IPL MATCH CENTRE
Moises Henriques' gritty fifty and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's crafty bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) stay in the hunt for the playoffs as they beat Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 6 runs in a hard-fought IPL match in 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.
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), the sixth bowler in nine overs, and 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 wickets.
Jadhav, his 34-ball knock laced with 8 fours and 2 sixes, 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 off the final two overs, Bhuvneshwar bowled a near-perfect penultimate over to give away just 6 runs. Ishant Sharma then finished the job as he never allowed DD to get 16 runs off the final 6 deliveries even after the over started with a boundary.