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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) succumbed to their fourth loss in the 2017 Indian Premier League when they went down by six wickets to Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Tuesday. However, SRH is still placed third in the IPL standings and appear strong as far qualifying chances for the playoffs.
After a considerable win against the Knights at the Eden, the battle started off well in Delhi. Momentum was in favour of Sunrisers after an impressive 70 from Yuvraj Singh but local lad Rishabh Pant (34 off 20 balls), who was promoted up the order, displayed some fearless stroke-making to make Delhi believe they could chase the total down. They didn’t get off to the most impressive of starts either, having lost their three main top-order batsmen – captain David Warner, opener Shikhar and Kane Williamson – within the first 12 overs.
Still, they didn’t lose momentum, thanks to Yuvraj Singh’s outstanding 70 off 41 deliveries. The southpaw shared an important 93-run stand from 51 deliveries for the fourth wicket with Moises Henriques. Their combined effort saw the visitors scoring 52 runs in the last three overs.
MS Dhoni lit up the previous match with a vintage finish to lead RPS to a six-wicket victory over SRH at Pune. Chasing a target of 176, Dhoni scored a belligerent 34-ball unbeaten 61 and aided by opener Rahul Tripathi’s 41-ball 59, RPS moved to fourth on the points table. SRH slipped to sixth in the tally despite Moises Henriques valiant 55 off 28 deliveries. The new-ball bowlers – pacer Jaydev Unadkat and debutant offspinner Washington Sundar – bowled well sticking to their basics and not giving away any loose deliveries. In the powerplay overs, SRH managed 45 for no loss, with Dhawan being the aggressor scoring 23 off 21. Warner was unbeaten on 18. The duo went on to add 55 runs for the first wicket.
RECENT FROM THIS SEASON:
SRH: W W L WL L W A W W
RPS: W L L L W W W W W W
SRH would aim to win all matches from now on to seal their spot in top four as the table looks too much tight now.This is a crucial match between the third and fourth placed team in the table.The clash would raise eyebrows and not a single team would love to loose.
Conversely, SRH has few issues and Warner’s exceptional century on Sunday would surely have inspired the team in new ways, for the Australian has not had such an innings for a while. A win for SRH will take them to 15 points and push them into the top two, apart from providing elbow room over teams like Rising Pune Supergiant.
Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Shikhar Dhawan, Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneswar Kumar, David Warner (c), Siddharth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Siraj