The Saturday match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Delhi Daredevils turned surprisingly lucky for the former to win it by an eight-wicket margin in a rain-struck match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium and emerge with two invaluable points.
After Delhi Daredevils posted 143 for 7 in 20 overs, rain interrupted SRH’s target a few times and when the Hyderabad was chasing a target of 43 runs in five overs.
Earlier, SRH won the toss and asked DD to bat and bowler Dale Steyn too the early wicket getting rid of Quinton de Kock (7) in the third over. However, Kevin Pietersen, who came unexpected next to bat kept going after the SRH bowlers. In his 19-ball play, the DD captain struck four fours and two sixes and took his team past the 50-run mark with Mayank Agarwal.
When the DD reached 54, DD lost Pietersen (35) off the bowling of Amit Mishra. And Agarwal (25) was out, leaving the Daredevils on 73 for three in 13.1 overs. Then, Laxmi Ratan Shukla joined Dinesh Karthik, and the pair took DD past the 100-run mark but rain hit when the scorecard was reading 103 for three in 13.1 overs. It took almost one hour when they resumed.
Both the batsmen picked up and added another 25 runs, before Karthik (39) got out in the 17th over; Steyn took a wonderful catch near the long-off fence off the bowling of Moses Henriques and Shukla (22) too was out soon.
Then JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav, the middle-order duo, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Duminy (4) in the 19th over. Finally, Steyn got rid of Jadhav (5) off the last ball of the innings to restrict DD to 143 for 7 in 20 overs.
Due to rain, a revised target of 117 off 15 overs was set for Sunrisers Hyderabad. But with SRH on 11 for no loss in 1.1 overs, rain interrupted the game and the target was revised to 97 off 12 overs. Siddharth Kaul then dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (4), before play was stopped yet again after the second over with SRH at 17 for one. When the players entered the field, the revised target was 43 off 5 overs.
However, SRH lost Aaron Finch (4) in the fourth over off the bowling of Rahul Shukla and Ojha joined Warner with SRH needing 18 off 10 balls.
Later, the run-chase equation came down to six off six balls and Ojha’s sixer came in handy taking the team over the line with eight wickets in hand and four balls to spare. Soon, they walked to victory with less effort, thanks to rain.
Man of the Match: Dale Steyn for his match-winning bowling performance (4-0-20-2)