Another good start by Warner-Dhawan
Sunrisers Hyderabad openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan combined for their fourth fifty plus stand in the 2016 IPL to lay a solid foundation for their team against Delhi Daredevils, which unfortunately was not capitalised by the middle-order. It was a rather uncharacteristic start by the SRH openers after being put in to bat by Delhi’s stand-in skipper JP Duminy – regular captain Zaheer Khan was benched owing to a niggle – with the duo scoring just 11 runs in the first three overs. Next, Mohammad Shami was introduced into the attack and he strayed down the leg that was taken for a four by Dhawan. Warner then proceeded to hit two more fours in the over before tonking two fours and a six off Jayant Yadav’s third over to help SRH to 51 for 0 by the end of Powerplay. The duo went on to add 67 in 8.5 overs.
Jayant’s vital breakthrough
At 67 for 0, SRH were in a solid position, but Haryana offspinner Jayant put the brakes on the SRH innings with the wicket of Warner. Jayant opened the bowling for Delhi and bowled well, conceding just eight runs in his first two overs. He was then taken for 17 in his third but finished strong in his final over. He got the better of Warner with a slightly quicker and fuller delivery that the Australian thought was there to be cut, only to realise that he was cramped for room. Jayant had foxed Warner earlier in the over with a similar delivery that was just a bit short and the extra bounce had taken the ball over the stumps. But he rectified his line and castled the Hyderabad skipper for 46 off 30 balls. Warner’s departure led to a dip in the run-rate and Delhi bowler’s soon took over.
Deepak Hooda knocked over his stumps with his backfoot in the 18th over to become the seventh batsman in IPL history to be out in that fashion. Interestingly, his team-mate Yuvraj Singh was out hit-wicket against Mumbai Indians this year, taking the tally of hit-wicket victims to two in 2016. The 2008 and 2012 editions of IPL also witnessed two hit-wickets each.
De Kock blunts SRH’s new-ball attack
Right from the outset Quinton de Kock and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal – playing his second game of the season – did not look overwhelmed by the in-form opening bowlers of SRH, taking 20 runs in the first three overs. However, Agarwal perished to Ashish Nehra for ten. In walked Karun Nair (27), and with de Kock he put on 55 for the second wicket off just 37 balls. The bulk of the scoring was done by the South African who looked in sublime touch and pounced on every loose delivery that came his way. De Kock scored 46 off 30 balls.
Henriques brings Hyderabad back in the game
Riding on de Kock’s sublime form with the bat, Delhi scored 74 for one by the ninth over but they were jolted with a double-strike by Henriques. The Australian bowled a slower yorker that led to the downfall of Karun. Off the fifth ball of the over, Henriques managed to get a faint edge as de Kock attempted a ramp shot off a short ball only to be caught by wicketkeeper Naman Ojha. However, replays showed that the ball had grazed his helmet and no bat was involved but the umpire had raised his finger and a disappointed De Kock was on his way back to the dugout. From a healthy position, Delhi found themselves in a spot of bother at 78 for 3 after 10 overs.
Pant and Samson take centerstage
After Henriques provided SRH with a ray of hope, Rishabh Pant and Samson joined forces in an unbroken 72-run stand off 50 balls for the fourth wicket to take their team home with 11 balls to spare. Taking on the likes of Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the duo took their chances and did not succumb to the pressure. From 78 for 3, they ensured Delhi did not lose anymore wickets and coasted home fairly easily. Pant had shown glimpses of his potential during his 40-ball 69 against Gujarat Lions and on Thursday, the Delhi batsman put on another stellar show reaffirming his talent. SRH’s Mustafizur has been the toughest customer to deal this IPL, and Pant took apart the Bangladesh bowler scoring 26 runs off the 13 balls he faced from him – that included two fours and two sixes. One of his sixes, via a flick over deep midwicket, had Yuvraj Singh of 2011 written all over it. Samson provided good support to Pant with 34 off 26 balls.