Williamson & Dhawan added 136 runs for the 2nd wicket, thus setting a platform for huge total    IANS (File Photos)
Williamson & Dhawan added 136 runs for the 2nd wicket, thus setting a platform for huge total IANS (File Photos)

Fine half-centuries from comeback man Kane Willamson and opener Shikhar Dhawan propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 191 for 4 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in match 21 of the Indian Premier League (IPL), being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Batting first, SRH innings was bolstered by a second-wicket 136-run stand between Williamson and Dhawan. Williamson, who was made to sit out so far, came in to strengthen the SRH batting and executed his job to perfection, scoring a brilliant 89. He was well supported by Dhawan (70). However, quick wickets late in the innings meant SRH ended below the total they should have got looking at the way the two batsmen were batting. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils Match 21

For DD, Chris Morris was the pick of the bowlers, with his figures of 4-0-26-4. No other bowlers could pick up a wicket or contain the flow of runs, and as a result, SRH managed to post a total slightly above par.

Earlier, Sunrisers skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first. SRH made two changes for this game, leaving out Afghan sensation Mohammad Nabi and left-arm pacer Barinder Sran. New Zealand captain Williamson and rookie pacer Mohammad Siraj replaced them, with the latter making his IPL debut. DD also made a change, with Jayant Yadav returning to the XI for the first time this season. He replaced Mohammed Shami. His inclusion was surprising, given Shahbaz Nadeem has perennially done well for DD but has been made to sit out more often than not.

DD started the proceedings with off-spinner Jayant, a good move considering both Warner and Dhawan are left handers. SRH coach Moody had said on the eve of the match that the pair of Warner and Dhawan is the best opening pair in IPL 10. However, the pair failed to click as a single unit on Wednesday, with Warner falling for 4. The extra bounce from Morris surprised the SRH skipper, who handed Amit Mishra a simple catch.

From here on, the SRH innings was all about Williamson and Dhawan. The Kiwi captain showed SRH just what they have been missing so far. It did not look like he was coming in for his first game this season, as he looked comfortable from the word go. Williamson was a bit tentative at the onset. But Dhawan gave him the time to get settled, scoring a few boundaries upfront.

Once Williamson got his rhythm, he took over the aggressor s role while Dhawan took the backseat. He hit Angelo Mathews for two back-to-back sixes in the 7th over and did not look back from there. Zaheer shuffled his bowlers well, but failed to get a breakthrough.

Williamson completed his fifty off 33 balls and became more ruthless after that, hitting Pat Cummins for a four and Mishra for two sixes in the 14th over. Meanwhile, Dhawan quietly brought up his fifty his first in 9 IPL innings off 40 balls in the 15th over.

With plenty of power hitters waiting in the dugout, Williamson shifted gears and looked to add quick runs. His selfless approach brought his end in the middle, as he fell for 89, missing out on his well-deserved hundred by just 11 runs. Williamson scored 51-ball 89 (6 x 4s, 5 x 6s).

Yuvraj Singh and Dhawan also followed him to the dugout soon after, with Deepak Hooda and Moises Henriques giving the finishing touch to the innings with brief cameos. Though SRH should have crossed the 200-run mark, they would be happy with the total considering the pitch is expected to get slower in the second half.

Brief score:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 191 for 4 (Kane Williamson 89, Shikhar Dhawan 70; Chris Morris 4 for 26) vs Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad.