IPL 2018: Sunrisers batsmen turn it on against Delhi Daredevils

Conditions: This is the fifth match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, and in a majority of games, Hyderabad's well-rounded bowling attack has meant the batsmen haven't been able to run away with the contest.

In Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishab Pant, Delhi have the capability to mince match-winning runs, which is lacking in the Hyderabad's side.

Chasing 164 to win, Sunrisers were off to a blazing start as England's Alex Hales (45 off 31 balls) clobbered three fours and sixes each, courtesy a drop by Glenn Maxwell earlier in the innings.

Yusuf Pathan (27*) and Kane Williamson's (32*) solid batting at a high pressure situation helped SRH stay at the top of the table with a win against the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday (May 5).

Named captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) after the banned David Warner was ruled out of the Indian Premier League's 11th edition, Kane Williamson today said it's "impossible" for anyone, including Alex Hales, to be a replacement for the explosive Australian opener in the T20 franchise's setup.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar - who returned to the SRH XI - bowled three good overs, before a bad final over ruined his figures. The first 10 and the last 10 overs yielded 82 each for SRH, a contrast to Delhi's 163 for five that saw 95 in the first 10 and 68 in the second half.

Shikhar Dhawan started slowly but accelerated as the innings unfolded; he was 4 from the first ten balls he faced, and then accelerated scoring 29 from the following 19 balls. With six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty, Hyderabad boasts of one of the best bowling attacks in the ongoing IPL season. After the openers were sent back, Williamson stitched an important stand with Manish Pandey, albeit at a slow pace. Captain Iyer was out after 44 runs.

The pacer said his team was confident of stopping the rampaging Delhi Daredevils batsmen - Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer - after the strategic timeout. In his next over, Mishra bowled Dhawan to bring Delhi back in the game.

Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Kane Williamson plays a shot on Sunday.

Speaking about the missed opportunities, DD assistant coach Pravin Amre was quoted saying by Times Now, "On this wicket, we batted well in the power play by getting 60 runs". He was run out in an unfortunate manner when Prithvi Shaw's straight drive deflected off Sandeep Sharma's fingers to disturb the stumps at the non-striker's end. They don't really need another bowling option but they do need some fireworks at the top of the order. Prior to the break, they converted three almost lost causes to wins and six points.

On the other hand, this was Daredevils' seventh loss after ten matches.

Brendon McCullum has come up with a few good knocks throughout the tournament but has not managed to score a single half-century. The result ultimately came down to moments, the short periods of play that completely changed the flow of that match. The boys from the capital city won their matches against Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, while coming close to beating MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.

  • Joanne Flowers