Duminy on song, Delhi on roll
Skipper Jean-Paul Duminy led from the front with a brilliant all-round display as Delhi Daredevils pipped Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs in a thrilling IPL-8 clash on Saturday. Duminy first smashed 54 off 41 balls as Daredevils scored a decent 167 for four and then chipped in with four wickets as visitors kept their nerves in the crucial stages of the nail-biting contest to restrict Sunrisers to 163 for eight and record their second successive win.
Needing just 10 runs off the last over with Ashish Reddy and Karn Sharma at the crease, Nathan Coulter-Nile got the former run-out in the second ball of the over. Two balls later, with Hyderabad needing seven runs from two deliveries, Karn went for a huge hit towards the point boundary but fielder Mayank Agarwal went back to the edge of the rope, leapt up and effected a goalkeeper like save as he parried the ball back in play saving what looked like a sureshot six.
Mayank’s superb save made all the difference in the end and last ball of the match resulted in Sharma getting out, handing Delhi their second consecutive win. Earlier, Delhi Daredevils managed to get on board a competitive score, thanks to fearless batting by young Shreyas Iyer (60 off 40 balls) and Duminy (54) after electing to bat on a difficult pitch. In reply, the Sunrisers seemed to achieve the target as they were cruising at 50 for no loss in just six overs, but Duminy changed the equation, grabbing four for 17 to guide the team to victory.
Coulter-Nile, Angelo Mathews and Imran Tahir took wicket apiece. Duminy accounted for the top order, seeing off dangerous David Warner (28), Shikhar Dhawan (18), top scorer Ravi Bopara (41) and Eoin Morgan (1). The Sunrisers got off to a good start with Warner and Dhawan putting on 50 runs for the opening wicket before Bopara coupled with KL Rahul (24) and Naman Ojha (12) to keep Hyderabad always within achieving the total. Comfortably placed at 110 for three in 15 overs, the Sunrisers lost Naman Ojha, Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan in space of seven deliveries.
Duminy dismissed Bopara and Morgan with the fourth and sixth ball of the 17th over to tilt the match completely in Delhi’s favour. But some good batting by Reddy (15) and Karn (19) made sure that the match went down to the wire. Earlier, the Daredevils lost opener Mayank (1) in the third over with Bhuvneshwar Kumar striking early for the Hyderabad outfit. But Iyer and Duminy made sure there are no further damage early on, as the duo put on 78 runs together for the second wicket to steer the team to a competitive total.