The Delhi Daredevils succumbed to their fourth straight loss at the Feroz Shah Kotla in a rain-curtailed affair that saw Sunrisers Hyderabad coming up trumps by eight wickets via DL method. Overall, it was Delhi’s 7th loss in the tournament and one that leaves them all but out of the reckoning.
The rain interrupted the Hyderabad innings thrice and the visitors, chasing a modest 143, were finally required to make 43 in five overs. They were home with four balls to spare. Naman Ojha hit two sixes, one each off Rahul Shukla and Laxmi Shukla, to put his side fourth on the table with eight points.
Delhi struggled yet again to find their best combination. In their previous eight games, it has been a mystery why Pietersen and Co have sent JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav lower down the order. On Saturday, they blundered again, even with their bowling choices. Delhi dropped their most consistent bowler Wayne Parnell (5 wickets with economy rate of 6.73) to make room for Imran Tahir. While Tahir was a shoe-in, it would have made more sense had he been included in place of a batsman than in lieu of an in-form bowler. Especially, given that it’s Delhi’s bowling that has been their weakest point.
In the event, they kept Quinton de Kock and Kevin Pietersen untouched, and the duo came out to open. Pietersen got some runs under his belt, firing 35 off 19 balls. Dinesh Karthik (39) and Mayank Aggarwal (25) too chipped in with useful contributions as Delhi posted an underwhelming 143, punctuated by a rain break.
The rain came again during the chase and once the target was reduced, with this harmless bowling it was near impossible to stop the Sunrisers.