Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, Dubai April 25, 2014

Finch gives Sunrisers first points

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 184 for 1 (Finch 88*, Warner 58*) beat Delhi Daredevils 180 (Vijay 52, de Kock 48) by four runs
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Sunrisers Hyderabad's batting eggs are all in their top-order basket. In their two previous games, the top three - Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner - had failed to fire, and so they lost. Today, all three batsmen came good and the upshot was a narrow victory that earned Sunrisers their first points of the season.

Finch and Dhawan had an opening partnership of 56 in 6.2 overs, racking up Sunrisers' best Powerplay score in the process. There were no more wickets for Delhi Daredevils after Dhawan fell. Warner joined Finch for a 128-run stand in 13.4 overs with both batsmen making power-packed half-centuries to post 184.

Daredevils had themselves to blame for conceding so many because they dropped three catches. On 26, Dhawan cut Wayne Parnell straight to Manoj Tiwary at point and was reprieved. Parnell's anguish was evident because his previous three deliveries - all of them short - had been cut and heaved for four, six and four. Warner was dropped second ball - before he had scored - by the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off spinner Shahbaz Nadeem; he was on 31 when Tiwary put down a skier at point, off Parnell. Had those chances been taken, the likelihood of Sunrisers achieving their best ever IPL total was remote.

Finch's innings had no such blemish. He did not shred the attack right from the start; in fact his first 35 balls brought him only 41 runs. The highlight of that period was a one-handed six over extra cover off JP Duminy. Finch was off balance when he made contact but had the conviction to go through with the shot.

He cut loose in the 16th over, with three consecutive boundaries off medium-pacer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, and passed 50 off his 37th delivery. He bettered that effort in the 18th over, punishing Jaydev Unadkat for four successive boundaries, and set Sunrisers on course for a formidable total. And just when Unadkat threatened to complete an efficient final over, Finch hit the final ball into the stands beyond midwicket, to finish with 88 off 53 balls.

While Finch batted fluently right through, Warner converted a slow start into a punchy half-century. Soon after he was dropped second ball, he clouted Duminy over the straight boundary, but slowed down again. From 8 off 5 balls, Warner plodded to 18 off 27, until Parnell bowled him a leg-side full toss that he smashed for four. And then the boundaries flowed and Warner's touch was so good that he could switch-hit another full toss, from Mohammad Shami, for six over third man.

Despite facing a daunting total, Delhi did not want for momentum. Their openers Quinton de Kock and M Vijay added 99 in 11.2 overs, scoring with ease off pace and spin alike. Dale Steyn had caused no problems in his first two overs either. Both openers fell in quick succession, though, leaving two brand new batsmen with the challenge of scoring 82 off 46 balls.

Kevin Pietersen, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a hand injury, struggled. He scored only 5 off his first 13 balls as the asking-rate climbed over two a ball. Pietersen redressed that imbalance by heaving Darren Sammy over midwicket for six and then cutting his next ball - off Steyn - for four. Karthik had also scored at just over a run a ball when he became Steyn's first wicket of the season, in the 17th over. Steyn doubled his tally next delivery by claiming Pietersen.

The Daredevils' biggest blunder was perhaps a tactical one - they kept their most in-form batsman for too late. Duminy briefly threatened to pull off an incredible heist, but Tiwary, who faced 13 balls, could not give him enough of the strike. Duminy was able to face only seven balls and scored 20 off them. Daredevils desperately needed him to face just a few more.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on April 27, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Team management want a solid reliable & inform batsman at number 3 and for me no-one other than JP is suited at that slot, who is one of the consistent player till now in this Pepsi IPL 2014, which is proved by the statistics. JP is at no. 3 at highest run scorer, top the ranking for highest average ( average 154, far better than his opponent), Just got out in 1 inning out of his 4 innings and second in list of Most fifties and fourth in the list of most sixes and has a healthy strike rate of 148 so give Duminy a lot of ball to play and upgrade him at no. 3 if not to atleast number 4

  • Greatest_Game on April 26, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @ PFEL wrote "Karthik dropped Warner 2nd ball" . . . that "catch" was while keeping up to the stumps to a quicker ball the deflected more than a foot and a half off the bat. Calling it a dropped catch is laughable."

    Fair enough. - maybe not a drop. Would any another keeper have seen the quicker delivery & anticipated better? From what I saw he's not moving - just stands there!

    My point is not rubbishing DK, but DD wasting their best asset. JP is in great nick, brimming with confidence. His body language, his calm pacing the innings, then switching 6 gears & pummeling bowling. He finishes best after some crease time to sync with conditions & bowlers. A small bloke = short arms = short swing arc = less bat speed = less power. Timing is hyper-critical to his boundary clearing.

    Right NOW DD are not exploiting their best batting resource. JP almost overcame the dropped catches, rusty KP & slow DK. A few more balls & he almost certainly would have won it, but almost is never a win!

  • baghels.a on April 26, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Kedar Jadhav who wan one of the few positives from DD's abysmal last season and highest scorer in Ranji tophy not playing ?? is he injured.... Mayank Agarwal would have enjoyed the flat batting conditions yesterday, KL Rahul is another classy young batsman and should bat in top 4, but all IPL franchises just look obssesed with foreign stars and big named capped Indian players.

  • Blackholesun on April 26, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    The DD owners MUST be thinking now what came over them on the auctioning day that they end up shelling out 12.5 crore for Dinesh Karthik. For KP too they shell out nearly 10 crore.

    The DD team doesn't really have anything in them to offer. They are going to end up in bottom three at the end of IPL

  • sreehk on April 26, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    SRH should know that everyday is not a Sunday. The top 3 batted well but they need to do so in almost every game to keep them afloat. The top 3 will be tested in chases. Also they went in with 8 batsmen and only 4 bowlers. They were clearly short of a bowler.

    Among Rahul, VRao, Ojha, Pathan and Rasool they need to pick 3 players. I would pick Ojha, VRao, and Rasool. So that you still have three batting resources and one off-spinner plus the option of squeezing an odd over from VRao.

    SRH XI: Finch, Dhawan, Warner, Ojha, Sammy, VRao, Rasool, Karn, Mishra, BKumar, Steyn

  • android_user on April 26, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Duminy shud cme at no.3 kp who not played cricket n recent times z not fair for that place duminy though did his part well..... 2 important catches dropped by m tiwary...... also cost them.... srh shows what will happen if their top 3 gets going..... clinical win for SRH..... tournament z becoming wide open now.... !!!!!!

  • Gregg22 on April 26, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    this was a very interesting match. as a south african and sunrisers supporter, i had a particular set of desired outcomes for this match. firstly i needed us (sunrisers) to win, obviously. check. secondly i needed quinny to score runs. not enough to win the game but enough to get him picked for a couple more. check. then, i needed jp to come in and smash it about at a better strike rate than kp almost winning the game but just falling short. check. lastly i needed dale to make a significant contribution while kumar gets smashed, because i didnt like the fact that he out bowled dale in the first 2 matches. check! 5- 15 wudda bn nice but yea, u cant have it all. so over all it was a pretty good day for a protea and hyderabad fan.

  • dogandbone on April 26, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Unless DD start with a team full of their best batsman and start thinking about scoring as many runs as they can and then try to defend with three/four good bowlers along with part timers then they wont win to many...they weren't far off it today but I feel they need to include De Coch, Duminy, Taylor and Pieterson in their top order along with Vijay etc......Bat hard and bat long and then try and defend totals .....

  • Alexk400 on April 26, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    DD problem is leadership. There is no leaders. If you see mike hussey in CSK , he always played well under dhoni. But he started playing bad for Mumbai Indians. Good leader will give you Feel of Security which makes player try harder not thinking all negative scenarios. Bad leadership , you will see politics and players will be moved up and down try to upset rhythm of good players. DK and KP are good players for me , its just that they are not good leaders. Duminy may be little better than KP and DK in captaincy. But DD spend all money on KP and in order to keep KP happy they will be giving captaincy to him until DD lose most games. Then musical chairs for captaincy begins. I blame the DD selection panel . They are clueless bunch.

  • gibbs.175 on April 25, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    Thanks to PETER for giving a golden chance to QUINY (Kock ) because Poor DK always ignored him .it was a good match ,too close as t-20 does ....good luck guys DD ....

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