Williamson, Dhawan trip Delhi with 136-run stand

Delhi Daredevils will look to arrest their slide in their next match against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, and for that to happen, both Zaheer and Cummins remain crucial for the team.

Williamson, who was adjudged as Man of the Match in the post-match presentation ceremony, said that he was fortunate to get the game after the form his teammates have been in. At the halfway mark, Hyderabad reached 80 for one.

If the track plays slow like it did on Monday night, the two leggies, Amit Mishra and Rashid Khan, could be a handful. "Fantastic performance from the guys with the bat and then following it up with the ball as well", he added.

With skipper David Warner, fellow Australian Moises Henriques and the Indian duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh preferred in the top half of Hyderabad's batting line-up, Williamson replaced Afghan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi for the home game against Delhi.

Dhawan then stepped on the gas and collected two fours and a six before he hit Morris down the throat of square-leg; the left-hander made 70 from 50 balls aided with seven fours and a six. Rishabh Pant was dismissed for a duck in the same over by Yuvraj Singh as the Daredevils slumped to 86/3 in 10 overs. We all were very impressed with the way he performed for Hyderabad and wherever he got an opportunity this season. Notably, the two teams, who opened the campaigns with two wins each, have lost their next two games on the trot. The 70-run fifth wicket partnership between Shreyas Iyer (50 no; 31b, 5x4, 6x2) and Mathews (31; 23b, 4x2, 6x1) whittled it down to 34 from the last 12 deliveries. They scored 56 runs in the first six overs, their highest power play score against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is one young fast bowler who can do well and win matches for the franchise.

That run rate did start to drop once the field spread and as the pressure started to tell, even if DD were still in a decent position, Karun's (33, 23b, 5x4, 1x6) innings came to an end, courtesy a misjudgement in running.

Sanju Samson was the next to go, dismissed for 42 off 33 deliveries by the impressive Mohammed Siraj. DD 105 for four at this stage, needed 87 from 41 balls.

Yusuf Pathan, 59, and Pandey batted resolutely and combined for 110 runs for the fourth wicket off 72 balls after Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan (2-28) struck in his first two overs to reduce Knight Riders to 3-21.

Delhi Daredevils: 176/5 in 20 overs.

Billings (13, 9b, 3x4) would end up being Mohammed Siraj's first ever IPL wicket, with the Englishman flicking a ball, after hitting a couple of boundaries, straight to Deepak Hooda at midwicket.

  • Julie Sanders