Dinesh Karthik © IANS (File Photo)
Dinesh Karthik © IANS (File Photo)

 

May 10, 2014

 

In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match No 32 played between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, rain had stopped play for a brief  period, before it commenced. When rain stopped play, the score read 103 for the loss of three wickets in 13.1 overs. Once the game commenced, it was the experienced campaigner, Dinesh Karthik who got going. He played it across the line to smash Karn Sharma for a six. He also played a cheeky little reverse paddle to compile two more runs.

 

Delhi need a good score on the board, as the track is flat and more importantly, the outfield is extremely quick. They are moving in the right direction too with 24 runs coming during the 12th and 13th over respectively.  For Hyderabad, it is all about bowling a few tight overs after the game resumed, but it won’t be easy. It has to be also remembered that Hyderabad don’t bat deep. Hyderabad finally got the important wicket of Karthik with Dale Steyn the pacer taking a good catch on the boundary line. Laxmi Shukla also got out by the end of the 17th over. It meant that JP Duminy, who has been in very good form Delhi came into bat. They need him to fire on all cylinders here. In all this mayhem, Amit Mishra with his brand of leg-spin took 100 wickets in IPL history.

 

Earlier, Quinton de Kock was the first wicket to fall and he made only seven runs. He was dismissed by Dale Steyn. Kevin Pietersen (35) and Mayank Agarwal (25) were dismissed by Amit Mishra. Pietersen was Mishra’s 100th IPL wicket. This is Match 32 of the IPL 7 season. The match is being played at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to field.

 

Laxmi Shukla was promoted up the order and he survived a valid shout for LBW against Mishra on his first delivery. But he shrugged that of as he clobbered a six off Mishra over wide long-on in the 11th over. Steyn was brought back into the attack in the 13th over. Karthik moved across to the off side and scooped a full delivery over fine-leg for a six. It was good improvisation from Karthik. Delhi reached their 100 in the 13th over.

 

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