Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.
Toss: Delhi Daredevils won the toss and chose to bat first
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Delhi Daredevils 80 all out in 19.1 overs (Chand 17. Sammy 2/10, Perera 2/11): It was the best bowling performance this season as SRH bowled out Delhi for the 4th lowest total in IPL history. And it wasn't down to just one man — every bowler Kumar Sangakkara tried ended with a wicket at least. Ishant Sharma continued with his fine form, frustrating the batsmen in his opening spell before sending back Mahela Jayawardene LBW in the 4th over. Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand then forged a patient partnership, but the runs were hard to come by. When Sehwag was bowled by Darren Sammy, DD had just 23 runs on the board after 7.1 overs.
When Hanuma Vihari gave the explosive David Warner a lifeline after dropping a sitter, it seemed Delhi would fight back. But Amit Mishra's deceptive wrong one made sure Warner didn't stick around for too long. It was just wickets from then on, until Perera put Delhi out of their misery by cleaning up last man Nehra. Delhi managed to hit just four fours and a six. Chand was their top-scorer with 17 (24b, 3x4).
Sunrisers 81-4 in 13.5 overs (Dhawan 22, Sammy 18*. Botha 2/11): When you've got Shikhar Dhawan in such fine form, you can expect a brisk start. The stylish left-hander scored 22 (16b, 4x4) before being given out in a debatable LBW decision. Delhi managed to dismiss Dhawan, Parthiv Patel and Ashish Reddy in the space of three overs before Sangakkara needlessly gave away his wicket too. But Delhi needed to pull off something crazy to win this match, and it didn't happen. Sammy (18 runs, 20b, 1x6) and Vihari (11 runs, 9b, 2x4) didn't make any more mistakes and took Hyderabad past the finishing line.
Turning point: Even with Sehwag, Jayawardene and Unmukt gone, Delhi had a chance to recover with Warner in the middle. It was his wicket that really shattered Delhi's morale.
Man of the Match: Sammy, for his 18* and 2/11. And of course, for the newborn baby celebrations.
Published Date: May 04, 2013 11:04 pm | Updated Date: May 04, 2013 11:11 pm