SRH were provided the ideal platform for their chase with Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan adding 76 runs - the team's best opening partnership this season. Amit Mishra brought experience to the fore and helped dry up the runs in the middle, with the wicket of both the openers.
Iyer himself scored 44 off 36 deliveries and his innings along with Prithvi Shaw's 36-ball 65 propelled DD to the defendable total. Shaw was not letting go of the catch in a hurry. Get 9 runs off Rashid Khan's first over.
How good are these "kids"? . On Saturday, Delhi Daredevils' new skipper Shreyas Iyer chose to defy the trend against SunRisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Mishra, who was brilliant, claimed his second wicket as Dhawan was bowled as he missed a sweep shot. Shaw timed the ball to perfection, attacking from the onset. In seven overs we did not give a single boundary to them. Rayudu fell to legspinner Murugan Ashwin's first delivery. Generally toss winning team took bowl in the tournament. It all boiled down to the final over for the two teams as 15 runs were required off the final over for the hosts to score.
The execution of the slower balls and yorkers combined worked wonders in the latter half of the Delhi innings as they were kept to 163 for 5. 10 runs off it. He got to his half-century in 25 balls. Archer took three wickets and Gowtham took two wickets for RR. Rashid would finish with figures of 2 for 23, picking up the Man of the Match award in what was his 100th T20 fixture.
57 no other batsman has contributed from the other end making it hard for the right hand New Zealand skipper at critical situations.
"It's nice to be on top of the table". In another instance, on April 29, while defending a modest target of 152 the Hyderabad bowlers halted Rajasthan Royals' chase at 140 in 20 overs.
Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan commenced the innings by handling Trent Boult cautiously. The left-hander hit two boundaries and one six - the big hit coming off a free-hit delivery off Avesh Khan.
Mishra made sure no easy run was given away, but SRH's good start meant that they always had time. Hales was then on nine runs.
Williamson scored 32 not out and Pathan hit two sixes and two fours in 27 not out off 12 balls. Yusuf Pathan has also failed to fire on several occassions, a thing which he is known for.
Williamson is highly unlikely to match either player in terms of strike rate but 7/4 is an excellent price that he ends up with more runs than either of them. Williamson fittingly hit the winning runs, unbeaten on 32 off 30, after adding 32 off 16 deliveries with Pathan.
For Delhi Daredevils, change of captaincy has got their campaign back on track.
SRH 136/3 after 18 overs. Their next challenge is against Royal Challengers Bangalore at home on May 7.