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Moises Henriques’ gritty fifty and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s crafty bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad stay in the hunt for the playoffs as they beat Delhi Daredevils by 6 runs in a hard-fought IPL 8 match at Raipur on Saturday.
SRH jumped to the fourth spot with their sixth win in 11 games, while seventh-placed DD suffered their eight loss in 12 matches to end their hopes of a final-four spot. Electing to bat at the Shaheed Veer Narayan International Stadium – DD’s second home, SRH rode on an unbeaten 74 from Man-of-the-match Henriques to post 163 for four in 20 overs.
The David Warner-led side then defended its target after restricting DD to 157 for four as Kedar Jadhav (63 not out) and Saurabh Tiwary (26 not out) stood disappointed with a 91-run unbeaten stand. Bhuvneshwar (1-20) struck early as the medium-pacer got Shreyas Iyer caught and bowled for a naught in the third over of the innings.
IPL 8: DD v/s SRH – SRH win by 6 runs
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock (50) then stitched a 47-run partnership with skipper Jean-Paul Duminy (12) to give the side some stability. But in came leg-spinner Karn Sharma (2-12) and he got dangerman De Kock stumped on a delivery that tossed and turned to draw the South African out of his crease. Off-spinner Parvez Rasool (1-20) got Yuvraj Singh (2) caught at long on in the very next over and Karn was the catcher.
The Meerut-born Karn continued to make his presence felt as he cleaned up Duminy in his very next over as DD kept losing control. Jadhav and Tiwary again raised hopes of a successful chase with a good-looking fifth wicket stand but just ran out of steam in the end.
Needing 22 of the final two overs, Bhuvneshwar bowled a near-perfect penultimate over to give away just 6 runs.