Toss: Delhi Daredevils chose to bat v Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shreyas Iyer, the Delhi Daredevils captain, has chosen to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. His stated purpose for doing so was the obvious dryness of the pitch, but his desire may additionally also have been dictated by means of how good Sunrisers Hyderabad have been at defending totals: they have won their final three games after posting 118, 132 and 151. Sunrisers’ only two losses of the season, moreover, have come whilst chasing exceedingly big targets: 194 towards Kings XI Punjab and 183 towards Chennai Super Kings. Daredevils have as a consequence beefed up their batting, bringing in an greater batsman, Naman Ojha, for the left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, and replaced opener Colin Munro with an allrounder in Daniel Christian to compensate. Sunrisers made simply the one change, bringing again Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who neglected their remaining two video games with a again injury, for Basil Thampi.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Siddarth Kaul.
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Naman Ojha, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Vijay Shankar, 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Liam Plunkett, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Trent Boult.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 164 for three (Hales 45, Dhawan 33, Yusuf 27*, Mishra 2-19) beat Delhi Daredevils 163 for 5 (Shaw 65, Iyer 44, Rashid 2-23) through seven wickets. How do you beat Sunrisers Hyderabad? It may also have felt like a distant memory earlier than Saturday, however Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings confirmed the other teams a way early in the season: bat first, set a challenging target and expose a barely suspect batting line-up. On Saturday, Delhi Daredevils did most of that, and put Sunrisers under plenty of pressure, but fell quick at a few key moments. Having received the toss and pushed on to 95 for 1 in their first 10 overs, they solely managed sixty eight in their last 10, as Sunrisers’ bowlers reeled them back on a slow, dry track.
Still, 163 was the biggest complete any group had managed against Sunrisers this season, and they didn’t always seem to be convincing whilst chasing it. They profited from a couple of dropped chances, went except a boundary for 36 balls at one point, and ultimately wished 14 off the remaining over. It could have gone either way, and Yusuf Pathan – who had been dropped on 0 through Vijay Shankar on the square-leg boundary – sealed the deal with two meaty hits off Daniel Christian: a straight six off a full-toss, and a four, swiped over brief excellent leg, off a brief ball. Those hits can also also have sealed Daredevils’ fate in the tournament. With solely three wins from ten games, the playoffs are all but out of reach for them.
That’s what the huge screen at the stadium stated after Prithvi Shaw hit his first boundary of the match, a straight six off Sandeep Sharma. By the cease of the 10th over, Shaw had made sixty five off 35 balls, out of Daredevils’ 95 for 1. The different end, no matter some sparkling shots from Shreyas Iyer, had only made 30 off 25. Part of the purpose for Shaw’s fee of scoring was once the hardness of the new ball, which made up rather for a sluggish pitch. But it also had some thing to do with Shaw’s range of strokes: case in point the remaining over of the Powerplay, delivered by using Siddarth Kaul.
Before this game, Kaul had conceded solely 59 off sixty two brief and short-of-good-length balls this season. After a fullish knuckle ball that Shaw launched over the long-on boundary, Kaul pulled his length back, handing over three quick or shortish balls. Two have been angled into the body to attempt and cramp Shaw for room, and the other used to be solely marginally backyard off stump. None of them used to be a rank bad ball, and Shaw put all three away for four, to three unique components of the ground.
The Shaw, however, didn’t go on previous the first ball of the eleventh over, an attempted sweep off Rashid Khan looping to quick 1/3 man off the outside edge. Daredevils slowed down extensively after that. This was once partly down to the older ball becoming challenging to hit, and primarily to Sunrisers’ bowling and tactics. Rashid bowled three of the seven overs from the 11th to the 17th, varying his tempo and getting some balls to grip the surface whilst others hurried on; Bhuvneshwar Kumar despatched down his third over in the 14th to strive and hold the strain on; and Kaul and Sandeep diverse their tempo excellently.
The modifications of tempo have been especially high quality in opposition to Rishabh Pant, who saved dropping his form while making an attempt to launch himself into slower balls angling away from him. He only scored 18 off 18 before falling to Rashid in the seventeenth over. By that time, Daredevils have been one hundred thirty five for 5. They went barring a boundary for 18 balls before Shankar clattered a six and a four off Bhuvneshwar in the 20th over to move Daredevils past 160.
This was once solely Alex Hales’ second match of the season, however belatedly or not, his inclusion has given Sunrisers the top-order muscle they perchance lacked except David Warner. Today he muscled forty five off 31 balls, and 28 off 9 got here off one bowler. Avesh Khan. The 21-year ancient saved bowling short, and saved getting hit through Hales and, occasionally, Shikhar Dhawan. There have been two fours in the 2d over, and 4 sixes in the sixth. Perhaps it was once a plan, for Hales miscued one pull, on 9, only for Glenn Maxwell to drop a sitter at deep square leg. That apart, it didn’t work, and the opening pair added 76 in 9 overs.
It took a beauty to cease the opening stand, an Amit Mishra legbreak that pitched on leg, beat the backyard edge, and hit the top of off, its flat trajectory rooting Hales to the crease. Dhawan performed all round a full ball in Mishra’s subsequent over and used to be bowled for 33 off 30, his strike fee reflecting the now not necessarily simple batting conditions as properly as a conservative, let’s-get-our-eye-in method from all of Sunrisers’ top order barring Hales.
The third-wicket stand between Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey – which featured a lot of singles to deep fielders and now not a lot of high-risk photographs – introduced only 21 runs in its first 22 balls, at which stage Sunrisers needed 57 off 32 balls. But Pandey struck a pair of fours off Christian, and Williamson observed up with an uppercut six off Avesh in the subsequent over, suggesting these were the bowlers Sunrisers desired to target. It was once a fairly well-executed strategy. The two of them ended up conceding eighty four in 6.5 overs, and the rest of Daredevils’ bowlers just eighty off 13.