Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 4, 2013

Delhi knocked out after folding for 80


Sunrisers Hyderabad 81 for 4 (Dhawan 22) beat Delhi Daredevils 80 (Sammy 2-10, Perera 2-11) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A couple of years ago, the Hyderabad Cricket Association had performed several pujas at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal seeking divine intervention to change the fortunes of the home side which seemed to invariably lose at the venue. Whether it was India, the local Ranji side or the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, the Hyderabad crowd turned up only to see their side defeated.

Whether it is due to the pujas or not, the home side's fortunes have certainly changed at the Uppal stadium. India won two Tests there this season, and the new franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have now won five in five after routing Delhi Daredevils with 37 balls remaining.

The bedrock of Sunrisers' surprisingly successful season so far has been the bowling. Dale Steyn has bowled with frightening pace, Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma have used their googlies to flummox the batsmen, Thisara Perera has had plenty of success with both bat and ball and Ishant Sharma, usually so profligate in the limited-overs format, has been effective with the new ball. All of that came together perfectly as they hounded out Daredevils for 80, the lowest total of the season.

Daredevils' campaign had been on life support over the past week, with a couple of victories just about keeping them alive in the competition. Their chances are now dead and buried after their faltering batting failed once again. There were only four fours and one six in the entire innings, less than what AB de Villiers managed in a single over against Ashok Dinda earlier this week.

Their openers survived a couple of pacy, probing overs from Steyn at the start before Asad Rauf gave a rough lbw decision to Mahela Jayawardene. Virender Sehwag followed soon after as he missed an indipper from Darren Sammy and lost his offstump. That left only David Warner among the big names, and though he was put down on 6, he couldn't make it to double-digits as he misread a Mishra googly and was stumped by yards.

The Sunrisers quicks had a plan on a track that was slow and had some variable bounce - they didn't bowl anything full, giving nothing that could be driven easily. The surface also offered turn for the spinners, which both Mishra and Karan exploited.

Daredevils had lengthened their batting with the inclusion of two overseas allrounders, Johan Botha and Jeevan Mendis, but it was to little avail. Mendis holed out to long-on, Botha top-edged to the keeper, and Irfan Pathan dragged on a Steyn delivery to the stumps. Daredevils went from 70 for 5 to 80 all out.

Sunrisers major weakness is their frail batting, and the pitch was not a batting beauty but the target was too small for Daredevils' bowlers to stand a real chance of defending it. Shikhar Dhawan made it seem like a flat track early on with some sumptuous shots, and though there were a few hiccups, Sunrisers maintained their 100% home record without too much trouble.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • joel on May 5, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    If you look closely, the more successful teams all have one thing in common, a talismanic West indian player. Bravo for CSK, Gayle for RCB, Pollard for MI, Sammy for SRH, Narine for KKR (even though KKR are losing, it is because of Narine that they are not bottom of table). Solution, Get a West Indian.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    DD Had to work on their strategy atleast after losing some matches like changing the captains n shuffling some players which didnt happen often. but anyway they r out of contention. Best of luck next time.

  • srinath on May 5, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    c'mon sunrisers.SRH have stability to make in to final 4 crashing MI or RR.SRH bowling rocks. mishra wille be purple cap holder at the end of the tournament because still 3 more matches to play in hyd. SRH rocked.DELHI craked

  • Niketh on May 5, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Noboundary-" Mahela was never a T20 player" huh??? really? when did you start watching cricket?? did you see the 2010 t20 world cup?? if you haven't I advise you to look at them and then at least stop just criticizing players who are faaar better than you think, and if you are tellling mahela cant accelerate, your big Dhoni has a far less strike rate than that of Mahela or even Sanga in T20I's, and remember Mahela and Sanga play at the top of the order so their job is to solidify a innings unlike dhoni who s lower down the order and so plays the part of a finisher but he still has a far less strike rate than other players, so before you criticize a player again im telling you to stop and think before that whether what you are going to do is correct!

  • sree on May 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Wish SRH and RR qualify for top 4 and both go to finals as well. If this happens it may well change the way IPL is played and how players are bought. Really good for cricket and the rush for stars will rightly take back stage over team combo. Also it would be mud on face for all fancy teams. Here are two teams which have optimally used their limited resources to a commendable effect. Coming to SRH, its logo should have been a Python! It is a team which creeps on the opposition and spirals a crushing grip on batsmen really squeezing them out for runs and finally swallows its prey slowly and lazily - the way SRH chase the low scores. Hope this features as a featured comment!

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Enough is enough with Sangakkarra,he needs to sit out like Ponting.Look at Sanga's performance,he is much worst than pathetic.I think Dhawan should be the skipper.And JP Duminy should come in the place of Sanga.Also Vihari and Ashish Reddy are performing up o the mark.Great win by SRH.Credits to Sammy.

  • Janaka on May 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Last year, Sanga was severely criticized for his captaincy when they were losing. But, the same team, i.e. Steyn, Sanga, et al. are making their way to the top four. Today, they are greeted. I always thought they will do it. And I think, if Mahela, Sehwag, get the chance to be in DD, regardless of their age, they will prove how dangerous the DD can be, just like SRH. It's passion, mate. I hate being told that unsuccessful ends was the result of inability. It's just a few games, mate. DD will do well. Bad luck... I support SRH simply because Thisara, and not because Sanga. Sanga is a good gentleman, but I like Thisara's attitudes. He is a very humble, innocent player with a smile all the time. I wish Thisara open. Thisara is a very underrated player in Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    3 wrong umpiring decisions? 2 vital ones?

    Can't the TV umpire correct it. coz it really matter in short games like these

    SRH needs to put perera or sanga with dawan (perera has power or sanga can hit fours easily and he won't get out trying to hit sixes.Sammy can strengthen middle order. Hanuman Vihari and A reddy needs to be replace but i dun know any well performing indian in SRH team

    For DD poor batting.can't put the blame on the middle order. Mahela's poor umpiring decision started the collapse. He was the only player who looked going with hitting the ball in the middle.

    Umpiring decisions affect a teams win or loss so much. they should let a batsman bat if he's gone for a wrong decision,may if only the team is all out.

    Reason to bat 1st is that they know SRH will crack in 120+ total. It's the correct decision. given that mahela and sanga r the best captains to defend low scores. he could have easily done that if they got to even 110

    Good luck SRH Keep going <3

  • a on May 5, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    In a season full of disappointments for the Daredevils, there was another in the form of Unmukt Chand - often mentioned as the next Virat Kohli. After Ian Chappell's glowing tribute after the U-19 WC, I really thought Chand would be special. Well, not really. Compare him with Sanju Samson and you'll see the vast difference in technique and approach.

  • GAURAV on May 5, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Actually out of sangakkara and Mahela, Mahela is a better captain. Sangkara has a bad attitude and ego. But sangakara is lucky to have good attack that making him successful.

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