After two consecutive losses, the semifinalist of IPL 2013 needed to open their account badly. The match was very close, and as predicted they emerged winner on a pitch that was batsman’s paradise. Only 5 wickets fell in the match and 364 runs were scored. Both teams matched each others batting power. But, the six hit on the last ball of Sunriser’s innings was not matched by DD who needed a six on the last ball to win the match. As a result , taking lot of positives from the match Delhi Daredevils ended on the losing side for the third time in IPL 2014, while Sunrisers Hyderabad finally registered a win, by 4 runs, with the top trio finally clicking, and moved up on the table.
Sunrisers Score 184/1 Runs with Last Ball Six by Finch
The semifinalist of IPL 2013 needed a win very badly. The weak DD was the perfect opportunity. They did win finally, but with the skin of their teeth as they registered their narrowest wins in terms of runs, winning by 4 runs. The last ball six of Finch, when 5 balls had produced only 4 singles, would be the most important shot of the match despite a high scoring match where Sunrisers scored 184/1 while the daredevilry took Delhi to 180/4.
Batting first, wanting their top order trio to perform after two consecutive failures, Sunrisers started with a bang. Captain Dhawan (22-balll 33 runs with 5 4s and a six) was the only batsman to fall, of the bowling of Nadeem at 6.2 overs when score read 56/1. After that despite taking their time to settle and scoring below run a balll after 8 overs of partnership, Finch and Warner did settle down. They added unbeaten 128 runs for 2nd wicket. Finch was the tormentor with 53-ball 88 runs (8 4s and 4 6s), while Warner used the match to get back in form scoring 45-ball 58 runs (3 6s and 3 4s).
For DD, despite three changes in the form of de Kock, Pietersen and Parnell there was not much respite in bowling as their best bowler was Nadeem with 1/24 in 4 overs. Shami (0/36), Parnell (0/38) Unadkat (0/43), Duminy (0/19 in 2 overs) and Shukla (0/21 in 2 overs) were punished severely.
DD Score 180/4 Failing to Hit Last Ball Six
Chasing the total, Delhi Daredevils appeared to repeat a KKR show who got benefitted with inclusion of Chris Lynn yesterday, as their inclusion de Kock scored 30-ball 48 runs (6 4s and a six) and added 99 runs for 1st wicket in 11.2 overs with Murali Vijay (40-ball 52 runs with 7 4s and a six) who was out in next over. After that they needed only 77 runs in 7.4 overs. But Pietersen *17-ball 16 runs with a four and six), Karthik (14-ball 15 runs with a four) could take them to 135/4 in 16.5 overs when Steyn got them on consecutive balls. They added only 33 runs in 4.2 overs, criminal if one can say that, specially after the rocking start. Left with scoring remaining 50 runs in 4.1 overs, Duminy (7-ball 20 runs (a four and 2 sixes) and Manoj Tiwary (13-ball 23 runs with 2 4s and a six) could add unbeaten 45 runs for the 4th wicket and failed to hit the six on last ball that they needed to win.
For Sunrisers Karn Sharma was the best bowler, in fact of the match, with 1/23. Rest were hammered. B Kumar (0/40), Steyn (2/33), Amit Mishra (0/38), Sammy (1/34 in 3 overs) and Venugopal (0/9 in 1 over) failed to show why Sunrisers should claim to have the best bowling unit.
Player of the Match: Aaron Finch
His last ball six was the key factor over his unbeaten 88 runs. Although DDs 6 batsmen reached very close to Sunriers’s total, they could not hit a six on the last ball, which Finch did. And that is what earned his team the first win of the current edition. Remaining unbeaten throughout 20 overs with a sensible aggressive performance, earned him the Player of the Match award.