Sunrisers Hyderabad moved closer to the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after they defeated Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets here yesterday for their fourth win on the trot, and a victory that drove them back to the top spot.
Teenaged sensation Prithvi Shaw’s 65-run knock followed by skipper Shreyas Iyer’s 44 helped Delhi post a moderate 163/5. But Hyderabad rode on useful contributions from Alex Hales (45 off 31 deliveries), Shikhar Dhawan (33 off 30), captain Kane Williamson (32 not out off 30), Yusuf Pathan (27 not out off 12) and Manish Pandey (21 off 17) to overhaul the target with seven wickets and a ball to spare.
Following the win over seventh-placed Delhi, Hyderabad have 14 points – same as Chennai Super Kings but are ahead on net run rate. For Delhi the loss could mean that their hopes for making it to the playoffs are over as they have six points from 10 games.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 164/3 in 19.5 overs (Alex Hales 45, Shikhar Dhawan 33, Kane Williamson 32 not out; Amit Mishra 2/19) beat Delhi Daredevils: 163/5 (Prithvi Shaw 65, Shreyas Iyer 44; Rashid Khan 2/23). Rashid Khan was chosen as the ‘Player of the Match.’
CSK beat RCB
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) climbed to the top of the points table with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) yesterday.
Having elected to field on winning the toss, CSK restricted the visitors to 127/9 in their 20 overs. In reply, while Shane Watson departed early, opener Ambati Rayudu laid the foundation of a successful foundation with a brilliant 32 off 25 balls. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit Chahal three consecutive sixes in the 18th over of the match to lead his team to a victory.
Earlier, CSK produced a magnificent bowling performance as they restricted RCB to a meagre 127/9 in 20 overs.
For Chennai, Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 3/18 in his stipulated overs.
RCB will have to dig deep and produce a spirited performance to defeat the formidable CSK in order to make it to the play-offs.
Ravindra Jadeja was chosen as the ‘Player of the Match.’
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