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IPL Season 9: Delhi Daredevils stun Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in contention

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A last ball boundary from Karun Nair helped the Delhi Daredevils keep their fight for a play-off berth very much alive as they stunned the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling contest at Raipur which means that no team is yet guaranteed their place in the knock-out stages of the IPL with 2 points separating the top 6 with 4 games left to play.

It was the Daredevils who won the toss today and invited the Sunrisers Hyderabad to have a bat. David Warner dominated the Sunrisers' innings with the bat, top scoring with 73 off 56 balls, with no other batsman making his way past the 20 run mark. Interestingly though 7 of the 8 batsmen who had a bat made their way into double figures with everyone virtually getting a start, but no one else going on to capitalize.

Carlos Brathwaite, playing in place of the injured Chris Morris was the pick of the bowlers taking 2-27 from his 4 overs as the Sunrisers Hyderabad made 158-7 from their 20 overs, a par score for this venue.

The Delhi Daredevils in response lost the in-form Quinton de Kock early for just 2, but Rishabh Pant and Karun Nair stitched together an important partnership for the second wicket, adding 73 in nearly 10 overs before Pant was run out for 32 beaten to the non-striker's end by a bullet throw from Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the deep.

The Delhi Daredevils were given a massive boost in what was possibly the most important moment of the game when David Warner dropped Karun Nair on 51. The youngster made the most of the opportunity, going on to make an unbeaten 83 off 59 balls to win the game for the Daredevils.

Nair shared small partnerships with JP Duminy (17) and Carlos Brathwaite as the game swung one way and then another. Needing 28 off 3 overs, Delhi took 12 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's over leaving them needing 16 to win from the last 2. Another typically outstanding over from Mustafizur Rahman though gave the Sunrisers hope as the Bangladeshi pacer not only dismissed Brathwaite (courtesy of a terrific catch from Barinder Sran), but also conceded just 5 in the over, giving Bhuvi 11 to defend in the final over.

Bhuvneshwar did exceptionally went with his first 4 deliveries, leaving Delhi needing 6 to win off 2 balls, but consecutive boundaries from Karun Nair, with the ball on both occasions sneaking under the outstretched hands of David Warner wrapped up the game in favour of the underdogs. The second of those boundaries was very much preventable, and would have forced the contest into a super-over.

Despite the narrow defeat the Sunrisers Hyderabad stay top of the pile as things stand with 16 points from 13 games, and they will hope to wrap up top spot with a win against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Sunday afternoon. With the Gujarat Lions playing the Mumbai Indians the day before, both Kolkata and Hyderabad will know what they need to do to achieve their play-off aspirations.

The Delhi Daredevils meanwhile take on the in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match of the group stages, and both of those teams despite a massive gulf in their respective net run rates will also have the benefit of playing last to know what they need to achieve in that game, setting up a thrilling weekend of action in prospect.


Delhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock (wk), Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, JP Duminy, Carlos Brathwaite, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Zaheer Khan (c)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Mustafizur Rahman

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 158/7 (20 overs, 7.90rpo)

D Warner 73 (56) C Brathwaite 2-27 (4)

M Henriques 18 (13) JP Duminy 1-9 (1)

Delhi Daredevils 161/4 (20 overs, 8.05rpo)

K Nair 83* (59) B Sran 2-32 (4)

R Pant 32 (26) M Rahman 1-24 (4)

Delhi Daredevils win by 6 wickets