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IPL PHOTOS: Finch, Warner help Hyderabad edge past Delhi

Last updated on: April 25, 2014 20:45 IST

IPL PHOTOS: Finch, Warner help Hyderabad edge past Delhi

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Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Daredevils by four runs in the Indian Premier League match in Dubai on Friday.

Chasing a stiff target of 185, Delhi fell short after a good opening stand. 

The victory was Hyderabad's first in three outings, while Delhi suffered their third defeat in four matches.

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Earlier, Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to bat. 

For Delhi, regular captain Kevin Pietersen was back in the playing eleven after recovering from a finger injury. 

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: S Dhawan (captain), AJ Finch, DA Warner, KL Rahul, DJG Sammy, Y Venugopal Rao, KV Sharma, NV Ojha†, DW Steyn, A Mishra, B Kumar 

Delhi Daredevils: KP Pietersen (captain), M Vijay, Q de Kock, KD Karthik, JP Duminy, MK Tiwary, LR Shukla, WD Parnell, S Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, JD Unadkat.

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Image: Sunrisers captain Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch scamper for a single
Photographs: BCCI

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Dhawan and Finch added 56 for the first wicket

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Dhawan (33) and Finch gave Hyderabad a steady start, collecting 56 runs for the first wicket.

The Hyderabad skipper was eventually caught by his opposite number (Pietersen), off Shabaz Nadeem.

It turned out to be Delhi's lone success.

Even though the pace of scoring was not too high, it set the platform for Finch and Warner to go on a rampage.

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Image: Delhi Daredevils players celebrate Shilkhar Dhawan's dismissal
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Finch and Warner added 128 in an unbeaten second wicket stand

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Finch (88) and Warner (58) broke through the shackles with facile unbeaten fifties as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted an impressive 184 for one.

Hyderabad were stifled in the first half of the match before the Australian pair's 128-run partnership.

Their unbroken second-wicket stand came off 82 deliveries. 

Finch was the more destructive of the two, smacking Jaydev Unadkat for 18 runs in just four deliveries off the 18th over, which yielded 21.

Unadkat was, in fact, the most expensive Delhi bowler, conceding 43 runs in his four barren overs.

While Finch struck eight fours and four sixes, Warner smashed three boundaries and an equal number of hits over the fence. 

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Image: David Warner and Aaron Finch during the course of their partnership
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Vijay, De Kock added 99 for the opening wicket

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Chasing a stiff target of 185, Delhi were on course at 86 for no loss at the end of first 10 overs, but ran out of steam once openers Quinton de Kock (48) and Murali Vijay (52) were out in the 12th and 13th over respectively.

Daredevils captain Pietersen, who made it to the playing eleven after recovering from a finger injury, struggled in his first match this season before falling for 16 in the 17th over. 

Coming out to bat at number three in the 12th over at the fall of de Kock's wicket, Pietersen, took four balls to open his account and then could not hit a boundary for 13 deliveries when the team needed them to bring down the asking rate.

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Image: Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock steal a single
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Steyn struck twice in his third over to swing it Hyderabad's way

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By the time, Pietersen opened up with a six off Darren Sammy off the penultimate ball of the 16th over, the asking rate had shot up to over 14 runs. 

In fact, Delhi lost momentum in the five overs between the 12th and 16th when Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik (15) were batting. Both fell to successive deliveries in the 17th over off the bowling of fast bowler Dale Steyn. 

Delhi needed 49 from the last three overs and Tiwary and Duminy hit a flurry of fours and sixes to give themselves a chance. However, with 20 needed from the final over the tow batsmen could score just 15.

For Hyderabad, Steyn took two wickets for 33 runs while Karn Sharma and Darren Sammy got one each.


Image: Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate Kevin Pietersen's dismissal
Photographs: BCCI

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