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IPL 2014 – SRH vs DD: SRH Hold Nerve For Narrow First Win

By on April 25, 2014

Sunrisers Hyderabad 184 for 1 (Finch 88*, Warner 58*) beat Delhi Daredevils 180 (Vijay 52, de Kock 48) by four runs…

Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a last-over scare to secure a four-run victory over Delhi Daredevils, registering their first win in the tournament in three games at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, tasked with delivering the final over of which 20 were needed, held his nerve even as JP Duminy took six off the penultimate ball. A last-ball six would have taken the game into a Super Over, but he could only drill the last ball to long off for two.

IPL 2014 - SRH vs DD: Aaron FinchAfter beginning with a thrilling victory over Kolkata Knight Riders, a game that also went down to the last over and had Duminy finish it off, DD slipped to their second consecutive defeat.

Chasing 185, openers Quinton de Kock [48, 30b, 6×4, 1×6] and Murali Vijay [52, 40b, 7×4, 1×6] gave them a rollicking start, but the duo’s dismissal off successive overs robbed them of valuable momentum.

Kevin Pietersen’s [16, 17b, 1×4, 1×6] decision to walk in at No 3 wouldn’t have been his best as he struggled to get going, and his deputy Dinesh Karthik’s [15, 14b, 1×4] travails at the other end compounded their need for quick runs.

Duminy has been DD’s most consistent batsman and the sight of the South African coming in at five in the 17th over proved to be the death blow. Dale Steyn delivered a decisive over that brought Duminy to the crease, getting Karthik and Pietersen off consecutive balls, and Duminy and Manoj Tiwary – already under the pump after dropping two sitters in the field – couldn’t produce enough big overs.

Earlier, wholesale changes in the DD line-up didn’t deter SRH from cashing in, as their top order fired in unison for the first time in the tournament. Finch, Dhawan and Warner finally lived up to their all-star billing, determined more so against their former employers. SRH are a classic example of a top-heavy batting order, but none of them took responsibility to bat throughout the innings in each of their last two games. Against DD, however, Finch batted through, and even though Dhawan fell for 33 despite an easy chance put down by Manoj Tiwary at point, David Warner kept Finch company till the end.

Dhawan was the aggressor in the opening stand with Finch, but the stocky Australian took over after the Indian opener’s lazy attempt at a paddle spooned a simple catch to the returning Pietersen at short fine leg. Warner began impressively after a half chance was put down by Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps, his first scoring shot a six, but struggled to time the ball thereafter. After racing to 81 for 1 at the halfway mark, Warner lost his timing while Finch went into his shell. The next four overs brought just 18 runs, but a combination of innocuous bowling and belligerent hitting thereon took the SRH total soaring.

The last ball of the 14th over delivered by Wayne Parnell, a high full toss, released the pressure for SRH as Warner, struggling to get the ball into the gaps and having thrown his gloves in disgust, found his hitting rhythm. Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s next over gave 19 as Finch and Warner capitalized – 85 runs came from the last six, taking the second wicket stand to 128 off 82. Finch’s 88 not out took up just 53 balls while his Australian batting partner, having fallen behind made up for it with a 45-ball 58*.

Source: gocricket

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