Prithvi Shaw's dismissal changed the course of Delhi's innings    AFP
Prithvi Shaw’s dismissal changed the course of Delhi’s innings AFP

Delhi Daredevils (DD) posted 163 for 5 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing Match 36 of VIVO IPL 2018 at Uppal, Hyderabad. Prithvi Shaw scored 68% the runs (65 out of 95) during his stay in the middle, but yet again failed to convert a fine half-century into a big score. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (44) held the innings together before the death overs. The SRH bowlers need to be credited for showing their class yet again, and restricting DD below 180. At halfway stage, DD were 95 for 1. They only managed 68 runs in the remaining overs, of which 17 came in the last over, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

DD opted to bat first, and Iyer promoted Glenn Maxwell to give him as many overs as possible. Unfortunately, Maxwell was run out for 2. Shaw took on the SRH bowlers from the word go. It was nice to see DD backing the youngster and not making him change his style of play despite SRH’s in-form pacers. Shaw punished anything short of a length, and played on the rise with ease. His body balance and strong bottom-hand complimented his aggressive style.

However, Shaw needs to avoid going overboard. He went for the slog sweep when DD were on top, to a tossed-up delivery from Rashid Khan, and could only top edge. His 65 took only 36 balls. Not for the first time, Iyer and Rishabh Pant got together, but couldn’t up the ante. Iyer targeted Siddarth Kaul who was slammed for 20 in his first over but ended up gave a regulation catch to Shikhar Dhawan.

Naman Ojha was run out for 1 in his first match of the season. Pant, on the other hand, couldn’t replicate his success from the previous outing and got trapped off Rashid. While DD accelerated in the Powerplay overs, they succumbed in the death overs.

In the end, Vijay Shankar surprisingly sent after Ojha took DD beyond 160. “Have they got enough?” asked Mike Hesson on air in the break. The match is indeed in the balance. Remember, SRH’s lower-order woes remain unsolved.

Brief scores:

Delhi Daredevils 163 for 5 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 65, Shreyas Iyer 44, Rishabh Pant 18, Vijay Shankar 23*; Rashid Khan 2 for 23, Siddarth Kaul 1 for 37) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad