Sunrisers Hyderabad [SH] 115/7 [KC Sangrakara 28, PA Patel 19, GH Vihari 17 ,S Nadeem 2/17, M Morkel 2/27 ] beat Delhi Dare Devils [DDD] 114/8 [ KM Jadhav 30*,IK Pathan 23 ,D Steyn 2/11,NTCL Perea 2/31, I Sharma 2/35] by 3 wickets .
Played At Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Man of the Match: A Misra
Sunrisers Hyderabad [SH] the renamed franchise of IPL 2013 recorded its third win in four matches in a closely contested low scoring match against fancied Delhi Dare Devils which unfortunately lost all its matches in IPL 2013 so far. A target of 115 runs these days in T20 anywhere is considered not too difficult chasing. But consistent probing bowling and intelligent handling of resources by Thinking captain Mahela Jayewardene made the task for SH very difficult. They could just scrap through in the last over of the match with only 4 balls left .With a little bit of luck DDD could record their first win.
Winning the toss and electing to bat DDD ran into immediate trouble encountering the very fast and hostile bowling of brilliant D Steyn and hardworking I Sharma. Three top guns David Warner, V Shewag and Jayawradene were sent back to dug out within the first 5 overs with 26 on board. The firsts spells of Steyn and Ishant struck telling blows breaking the backbone of DDD batting from where they could not recover. Other bowlers, Perera, Misra also bowled miserly spells making run scoring extremely difficult for DDD. Only some enterprising batting by young KM Jadhav and Irfan Pathan ensured total humiliation of vaunted DDD batting. The final score of 114 looked at least 30 runs short of what could be a winning target on the surface.
Everyone including the experts thought chasing the 115 target should not be at all difficult for SH. But given the juicy surface and lack of depth of SH batting the task was thought not easy by Ishant in a brief interview before start of SH innings. Mahela is a thinking captain and astute tactician. Defending a small total he plotted very attacking strategy .His bowlers and fielders responding and soon run making by SH batsmen also became a tough task. Morkel and Nadeem bowled exceedingly well and the team chemistry looked different and hungry for a win.After Sangrakara and White removed in quick succession by 11th over with 45 runs yet to store the fate of the match was hanging in the balance. The ball was turning and stopping .Nadeem and Botha used the condition intelligently.Perea got out at 100 on the 17th over. Finally in the final over it was ironically Steyn who stuck a perfect straight drive to bring the 3rd win for SH in 4th match.
Sunrisers looking good and getting stronger after every match .DDD is in all sorts of trouble with early losses throwing them in a must win situation in the most of the remaining matches to proceed to business session of IPL 2013.