Sunrisers Hyderabad reclaimed the top spot in the points table with a 7-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in a thrilling game.

Chasing 163, Sunrisers openers Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan made a cautious start, taking their time to settle down. As a result, the score was a modest 34 at the end of the fifth over. However, Avesh Khan undid all the good work by conceding 27 runs in the last over of the powerplay.

Dhawan hit 2 sixes while Hales hit three inside an over as Sunrisers raced away to 61 without loss at the end of the powerplay. But Delhi once again managed to bring the scoring rate under control and as a result the next 3 overs conceded just 15 runs. Amit Mishra then castled Alex Hales with a peach of a delivery to end the 76-run stand and give his side the much-needed breakthrough. 10 runs later, the leggie struck again, removing Dhawan to help his side claw their way back.

Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey then took the innings forward but struggled to accelerate. Pressure finally gave Delhi the wicket as Pandey skied one from Liam Plunkett after scoring 21 off 17. At that time, the hosts needed 32 off 17 balls. With 28 needed off last two overs, the Sunrisers collected 14 off the penultimate over. Yusuf Pathan then hit a six off the second ball followed by a four to all but seal the game for his side. The hosts eventually reached the target with a ball remaining.

Earlier in the game, Prithvi Shaw struck his third fifty of the season to help Delhi post a challenging total of 163 for 5. With Colin Munro and Gautam Gambhir failing to fire, Delhi promoted Glenn Maxwell to open with Shaw. However, the move did not pay off as the hard-hitting batsman run out for just 2.

Delhi, however, were quick to recover from that early setback with in-form duo Shaw and Shreyas Iyer taking the onus on themselves. They started playing their shots right from the very start to ease off the pressure. In the last over of the powerplay, Shaw hit Siddarth Kaul for a six and three fours to take the score to 60 for 1 in six overs. Out of those 60 runs, Shaw had scored 48 off just 23 balls. The teenager soon completed his fifty off just 25 balls.  Runs continued to come thick and fast even after the powerplay as Delhi raced away to 95 after ten overs.

However, the second half of the innings belonged to the hosts. On the very first ball of the eleventh over, Rashid Khan sent back the dangerous Shaw. The former India Under-19 skipper slammed 65 off just 36 balls to give his side a flying start. Delhi reached the 100-run mark in the 12th over. Shaw’s dismissal allowed the Sunrisers to stem the flow of runs as Iyer and Rishabh Pant found it tough to score quickly. At the end of the 15th over, the score was 125 for 2. On the very next ball after the fifteenth over,  Kaul accounted for Iyer to put the hosts on top. The Delhi skipper scored 44 off 36 balls.

Delhi’s hopes of finishing strongly then took further blows as Naman Ojha and Pant were out in quick succession. Vijay Shankar and Dan Christian then helped Delhi cross the 150-run mark and post a challenging total.

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