GAME CHANGING MOMENT: Sunrisers' bowling trumps Delhi's explosive batting
Sunrisers Hyderabad maintained their 100 percent home record when they won their 5th game at the Uppal stadium in Hyderabad against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday. The win was a massive one for the Hyderabad franchise as they won with 37 balls remaining in the innings.
The Sunrisers dished out the best bowling performance of this year’s Pepsi IPL when they dismissed the dangerous Delhi line-up for the lowest total of this season - 80. The pitch wasn’t a batting beauty and the Sunrisers’ bowlers didn’t bowl too full to give Delhi’s batsmen any chance to play strokes freely.
After a slow start, much expected on this pitch, Delhi had reached a seemingly par score, at that stage, of 43/2 after 10 overs. But Sunrisers tightened the screws further halfway through the innings and Delhi lost a wicket in almost each over after that. Dale Steyn, too fast for young Unmukt Chand, uprooted the off-stump of the Delhi batsman. Mishra foxed Warner with a googly and got him stumped. Karan Sharma joined in the party when Kedar Jadhav’s leading edge was pouched easily by the bowler. Darren Sammy, a late entrant in Sunrisers’ side and fast becoming crucial to his team’s chances with regular and important contributions, eked out Jeevan Mendis’s wicket with a slower one. At 70/5, things didn’t look good for the visitors and Sunrisers’ bowlers dealt the knockout punch soon.
The visitors’ last 5 wickets fell for just 10 runs as wickets by Steyn, Perera and a run-out due to miscommunication in the middle resulted in Delhi Daredevils getting all-out for 80, failing to completely utilise their full quota of 20 overs.
Sunrisers’ bowling has been their trump card this season and it turned the game decisively in their favour against Delhi Daredevils. Though their batsmen faced some minor hiccups, the game changing bowling performance eventually was good enough for a victory for the home side.