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IPL 2016 – DD vs SRH: Karun Special Keeps Delhi Daredevils Alive

By on May 21, 2016

Delhi Daredevils 161 for 4 (Nair 83*, Pant 32, Sran 2-34) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 158 for 7 (Warner 73, Brathwaite 2-27) by six wickets…

Delhi Daredevils’ young brigade had succumbed to the pressure in their previous two games, and because of that, the early favourites found themselves in a must-win situation in their final two games to keep their chances for a playoff spot alive.

Delhi crossed the first hurdle against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad with a last-ball finish, by chasing down 158 with six wickets in hand in Match 52 of the 2016 IPL at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur.

Young Karun Nair was the architect of the thrilling win scoring an unbeaten 83 off 59 balls taking his team home. In company of Rishabh Pant, Karun kept Dehli ahead in the chase for most part of the innings combining for a 73-run stand for the second wicket. At 82 for 2 in 11.3 overs, Delhi seemed to be coasting home, but Pant’s run-out, by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, coupled with some tidy overs in the middle by the SRH bowlers evened things out.

On a tricky wicket where length balls got an extra zip and others just about held on to the track, Karun had played solidly en route to his second fifty of the season, but he too felt the heat and in a bid to break the shackles, the Karnataka batsman thrusted a pull off Barinder Sran, but without much power the ball headed towards the hands of David Warner .

IPL 2016 - DD vs SRH: Karun Nair

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A certain wicket, one would think, but even the best falter. Warner dropped a dolly – by his on high standards. Karun went on to add 31 runs off his next 15.

With the equation at 16 needed of 2 overs, Delhi were ahead again. But SRH have the best bowling attack in the competition and despite the absence of Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur and Bhuvneshwar have in them to close out the game even at such bleak situations.

Mustafizur delivered a five-run 19th over, including the wicket of big-hitting Carlos Brathwaite courtesy a stellar catch taken at short third man by Sran. 11 off the last over, and Bhuvi squeezed Karun and new batsman Sanju Samson to give away just five off the first five deliveries.

With six off two, Karun needed to find the boundary, else his marvellous knock would go in vain. With mid-off up, Bhuvi banged it short and Karun managed flat-batted swipe; the ball went past Shikhar Dhawan and beat a desperately diving Warner to go for a boundary. 2 off 1 and Bhuvi banged it short again.

Karun, this time spliced it to midwicket and the ball scooted underneath Warner. Karun raised his arms in jubilation, Warner fisted the ground in frustration, Delhi lived to fight another day, SRH’s wait to seal playoff berth prolonged.

Earlier, it was not the first time that David Warner had been the lone bright spot in the SRH batting innings as the Australian clobbered his seventh half-century this season to once again anchor his team early on. Warner fell for 73 off 58 balls in the 16th over and the middle-order did their bit with the bat to take the team to a healthy 158 for 7.

Warner and Dhawan had got off to a good start after being put in to bat, with the dup scoring 46 in the first six overs. Dhawan departed courtesy a brilliant run-out by Brathwaite, when he blocked a drive from Dhawan and launched a bullet throw at the striker’s end to find Dhawan short of his crease.

The Indian international contributed only 10 runs in the partnership. Warner, with his typical controlled aggression, helped himself six boundaries and went past the 600-run mark this season.

Despite losing partners at the other end regularly, Warner went about his business in a relentless manner even as Brathwaite and Mishra kept a lid on the run-scoring in the middle overs. Batting on 73, it looked Warner would up the ante but perished in the 16th holing out to Mishra at long-off off Braithwaite.

Delhi ensured that they build on Warner’s wicket and gave away 41 runs in the last 28 balls. Warner felt 150 plus was a par score and the fielding let his team down. Brathwaite had said it is a matter of one or two players putting their head down and taking responsibility, Karun did that and fetched Delhi two valuable points.

Source: Times Of India

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