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IPL 6: Sunrisers Hyderabad labour to win over Delhi Daredevils

Sunrisers Hyderabad made very heavy weather of an easy run chase before beating Delhi Daredevils by 3 wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday.

Chasing 115 to win, the Hyderabad side almost handed the game to the Daredevils, before Amit Mishra and Dale Steyn combined to take them overcome the victory target in the 20th over.

Mishra hit a boundary to finish off proceedings with four balls to spare as Sunrisers continued their fine form in their debut season. Hyderabad's laborious win means they are level on points with league leaders Royal Challengers Bangalore with three wins each.

Cameron White
Cameron White failed like most of the Sunrisers batsmen.

Mishra's 16 runs off 14 balls, including two boundaries, proved invaluable to the Sunrisers as they were at one stage struggling at 89 for 6.

Delhi who haven't yet won a match in IPL's 2013 edition were left to rue this opportunity of opening their account. But they only had themselves to blame, having failed to put up a defendable total.

Delhi suffered their fourth consecutive defeat and are placed ninth and last in the points table of the sixth edition of IPL.

It was a night that the bowlers would have enjoyed with batsmen from both sides getting out to some loose shots and fine fielding.

Delhi Daredevils put up a spineless batting show as they posted a meagre 114 for eight against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Hyderabad played to their strength, with the disciplined bowling attack piling on the misery on the Delhi batsmen, who have been struggling since the beginning of the tournament.

The sad story continued and Delhi just about managed to cross the 100-run mark.

Delhi must have expected an inspiring start from Virender Sehwag after electing to bat but the out-of-favour India opener could not help the side, looking for its first win after three defeats. His contribution was just 12 runs as Delhi top-order failed again.

Kumar Sangakkara was smart in his captaincy as he shuffled his bowlers intelligently, never allowing Delhi batsmen to pay freely on a wicket that has uneven bounce.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag failed to click on his return to competitive cricket. File Pic/Getty Images

Hyderabad bowlers, led by the lethal South African paceman, Dale Steyn, kept jolting the hosts with regular wickets by keeping a tight line and not giving any leeway.

The fielders too supported them well. Credit must go to the Hyderabad bowlers, but Delhi also batted poorly. Kedar Jadhav, who is in India's probables list for the Champion Trophy, was the only batsman who batted with purpose, top scoring with an unbeaten 30 off 20 balls.

Jadhav's 30-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Irfan Pathan (23) was the highest for the hosts, which put on board the second lowest total of the season so far.

Steyn (2/11), Thishara Perera (2/31) and Ishant Sharma (2/35) shared six wickets among them.

Steyn provided a spectacular start to his side, bowling a wicket-maiden as he dismissed the in-form David Warner (0) in the fourth ball and almost had Jayawardene (12) the next ball, but Parthiv Patel grassed the tough chance. 

Ishant Sharma dealt a double blow to the hosts by dismissing skipper Jayawardene and cutting short Sehwag's first outing of the season off successive balls in the fifth over.

Concerned by the low run-rate, Jayawardene went for a big shot but miscued and found Steyn at mid-on, while Sehwag was caught brilliantly by Cameron White in the slip region. 

Brief Scores:

Delhi Daredevils 114 for 8 in 20 overs (Kedar Jadhav 30, Irfan Pathan 23; Dale Steyn 2/11).

Sunrisers Hyderabad 115 in 19.2 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 28, Hanuma Vihari 17; Nadeem 2/17).

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