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  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.... !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 .....

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 ....

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | April 25, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, "Karthik dropped Warner 2nd ball" . . . not sure if you watched the game or not but 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.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Didnt watch SRH batting after last game but halfway I checked the scored and shocked to see SRH scored 180+ runs. Checked again later and saw DD needed 60-70 runs from last 5 overs. Hoping SRH could win by a good margin to improve NRR but it wasnt the case, glad the won but I do want the entire team to step up.

    Ive noticed that the bowling doesnt take man wickets at the top order be it bowled lbw caught stumped run out etc. Its mostly 1XX for 3-5 wickets most of which fall near the end. The bowlers dont seem like theyre trying to take wickets, feels like they want to restrict scoring at the start rather than take wickets and put pressure.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game : Absolutely right. Agree with you.

    How can you play your best batsman so low down the order. Especially when you are chasing 184. Hopeless captaincy.

  • POSTED BY kay008 on | April 25, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    sunrisers today found a bowler short, they should get there balance right. Inclusion of ohja was good but i dont know what rahul is doing in the team. they should get ishant sharma or another spinning allrounder. Hope they get the balance right. Good luck guys

  • POSTED BY dogandbone on | April 25, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    just when you needed taylor at 4 to bring the game home hes not there...hopeless waste of time batting him any lower than 4

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 25, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @ jackiethepen. The match was lost by both dropping catches and a middle order that slammed the brakes on a good run rate. In the IPL you can't win by dropping catches, AND you can't win if your middle order play like they are on the village green.

    Sunrisers could still have scored runs if Warner & Dhawan's catches had been held. Delhi had absolutely no chance of making 185 at a run rate of under 6 an over.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 25, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    DD got it wrong in the field, Karthik dropped Warner 2nd ball; Tiwary dropped Dhawan on 26 & Warner on 31. Catches win matches as Chris Lynn showed.

    DD got it right by playing de Kock. His quick 48 off 30 balls, & Vijay's 52 off 40 set up the middle order for an unchallenging finish.

    But, DD got it wrong, again. In came the expensive superstars to bog down the run rate. Their best batsman came in too late. KP cost $1.5 million & scored 16 off 17. Karthik cost $2 million, & made 15 off 14. And, along with the dropped catches, they cost DD the match.

    Duminy smashed 20 off 7, his SR 3 times faster than KP & DK. But, Duminy was a cheap buy & $366 thousand! Is that why he's kept down the order instead of winning matches?

    KP & DK -are slow. Karthik & Tiwary are catch droppers. Duminy is a match winner. 2014's highest ave & 3rd most runs @ SR 148, AND DD's most economical bowler ( except Coulter-Nile's 4 overs!) Duminy cost little: not using him intelligently will cost everything!!

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | April 25, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    No KP didn't lose the game Real_Nick. It was lost in the poor fielding. You can't drop three catches in the IPL. Two of them should have been taken by any decent fielder let alone IPL players. KP was rusty but it is in the interest of the team that he takes the field and gets some time in the middle. He will repay them. This is his first game since the Ashes.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    A win doesn't change the fact that Shikhar Dhawan is not a good captain. You either need to be like the father figure (like Dhoni) or get real friendly and smart (like Sammy). Dhawan doesn't interact with the other team mates as much as he needs to. He is like the merit student who cares about his grades and not much about the school necessities. He is more self centered and he cares about his scores. That's a good thing for a batsman and that's what he must be. The opening batsman for the team. Sammy should be made captain before it gets too late.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    both are competing for 7th 8th places.i am from hyd HYD team lack proper combination.foolish to loose patel wicket keeper no genuine spin bowler

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    DD fought well today.Bring Kedhar jadhav Instead of Manoj Tiwary & Make Quinton De Kock As Wicketkeeper.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 25, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Tough luck but DD did well today. This is their strongest XI for sure. KP should get back into form pretty quickly. He looked to be freeing up. I still feel Jadhav could get a look in. The bowling...is ok. They need to work on their length a bit, and today they were a bit too wide. But there is promise there. If Coulter-Nile recovers, it could be really beneficial. SRH's top order came good today, but if they don't they will be in trouble.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Great fight by DD. Its okay. This is just the start. When the ipl progresses, DD and SRH will surely fire

  • POSTED BY shahancricinfoofficial on | April 25, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    From now on, SRH and DD will fire good. Both sides, openers laid strong foundation for their teams. Now, both teams have to work on their fielding unit to do some stunning stuffs... (joking..) to be at their bests. DD and SRH lost close games when their bowling/fielding failed to soak-in the pressure. If they manage to do, they both will be closing into the final four. DD and SRH need to value their individuals potential and plan well, as of now they got the pulse and blood samples of their team members... they can do a better game plan now on. All teams now should nail down Maxwell within 10 balls he face (either through runout/bowling straight-He cannot hit them as he do on others)...

  • POSTED BY shahancricinfoofficial on | April 25, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Great move by Delhi and KP...hopefully they become more competitive now that they have drafted in folks who can pull their weight instead of getting bogged down....Neesham and Ross have not really been consistent or efficient enough to justify their places. Ross has played a ODI innings and Neesham has put in a one-show wonder which was still average considering the opponents score. Mayank and Coulter Nile have been passengers leaving JP to shoulder all the burden. Hoping for an improved performance now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    The moment Duminy had been overlooked with the right slot of batting order because of the ominous form , he is in ,of late, some doubt was there on DD's chances to win, despite Quinton & Vijay as opening pair had given a good partnership in quick time for DD ! But SRH s performance today was clinical and the big guns in Finch & Warner, who were rusty hitherto, went great guns for SRH.

    It contributed to DD's narrow loss today. Gary & KP need to do a judicious game plan & execute it, with perfection, as DD's past record was sort of lacklustrous one, except one edition where Viru as Captain shuffled across his batsmen in an unimaginative manner , leading to his Team's downfall against KKR!

  • POSTED BY Azurite on | April 25, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Can everyone now see clearly Kevin EGO Pieterson is NOT a team player. Geez....scoring at less than a run ball. WoW!!! Duminy before KP...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    dd still 10 reamin 7 or 8 is comftaballe to play off good cominetion fownd so gett well next mach.....

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 25, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    From now on, SRH and DD will fire good. Both sides, openers laid strong foundation for their teams. Now, both teams have to work on their fielding unit to do some stunning stuffs... (joking..) to be at their bests. DD and SRH lost close games when their bowling/fielding failed to soak-in the pressure. If they manage to do, they both will be closing into the final four. DD and SRH need to value their individuals potential and plan well, as of now they got the pulse and blood samples of their team members... they can do a better game plan now on. All teams now should nail down Maxwell within 10 balls he face (either through runout/bowling straight-He cannot hit them as he do on others)...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | April 25, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    So Duminy did in 7 balls what KP couldn't do in 17... Not only numpty captaincy, but serious doubts over batting form as well for KP. The photograph and caption there need to be changed; KP didn't "add power to DD batting line-up" - he lost them the game through stupid captaincy and poor batting.

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | April 25, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    DELHI lost that game for one reason only. They sent in an out of form, faded, ex so-called supestar, before a present day current superstar ( Duminy). Ego to the fore again! Serves them (him) right.

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | April 25, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    very sad . I don't know why Karthik came to grease before duminy . Duminy should come before karthik for left hand , right hand condition . very sad decision by DD managers and captain . any how good game by SRH

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    finaly de cock can be selected good thinking

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Strange! Having Kedar Jadav in the team, they are persisting with Manoj Tewari!!! Perhaps, Dhoni has inherited such tendencies from Guru Garry!!!!! Kedar is in really hot form, whereas Manoj has not played cricket since a long time.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Who'll win?? 185 to chase grhh

  • POSTED BY venbas on | April 25, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Great move by Delhi and KP...hopefully they become more competitive now that they have drafted in folks who can pull their weight instead of getting bogged down....Neesham and Ross have not really been consistent or efficient enough to justify their places. Ross has played a ODI innings and Neesham has put in a one-show wonder which was still average considering the opponents score. Mayank and Coulter Nile have been passengers leaving JP to shoulder all the burden. Hoping for an improved performance now.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Who'll win?? 185 to chase grhhh

  • POSTED BY Rahulthevirufan on | April 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    would have given neesham another game maybe ahead of parnell, I think Neesham is huge potential but needs to get mental support can be a bit of Andy Caddick in this respect. Otherwise good XI though instead of 7 bat and 4 bowlers dd shud have gone wid 6 bat 5 bowlers combo. Laxmi isn't exactly an allrounder. Rahul shukla cud have been better.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | April 25, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Cannot understand dropping Neesham. Top score, best strike rate and second-best economy rate in last match. Not sure what more he could have done . . .

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | April 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Better team selection from dd. All the best for both teams.

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  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.... !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 .....

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 ....

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | April 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Better team selection from dd. All the best for both teams.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | April 25, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Cannot understand dropping Neesham. Top score, best strike rate and second-best economy rate in last match. Not sure what more he could have done . . .

  • POSTED BY Rahulthevirufan on | April 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    would have given neesham another game maybe ahead of parnell, I think Neesham is huge potential but needs to get mental support can be a bit of Andy Caddick in this respect. Otherwise good XI though instead of 7 bat and 4 bowlers dd shud have gone wid 6 bat 5 bowlers combo. Laxmi isn't exactly an allrounder. Rahul shukla cud have been better.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Who'll win?? 185 to chase grhhh

  • POSTED BY venbas on | April 25, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Great move by Delhi and KP...hopefully they become more competitive now that they have drafted in folks who can pull their weight instead of getting bogged down....Neesham and Ross have not really been consistent or efficient enough to justify their places. Ross has played a ODI innings and Neesham has put in a one-show wonder which was still average considering the opponents score. Mayank and Coulter Nile have been passengers leaving JP to shoulder all the burden. Hoping for an improved performance now.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Who'll win?? 185 to chase grhh

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Strange! Having Kedar Jadav in the team, they are persisting with Manoj Tewari!!! Perhaps, Dhoni has inherited such tendencies from Guru Garry!!!!! Kedar is in really hot form, whereas Manoj has not played cricket since a long time.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    finaly de cock can be selected good thinking

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | April 25, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    very sad . I don't know why Karthik came to grease before duminy . Duminy should come before karthik for left hand , right hand condition . very sad decision by DD managers and captain . any how good game by SRH

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | April 25, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    DELHI lost that game for one reason only. They sent in an out of form, faded, ex so-called supestar, before a present day current superstar ( Duminy). Ego to the fore again! Serves them (him) right.

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

Finch gives Sunrisers first points

The Report by George Binoy
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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Highlights: Aaron Finch blasted 88 off 53 balls

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