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Yuvraj Singh relieved despite Sunrisers Hyderabad’s loss to Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils (DD) snapped their five-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL), beating defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets on Tuesday. Corey Anderson top-scored for Daredevils while Yuvraj Singh scored 70 for Sunrisers.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 03, 2017 09:45 IST
Abhishek Paul
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Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) hits a maximum during his innings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Tuesday. (PTI)

Yuvraj Singh is again back to what he does best -- torment rival bowlers. His 41-ball 70 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) was a welcome sight for his fans and his team Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL). (Match highlights)

The quick-fire knock ended a series of low scores that seemed to marYuvraj Singh’s campaign.(Scorecard)

“It was important for me to get some runs,” said Yuvraj of his innings that helped Sunrisers Hyderabad score 185/3 against Delhi Daredevils. “In the last three to four innings, I did not get enough time in the middle. When we were batting in the first innings, it was a bit tough as the ball was gripping. So, I thought of playing till the last and went for the big shots after the 16th over.”

The middle-order batsman was dropped at 29 by Sanju Samson in the 17th over, when SRH’s score was 129/3. “I was lucky, I got dropped. I could cash in on it in the later overs,” said Yuvi.

However, Yuvraj’s innings was not enough to lift SRH to a win as Daredevils prevailed in 19.1 overs.

“I think we gave a lot of runs in the first six overs. The dropped catch (of Karun Nair) was crucial. If we could have taken early wickets, would have been key. It wasn’t a great start by our bowlers and we did not picked wickets in the middle. All of their guys got 30-40 runs,” he said.

SRH used three fast bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj against Delhi Dardevils. Yuvraj felt the absence of veteran Ashish Nehra could have been a crucial factor.

“We have been relying a lot on Bhuvi and Rashid (Khan). When Ashish (Nehra) is fully fit, it will make our bowling line up a lot more stronger. Mohammed Siraj is a young guy while it has been a huge learning curve for Siddharth Kaul. Both have been bowling well,” he said.