IPL 2018: Sunrisers batsmen turn it on against Delhi Daredevils

Sunrisers Hyderabad have been without Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the last few IPL 2018 gams but the likes of Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul have pitched in well

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Young Prithvi Shaw, skipper Iyer himself and Rishabh Pant are mainly spearheading the batting unit.

Chennai reached 128-4 in 18 overs with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (31 not out) smashing three sixes off legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal in a final over costing 22 runs. Amit Mishra produces peach of a delivery to dismiss risky looking Alex Hales for 45 runs.Mishra bowls the delivery between middle and leg and gets it to turn, as the ball goes past outside edge and hits the off stump. At the end, SRH ended their innings scoring 151 runs in exchange for seven wickets.

While Shaw has 140 runs from four games, Iyer and Pant have amassed 307 and 375 runs respectively from nine games each.

Alex Hales used power, nifty footwork and cricket smarts while at the crease to score 45.

For a large part of the game, DD looked the team with a better chance. The required run-rate kept creeping up but Williamson and Pandey batted their way out without throwing their wicket away. His 30-ball innings contained 18 singles, 4 twos, and one six - a short delivery upper-cut over the third man fence.

Prior to Saturday, Prithvi Shaw was out to legspinners twice in 14 deliveries. On the night as well, he scored 43 runs of his 65 (off 36 balls), against the pacemen, showing his dominance over them on the day, in an 86-run stand with skipper Iyer.

Rashid Khan was the best bowler for Hyderabad with a bowling figure 2/23 in four overs.

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. Their openers, Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan came out like bats out of hell. He too looked good for a big score before he hit a Siddarth Kaul delivery straight down the throat of the fielder at midwicket.

In the spin department Iyer can turn to veteran Amit Mishra, and Shabaz Nadeem. However, Hales and Dhawan took on inexperienced Avesh Khan to up the ante. But as was the case with previous IPL starts, he fell soon after building the platform, with Rashid Khan having the last laugh.

Shaw was finally dismissed by Rashid Khan for 65 runs. His two-over spell in the middle read 2-0-12-1.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was back in the side after missing three games.

DD now have 3 wins and 7 losses in their 10 games and are practically out of IPL 2018. "The delivery was a copybook leg-break that pitched on good length and turned sharply as it beat Hales" lunging willow to clip the off-stump.

The return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar had strengthened the bowling for SRH and Kohli's men should come up with something special to upstage the host's bowling applecart.

He smashed three boundaries and a maximum off pacer Siddharth Kaul, as the latter's over went for 20 runs. Captain Kane Williamson held the SRH chase together with 32 not off 30 balls to help the team cross the line with one ball to spare.

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