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The Hyderabad Sunrisers cruised to an eight-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils in a rain-affected affair in Delhi.
Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan made the right decision to bowl first as Delhi opener Quinton de Kock was caught by Lokesh Rahul at cover off the bowling of Dale Steyn for just seven runs.
Delhi skipper Kevin Pietersen smashed a quickfire 35 before he was caught by Dhawan at cover to give Amit Mishra his 100th IPL wicket.
Mayank Agarwal managed to score 25 runs before he was caught by David Warner at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mishra.
However, just as the Daredevils seemed to be rebuilding their innings, the heavens parted in the 13th over and the match was delayed for just over an hour.
When play did resume, Dinesh Karthik and Laxmi Shukla converted their strong start into a 55-run partnership before Karthik was brilliantly caught by Steyn at long-off off the bowling of Moises Henriques for 39.
Henriques struck again just four balls later when Shukla was caught by Warner at deep midwicket.
South Africa all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy only made four runs before he was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Kedar Jadhav fared no better as he was caught by Irfan Pathan at backward point off the bowling of Steyn for five runs.
Delhi eventually finished on 143/7 off their 20 overs.
Steyn, Henriques and Mishra all picked up two wickets apiece, while Kumar chipped in with one.
With the rain returning during the innings break, the Sunrisers’ target changed to 117 off 15 overs.
The Sunrisers did not get off to a good start as Dhawan was caught by Duminy at point off the bowling of Siddharth Kaul for four runs.
Following Dhawan’s dismissal, the rain came back once again and the match was reduced to five overs, meaning that Sunrisers needed 43 runs to win via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Australia batsman Aaron Finch failed to have an impact with the bat as he was clean bowled by Shukla for four runs.
However, it was all Hyderabad from that point on as Warner and Naman Ojha mopped up the remaining runs with relative ease to lead the Sunrisers to an eight-wicket win.
Kaul and Shukla took one wicket each.
Steyn was named Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling figures of 2/20 off four overs.