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It’s fortress Hyderabad for the Sunrisers who won their fourth consecutive home match in the IPL to defeat the Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs on Wednesday night.
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The visitors faced an intimidating task of scoring 192 for victory after Kane Williamson celebrated his first appearance in this year’s competition with a magnificent 89 in just 51 balls as he propelled his team to an impressive 191/4.
The Daredevils made an encouraging start to their run-chase, outscoring their opponents in the power-play to reach 56/1. But just when Sanju Samson and Karun Nair’s second-wicket partnership of 71 began to look really threatening, skipper David Warner gave part-timer Yuvraj Singh his first bowl in the competition.
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The move paid off immediately in the 10th over, with Nair being run out and then the in-form Rishabh Pant holing out to long-on off consecutive deliveries. It was a big blow for Delhi who never quite looked as dangerous again despite a rapid unbeaten 50 in 31 balls from Shreyas Iyer, another promising knock from opener Samson (42 off 33 balls) and a useful 31 from Angelo Mathews.
In the end, 24 were needed off the final over from Siddarth Kaul and the youngster – much like he did against the Kings XI Punjab – was more than equal to the task as he kept the batsmen relatively quiet with a series of yorkers.
Delhi might have regretted not batting their dominant allrounder, Chris Morris, up the order, as the South African with a strike rate of 240 in the competition didn’t face a ball.
Earlier, Williamson looked in superb form in his first competitive innings since his big hundred in the final test against South Africa. The Kiwi never looked like getting out as he powered five sixes – equalling the most he has struck in any T20 match – and six fours in his majestic innings. When he was finally caught in the outfield, he had dominated a second-wicket partnership of 136 with opener Shikhar Dhawan who went on to make 70.
Remarkably, it was the first 100 partnership for the Sunrisers in the IPL that didn’t involve Warner. Until today, Warner had been involved in all nine of the century stands, but on this occasion the skipper departed early in the second over, getting a leading edge to a delivery from Morris as he attempted to turn it down to long leg.
If Williamson, and to a lesser extent Dhawan, were the Sunrisers’ heroes, Morris fulfilled that role for Delhi. The Titans’ allrounder captured all the wickets to fall as he grabbed a highly impressive 4/26 in his four overs. That enabled him to move up to second in the wicket-taking table with 12 scalps.
Delhi have one of the best attacks in the IPL, with spin, good pace and accurate medium-pacers all well represented. But only Morris stood out against the might of Williamson who played a series of superb shots to light up the night. And when the Sunrisers plundered 17 off Zaheer Khan’s final over, Delhi faced an intimidating task in their innings, a challenge that proved just beyond them.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: DA Warner (capt), S Dhawan, KS Williamson, MC Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, DJ Hooda, NV Ojha (wk), B Kumar, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Siraj, S Kaul
DELHI DAREDEVILS: SW Billings, SV Samson, SS Iyer, KK Nair, RR Pant (wk), AD Mathews, CH Morris, J Yadav, PJ Cummins, A Mishra, Z Khan (capt)