The IPL 2015 continues to amaze its fans with each passing day. Saturday was no different as two breathtaking games were played, one at Kolkata and the other at Raipur.
Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Kings XI Punjab by 1 wicket. In the second match of the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad held their nerve to beat a power-packed Delhi Daredevils side by 6 runs. With this win, the Hyderabad side moved up to the fourth position on the IPL table.
Sunrisers Hyderabad elect to bat first, openers fall cheaply:
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner won the coin toss and elected to bat on the uneven Raipur track. Opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (13 off 10) and David Warner (17 off 15) departed early after a couple of boundaries and the visitors were reduced to 31/2 after 4.1 overs. Eoin Morgan and Moises Henriques then began the repair work and steadied the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings by the end of the 10th over.
Morgan falls to Yadav’s trap. Henriques blasts his way to 74:
The Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their 3rd wicket in the 11th over and their innings lost all its pace and tempo. Eoin Morgan too failed to put up a performance like his previous knock against Rajasthan and was dismissed by debutant offie Jayant Yadav on 22. Moises Henriques then shifted gears by targeting the likes of Amit Mishra and Albie Morkel to bring up his maiden IPL fifty. He went on to score an unbeaten 74 off 46 balls and his knock included a boundary and 5 sixes. The Sunrisers Hyderabad finished at 163/4 after 20 overs. For Delhi, another Aussie, Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-0-25-2.
Quinton de Kock off to a flyer as rest of top-order collapse:
Delhi suffered an early blow in the second innings when Shreyas Iyer was dismissed caught and bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a 7-ball duck in the 3rd over. Quinton de Kock, who made a return to the Delhi lineup began the chase in the right spirit and was striking the ball well. The confident left-hander was getting runs in plenty and the Daredevils were well ahead of the required run rate.
Quinton de Kock raced to a 30-ball fifty but could not carry on for long as leg-spinner Karn Sharma got him stumped by Naman Ojha. de Kock’s dismissal led to a quick top-order collapse as Yuvraj Singh (2) and JP Duminy (12) too lost their wickets. Sunrisers Hyderabad had reduced Delhi to 66/4 from 60/1 in two overs and the home side needed a magical knock to stay in the reckoning and avoid another knockout.
Delhi Daredevils fall agonizingly short of target despite Jadhav’s magical knock:
Kedar Jadhav walked into the middle with a clear intent and began to attack the Hyderabad bowlers from the very first ball. The Pune batsman was playing a game-changing innings and brought up his fifty in just 24 balls. Saurabh Tiwary at the other end was playing his role perfectly by giving strike to Jadhav. The real shift in the game happened in the 16th over when Jadhav clobbered Praveen Kumar for 22 runs in an over and brought down the equation to 38 runs from 24 balls. Bhuvneshwar and Ishant Sharma pulled things back slightly as they conceded just 16 runs off the next two overs leaving Delhi to get 22 runs from the last two overs.
The penultimate over of the match was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the young Indian pacer displayed great courage in firing down perfect yorkers, thus making batting difficult for the big-hitting Jadhav. Bhuvneshwar only conceded 6 runs and Ishant Sharma was left with 16 runs to defend in his last over.
Delhi Daredevils failed to get the runs owing to some brilliant bowling by Ishant and the Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 6 runs. Delhi have been at the receiving end of so many close games this season and this defeat officially sees them knocked out of the tournament. Moises Henriques was adjudged the man of the match for his innings of 74* from 46 balls.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 163/4 (Henriques 74*, Morgan 22, Coulter-Nile 2-25) beat Delhi Daredevils 157/4 (Jadhav 63*, de Kock 50, Karn Sharma 2-12) by 6 runs.