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IPL Match 45: Henriques, bowlers send Sunrisers up to fourth

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A pair of excellent half-centuries from Quinton de Kock (50 from 31 balls) and Kedhar Jadhav (63* from 33 balls) went in vain as the Delhi Daredevils fell agonizingly short by 6 runs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Raipur today.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to have a bat. David Warner (17) and Shikhar Dhawan (13) had rare failures at the top of the order with both batsmen getting starts, but neither going on to make a meaningful contribution.

Moises Henriques came out to bat at no.3 and played an outstanding innings, smashing 5 sixes and just the one boundary en route to making an unbeaten 74 from 46 balls. Eoin Morgan after his heroics in the last game, failed to regain top form, making a patient 22 from 25 balls.

Karn Sharma (16 from 13b) and Ravi Bopara (17* from 11b) tried to provide a late push as Hyderabad finished at 163-4 from their 20 overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile was impressive once again, taking 2-25 from his 4 overs, while rookie offspinner Jayant Yadav impressed immensely taking 1-19 from his full quota.

The Delhi Daredevils lost Shreyas Iyer early in their chase for a 7-ball naught as the youngster attempted to break the shackles, but was picked up by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Quinton de Kock, getting a rare game, made the most of his opportunity, smashing 9 boundaries and a six en route to an outstanding half-century. However, he was dismissed in the 9th over, having made 50 of the 60 runs his team had on the board.

JP Duminy (12 from 16b) and Yuvraj Singh (2 from 7b) lost whate little momentum had come Delhi's way and at 66-4, the Daredevils looked like they would struggle to compete in this contest.

However, a 91-run partnership between Kedhar Jadhav and Saurabh Tiwary (26* from 25b) gave their side plenty of cause for optimism.

Bhuneshwar Kumar though produced another master-class at the death, and was well complemented by the erratic Ishant Sharma, who seemed to have regained some of his long lost mojo as the Sunrisers picked up a narrow win to move themselves on to 12 points from 11 games, moving ahead of the Mumbai Indians into fourth place on net run rate.

The Delhi Daredevils are now officially out of the reckoning with 8 points from 12 games, and will look to end what has been a disappointing season with a couple of wins to boost their fast crashing confidence.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Naman Ojha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma

Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy (c), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 163/4 (20 overs, 8.15rpo)

M Henriques 74* (46) N Coulter-Nile 2-25 (4)

E Morgan 22 (25) J Yadav 1-19 (4)

Delhi Daredevils 157/4 (20 overs, 7.85rpo)

Q de Kock 50 (31) K Sharma 2-12 (3)

K Jadhav 63* (34) B Kumar 1-20 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 6 runs