Hyd rise; DD stay win less
New Delhi (Agencies): New Delhi (PTI): There was no end to Delhi Daredevils' misery as the side crashed to its fourth successive...
New Delhi (Agencies): New Delhi (PTI): There was no end to Delhi Daredevils' misery as the side crashed to its fourth successive defeat in the Pepsi Indian Premier League, losing a low-scoring see-saw contest by three wickets to Sunrisers Hyderabad, here on Friday.
Even Virender Sehwag's presence failed to lift the side as all they could manage was a paltry 114 for eight after electing to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. Sehwag played his first game of the season and the side must have expected an inspiring start from him but the out-of-favour India opener could not help the side, whose cup of woes is now overflowing.
The batsmen yet again let the Delhi team down but the Hyderabad bowlers deserve the credit for keeping the hosts under constant pressure by regular strikes.
The fortunes kept fluctuating in the low-scoring thriller but eventually Hyderabad huffed and puffed to win with four balls to spare. It became a battle of nerves for the both the sides and Amit Mishra (16) and Dale Styen (9) steered their side home, with the latter finishing the match with a crushing straight drive off Irfan Pathan.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils put up a spineless batting show as they posted a meagre 114 for eight against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Twenty 20 League match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.
Hyderabad played to their strength, with the disciplined bowling attack piling on the misery on the Delhi batsmen, who have been struggling since the beginning of the tournament.
Delhi must have expected an inspiring start from Virender Sehwag after electing to bat but the out-of-favour India opener could not help the side, looking for its first win after three defeats.
His contribution was just 12 runs as Delhi top-order failed again. Kumar Sangakkara was smart in his captaincy as he shuffled his bowlers intelligently, never allowing Delhi batsmen to pay freely on a wicket that has uneven bounce.
Hyderabad bowlers, led by the lethal South African paceman, Dale Steyn, kept jolting the hosts with regular wickets by keeping a tight line and not giving any leeway. The fielders too supported them well.
Credit must go to the Hyderabad bowlers, but Delhi also batted poorly. Kedar Jadhav, who is in India's probables list for the Champion Trophy, was the only batsman who batted with purpose, top scoring with an unbeaten 30 off 20 balls.
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 114 for 8 (Kedar Jadhav 30, Irfan Pathan 23, Dale Steyn 2/11) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 115 for seven (Kumar Sangakkara 28, Hanuma Vihari 17, Nadeem 2/17).