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

Sunrisers stumble across the line in low-scorer

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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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  • POSTED BY Slizzle on | April 12, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Steyn and Mishra have been excellent. SH struggling with the bat though and will continue to struggle, however it is difficult to give De Kock a chance even though he has played fantastic in the SA domestic league.....the only way I can see him playing is if Sanga is dropped (unlikely), and Thisara currently performs an important role for team.....difficult difficult difficult...if and when De Kock plays he needs at least 2 games to show his worth....

  • POSTED BY samraatashoka on | April 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    GO CSK GO

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

  • POSTED BY 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 ...

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY baryalaiAzizi 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY ramli 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

  • POSTED BY ramli 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Slizzle on | April 12, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Steyn and Mishra have been excellent. SH struggling with the bat though and will continue to struggle, however it is difficult to give De Kock a chance even though he has played fantastic in the SA domestic league.....the only way I can see him playing is if Sanga is dropped (unlikely), and Thisara currently performs an important role for team.....difficult difficult difficult...if and when De Kock plays he needs at least 2 games to show his worth....

  • POSTED BY samraatashoka on | April 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    GO CSK GO

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

  • POSTED BY 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 ...

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY baryalaiAzizi 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY ramli 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

  • POSTED BY ramli 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 :)

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | April 13, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Some of you guys are speaking absolute nonsense.... get rid of Sanga?? He has taken the side 3/4 in this series, everyone remembers how Deccans did in last seasons... Talking about his batting.. well of course yes!, he is not performing to his potential.... but dont forget that he is still the top scorer in this season for Sunrisers... and Sanga is the first person that come to your mind to drop?? what an uneducated joke!! Sunrisers are right now winning purely on their bowling capability master minded by Sanga's captaincy. 4 out of the top 10 wicket takers in this IPL so far are from Sunrisers [Styne, Sharma, Perera, and Mishra]

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    When teams are selected, it is important to keep in mind the home ground pitch. This is the main reason for the present placement of the Hyderabad and the Delhi teams in the points table. If your home ground pitch supports bowling, then make sure you have a very good bowling attack, if not alter the condition of the pitch. Delhi has a very good bowling pitch and their bowling is not the best in the tournament for sure. Hyderabad has a very good bowling pitch and they are doing well with their resources. Delhi based themselves on a strong batting line up, but KP couldn't add to that. Hyderabad have the right horses for the right tracks. A boost in the batting line up would add a great deal of strength to it.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | April 13, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Very Very Strange! A team with 3 wins in 4 matches yet doesn't look confident. Ask anybody when SRH gets into 5th match they will still look like the side to lose. Heard of Gavaskar's post match comments on SRH local players? He said "it's a shame that AP don't even have one quality player to show who is capable of going to national level esp from the land of Azhar, Laxman, Jaisimha etc. Look at them, they are pathetic, they don't even qualify for club level. No wonder SRH is struggling unit". Akshat Reddy, Ashish Reddy, Raviteja, all look like local tennis ball tournament players. Knowing all of this were Deccan Chargers and SRH fools not to buy any indian batsmen? Even off color Md.Kaif would have been handy for SRH if not like Dinesh Karthik. Wonder what do they do with those mentors, coaches, directors, managers, etc...

  • POSTED BY shanepe2003 on | April 13, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Thanks India for contracting MJ & Sanga. U obviously experiencing the results by now (specially D/D) we would rather be more happier if u could give permanent contracts to play for Indian team, cos we dont want them anymore. Love from Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    for all who talk about sanga....he is the top scorer in last night game.....lol

  • POSTED BY kevepere on | April 13, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Sanga to be dropped? what you guys dont see is the best calls he has made which work more often than not. Getting gayle out is a good example. But his batting should be better . agreed. he is more of a test player, i dont see him trying to river sweep or slog sweep. Morgan bends down to get that extra advantage as t20 type. sanga must improve as a t20 player. Must be little bit active at the crease to make the bowlers uncomfortable. saying that you dont see sachin, ponting or clarke being gyd with the bat in t20 infiact much worse . they are Test material , so dont blame them. However even Sunil Gavaskar said about SRH not getting any top indian talent, asking whether they cant afford to? Dhawan and Sanga should open when dhawan returns.

  • POSTED BY fariha_loves-afridi on | April 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Dale steyn is perhaps the most devastating quick of the 21st century

  • POSTED BY SL-RokZ on | April 13, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    U gotta give credit for Sanga for walking SRH with three wins out of four games they played, even the lost game also they played well except kholi was in terrific form thence. this team hadn't done better like this before in any of the seasons.... Sanga seems to understand the players well & other players seem to gather around his captaincy. WELL PLAYED GUYS... KEEP IT UP....

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    It's very difficult to decide, who, out of Sehwag and Unmukt who can give a better start (ofcource to the other team)???

  • POSTED BY RiznyF on | April 13, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Going by DD's performance so far, its clear that their batting, bowling and fielding is below par. However, on paper they seem to be having one of the best XI's. I think it was very unfair to drop Jeevan Mendis because he was given a ball in flat pitch, which did not support any spin. In addition, when he came to bat he had no time settledown since required run rate was close to 15. He is a utility player who's a good batsman, a very useful bowler and a very good fielder. His presence could have stabilized DD's middle order in the last match. He has done it in the past against AUS and BAN for SL, the no. 1 twenty-20 team in the world.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 13, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Amit Mishra MoM! it should have been Dale steyn !!!!! :( No justice to perera, steyn so far.

  • POSTED BY akshaysonigara on | April 13, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    umesh yadav is giving away runs at an economy of 10 runs per over. its better to get in ajit agarkar in place of yadav who can also score some usefull runs down the order and bowls great yorkers in the slog overs. it is the best time to get the best out of agarkar as he performs well in crucial matches.his experience with bat and ball will help daredevils!!

  • POSTED BY Ankamsiva on | April 13, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Sanga is not as good a T20 batsman as Duminy/Sammy, SRH should try replacing sanga with any of these two. If Duminy/Sammy comes in they can be used with the ball too. Thisara gives some strength to the middle order batting which is the primary issue with the SRH, Knowing the conditions better, SRH should stick with Parera. White is the only explosive batsman that SRH has for now, replacing white is not a good option to consider. Bowling looks perfect with Steyn leading the bowling and Mishra with the spin. Hoping that Dhawan can come back soon and can be in the playing eleven replacing any of the local players.

  • POSTED BY Abul.Hasan on | April 13, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    I enjoyed a lot this match really. Steyn really usage his confidence and power to win this match. Like his personality to make sure winning in a hard match.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | April 13, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    If SRH needs to continue winning, (Every one knows that till now some how they have managed winning 3 out of 4 with bowling) Quinton De Kock shold replace on Sanga. Sanga is not a t20 player, he has not even played a single winning knock entire last year and this year too. I dont know why they are continuing him as a captain. He is not using Dale's 2nd spell well. White should be a captain like last season last 4( I think) matches has been captained by white and they have done really well last 4 matches. I have never seen Sanga playing a quick 50 run in a t20. He is a TEST BATSMEN. I am a SRH fan and I request SRH management to replace Sanga with Quinton De Kock. If Shekhar Dhavan comes then SRH will become very strong.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Why do you guys underestimate sanga?? He captained the team with excellence, rolling the correct bowlers at time. So if sanga is replaced there is gonna be some difference in he bad way. Good luck SRH keep the momentum

  • POSTED BY sudhirrao on | April 13, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Sunrisers are in a Dilemma now. If they want to play De Kock, then Captain Sanga has to sit on the sidelines. When Sammy comes then either White or Perera has to stay out. The situation becomes all the more complicated if Duminy were to arrive. McCullum and Chris Lynn may find themselves on the bench for a few more matches as also Clint McKay. Accommodating Dhawan after his return will not be a problem as he can substitute one of the locals who have not performed to expectations.

  • POSTED BY Selfishkar on | April 13, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    SRH has the best and worst fast bowlers in the world. Dale and Ishant.

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | April 13, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Sanga's brilliant captaincy cemented his place in this team. He also was the highest scorer yesterday. Perera and steyn is the heart of this team. Only way i see De Kock getting a chance is if White is dropped. But that is unlikely since he failed just once. Dont change the winning combination Sanga. All the support from a Lankan in UK. :D

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 13, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    I'm sure Darren Sammy's enthusiasm and leadership would be a boost to Sunrisers, he can be as deadly as almost anyone finishing with the bat and can offer an experienced International bowling option too.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 12, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Where is De kock? He is the upcoming talent of SA. SRH are wasting the two SA players De kock and duminy. Both are match winners. Both should replace White and perera. Duminy can provide some spin options too.

  • POSTED BY crickketlover on | April 12, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    I am rooting for Sunrisers although I am a big fan of CSK. SRH is proving that T20 is not just batsmen game but also the bowlers can win it as well for the team. I think SRH needs a specialist young batsman like Pujara to steady the innings and at the same time move the score board as well. Good Luck to SRH and the way they are playing one should not surprised that SRH can be one of the top 4 teams in this year IPL at the end of the series.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    I think win is a win no matter the way SRH get's it...Hoping that Shikhar Dhawan comes back quickly and parthiv/sanga start getting some decent runs.....may be they can try Decock/sammy for a couple of games in the place of White....I think Perera should keep playing..he knows the conditions better....No complaints about bowling...6 wins in their remaining 12 matches should give them a place in playoffs...they should aim for maximum wins against KXIP, RR, PWI and DD.....should win atleast 4/6 matches remained with them......hoping for the best

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | April 12, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Sangakkara is not a T20 player. Instead, they should play Sammy who is a good all rounder in T20 format. Quentin De Kock is another very good T20 batsmen and he should replace Cameron White. Steyn and Perera should be persisted with.

    When Shikhar Dhawan comes back, Hyderabad's batting will become much stronger. With a good bowling attack and good fielding, they could be the surprise team to reach the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY CricketFanInCA on | April 12, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Dale deserve the MOM. I picked A Misra in Fantasy League. So I am happy with the decision anyway.. LOL This is a tough victory but not great Victory as Projected. Bangalore is the only good team SRH beat this year and that is also in Super Over. Pune and Delhi would anyway lie in the bottom of point table this year. SRH batting looks extremely bleak. They need to bring De Kock and Sammy/Dumminy in place of Sangakarra and White.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 12, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Aaqib Ali Aamer; "Darren Sammy and NLTC PERERA are similar in the abilities" ?? Are you kidding me ? Thisara is a way bigger hitter than Sammy. Check out their stats. Thisara averages 158 in T20's where Sammy makes 125. Not to mention his bowling. Thisara is irreplaceable. Sammy will get his chances only in Chennai games.

  • POSTED BY Debi_Prasad_Mohapatra on | April 12, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    The best thing going on for SRH right now is that we came out of 2 tough games against RCB with one win. SRH needs to scrap through wins against under performing teams like DD, KXIP and PWI, no matter how they come and survive against stronger teams. That is the only way (unless Dhawan comes into the team soon and somehow makes this a strong batting unit through his performance) SRH can make it to the knockouts. Sanga and Parthiv need to bat long (at least score couple of 50s soon) and White/Perera need to play the finisher role. With the bowling we have, a score of 130/140 on a not so good pitch is all we need from the batsmen. On good pitches like Mumbai, the scenario changes and we need at least 170 odd and this batting lineup currently doesn't look good enough to put that much on the board. Here is to hoping that Dhawan comes back soon and Sanga finds some form.

  • POSTED BY F.Ephraime on | April 12, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    People are going to complain about poor batting by hyderabad whilst De Kock is sitting at the dugout but fair enough you will all witness what he is capable off on the 25th against chennai coz both sanga and parera won't be able to play so De Kock and Sammy will definitely play

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Currently, I think Darren Sammy and NLTC PERERA are similar in the abilities. If Perera fails in batting, then SAMMY can get the chance...

    DE KOCK can be added at place of WHITE to open the innings with PATEL as opening is far week then the other teams

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Brilliant performance by the sunrisers...ya their batting seems pathetic..but whats great to see is how their gelling as a team and winning those close ones. For the past 5 seasons Ive been watching them lose nearly every match in the last over..refreshing to see a turnaround by some unknown names with big hearts!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Seeing Sunrisers bowling opposition out for low scores and then defending low scores reminds me of Pakistan of the 90's with the 2 W's. I wonder if Waqar Youni's presence has anything to do with this :P

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    many ppl thnk this ws not a convincing win. I thnk srh shud take more advantage of their foreign players in the squad who are not playing they shud leave out whiten mayb perera and find a place for darren sammy jp duminy q de kock etc.

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | April 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    GOOD victory....but poor decision for man of the match.....DALE is real man of the match.........good luck DALE as well SA

  • POSTED BY Ahgg on | April 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    srh need to really look at their batting stocks if they want to move forward in the tournament. it's a pity they don't have a hard hitting Indian batsman upfront n they are really missing dhawan. Till he comes they should think out of the box and drop these passenger players like parthiv and ashish who doesn't do anything for the side. Sanga should take over wk role and open with akash. White to bat at three and thisara should not be batting before 5 down as he is a bowling allrounder. They should find some hard hitting Indian players to bat in the middle.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | April 12, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Sunny Gavaskar Said after the match that the local batting talent looks Pathetic..very true..can't we find better local batsmen???

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 12, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    SRH hv very good bowling attack.. Stene Ishant Mishra and Perera. They give nothing in powerplays and take 1-2 wickets aftr that Amit Mishra bowlin is brilliant! Sanga use their bowlers very well. Wow all batsman is struggling against Stene Ishant and Perera Mishra. Bowling fast around chest height (fast furious swinging) And aftr that Mishra's bowling not able to read. Wow Gr88 bowling

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | April 12, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    First of all i there should be serious batting line up changes in SRH. OK they got over the line today.but everyday wont be a Sunday. I guess Dhawan will start to play from the Kings XI match on 19th. Sanga MUST keep the wickets & open the innings with P Patel till Dhawan comes.they lack the fire power in the power play.this should be the line up with Dhawan. 1.Dhawan 2.Sanga 3.White 4.Patel 5.Thisara 6.Ashish Reddy 7.K.Sharma 8.Mishra 9.Steyn 10.I Sharma 11.Veer Pratap Good Luck SRH!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | April 12, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Tense game in the end, but some strange captaincy decisions on both sides (as well as some good ones). Botha was DDs most economical bowler and only bowled 3 overs?

    SH have a serious problem with the openers as neither of them can clear the boundary, and even Sanga is an 'accumulator'. They will never reach a big total with this lineup, as all the pressure is on White and Perera to slog at the end so in every game it all depends on their bowlers.

    They need to find a way to get De Kock into the team as an opener, last T20 inning I watched him play he hit 8 sixes. The problem is he can only come into the team for White or Sanga so don't see that happening unless they lose a few games. If only 5 foreign players were allowed he could replace Patel!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    The SRH batting has been horrible in the tournament so far except for that second game versus the RCB. The batsmen should be thanking the bowlers for doing so well because in 3 matches they restricted the other team to 130 runs or below!! The batting needs to improve otherwise the bowlers wont be able to do much especially vs better batting line up teams like RCB & CSK. I know DC team management didnt make any smart moves by getting big name indian batsmen, even retaining rohit sharma mightve been a better investment as the current group of indian batsmen on SRH team other than shikar dhawan are not quality batsmen. I hope SRH management does better & gets a big name indian hitter even if they arent superstars. I would even settle for a guy like robin uthappa. I dont expect the SRH to make the semifinals but with the batting performances so far, the team is asking too much from the bowlers to restrict teams to below 140 as the batsmen are struggling to even score 130!!!!

  • POSTED BY kevepere on | April 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Yadav more than 10 runs and over . Mahela's captaincy was great. But Sunrisers , what a pathetic way to chase down such a low total. delhi tried to score around 160 and the assessment was bad. But Sunrisers they knew that need less than run a ball. Even sunny said cant hyderbad offer to have more talents in the team.? Such a pathetic batting line up saved by steyn and some supportive bowling. They are 3-1 and 2nd in the table. But soon it will change if they bat like this . just pathetic

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    go risers go go... but todays win is not convincing

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 12, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    DD would have won the match if Yadav had followed the plan in the 2nd last over, ball wicket to wicket. Mahela looked absolutely puzzled looking at Yadav as he was giving width to the batsman. That boundary shouldn't have been scored. Mahela did a brilliant job to bring it the wire even though it was a lost cause.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Dale steyn won all four matches for sunrisers. Sunrisers wouldn't have won one match without him.. Do you agree

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 12, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Only bad team will have 6 bowlers in the Playing XI. They really need big hittinrs in 5,6,7,8 spot. Seriously DD looks deflated sick team. The whole team has no clue. They really need to make sehwag bat at 4 or 5. Make Jaywardene to Open with Warne. They need to backload the team. At present if warner fails whole team fails. Kinda bad coaching and bad drafting. I think TA sekhar failed completely.

  • POSTED BY khs_shk2000 on | April 12, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Current SH team is ok for low scoring matches, slow & low bounce wickests But for high scoring matches team batting is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY khs_shk2000 on | April 12, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Please it is my humble request to SH managment Please give a chance to Darren Samy in place of Perera or Cameroon White. Find a good replacement for Parthivi Patel. Your local and national purchase is not upto the mark except Ishant & Amit Mishra. Think about this.

  • POSTED BY HYChargers on | April 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @ThyrSaadam SRH does deserve the 3-1 in points table, there are not very good with bat but very good bowling unit

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 12, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    When u lost 3 top batsman Warner, Jaywardne and Sehwag its mean for DD game is over.. Shame 4 other batsman not making any efforts to counter attack or play aggresive cricket. Brilliant captaincy frm Sanga!, he knows his resources very well. He always want to field first becoz his team cannt set huge target bt cant limit u to score big.. Stene, Ishant, Mishra and Perera brilliant best bowling attack.. Really SHR is Dark horses they will be in semis along with Mumbai,Chennai and Banglore.. All the best

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | April 12, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    I am happy for bowlers from both the teams! There were few spells could have been better. Hope these guys will improve. All I want is bowlers deciding the end results.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    dare devil,s can bounce back once they back ipl even poised

  • POSTED BY IPL Marines on | April 12, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @ ThyrSaadam - And RCB deserves to be 3-1 or any of the success that they got in the last 2 years. They are a team of one man and one man only. Somebody else performs once in a blue moon and they somehow survive when Gayle doesn't play well. If RCB deserves any credit for last 3 years, then SRH deserves all the credit for winning. The big thing is they are playing as a team.

  • POSTED BY ---lasitha--- on | April 12, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    come on mahela get your combination right, play two proper batsmen at 6 and 7 or two batting allrounders not bowling allrounders like botha, russel,pathga

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    good to see match like this

  • POSTED BY BDforever on | April 12, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Lack of BD players in the team cost the match for DD. I hope at least they will lose a lesson now.

  • POSTED BY JamesSmithee on | April 12, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    T20 is not a game for pure batsmen. Looks like fast bowlers dominating the game. Next 4,5 years most of the teams will fill up with fast bowlers and at that time they will consider as all rounders. Look at the improvements of Thisara, Hendriques, Styne, Johnson, Starc, Malinga. Most of them can bowl over 145kmph. They have very strong arms and they can hit hard. Only thing they lack is the techniques. Believe me that with IPl they will improve it and become most valuable players in IPL.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I am fan of DD bt im very dispointed now! I am sure this tym they will not qualify 4 semis. Wrong team selection and poor captaincy.. U must know what is ur strength and resources u hv and u also must opposition strenth whom u hv to play. As we clearly know SHR batting is weak and they mainly depend on their bowling. If u win the toss y? U opting 4 bat..y? Not u ask SHR to bat first. One thing i tell SHR hv best bowling attack.. If they bowl first they wont allow u to more than 145 runs and u know 145 runs they can chase from here -there. Y? U pick Kaul and he is bowling only 2ovr. Still no Agarkar its shame very shame. Whn u lost ur top 3 batsman other batsman is not makin any effort to increase the run rate. Pathan n others all playing for himself. No real player whom u trust in middle order! Where is ojha, venugopal rao! Its really horrible display

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Neither of these teams deserved to win today. SH are not really a 3-1 team as the points table suggestes. DD need to improve with their team selection.

  • POSTED BY musingsofamoron on | April 12, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Delhi are firmly on their way towards regaining the wooden spoon that they won in 2011. I am very happy for them. They should continue to bank on Yadav for he ensures that there is no dearth of runs when he bowls. Bravo Yadav!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    really disappointing the way dehli are playing,hope they improve as the tournament progresses as a nuetral fan wanna get value for the games i watch.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 12, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Playing allrounders are not helping delhi. wonder why they dropped jeewan mendis his googly is a threat to left handers.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | April 12, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @Triniforever i don't know what your complaining about , Sammy will not get a chance unless Perera fails ( which looks far away at the moment ) and i dont think they will exclude Sanga or White and put Sammy in that place

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 12, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @Triniforever Atleast be happy you got Gayle, bravo, and narine who are performing very very well.

  • POSTED BY Triniforever on | April 12, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Im disappointed that in both teams playing today: Daredevils and Sunrisers - that the selectors did not choose to be a West Indian. Remember IPL has a world wide audience.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | April 12, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Kaul instead of Nehra is good, but making Jadhav keep wickets is not a good idea. Despite this, Delhi batting looks a bit think with Irfan Pathan at no. 6. If Nadeem and Pathan can bowl their 4 overs each well, Delhi have an outside chance, but otherwise- it seems like another defeat for DD.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | April 12, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Kaul instead of Nehra is good, but making Jadhav keep wickets is not a good idea. Despite this, Delhi batting looks a bit think with Irfan Pathan at no. 6. If Nadeem and Pathan can bowl their 4 overs each well, Delhi have an outside chance, but otherwise- it seems like another defeat for DD.

  • POSTED BY Triniforever on | April 12, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Im disappointed that in both teams playing today: Daredevils and Sunrisers - that the selectors did not choose to be a West Indian. Remember IPL has a world wide audience.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 12, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @Triniforever Atleast be happy you got Gayle, bravo, and narine who are performing very very well.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | April 12, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @Triniforever i don't know what your complaining about , Sammy will not get a chance unless Perera fails ( which looks far away at the moment ) and i dont think they will exclude Sanga or White and put Sammy in that place

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 12, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Playing allrounders are not helping delhi. wonder why they dropped jeewan mendis his googly is a threat to left handers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    really disappointing the way dehli are playing,hope they improve as the tournament progresses as a nuetral fan wanna get value for the games i watch.

  • POSTED BY musingsofamoron on | April 12, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Delhi are firmly on their way towards regaining the wooden spoon that they won in 2011. I am very happy for them. They should continue to bank on Yadav for he ensures that there is no dearth of runs when he bowls. Bravo Yadav!!!

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Neither of these teams deserved to win today. SH are not really a 3-1 team as the points table suggestes. DD need to improve with their team selection.

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    I am fan of DD bt im very dispointed now! I am sure this tym they will not qualify 4 semis. Wrong team selection and poor captaincy.. U must know what is ur strength and resources u hv and u also must opposition strenth whom u hv to play. As we clearly know SHR batting is weak and they mainly depend on their bowling. If u win the toss y? U opting 4 bat..y? Not u ask SHR to bat first. One thing i tell SHR hv best bowling attack.. If they bowl first they wont allow u to more than 145 runs and u know 145 runs they can chase from here -there. Y? U pick Kaul and he is bowling only 2ovr. Still no Agarkar its shame very shame. Whn u lost ur top 3 batsman other batsman is not makin any effort to increase the run rate. Pathan n others all playing for himself. No real player whom u trust in middle order! Where is ojha, venugopal rao! Its really horrible display

  • POSTED BY JamesSmithee on | April 12, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    T20 is not a game for pure batsmen. Looks like fast bowlers dominating the game. Next 4,5 years most of the teams will fill up with fast bowlers and at that time they will consider as all rounders. Look at the improvements of Thisara, Hendriques, Styne, Johnson, Starc, Malinga. Most of them can bowl over 145kmph. They have very strong arms and they can hit hard. Only thing they lack is the techniques. Believe me that with IPl they will improve it and become most valuable players in IPL.