Hyderabad:Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag ravaged a ragged-looking Deccan Chargers side in a nine-wicket win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here.
Sehwag's 94 runs came from 41 balls, with 10 fours and six sixes. The last 30 came in an Andrew Symonds over, which read 4, 6, 4, 6, 4, 6.
The scores were tied at 142 after that over. Sehwag, who was one blow away from a hundred, instructed his partner Shikhar Dhawan to not run the single needed for a win.
However, Chaminda Vaas immediately sent down a wide, leaving Sehwag stranded on 94 while Delhi reached home in just 13 overs.
Incidentally, Sehwag had been dropped on 13 off Chaminda Vaas. Hyderabad, who put up a very ordinary show with bat and ball, paid for the drop dearly.
Having raced to his fifty off 27 balls, Sehwag dismantled the harmless bowling of Sanjay Bangar with some long hits to the leg side boundary. After that followed the assault on Symonds and it brought the proceedings to a quick end.
Earlier in the day, Delhi's all-seam attack put Hyderabad on leash so tight, the visitors needed 18 overs to cross the hundred-run mark, and not before they slumped to 6-82.
First it was the McGrath-Asif combine - one, the finest pace bowler of these times, and another touted to be his successor.
When Hyderabad were done dealing with those two, on came Ferveez Maharoof and Rajat Bhatia. Maharoof's figures read 3-0-10-2 before Rohit Sharma took 26 off his last over, injecting some adrenaline into the innings.
Delhi make a quick start with Asif castling Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman. Gilchrist played on, while Laxman was done in by an in-cutter.
Then, Maharoof sent back the slow-paced Venugopal Rao. It brought out Andrew Symonds as the run-rate dropped below 5 runs an over.
The Australia all-rounder provided brief entertainment, before perishing to a terrific catch by Dinesh Karthik, who dived to his right to collect an edge.
Shahid Afridi's wicket signalled that Hyderabad would not get the 175+ score they were targeting on this fine batting wicket. The stage was perfect for the World T20 man of the series to go for his shots. Instead, he fell LBW to Bhatia, leaving Rohit Sharma to take Hyderabad to a decent score.