Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Delhi April 12, 2013

Sunrisers stumble across the line in low-scorer


Sunrisers Hyderabad 115 for 7 (Sangakkara 28, Mishra 16*) beat Delhi Daredevils 114 for 8 (Jadhav 30*, Steyn 2-11) by three wickets
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Delhi Daredevils fought in the field after a meek showing with the bat, but Sunrisers Hyderabad prevailed in a low-scorer at the Feroz Shah Kotla, as Dale Steyn hit the winning runs with four balls to spare, after having been the Daredevils' chief antagonist during their innings. The hosts' spinners brought their side into the game by making regular breakthroughs in a tight middle spell, but in the end Daredevils' 114 proved to be too few, despite the pitch having slowed considerably since their time in the middle.

Steyn's outstanding opening spell was the catalyst for Daredevils' collapse, even if Ishant Sharma finished with more wickets from the early overs. Steyn cramped David Warner for space with three fast, swinging, good length balls in the first over, before Warner attempted to break the shackles by going over mid-on, only to mistime the ball and offer a simple catch to the fielder there. While Steyn proved difficult to get away at one end, Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag targeted Sharma's overs in order to establish some impetus, and they perished in consecutive balls in the fifth over, both attempting expansive strokes.

The three big, early wickets worked to slow Daredevils' progress, and the middle order batted tentatively, though often not safely. When Johan Botha cut one straight to point at the end of the 9th over, Daredevils were crawling at less than five an over, and they could not surge far beyond five an over at any stage in their innings.

Amit Mishra bowled his four overs for 15 runs and took one wicket, and Thisara Perera broke the longest partnership of the innings - a 30-run stand between Irfan Pathan and Kedar Jadhav - before it could do his side much harm, but it was Steyn who returned to sting Daredevils at the death, and he finished with deserved figures of 2 for 11 from his full quota.

Sunrisers had a solid enough base at the top of the chase, and the 44-run second-wicket stand between Parthiv Patel and Kumar Sangakkara proved invaluable, given the wobble that followed. Reasoning that only an aggressive approach would see him defend such a paltry score, Jayawardene maintained a slip throughout the innings, and brought men into the circles in the middle overs to cut off the singles as well as function as catching fielders. The ploy worked through the middle overs, as they claimed four wickets for 25 runs, in 40 deliveries. Parthiv first offered a simple leading edge to bowler Shahbaz Nadeem, misjudging one that stopped on the pitch, before Sangakkara, who had played some sublime strokes in the early overs, edged to slip attempting a late cut. Cameron White then charged Nadeem in the 14th over, and missed the ball by a distance, to find himself stumped, before Hanuma Vihari stroked Morne Morkel to mid-off, attempting to clear the tight infield.

But their target was so low, Sunrisers only needed busy mini-partnerships to near it, and they kept their heads above water with runs that came in spurts. Ashish Reddy hit 16 from 9, and Mishra remained unbeaten on 16, to guide the chase home, with three wickets remaining. The Daredevils slid to their fourth-straight defeat, still waiting to open their account in the tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • kothandapani on April 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT


    sunrisers should bring in Quinton knock.he is a very good player.his stats speak abt him.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    sanga is not showing any spirit .. compare to steyn or mishra.. in his batting..simply coming and going... hyderabad have another option of sheffling captains.. we have darren sammy.. who is a t20 world cup winning captain .. and he is a good allrounder sammy can bowl he had those wicket taking deliveries.. as well as a very good hitter in lateral overs. sanga can be shuffle with tisara, except steyn he can be placed in any other foreign player slot, if shikar dhawan comes in to the side there is a verygoood chance of winning championship. once again.. hyderabad needs a hitting batsmen like sammy in at no 6,7.. simply white and tisara no depth in batting . it would be a good one ...

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Slizzle White can't play spin..PERIOD...Thats why he is not playing for Australia any more. De Kock scored while playing for a team that had some quality batters and he had the freedom to play his shots. The situation is different with Sunrisers. De kock should play for sure because I am sure no one can be bad as White against spin - White needs to be dropped not Sanga. If De Kock struggles against spin then might as well play Sammy

  • baryalai on April 13, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I have a good suggestion for DD captain and coach, the current team selection is 100% fine selection and I agree with this team, they dropped Oja, which is a good action, there seems lack of consistency in DD team, that is why they don't Identefy yet where to play a player, though of batting, I would like to say that the pair of warner and Viru is a wrong combination, you couldn't your 2 big guns on top of the order, because if you you lose any of these 2 actually u lose a big gun, which is affecting moral of the boy which are playing down the order even his opening partner will feel lots of presser and lose his way, my selection would be

    1st Warner, and Junija, 3 viru/ Jadev, 4th mahila/Jadiv 5th J-Mahila, 6th Bota, 7th Pathan, 8th Morkal 9th Nadeem 10 Umesh yadev

    this combination will give back to win for DD inshallah

  • Slizzle on April 13, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    in 33 t20 inn De Kock ave just under 38 at a strike rate of 141 opening the batting for the Lions. So the issue to drop Sanga is more about whether De Kock will give the team more runs based on current form, he just finished the domestic t20 season and scored more than 500 runs in it including a century and a couple of 90's. White could also be dropped, but he is there to give the boost no one else seems to be able to do at the end of the innings. Thisara excellent bowling so far, but less so but his runs have still been important. Steyn no debate. My analysis, is it the pitch that keeps the scoring local? after all they did score 160 at RCB, but I think at RCB a good team would of scored 200, I'm not saying sanga should be dropped, but if De Kock were to be given a chance outside Chennai then he can only realistically replace Sanga. Unless we put faith in the De Kock as the lions have and believe he will carry innings to the end

  • RAJARAMAN on April 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    SRH or DC ... they have always been a good bowling team ... only now they are combining well to produce some winning runs ... high chance they will be in top 4 this season ... good luck

  • RAJARAMAN on April 13, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Whoever said that SRH is still struggling? Well ... I thought they won majority of matches so far ... what if you stumble or jump across the line ... crossing the line is important ... and if you do it every time ... you will end up lifting the trophy ... simple ... other teams ... beware SRH

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    SRH should go for Indian domestic veterans like Jaffer or Kaif or may be some other so called 'older' players playing in Ranji who haven't been picked by any of the franchises. Playing with the likes of Reddy or Teja wont take them anywhere.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Sunrisers' Indian batsman are pathetic - it seriously crazy to call the IPL a world event when you see these batsmen struggle to take singles. The other problem Sunrisers have is White's inability to play Spin. Sanga had to even bat at No. 5 in one game because of this. These are the reasons why Sanga is not playing his natural game. He knows the batting depends on him and him only. The others might score but its not certain. If Sunrisers are to do better white needs to be dropped - I don't know if De Kock is good against spin but surely better than white..Dhawan getting back in the side might help - lets see

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    hey India u can see sun rising up for Hyderabad and I am pretty sure they can make up to at least to play offs :)