SRH’s Kane assault floors Delhi Daredevils

Turbo-charged by Williams’ 51-ball 89, Sunrisers piled on an imposing 191 for four and terminated the Daredevils’ chase 15 short of target.

Delhi Daredevils had no answer to Kane Williamson's carnage.   -  K. Pichumani

Beware the wrath of a patient man! Having warmed the benches so far, Kane Stuart Williamson had a few scores to settle in his opening outing (incidentally his 100th in the format) of the Vivo-Indian Premier League. The placid-faced New Zealander chose to vent his ire on a hapless Delhi Daredevils attack, to the detriment of the tourists and the delight of Sunrisers Hyderabad fans at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium on Wednesday night.

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Turbo-charged by Williams’ 51-ball 89, the host piled on an imposing 191 for four and terminated the Daredevils’ chase 15 short of target. Hampering the advance of the visiting team was some precision-driven bowling at the death by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul, which curtailed the big-hitting Shreyas Iyer and Angelo Mathews.

David Warner called right and went for first strike. Wanting to work across Morris’ climbing ball from outside off, Sunrisers’ skipper edged to his end instead. The ballooning ball gave Amit Mishra enough time to come in from fine leg and accept the catch. If that blow was big, Shikhar Dhawan and Williamson didn’t let it show, quick to move on from the reversal and rebuild the innings.

Capitalising on every flaw in the Delhi attack, the left-right combo seemed sedate when posting 31, a fourth of the way into the contest.

Waiting in the wings had only made Williamson keen to step up, the Tauranga native hoisting Mathews high into the galleries over cow corner and long-off off successive deliveries. So did the calm Kiwi cart Pat Cummins’ steepler over the mid-wicket hoardings. The Aussie speedster pumped up the pace, plied yorkers aplenty and even a full toss, which Kane caned to the sight-screen.

If Mishra was meant to slam the brakes on Williamson’s carnage, the wily leggie could do little to contain it. Williamson fell when he hit against the pace of Morris, holing out to Iyer at deep mid-wicket. Dhawan, a shade sidelined in the strike-rate stakes, propped up the charge, helping himself to a six en-route a 50-ball 70.

Dhawan departed, pulling Morris to deep mid-wicket Mathews. Yuvraj Singh was castled by the South African off the next ball. The Pretorian packed more than a punch, enjoying the distinction of claiming all the four Sunrisers wickets that fell.

For the Daredevils, Sanju Samson, with a 33-ball 42, laced with three boundaries and two maximums, had forged a forceful response. So did Iyer with an unconquered 49 throw a mighty scare into the Sunrisers camp.