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Sunrisers hold nerve to move fourth

Sunrisers Hyderabad 163 for 4 (Henriques 74*, Coulter-Nile 2-25) beat Delhi Daredevils 157 for 4 (Jadhav 63*, de Kock 50, Karn 2-12) by six runs
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O'Brien: Spinners won it for Sunrisers

With a lot of stand out individual performances in the match, Iain O'Brien picks the tight bowling from Sunrisers' spinners as what won them the game

A blitzy half-century from Kedar Jadhav, only his second in the IPL, brought the required run-rate for Delhi Daredevils from almost 12 with eight overs remaining down to less than eight in the last three overs, but the hosts ran out of steam on the last stretch.

Ishant Sharma bowled his last two overs for just 16 runs, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar served up a mix of yorkers and low full-tosses to give away six in the penultimate over, the two helping Sunrisers Hyderabad to hold on to a narrow six-run win that propped them up to number four in the points table. The result also meant Daredevils became the second team after Kings XI Punjab to fall out of the race of making it to playoffs.

Jadhav hit seven fours and two sixes in the four-over period after 13, reached his fifty off 24 balls, but after edging the first ball off the 18th over to the boundary, he couldn't get the groove. When a six was needed off the last ball to tie the game, he could merely drill it back to Ishant, the bowler, to Sunrisers' delight.

The curve Jadhav's innings followed sloped the other way in comparison to Moises Henriques' unbeaten 74, that had injected life into Sunrisers innings in the second half and helped it grow to 163, a total that was going to be testing on a sticky, bouncy pitch and the refreshingly large outfield in Raipur.

Unlike Jadhav, Henriques had started slow. He was in early, in the fourth over, struggled for timing in the initial half of his innings, and was 10 off 16 deliveries at the end of 11 overs. By that time, Sunrisers had lost all three of their half-centurions this season and the innings was hobbling at less than six an over. Then, with a slog off Amit Mishra in the 12th over landing over the boundary at midwicket, the timing appeared.

Still, Henriques waited for the start of the last five overs before going all-out attack. He smashed a long-hop from Mishra into the stands, then took a treble of couples in the same over to kick-start Sunrisers' surge. He continued running hard and brought up his maiden IPL half-century off 39 balls in the 18th over. Three more sixes from Henriques in the last two overs helped Sunrisers to ratchet up 64 off the last five overs, with Henriques scoring 46.

Daredevils' chase started in sprightly manner, with Quinton de Kock, playing for the first time this season, sprinting to a half-century off 29 balls by the eighth over. But Karn Sharma struck twice in two overs, getting de Kock out stumped and beating JP Duminy's cut to have him out bowled. In between, Yuvraj Singh disappeared in a painfully familiar, yet now almost expected, manner.

Jadhav and Saurabh Tiwary played their respective best innings this season, adding an unbeaten 91 for the fifth wicket, but it all came too late for Daredevils.

A 50 at last

37

Number of innings without an IPL half-century for Kedar Jadhav since getting an unbeaten 50 on IPL debut

A season of woes

18.6

Yuvraj's average in IPL 2015, his worst among all seasons. His strike rate of 117 is worse than all seasons except 2009

de Kock finds form

50

Quinton de Kock's score, his highest in 11 IPL innings. In 10 previous innings he had scored 159 runs

Twos galore

18

Number of twos in the Sunrisers' innings, which equals the highest in IPL 2015. Royals have done it twice, and Kings XI once this year

Close to his best

74*

Henriques' score, his second-best in all T20 games; he'd scored 77 for Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers in the 2015 Big Bash final

Moises' best

1

Number of 50-plus scores for Henriques in the IPL. His previous-highest before this innings was 44, for RCB v Sunrisers in 2013

Zaheer's bunny

4

Number of times Zaheer has dismissed Dhawan in the IPL; only Faulkner has dismissed him as many times

Warner's favourite venue

117

Runs scored by Warner, without being dismissed, in two previous IPL innings in Raipur. His combined SR in those innings was 175

Least-favoured opponent

1-4

Daredevils' win-loss record v Sunrisers, their worst among all opposition teams in the IPL