Although the 15-run win for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Delhi Daredevils doesn’t on paper reflect a close Twenty20 contest, the packed Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday (April 19) would admit experiencing numerous nervous moments right through Delhi’s chase. With 24 runs needed off the last over, and Shreyas Iyer and Angelo Mathews hitting the ball well, Siddharth Kaul pulled off a perfect 20th over to restrict Delhi to 176 for 5 in response to Hyderabad’s 191 for 4.
Sam Billings got Delhi’s chase off to a brisk start, hitting three glorious boundaries, but perished off debutant Mohammad Siraj’s bowling trying to clip the ball over midwicket, where he was caught by Deepak Hooda.
With the scoreboard reading 14 for 1, Sanju Samson and Karun Nair took the onus upon themselves to steady the innings, and built a solid second-wicket stand of 71 off 45, never letting the required run-rate swell beyond control.
But the pressure was back on Delhi with Yuvraj Singh striking in his first over, running Nair out off the second ball and then sending Rishabh Pant back for a first-ball duck, caught by David Warner at long-on off a brash shot.
With that, the run-rate slowed down for Delhi. Iyer and Samson kept the visitors in the game with a short association, before Samson holed out trying to dispatch a slower delivery from Siraj over the fence.
With 87 runs still needed off 41 balls, Iyer and Mathews knuckled down and dragged Delhi close to getting over the line, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
Iyer remained unbeaten on 50 off 31 deliveries while Mathews was caught off the penultimate ball of the match.
Earlier, Williamson and Dhawan put up a rock-solid second-wicket stand of 136 off 86 balls to set the platform for Hyderabad. Their association was the 10th century-stand for Hyderabad, and the first without David Warner.
A rare loss in concentration led to Warner (4) giving his wicket away in the second over, getting caught by Amit Mishra at square-leg after top-edging a quick delivery from Chris Morris high up in the air.
Williamson, playing his first match of the season, and Dhawan got together to break the notion that Hyderabad overly rely on Warner for big scores.
While the duo built the partnership on ones and twos early on, they punished every bad delivery that came their way. They took their side past the 100-run mark in the 13th over, before stepping on the gas.
Williamson hit 89 off 51 balls, with six fours and five sixes. Dhawan racked up 70 off 50 deliveries with seven boundaries and a six against his name.
Delhi struck back at the death through Morris, who dismissed Williamson, Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh (3) to curb the late assault and restrict the hosts to under 200. In the end though, Hyderabad’s tally was enough to earn them their fourth win of the tournament, and second place on the eight-team points table.
Source: Wisden India