Daredevils bat, Bhuvneshwar returns for Sunrisers

Lynette PayneMay 06, 2018

Today the pearl city observed match 36 of the 11th edition of Indian Premier League which is being played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Ever since young Shreyas Iyer took over charge from Gautam Gambhir - under whom the side had managed to win just one of the six matches - Delhi have a ray of hope to make the playoffs. Yusuf Pathan (27 no off 12 balls) and skipper Kane Williamson (32 no off 30 balls) kept their calm surpassing the 164-run target in 19.5 overs on a tricky surface.

Alex Hales (45) and Shikhar Dhawan (33) provided Hyderabad a confident start although Delhi should have removed Hales in the second over when Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell dropped a sitter in the deep.

During the chase, Englishman Hales (45 off 31 deliveries) and Dhawan (33 off 30) provided 76 runs from nine overs for the opening wicket to set the ideal base for the chase. Shikhar Dhawan has been off-colour since returning from injury, but their bowlers have ensured that hasn't affected the results. He sends in a fuller length delivery which Pandey tries to hit out of the ground but only gets lots of height on it, the ball stays up for a long time and Shaw keeps his eyes on it as he went running back from extra cover to take a good catch.

India's U19 World Cup winning skipper Prithvi Shaw hit top gear the moment he was given a place in the playing XI. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan (2/23 in 4overs) was the most impressive bowler for Sunrisers as he put the brakes in the second half of the Delhi innings.

It wasn't the typical free-flowing Shreyas Iyer inning, but on a surface where scoring runs was a hard task, the DD captain persevered and helped himself to 44 off 36 balls.

He smashed three boundaries and a maximum off pacer Siddharth Kaul, as the latter's over went for 20 runs. The left-hander hit two boundaries and one six - the big hit coming off a free-hit delivery off Avesh Khan. He was looking good for a fifty before being bamboozled by Amit Mishra's leg-spin for a well made 45 (31). However, medium pacers Avesh Khan, Liam Plunkett, and spinner Shahbaz Nadeem need to step up and come out with their best to support Boult.

A struggling Rishabh Pant was first involved in a bad mix-up which saw striker Naman Ojha stranded at his end; then he himself was dismissed lbw going for an ambitious pull off Rashid, who was outstanding again, to reduce Daredevils to 134 for five in16.5 overs.

The hosts brought back Bhuvneshwar Kumar and rested Basil Thampi. But Pandey (21) could not prosper as he holed out in the 18th over. Rashid Khan picked up two wickets for Hyderabad while Amit Mishra bagged 2 wickets for Delhi.

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