Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Hyderabad April 19, 2017

Williamson and Dhawan overwhelm Daredevils


Sunrisers Hyderabad 191 for 4 (Williamson 89, Dhawan 70, Morris 4-24) beat Delhi Daredevils 176 for 5 (Iyer 50*, Samson 42, Siraj 2-39) by 15 runs
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Kane Williamson, playing his first match of the season, made an imperious 89 off 51 balls and propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad to their fourth win in four home matches.

Williamson was named New Zealand's T20 international player of the year last month and yet he could not break into Sunrisers' XI until their sixth game. This was probably because his record in the IPL doesn't match up to his usual standards. Before today, Williamson had only one six in eight IPL innings. On Wednesday, he hit five times as many on a used pitch to lead Sunrisers to 191 for 4.

Delhi Daredevils put up a good fight, led by Shreyas Iyer 's riveting 50 off 31 balls with five fours and two sixes. But even he could do little against an equation that eventually read 24 off the last over. Siddharth Kaul was asked to finish the match off but he was smacked for six second ball. The seamer recovered by bowling two dots and getting rid of Angelo Mathews to secure a 15-run win.

Dealing with a two-paced pitch

On a track where some balls stopped on the batsmen while others skidded on, run-scoring was not easy. David Warner was dismissed for his first single-digit score in 19 T20 innings as a bouncer from Chris Morris came on slower than he expected. Jayant Yadav's accurate non-turning offbreaks gave Sunrisers no breathing space at the other end. They managed only 39 for 1 in the first six overs.

The enforcer

Williamson, coming in place of Mohammad Nabi, became handy for Sunrisers. After getting set, he smashed back-to-back sixes off Mathews and began changing the pace of the game. Suddenly, Sunrisers had hustled 52 in five overs between the seventh and the 11th.

Williamson raised his second IPL fifty off 33 balls and surged into top gear. He took legspinner Amit Mishra for 21 runs off nine balls. He exploited any gap the Daredevils left unprotected. In the ninth over, seeing Zaheer Khan posting his boundary riders on the off side and leaving fine leg up, he walked across his stumps and scooped the ball away.

The anchor

Shikhar Dhawan, having hit the first ball of the match for four, was happy in Williamson's slipstream. Together they put on Sunrisers' 10th century partnership and the first not involving Warner. Only after the stand was broken did he try something fancy. A full delivery from Mathews in the 18th over was almost helicoptered over the midwicket boundary. Just as he looked set to bat through the innings, Morris dismissed him for 70 off 50 balls. It was Dhawan's third-highest score for Sunrisers in the IPL.

Kane Williamson led the way for Sunrisers Hyderabad © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Samson, Nair set Delhi up

Mohammed Siraj, playing his first IPL match, got lucky when Sam Billings chipped a leg-stump half-volley straight to short midwicket. Sanju Samson and Karun Nair, however, showed him no such mercy. Samson picked up a length ball and flicked it with the angle over the long-on boundary, while Nair drove a wide half-volley through the covers. He then reached his first 30-plus score in 15 innings across all formats, since the triple-century in Chennai, when he launched Moises Henriques over long-off for a six. By then, Daredevils were 80 for 1 in nine overs.

The slowdown

Sunrisers then prised out two wickets from nowhere. Vijay Shankar, the substitute fielder, speared a flat throw from long-on to run Nair out for 33. Rishabh Pant then wasted his promotion to No. 4, hoicking a Yuvraj Singh full ball from outside off to long-on. Only 18 runs came off the next three overs as the asking rate ballooned past 12. Samson attempted to prick the balloon, but only skewed a slower ball from Siraj to cover.

Iyer's late rearguard

Daredevils' hope rested in Iyer now and he fanned them with two sixes off legspinner Rashid Khan who ended with 0 for 33 in four overs. Mathews, sent ahead of the in-form Morris, however, laboured to 31 off 23 balls. Ultimately, Morris, who has a strike-rate of 238.7 this season, did not face a single ball.

Sunrisers, though, might have been worried when Kaul conceded 13 off the 18th over and later when Iyer carved a reverse-swinging yorker from Bhuvneshwar for a four. But Kaul bounced back in the final over to hand Daredevils their third defeat.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • john on April 20, 2017, 18:33 GMT

    Sunrisers Hyderabad have a good quality bowling attack in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj and Siddarth Kaul these are all bowlers that should be in contention for the Champions Trophy (CT) in England in little over a month in June. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a quality swing bowler in English conditions and will be very effective in swinging conditions, Mohammed Siraj should be seen as a replacement for Mohammed Shami whom always seems to pick up injuries in major games and tournaments. Siddarth Kaul is also very effective in domestic Twenty20 and India A games and should also be in strong contention for the CT. India need quality bowlers like these on overseas tours and major tournaments. Other pace bowlers for CT should be Mohammed Shami, Barinder Sran, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur. The spinners for CT in England should be Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja as leg spinners are more effective in English conditions than off spinners in general.

  • Utsab on April 20, 2017, 16:23 GMT

    While it was a confusing ploy to send Mathew before Morris, and drop Anderson altogether, I wonder whether it'd have made much of a difference. DD lost the match between 10 and 15 overs. Dravid's role was waiting to be scrutinised, as a lotta murmur has been rising about the batting order and strategies. DD lost matches that they should've won to RCB and KKR. But, such slip ups happen. While they've more or less locked the combination of local players, they're yet to do so with the foreigners. QDK and Rabada's absence is being felt. Though, it's unlikely that Rabada would've been of much help in these conditions, flat pitches and small grounds, QDK sure would've added great value up top. Billings is not very consistent. I believe, Morris and Anderson should've be mainstays in the DD middle order with at least six overs of bowling to offer between them. Though Cummins is hardly remarkable, he can be given a longer rope. Sooner than later, Carlos will likely come in for him, if the rest of the bowling line up manages to function well. Nadeem has to be in the XI, given the form he's in. Jayant bats better, of course, but, why must you rely on your premier spinner to win you matches with the bat anyway? Dravid was an underrated player and captain. I don't doubt his strategic skills. But, like last season, he's perhaps experimenting a bit at the front end, to find the right combination. If DD plays to potential, they should make the playoffs even with this team. So, I wouldn't start crying foul just yet and would give Dravid and Co to get things sorted over the next couple of gigs. Go DD.

  • ansell on April 20, 2017, 16:07 GMT

    The idea is to score runs - fast. Not be trusted. This is not test cricket. Let Matthews look pretty and then Morris scores runs. Even 38 in 9 balls is better than 50 with SR 120

  • bhanuk7302721 on April 20, 2017, 15:25 GMT

    @@Ansell mathews has a 130 ipl S.R.....morris has better strike rate bur he is not trusted batsman always...

  • mukesh on April 20, 2017, 15:02 GMT

    As said beforehand SRH needs both Kane and Fizz going forward. Coming at 7 or 8 can't consider rashid khan as all rounder. Fizz will help a lot in death overs. Kane Williamson might as well leave before end of IPL but SRH needs to be in better position on points table instead of looking at team combination at end of season. I for one am extremely happy with all foreign players. Indian players slowly are coming to form ,Especially kaul ,siraj looks decent and dhawan ,yuvi need more time too. Hooda please go for bipul. Based on track SRH should opt between fizz and rashid same goes for bipul and siraj or hooda.

  • ansell on April 20, 2017, 14:59 GMT

    In 20/20 Matthews has a strike rate is 121, Nair 121, Pant 145, Tyer 126 - AND MORRIS 156. c'mon guys, what are you smoking. Love is clouding your judgement. Morris should be batting 4 or 5, let him have a whack at it

  • amindh6043107 on April 20, 2017, 14:16 GMT

    @espnfan , jadhv was awful for them when he was there .Just terrible .Tahir shouldnt have got the size 9 though

  • albatr6118503 on April 20, 2017, 14:15 GMT

    While other IPL teams are playing their left arm spinners like Axar, Krunal who are very economical bowlers, DD has benched Nadeem.

  • albatr6118503 on April 20, 2017, 14:04 GMT

    DD bowling should be - Nadeem Zak Morris Rabada Cummins with Anderson as 6th bowler. Foolish DD gave Tahir & Jadhav to other teams in two years.

  • albatr6118503 on April 20, 2017, 13:56 GMT

    Mishra's economy is the worst of all leg spinners in this IPL - 8.53

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