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Bye bye Delhi Daredevils! See you next year

Kane Williamson

SunRisers Hyderabad (164-3) claimed back their top spot in this year’s IPL after a win against Delhi Daredevils (163-5) by 7 wickets which was way closer than the bottom line suggests.

In an unconventional move, Delhi Daredevils won the toss and decided to bat first. After Glenn Maxwell was run out by Sandeep Sharma (4-35-0) early on, young Prithvi Shaw, who is in red hot form, smacked the bowlers all around the park in a 86-run partnership with Captain Shreyas Iyer (44).

DD were going great guns in the first part of the innings and looked all set for a 200-run target. However, after the fall of the wicket of Prithvi Shaw (65, SR: 180.55), the SRH bowlers came into their own and put the lid on the run scoring.

As a result, even the most explosive batsman in the DD line up like Rishabh Pant only managed to score 18 runs off 19 balls before Rashid Khan (4-23-2, MoM) caught him in front of the wickets.

Hence, the star studded DD batting line up was restricted at 163 for 4 in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

However, even a relatively low score could have proved to be enough for the SRH batting line up keeping in mind their repeated batting collapses. That being said, Alex Hales (45) and Shikhar Dhawan (33) started strong and nicely set up the chase for Hyderabad.

Kane Williamson (32*) then batted with level headedness to remain unbeaten till the last ball.

Manish Pandey (21) managed to give him some support but it was actually the fireworks from Yusuf Pathan (27*, SR: 225) which crashed the hopes of Delhi Daredevils to qualify for the playoffs.

DD now have 3 wins and 7 losses in their 10 games and are practically out of IPL 2018.

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