Delhi made it really tough for Sunrisers
Sunrisers Hyderabad inflicted more agony on the Delhi Daredevils’ insipid campaign in IPL-6 handing them their fourth successive loss snatching a three-wicket win in a low scoring match at the Kotla Stadium.
Set a target of 115, Sunrisers crossed the line on the second delivery of the final over as Dale Steyn spanked Irfan Pathan for a boundary to seal their third win of the tournament.
Sunrisers began their chase streakily, losing opener Akshath Reddy cheaply to a brilliant throw by Shahbaz Nadeem as the former fell short of his crease to what looked a regulation single. But after the early blow, Parthiv Patel and skipper Kumar Sangakkara directed the chase in the right direction with a 44-run stand for the second wicket.
The introduction of Nadeem, however, got Delhi the breakthrough in the eighth over as Patel top-edged a delivery to be caught by the bowler. Both spinners Nadeem and Johan Botha used the double paced wicket well to their advantage after Irfan Pathan and Siddharth Kaul bowled tight first spells to choke the Sunrisers’ chase early on. However, it was Umesh Yadav who proved the weak link in the Delhi bowling on the day leaking 32 runs from his three overs.
After Patel’s departure, Botha gave Delhi the prized scalp of Sunrisers skipper Sangakkara as Sehwag held on to a sharp catch at first slip.
However, with the dangerous Cameron White and promising youngster Hanuma Vihari at the crease, Sunrisers were very much in the match. That changed soon as White was foxed by a Nadeem delivery to be stumped by the keeper. Vihari followed in the next over as he drove at a ball that bounced a shade too much and was caught by Botha at mid-off.