IPL: Delhi opt to bat vs Hyderabad

SRH have performed well even without Bhuvneshwar Irfan Pathan

Hales then cleared the fence thrice as Avesh conceded 27 in the sixth over.

Hales made use of the opportunity as he smashed bowlers all over the park. Their openers, Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan came out like bats out of hell. Both were bowled by leg-spinner Amit Mishra as Hyderabad lost the openers with 86 on the board after 11 overs. In his next over, Mishra bowled Dhawan to bring Delhi back in the game. Pandey innings was stopped on 21 runs after Prithvi Shaw took a brilliant catch of Plunkett's bowling. While Williamson emerged as the batting mainstay, SRH would hope its other batsmen, including Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan, also deliver in the remaining games. Yusuf even survived a LBW decision. Is this the turning point of the match? Ahead of the final four overs, DD's inexperience came to the fore.

WICKET! What a breakthrough for DD.

DD had got an excellent start when they were 95/1 after 10 overs but could manage only 68 runs in the next 10 overs to finish at 163/5. The left-hander hit two boundaries and one six - the big hit coming off a free-hit delivery off Avesh Khan. Delhi would want Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell to fire. Will this cost DD the match.

Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer opted to bat first and he (44) and Prithvi Shaw (65 off 36 balls) spearheaded them to 95-1 in 10 overs. We have won a majority of our matches batting first.

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Shaw was finally dismissed by Rashid Khan for 65 runs.

It wasn't the typical free-flowing Shreyas Iyer inning, but on a surface where scoring runs was a hard task, the DD captain persevered and helped himself to 44 off 36 balls. DD's Smit Mishra too 2 wickets of SRH.

While it was Khan, who struck again to pack back Pant, Ojha fell short of the crease to be run out.

The key to DD's success has been the ability to churn out good partnerships - Shaw-Iyer, Iyer-Pant, Pant-Vijay Shankar. This could have been the second wicket for Afghanistan spinner. SRH's Rashid Khan took 2 crucial wickets of Delhi Daredevils. He first got Shaw off the first ball in his second over and could've had Iyer in his next. The youngster has finding the fences easily as SRH bowlers have failed to stop the batsman from scoring freely. What a knock from the Mumbai youngster at the top of the order. His 36-ball 63 took Delhi to a more than comfortable position at 95/1 at the halfway mark. Their seventh loss put the Ricky Ponting-coached team in a tight spot as they treaded a slippery track.

Delhi is now placed sixth with just three wins out of nine games and with five more matches remaining this season, the Daredevils can not afford to slip any further if they wish to make it to the four-team play-offs.

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