Delhi Daredevils registered their second win of the season © IANS (File Photo)
Delhi Daredevils registered their second win of the season © IANS (File Photo)

Delhi Daredevils (DD) beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs in an exciting game in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Visakhapatnam. With seven needed off two, Karn Sharma smashed it over cover. It was almost going for a six, but Mayank Agarwal’s athleticism helped DD as he tipped the ball back in play. Off the last ball, Karn found the man in the deep to hand DD a win. JP Duminy was the star of the day as he scored a fifty as DD batted first and then took four important wickets to dent SRH’s run-chase. With this, DD have won their second game in the IPL 2015.

Chasing 168 to win, SRH began solidly with Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner holding fort. In the first three overs, they were only working it around and building a base for a charge. In the last two overs of the powerplay both batsmen picked up pace and started smashing boundaries. They managed to bring up the fifty inside the six overs. Duminy then brought himself on and turned it for DD.

Dhawan missed one from Duminy and was bowled; Warner lobbed one back off the top-edge. SRH were in trouble. KL Rahul and Ravi Bopara then batted well. Rahul’s approach was heartening for he took on the bowling and smashed a couple of sixes. However, he was then dismissed for 24 when he missed one from Angelo Mathews. Bopara soldiered on and managed to find the boundaries. Naman Ojha also had a short stay in the middle and when he was dismissed, SRH still needed 48 off the last four overs. Duminy came back on and had Bopara, who holed out to long-off. Eoin Morgan then made room and was bowled. Duminy finished with four for 17.  Live Scorecard: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2015 Match 13

The game was not done there as Karn Sharma and Ashish Reddy were in for the fight. Karn smashed two sixes off Imran Tahir in the 18th over. Off the penultimate over bowled by Mathews, Reddy managed a four and a six, leaving SRH with 10 to get off the last over. Reddy was run-out off the second ball amidst a misunderstanding. Ultimately, it was left to Karn and he could not get those runs.

Earlier, DD had won the toss and had elected to bat. Led by Shreyas Iyer and JP Duminy, they managed to score 167 in their 20 overs. Iyer was eye-catching for he played some magnificent strokes during his innings of 60 off 40 balls. He cleared the boundary five times, with leg-spinner Karn Sharma bearing the brunt of his aggression.  Live Updates: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2015 Match 13

Coming in at No. 3, Duminy also batted extremely well. At one time, he was eclipsed by Iyer but then took charge once the youngster was dismissed. At the other end, Dale Steyn bowled very well on his return, taking a wicket and conceding only 27 runs. SRH managed to stem DD as they had Duminy and Yuvraj Singh off consecutive deliveries. At one stage, they looked good to score 180, but had to be content with 167 with Kedar Jadhav and Angelo Mathews managing  a couple of big hits in the end.

With this victory, DD have registered their second victory this season. SRH have yet another defeat at Visakhapatnam.

Brief scores:

Delhi Daredevils 167 for 4 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 60, JP Duminy 54) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 163 for 8 in 20 overs (Ravi Bopara 41; JP Duminy 4 for 17) by 4 runs.

Man of the Match: JP Duminy.

Full scorecard

In Photos: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils at Visakhapatnam

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)