IPL 2013: Delhi go down fighting to Hyderabad, suffer fourth successive defeat

Sunrisers made heavy weather of a lowly total of 114 set by the Delhi Daredevils but eventually scraped through as Amit Mishra (16 off 14 balls) and Dale Steyn (9 off 5 balls) held fort at the fag end.

updated: April 13, 2013 00:42 IST
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It was a low-scoring affair at Feroz Shah Kotla between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday (April 12) night and with both sides faltering with the bat, the packed crowd was in for a nail-biting contest. In the end, despite a commendable effort with the ball by Delhi, Hyderabad pulled off a three-wicket win, the result helping them join Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top of the points' table.

Virender Sehwag finally made his much-awaited entry into the Delhi team in the 2013 edition of the Pepsi Indian Premier League, but that did little to lift the team's batting. (Related read: Sanga, Mahela credit bowlers in low-scoring game)

Indeed, not much went right for Delhi against, arguably, the most balanced bowling attack of the nine teams in the fray. Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Anand Rajan kept things simple - restrictive line, smart length and occasional changes of pace. The rest was achieved by the Hyderabad fielding and the ineptitude of the Delhi batsmen who, despite names like Sehwag, David Warner and Mahela Jayawardene in the mix, floundered. (Also see: Match stats)

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