How Warner’s gamble with ‘youngster’ gave Sunrisers Hyderabad win vs Daredevils

Young pacer Mohammed Siraj took two wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar never allowed Delhi Daredevils batsmen to cut loose as Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a 15-run win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match. Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show with the bat for SRH

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 20, 2017 19:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Mohammed Siraj in action during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.(AFP)

Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are on a roll once again and looks set to feature in the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season as well. SRH beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in Hyderabad on Wednesday, their victory pushing the David Warmer-led side to second in the standings. (Highlights)

Skipper Warner was quick to praise the all-round performance of his side, revealing a little, but important, call he took in the match against the Zaheer Khan-led Daredevils, a side known for its pace attack. (Scorecard)

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“It (the call) was about tossing the ball to the youngster playing the first game or go to Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar), our experienced paceman,” revealed Warner.

Warner gave the “youngster”, Mohammed Siraj, the ball and the pacer from Hyderabad vindicated the faith by capturing two Daredevils openers -- Sanju Samson and Sam Billings.

The Delhi chase stuttered and despite a 50 from Shreyas Iyer and good knocks from Angelo Mathews and Karun Nair, they fell short.

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“We threw the ball to the youngster (at the start of the innings) and he came out on top,” added Warner. “To come out and play the way he played is amazing. And Bhuvi, (this season’s top wicket-taker at the moment), was world-class once again. Credit (for the win goes) to the fast bowlers.”

Warner praised Kane Williamson (89) andShikhar Dhawan (70) for their 136-run stand for the second wicket which laid the foundation for SRH’s total of 191 after they opted to bat.

“It was an outstanding performance from the guys. Kane, first game for him this year, the way he and Shikhar played, laid an outstanding platform for us,” said Warner. “We galvanise well together, we know what to expect. Fantastic performance from the guys with the bat and then following it up with the ball as well.”

There is a small injury worry for Warner though the Australia brushed it aside in his trademark fashion.

Warner was seen grimacing as he fell down on his back while taking a catch to dismiss Rishabh Pant off Yuvraj Singh in the 10th over of Daredevils’ chase. “I hurt myself on the rib cage,” said Warner, hinting that it was nothing.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 12:11 IST