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All-round Sunrisers Notch First Victory

Abu Dhabi: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lastly opened their account — the final of the eight groups to take action — with medical batting and bowling efforts, beating Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs in an IPL match on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium right here on Tuesday.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan was the star performer for SRH as he bagged three wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs, for which he was adjudged the Man of the Match.

After the SRH batters — Jonny Bairstow (53 off 48 balls), captain David Warner (45 off 33), and New Zealander Kane Williamson (41 off 26) — helped their aspect put up a preventing whole of 162/4, the SRH bowlers too, rose to the event and restricted the opponents at 147/7 within the allotted 20 overs to arrange their aspect’s first win of the season.

Chasing the 163-run goal, DC misplaced opener Prithvi Shaw (2) cheaply, courtesy pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bagged two wickets for 25.

After the early blow, Dhawan (34) and captain Shreyas Iyer (17) solid a 40-run partnership for the second wicket earlier than Rashid Khan dismissed the DC skipper within the eighth over.

Then, after DC managed one other 20 runs to their whole, Rashid struck once more, sending again Dhawan within the 12th over.

Rishabh Pant (28) and Shimron Hetmyer (21) then stitched collectively a 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket, and that helped their aspect cross the three-digit mark. Nevertheless, Bhuvneshwar was in no temper to entertain the SRH batsman anymore as within the 16th over, he accounted for the wicket of Hetmyer whereas Rashid despatched again the damaging Pant as DC discovered themselves reeling at 117/5 in 16.Four overs.

Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel chipped in with 11 and 5 runs respectively whereas Rabada and Anrich Nortje remained unbeaten on 15 and three runs respectively, however these efforts weren’t sufficient to assist DC overhaul the goal, falling quick by 15 runs.

Rashid was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of three/14 whereas Bhuvneshwar picked two for 25.

Earlier, SRH, who have been requested to bat, posted 162/Four within the allotted 20 overs, due to opener Jonny Bairstow’s half-century (53) together with David Warner (45) and Kane Williamson’s (41) priceless contributions. Bairstow’s knock, which got here off 48 balls, was adorned with two boundaries and a six.

Warner and Bairstow offered an excellent begin to their aspect as SRH have been 50 for no loss within the preliminary 6.5 overs.

Leggie Amit Mishra got here with a a lot wanted breakthrough for DC as he lower quick the SRH skipper Warner’s innings within the 10th over earlier than additional jolting them within the 12th over, this time to ship again Manish Pandey (3) cheaply.

With SRH being lowered to 92/2, Williamson and Bairstow anchored the innings after including 52 runs for the third wicket earlier than Kagiso Rabada dismissed the latter within the 18th over.

The South African fast later despatched again a nicely settled Williamson within the last over whereas Abdul Samad and Abhishek Sharma remained unbeaten on 12 and one run respectively as SRH overhauled a average whole for the win.

Temporary scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 162/Four in 20 overs (Jonny Bairstow 53, David Warner 45; Kagiso Rabada 2/21) beat Delhi Capitals 147/7 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 34, Rishabh Pant 32; Rashid Khan 3/14) by 15 runs.

(IANS)

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