Delhi Daredevils produced an all-round display with bat and ball to upstage defending champs Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 40th game of Indian Premier League played at Feroz Shah Kotla. The hosts Delhi showcased better performance with the bat as they chased down a daunting score of 186 runs posted by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The players who came good for Delhi were Captain Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant and then Corey Anderson to finish the runs to see the side wrap up a much needed win by 6 wickets.
Delhi are still placed at sixth even after their win over Hyderabad and will need to win their next three games to stay alive in the competition. Sanju Samson and Karun Nair produced the perfect start for Delhi scoring 40 runs in the first four overs. Mohammad Siraj broke the opening stand as Samson was outfoxed by slower ball to see Shikhar Dhawan claim a clean catch at cover-point. Nair scored 39 runs before Siddharth Kaul dismissed him to see Delhi lose their second wickets with 72 runs on the board after eight overs.
Rishabh Pant came to his best as he blazed away to score 34 runs off 20 balls while adding 47 runs with Shreyas Iyer to push Delhi an inch closer towards the target. Corey Anderson played the role of a finisher to a tee as he scored unbeaten 41 runs off 24 balls and smashed three sixes in his innings. Anderson put on 41 runs with South Africa’s Chris Morris to steer Delhi to win the game in the 19th over.
Early, Sunrisers Hyderabad batted first as Yuvraj Singh produced a blazing innings of 70* off 41 balls to help the side post 186 runs on the board from 20 overs. Yuvraj added 93 runs with Moises Henriques after side were reduced to 92 for 3 after 11.4 overs. Openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on 53 runs for the opening wicket within the Power play overs. Yuvraj started slowly with just 19 runs off 21 balls but went berserk in the last five overs to collect another 51 runs off just 20 balls. He struck eleven boundaries and a six as Delhi Daredevils were smashed to all parts of the ground. Kagiso Rabada came under the hammer as he conceded 59 runs off his four overs while Shami grabbed two wickets in the game.