Delhi Daredevils (DD) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs in an exciting match of the Indian Premier League. There is something connected between Delhi Daredevils and last-over thrillers in this edition of the IPL. For the fourth match in a row, the team was involved in a nail-biting finish. For the second time in a row, DD has emerged victorious in the end.
Skipper JP Duminy was the architect of the Delhi team’s win. Batting first, the team scored 167 for 4 in a low and slow Visakhapatnam pitch. The second wicket partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Duminy laid the foundation for the total. Iyer scored 60 from 40 balls and Duminy chipped in with 54 of 41 balls. There was an interesting shot in the final ball of the match. Kedar Jadhav was predetermined to scoop the ball towards the fine leg. Seeing the batsman’s intent, Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered a wide yorker. Jadhav, in a spur of the moment inspiration, just guided the ball to third man fence for a boundary without moving an inch from his crouched position.
Sunrisers began the chase well. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on 50 runs in the first six overs. Duminy got both of them in the space of three balls. The Hyderabad team kept up the chase with staccato partnerships. They needed 39 runs from the last three overs. They found a couple of unlikely aggressors in Karn Sharma and Ashish Reddy. They took 16 off an Imran Thahir over to reduce the deficit to 23 runs off two overs. The 19th over produced 13 runs as Sunrisers inched closer to a sensational win.
Nathan Coulter-Nile was the man chosen to bowl the final over. He was on the money for the first four deliveries – full length, outside off. Reddy was run out in the second ball trying to take a non-existent single. The Hyderabad team required seven runs in the last two balls. Coulter-Nile erred in length in the fifth ball. Karn Sharma sent the ball soaring towards deep point boundary. It looked like a certain six. However, Mayank Agarwal leapt to the air and pushed the ball back to the ground. The batsmen could take just two runs. Couternile corrected the length in the final ball and Sharma was caught in the deep.
In the end, the innovative last ball four that Jadhav scored turned out to be the difference between the two teams. Duminy who scored a half century and claimed four wickets is the man of the match.