HYDERABAD: Delhi Daredevils produced an all-round effort and defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets to jump to the third spot in the ongoing Indian Premier League, here today.
Opting to bowl, the Daredevils first dished out a superb bowling performance to restrict the Sunrisers to a modest 146 for eight and then chased down the target with consummate ease in 18.1 overs, riding on fine a half-century stand between youngsters Sanju Samson (34 not out off 26) and Risabh Pant (39 not out off 26).
By virtue of this win, the Daredevils have moved up to the third spot in the standings with 12 points from 10 games. Despite the loss, the Sunrisers continued to lead the table with 14 points from 11 matches.
Chasing 147 for win, the Daredevils made a decent start reaching 20 off the first three overs before Mayank Agarwal (10) drove a Ashish Nehra (1/23) length delivery straight to Yuvraj Singh at extra cover.
Quinton de Kock (44 off 31), however, looked in ominous mood and flicked Nehra over square-leg for a massive six and then followed it up with a boundary.
Karun Nair (20 off 17) matched his partner stroke for stroke and clobbered Barinder Sran for two fours in the next over. De Kock continued his onslaught and struck Sran for a four and six in the eight over to keep Delhi abreast with the asking rate.
But Moises Henriques (2/19) put a brake on Delhi's chase by picking up two wickets in the 10th over. Henriques first dismissed Nair with a peach of a yorker and then two balls later accounted for the wicket of dangerous De Kock, caught by Naman Ojha behind the sumps although the batsman should consider himself a tad unlucky as TV replays showed there was hardly any nick.
Thereafter, it was all Samson and Pant show as the youngsters played sensibly and mixed caution with aggression to stitch an unbeaten 72 run stand for the fourth wicket that came off just 50 balls.
Sunrisers Hyderabad squandered a brilliant start to finish at 146 for eight against a disciplined Delhi Daredevils in a league encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.
The hosts were once again off to a brilliant start as the opening duo of David Warner (46) and Shikhar Dhawan (34) fired 51 runs in the powerplay to lay the platform but lost the momentum as the Delhi bowlers bounced back with some brilliant efforts.
Warner, who has been in prolific form this season, looked set for another big score but off-spinner Jayant Yadav foxed him with a slower one to dismiss him four short of his sixth half-century. The Australian smashed six boundaries and a six to add 67 with Dhawan.
Next in, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (27) joined Dhawan but the duo could add only 31 runs as leg-spinner Amit Mishra sent the southpaw packing with Sanju Samson latching on to a brilliant running catch at deep midwicket. Dhawan's 37-ball knock was laced with three hits to the fence.
Mishra struck again in his very next over to remove incoming batsman Yuvraj Singh (8) and then Shami, who leaked 22 off his first two overs, packed Moises Henriques off the first delivery of his third over to reduce the hosts to 114 for 4.
Young Deepak Hooda (10) then added 21 runs for the fifth wicket with Williamson, only to be foolishly dismissed hit wicket from a slower delivery off Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Williamson soon joined Hooda at the dug-out after being cleaned up by Chris Morris. In his attempt to accelerate the scoring, the Kiwi tried to flash a fast yorker length ball only to find his bails in the air. His 24-ball knock included three boundaries.
Morris then ran out Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1) in his own follow through as wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha (7), Barinder Sran (1) and Ashish Nehra (1) could only add seven runs in the last over.
For the visitors, Mishra and Coulter-Nile picked two wickets while Yadav, Shami and Morris chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 146/8 (David Warner 46, Shikhar Dhawan 34, Kane Williamson 27, Mishra 2-19, Coulter-Nile 2-25) vs Delhi Daredevils.
Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to field against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.
The visitors have made four changes with skipper Zaheer Khan sitting out with a niggle and South African Jean-Paul Duminy captaining the side on his behalf.
Apart from Duminy, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav and Nathan Coulter-Nile are back in the playing XI while Carlos Brathwaite, Sam Billings, Shahbaz Nadeem and Zaheer are out.
On the other hand, the hosts, on a roll after three successive wins, have retained the same side which played the previous match against Rising Pune Supergiants.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman.
Delhi Daredevils: Jean Paul Duminy (captain), Quinton De Kock (wicketkeeper), Mayank Agarwal, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Jayant Yadav, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami.