Delhi Daredevils skipper JP Duminy came up with an all round effort against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and led his team to a 4 run victory. He hit a half century with the bat, and bowled a tidy spell with the ball that earned him four crucial wickets. Clearly, that was enough to make Duminy the one and only contender for the Man of the Match Award.
Delhi bat first, JP Duminy and Shreyas Iyer set things up
Barring the early wicket of Mayank Agarwal in the 3rd over, Delhi Daredevils hardly put a foot wrong in the first half of the innings. The lions’ share of the credit for this goes to the 78 run stand for the 2nd wicket, between JP Duminy and Shreyas Iyer. While it was Iyer who took the lead early on against the medium pacers of SRH, Duminy waited for the opportune moment to launch his innings. Iyer scored a brilliant 60 off 40 balls and left Duminy with the task of steering the innings forward. The skipper upped the ante shortly after his partner’s dismissal and boosted his team’s run rate in no time. When he was dismissed by Dale Steyn, for a quickfire 54 off 41 balls, DD were galloping at 132/3 in 16 overs.
Kedar Jadhav and Angelo Mathews take Delhi to 167
The bulk of the scoring had already been done by JP Duminy and Shreyas Iyer during the first 16 overs. Angelo Mathews and Kedar Jadhav did well to provide the finishing touches to the duo’s work. Their cameos took Delhi to 167/4 in 20 overs. Yuvraj Singh failed to engage the scorers to any significant extent today, as he was dismissed cheaply (9 off 13) by Ashish Reddy.
SRH get strong opening stand, but Duminy intervenes
A 50 run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner, in just 6.1 overs, sent SRH’s hopes soaring quite early. However, it was yet again the turn of JP Duminy to bring things under Delhi’s control. He got rid of both openers within a space of 3 balls and turned the match on its head. Ravi Bopara, promoted to No 3, tried to get going but was held down by the absence of support at the other end. Lokesh Rahul and Naman Ojha got starts, but could not make anything out of them. Eoin Morgan registered yet another failure with the bat. The SRH ship appeared to be sinking at the 17 over mark, when the scoreboard read 129/6.
Late surge from Ashish Reddy, Karn Sharma not enough
A couple of expensive overs – 18th and 19th – from Imran Tahir and Angelo Mathews suddenly rekindled SRH’s chances in the chase. Karn Sharma and Ashish Reddy were ready to take the match into the last over. And so they did. However, with 10 runs required off the last over, Nathan Coulter Nile managed to keep things under reasonable control. Only 5 runs were scored, and Delhi were home.
Brief Scores – Delhi Daredevils (167/4 in 20 overs, Shreyas Iyer 60, Ashish Reddy 1/15) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (163/8 in 20 overs, Ravi Bopara 41, JP Duminy 4/17) by 4 runs