Delhi Daredevils kept their chances of qualifying for the IPL play-offs alive after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad, by six wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, yesterday.
The hosts put on a collective batting effort to register a win with five balls to spare. Delhi, with their third win in the tournament, moved to the sixth spot with six points, whereas Hyderabad remains till at the third spot, with 13 points after their fourth loss in the tournament.
All-rounder, Corey Anderson’s quick - fire, 24-ball unbeaten and Chris Morris 7-ball 15 helped Delhi raise an unbeaten 41-run fifth wicket stand, to gain the much needed win. Delhi, chasing a stupendous target of 186, were off to a decent start. Sanju Samson hit 24 off 19 balls and skipper Karun Nair scored 39 off 20 balls, putting on 40 runs, before medium pacer, Mohammed Siraj packed back Samson. Samson, was beaten by a slower one in the bowler’s second over, which Shikar Dhawan secured on comfortably at cover point.
Karun Nair looked in good touch during his brief stay, which saw the ball crossing the boundary on five occasions besides twice over it. Nair could add 32 runs for the second wicket, with wicket keeper, batsman Rishabh Pant, once again witnessed the dismissal of a batsman before the first strategic-time out, this time in the form of Nair. With both the openers, back in the dug out, the responsibility was Pant and new man, Siraj, who scored 33 runs off 25 balls. The right-handed batsman duo, batted well to put 37 runs for the third wicket. The dismissal of Pant, brought together all-rounder Corey Anderson and Iyer, who was at his best, hitting two consecutive sixes off Yuvraj Singh. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, packed Iyer back with a slower bouncer.
Anderson, then along with Morris, took the responsibility, and with 24 needed off the last three overs, Anderson hit a six and a four in back to back balls. All-rounder Moises Henriques, played the perfect second fiddle to Yuvraj, and added an unbeaten stand of 93 runs for the fourth wicket from 51 deliveries. Skipper David Warner and Dhawan, gave the visitors a flying start, putting on 53 runs before pacer Mohammed Shami.