In the battle to reach the top 4, Sunrisers Hyderabad took on perhaps the team that stands the closest to eliminate it’s chances of reaching the playoffs i.e. the Delhi Daredevils.

Daredevils has had a mellow last few IPL matches; maybe too many changes have gone against their victorious run but the changes were not to stop – continuing with the “horses for coaches” philosophy, Delhi Daredevils made 4 changes to their side – dropping Brathwaite, Zaheer Khan, Billings and Nadeem. Duminy, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav and Coulter Nile came back into the side. The Sunrisers Hyderabad stayed unchanged.

 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs  Delhi Daredevils
Date 12 May 2016
Venue Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
146/8 (20)    150/3(18.1)
 Delhi Daredevils won by 7 wickets

Hyderabad yet again had a strong beginning to their innings in the duo of Warner and Dhawan – putting up an opening stand of 67 in 9 overs. Warner was bowled by Yadav for 46. 3 overs later, Dhawan followed his opening partner to the pavilion and the Sunrisers Hyderabad now were 98-2. The platform was set for the middle order to come in and take full advantage of; hit the big shots and take the score well and beyond 160-170 but a collapse of sorts in the middle order pushed back the run scoring.
8, 0, 10,7,1 and 1 – these are scores of batsmen like Yuvraj, Henriques, Hooda, Ojha, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Sran – none of whom delivered the big shots which is so crucial in the late overs of the innings.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad only got to 146 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

The Delhi Daredevils chase was guided by the strong start given by De Kock – smashing a 31 ball 44. His quick innings was pivotal in getting Delhi in-sync with the required run rate and capitalize even after a few non-scoring overs.
Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair could only manage 10 and 20 respectively and Delhi Daredevils were desperately in need of a partnership. IN CAME Rishab Pant – whose 68* against the Gujarat Lions single handedly won the match for his side and he was yet again impressive with his hard hitting and stand-deliver approach.
Pant’s 26 balls 39 guided Delhi Daredevils to a comfortable win in the 18th over – he was equally well supported by Sanju Samson, he made a 26 ball 34.

This match marks the last at the Hyderabad’s home ground and their upcoming 3 matches are all to be played away; thus this loss comes at a great cost because winning today would have pretty much secured the playoffs birth for them.
Hyderabad still however are placed at the no.1 spot but the Delhi Daredevils are the gainers from this match, now placed at no.3 and with teams like Mumbai, RCB and Kolkata also fighting for the spot; a loss today would’ve cost their chances of making it to the playoffs badly.
Sunrisers probably need to evaluate the role of Williamson in their side and see if someone from their bench can take over from him; considering that even though he’s extremely talented, he hasn’t got going as per his usual standards in the tournament thus far – primarily because he takes time to settle but he isn’t been given that as he isn’t opening the batting like he does for New Zealand.

SRH vs DD Squads for 12 May 2016 Match 42

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner (C), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (W), Vijay Shankar, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, Tirumalasetti Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh

Delhi Daredevils

Zaheer Khan (C), Mayank Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (W), JP Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Pratyush Singh, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav

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