Sunrisers Win Rain-Hit Clash

The covers were on and off several times before the match was finally concluded
The covers were on and off several times before the match was finally concluded
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 44-2 (Ojha 13no) beat
Delhi Daredevils 143-7 by eight wickets (D/L)
Indian Premier League 2014, Delhi

The Sunrisers Hyderabad eventually beat the Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain interrupted their Indian Premier League 2014 clash on several occasions.

After the Daredevils posted 143 for seven, the Sunrisers' target was reduced in the end to 43 in five overs, which they reached with four balls to spare.

Naman Ojha finished things off with two big sixes.

With this victory, Hyderabad are lifted to fourth in the points table with eight points from eight games (four wins) while Delhi are now languishing in the last spot, with just four points from nine games (two wins).

Earlier, Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field first. Having made three changes, the hosts got off to a poor start once again as they lost Quinton de Kock (7) in the third over.

Skipper Kevin Pietersen opened the innings on the day and added 44 runs for the second wicket with Mayank Agarwal, another player drafted into the playing 11.

Amit Mishra (2-23) sent them both back, in the space of three overs, with Pietersen gone for 35 runs off 19 balls, with four fours and two sixes. Agarwal scored 25 runs off 18 balls, with four fours.

The pair of wickets rocked the Daredevils’ innings once again. Dinesh Karthik and Laxmi Ratan Shukla were at the crease when the rain arrived in the 14th over.

Despite an hour lost, no overs were reduced at that stage.

It affected their momentum though and in a bid to garner quick runs, the hosts ended up destroying their entire innings.

Karthik scored 39 runs off 30 balls, hitting one four and two sixes, the top score of the innings, while Shukla scored 22 runs off 21 balls, including one four and one six, both batsmen removed in the 17th over by Moises Henriques (2-26).

This time around there was too much for JP Duminy (4) and Kedhar Jadhav (5) to do as the innings ended with a below-par score.

Dale Steyn (2-20) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-23) were the other wicket-takers.

The second innings was delayed by another rain shower, and then another and again another, as the overs were reduced to 15, then 12 and finally the bare minimum five overs for the completion of a T20 game.

The rain delays accounted for Shikhar Dhawan (4) and Aaron Finch (4).

But with 26 needed off three overs when the players finally came on one last time, David Warner (12 not out) and Ojha (13 not out) finished off things easily, the latter hitting two sixes. Sidharth Kaul (1-5) and Rahul Shukla (1-13) were the wicket-takers for the Daredevils.

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