Daredevils v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Delhi May 10, 2014

Sunrisers prevail in rain-hit game


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Sunrisers Hyderabad 44 for 2 (Ojha 13*) beat Delhi Daredevils 143 for 7 (Karthik 39, Steyn 2-20) by eight wickets (D/L method)
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On a frustrating evening with four rain stoppages, sensational death bowling and a cameo from Naman Ojha set up an eight-wicket win (Duckworth-Lewis method) for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla. This was the fourth consecutive loss for Daredevils on their home ground in this IPL.

Sunrisers gave away just 22 in the last five overs, restricting Daredevils to 143 for 7, before their own chase was shortened first to 117 off 15 overs, then 97 of 12 overs and finally 43 off five.

Daredevils nearly clawed back into the game, as Rahul Shukla dismissed Aaron Finch with Sunrisers still needing 18 off 10 but Naman Ojha and David Warner ensured there were no further hiccups. Warner put away a full toss and Ojha followed it up with a slog over deep midwicket that brought the equation to six off the last over. Ojha's six off Laxmi Shukla took Sunrisers home with four balls to spare.

Daredevils in many ways ended up paying the price for steadfastly pigeon-holing two of their best batsmen this season as finishers. They were a comfortable 87 for 2 in the ninth over when Mayank Agarwal was dismissed but Daredevils held Duminy back and sent Laxmi Shukla in at No. 5. The allrounder added 55 runs with Dinesh Karthik but the innings struggled for impetus, specially after the first, hour-long rain break. Both Karthik and Shukla fell in the 17th over, leaving Duminy and Kedar Jadhav 18 balls between them to give Daredevils some sort of a finish. Unsurprisingly, they floundered against intelligent bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan and Dale Steyn.

Their ending - 11 runs off the last three overs - was in stark contrast to the sprightly start, a result of Kevin Pietersen's cameo in his first IPL appearance as an opener. Pietersen was hesitant early on and in danger of a being run-out a few times, but looked to be getting his groove back when he punched a square drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his first boundary.

After Quinton de Kock fell to Steyn, Pietersen took charge, smacking a six and four each off Karn Sharma and Moises Henriques in successive overs to guide Daredevils to their best Powerplay period of the tournament. Against Mishra, though, he mistimed a drive straight to cover, giving the bowler his 100th IPL wicket.

Mayank Agarwal squandered a start leaving the rebuilding to Dinesh Karthik, who scored 39 off 30. Karthik kept the strike turning early on and made the most of a reprieve at fine leg to scoop Steyn for a six over the same region. He swatted Karan Sharma for a six and a four after the resumption of play but fell to a well-judged catch by Steyn at the long-off boundary.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cricket on May 11, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    This pretty much sums up DD's campaign so far, poor decisions and bad luck. JP is more of a finisher, but he should be coming in at 4 or maximum 5. Jadhav has to come after them. Shukla should just be used as a pinch hitter and told to focus on his bowling more. KP looked good, and should continue to open for the rest of the tournament. Sadly, its too late for DD to do anything, but they can still play for pride. Their bowling really let them down and although it looked fine on paper, injury to Coulter-Nile plus Shami and Nadeem's lack of form hurt them. They also lost a few close games and the rain today really put them at a disadvantage. @Hira1 DD has done way better than RCB and MI, they have just been unlucky. They are not the weakest team. And Kathik has played pretty fast and done a decent job with the gloves. He has two 50s and a couple of 30s and 40s. If that is pathetic batting form, you must have impossibly high standards.

  • vas on May 11, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    To promote KP as opener they dropped Vijay. While KP looked good Vijay's talent was wasted. Vijay had been contributing well for DD. Duminy scores well when batting down the order. When he bats higher up he bats slowly. DD think tank is right to use him as their finisher.

  • Bob on May 11, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    So what price now the much adored and very expensive Pietersen.. Where is this awesome matchwinner all his fans keep crowing about.. Well let's see.. His team are at the bottom of the table.. In 6 innings he's amassed 97 runs for an average of 19.40... and above him there are six players who have had the same or fewer innings who have scored more runs than he has..

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Dhawan seems to be struggling in this season... would be good to see Naman Ojha open the innings with Dhawan / Finch.

  • Lian on May 10, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    A lot of ppl don't see the value in a good captain in a tournament like the IPL, but its clear that having a good captain is very important..

  • Deepak on May 10, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    SRH should play following players : 1. Brendon Taylor 2. Aaron finch 3. Shikar Dhawan 4. Irfan 5. Manpreet Juneja 6. Karn Sharma 7. Parvez Rassol 8. Steyn 9. Mishra 10. Buvi 11. Ashish Reddy

  • Khehla on May 10, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    If 5 overs is enough a match might as well create a new format F5. #WhatAFarce#

  • Hira on May 10, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    DD is the weakest team and their failure is due to bad selection, there is no single local player in the team that deserve to be in any team. all is resting on foreign players where they cannot select more than 4 players like if Tahir has to play than Parnell has to sit out and if Taylor comes in than DeKock has to sit out. With this bowling attack Delhi batsman had to score always more than 200 which looking at KP form is out of question..... people are talking about Duminy but his strike rate is not even 150+ and that too coming so low down the order.... also there is too much criticism going on towards KP but seriously is Karthik deserves to be in the team? his batting form is pathetic and his keeping is even worse .......prob DD might have won atleast 2 more matches if Karthik would not have occupied crease with his slow batting and wont have dropped crucial catches at very imp stage of the innings

  • Ashok on May 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Great fight back by the SRH bowlers to restrict the DD to 22 off the last5 overs to limit the total to 143. Bu the rain had the final say with a series of delays, each deay requiring afaster run rate. The last delay set a task for SRH to get 43 off 5 overs with 2.1 overs already gone & SRH at 17 for 1. At one stage it looked like DD suddenly had the chance to win. But Ohja unleashed 2 sixes to finish the match in grand style with 4 balls to spare. SRH were the deserving winners & moved to the 4th place in the points table. Well done SRH!

  • henry on May 10, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    @greatest games....I have said for the last three games I would have dropped KP....In fact I have said he should drop himself for the sake of the team...Taylor would have been my choice as skipper back then...my point about De Koch...hes not giving DD those match winning innings...KP is capable, as we saw a small bit today but really, he is nowhere like the player of old...my preference would be for KP to go but by the looks of it ,his SA mate isn't going to do that.

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