SRH vs DD : A Tough Fight

Faith Castro
May 7, 2018

But, that was not to be as captain Kane Williamson was there till the end to guide the team home even as Yusuf Pathan struck a few lusty blows when mattered.

Sunrisers Hyderabad posted their highest run chase of the VIVO IPL 2018 and reclaimed their place at the top of the standings yesterday.

In the bowling department, Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been decent with the ball, but they lack support from fellow bowlers like Tim Southee, Washingon Sundar and Hyderabad-born Mohammed Siraj.

Opting to bat, Delhi were off to a poor start as Maxwell (2) once again failed to contribute after being run out in the second over with Delhi's score being nine runs. Pathan was dropped on 0 by Vijay Shankar, and ended up making a massive difference with a 12-ball 27.

Hyderabad and Chennai sit top of the table with seven wins, but Hyderabad has a game in hand. The opener plundered three sixes in one over of Avesh Khan; he deposited the first one over the midwicket boundary, hit the second one - a length delivery - over long-off, and collected a third six in the same over when he flayed a wide delivery over the point fence. Courtesy their splendid bowling attack, SRH emerged as good defenders initially but by defeating Delhi Daredevils with a seven-wicket margin on Saturday, they proved that they can pull off tight chases as well.

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Alex Hales, however, set the tone for the Hyderabad win with a 31-ball 44 and in one over bowled by Avesh Khan he hit four sixes to provide SRH with a big impetus in their chase at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. With a slight backfoot trigger towards leg-stump, the Mumbaikar makes room and plays his shots all around the wicket. After bowling three economical overs, he conceded 17 runs in the last over as DD made a fighting total. "But at the same time, I mentioned a number of times that we want to keep seeing those improvements, keep adapting to the different surfaces that we would be faced with in every game", Williamson said during a media interaction.

"Identifying our death bowler before the knockouts is the only thing we're anxious about and that's why we're making a few changes". No other Bangalore batsmen reached double figures.

After a cautious start in the first over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prithvi looked in ominous touch, hitting Sandeep Sharma for a straight six.

Despite the loss, Shaw and captain Shreyas Iyer quickly got into their groove with the former hitting four consecutive boundaries off Siddarth Kaul's first over. In reply, while Shane Watson departed early, opener Ambati Rayudu laid the foundation of a successful foundation with a brilliant 32 off 25 balls. He was handed a life by Wriddhiman Saha when on 29 off Rashid and rubbed salt in SRH's wound after he smashed the legspinner for a six off the next delivery.

Hyderabad batsmen Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan celebrate after winning a T20 cricket match against Delhi in Hyderabad on Saturday. "These situations bring the best out of us".

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