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Williamson brilliance sets up 15-run win for Hyderabad against Delhi

Kane Williamson played a brilliant knock in his first game this season
Kane Williamson played a brilliant knock in his first game this season

Sunrisers Hyderabad 191-4 (Williamson 89) beat
Delhi Daredevils 176-5 (Iyer 50no) by 15 runs
21st match, Indian Premier League, Hyderabad

Kane Williamson scored a fluent 89 while Shikhar Dhawan played a handy knock of 70 runs as Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a 15-run victory while defending a total of 192 runs against Delhi Daredevils in the 21st game of the Indian Premier League.

Hyderabad won the toss and decided to bat first. David Warner (4) had an off day when he was caught at square leg in the second over bowled by Chris Morris (4-26).

A cautious approach from Dhawan (70) and Williamson (89) saw Hyderabad post 39 for one in the powerplay.

Williamson finally upped the ante with two consecutive sixes in the seventh over from Angelo Mathews (0-41) and in the next over, the duo brought their 50-run partnership. At the halfway mark, Hyderabad reached 80 for one.

Williamson completed his fifty off 33 deliveries and also brought the 100-run stand with Dhawan with a couple of sixes in the 14th over.

Dhawan, who was playing a second fiddle reached his half-century off 40 deliveries and his 136-run stand with Williamson ended with the latter caught brilliantly by Shreyas Iyer to give Morris his second wicket.

Even though, Morris picked Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh (3) in quick succession in the penultimate over, a six-ball cameo from Moises Henriques (12 not out) helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post 191 for four in the 20 overs. Morris was the pick of the Delhi bowlers with a four-wicket haul.

In the chase, Sam Billings (13) smashed three boundaries in the second over to get things going but Mohammed Siraj (2-39) got his revenge when he had the England batsman caught at midwicket. With a flurry of boundaries, Sanju Samson (42) and Karun Nair (33) helped Delhi cross the 50-run mark in the powerplay.

The pair raced to a 50-run stand off 34 deliveries and Delhi looked in firm control of the chase when the duo were out in the middle.

However, a brilliant effort from the substitute fielder Vijay Shankar saw Nair run out and from there on despite useful knocks from Shreyas Iyer (50 not out) and Mathews (31), Delhi could manage only 176 for five in the 20 overs.

The win has taken Hyderabad to the second position in the table with Williamson taking the man of the match award.

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