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Sunrisers prevail in rain-hit tie

New Delhi: When Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) restricted Delhi DareDevils (DD) to 143 for seven, one was not sure whether Shikhar Dhawan’s batsmen would be able to match the excellence of their bowlers.

But the rain that lashed Kotla repeatedly on Saturday evening, and stopped play four times, made Hyderabad’s task a lot easier.

In the end, the D/L method was introduced and SH were left with a target of 43 in five overs. The visitors, who were 17 for one in two overs when rain stopped play for the fourth time, achieved the target rather easily with the loss of two wickets.

The required runs came in 4.2 overs with Naman Ojha (13 not out) completing the task in style with two towering sixes.

With so few runs as the target and so many wickets intact, Sunriser’s victory was never in question. After Saturday’s win, they are placed fourth in the table with eight points from as many outings.

The DareDevils lost their seventh game in nine matches and have virtually no chance of making it to the qualifiers.

After a 4pm start, there were four rain-induced interruptions in the match. The longest break of one hour and 13 minutes came after 13.1 overs in the DareDevils innings. Thereafter, the home team innings managed to play their full quota of 20 overs. But when SH came out to chase, they barely got two overs and lost the wicket of their opener and captain Shikhar Dhawan before another interruption. But on resumption of play after half an hour, Sunrisers were quick to complete the victory.

The Hyderabad outfit were, however, the deserving winners because of their bowling. At one point, DD looked all set to go beyond 160 in their rain-interrupted innings.

But Dhawan’s men bowled brilliantly in the death overs to restrict the home side. In the last five overs, they conceded only 16 runs and captured four wickets. Dale Steyn, Moises Henrique and Amit Mishra took two wickets each.