Visakhapatnam, April 18: Skipper JP Duminy led from the front with a brilliant all-round display as Delhi Daredevils (DD) edged Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four runs in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL 8) match here today.
Duminy first smashed 54 off 41 balls as Daredevils scored a decent 167 for four and then chipped in with four wickets as visitors kept their nerves in the crucial stages of the nail-biting contest to restrict Sunrisers to 163 for eight and record their second successive win at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here.
Needing 10 runs off the last over with Ashish Reddy and Karn Sharma at the crease, Nathan Coulter-Nile got the former run-out in the second ball of the over.
Two balls later, with Hyderabad needing seven runs from two deliveries, Karn went for a huge hit towards the point boundary but fielder Mayank Agarwal went back to the edge of the rope, leapt up and effected a goalkeeper like save as he parried the ball back in play saving what looked like a sureshot six.
Mayank's superb save made all the difference in the end and last ball of the match resulted in Sharma getting out, handing Delhi their second consecutive win.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils managed to get on board a competitive score, thanks to fearless batting by young Shreyas Iyer (60 off 40 balls) and Duminy (54) after electing to bat on a difficult pitch at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here.
In reply, the Sunrisers seemed to achieve the target as they were cruising at 50 for no loss in just six overs, but Duminy changed the equation, grabbing four for 17 to guide the team to victory.
Coulter-Nile, Angelo Mathews and Imran Tahir took wicket apiece. Duminy accounted for the top order, seeing off dangerous David Warner (28), Shikhar Dhawan (18), top scorer Ravi Bopara (41) and Eoin Morgan (1).
The Sunrisers got off to a good start with Warner and Dhawan putting on 50 runs for the opening wicket before Bopara coupled with KL Rahul (24) and Naman Ojha (12) to keep Hyderabad always within achieving the total.
DD innings' updates
END OF INNINGS - Half centuries from Shreyas Iyer (60) and captain JP Duminy (54) have lifted DD to 167/4 in 20 overs. Yuvraj and Mayank - last match's heroes, fell cheaply today. Bhuvneshwar was SRH's best bowler (1/21).
Sensational catch by Warner sends back Yuvraj. The SRH captain, at the boundary, timed his jump perfectly to pull off a stunner. Yuvraj out for 9 (13 balls). DD 132/4 in 16.1
Strategic Time-out - DD 106/2 in 14 overs. Yuvraj and Duminy at the crease. The former was dropped by Bopara on the first ball he faced. Iyear was dismissed for a magnificent 60. It is a perfect platform for both left-handers Duminy and Yuvraj to explode in the final 6 overs.
Halfway - After 10 overs, DD 80/1. Shreyas Iyer turning the heat on SRH bowlers. Consecutive sixes off Karn Sharma in the 10th over have taken the right-handed batsman to 32-ball 51. In the last 5 overs, DD have scored 52.
After 5 overs, DD are 28/1. Mayank Agarwal is the batsman out for 1 run. Bhunveshwar Kumar the wicket-taker
TOSS - DD captain JP Duminy won the toss and elected to bat
Team news - 1 change for SRH - Dale Steyn is in for Trent Boult. The South African pace spearhead gets his first game of the season. DD are unchanged