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan adding 32 runs off just 16 balls towards the end.

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