Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan ripped through Delhi Capitals top order to shape Sunrisers Hyderabad’s first victory in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.
Electing to field first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch that supported the bowlers, Delhi restricted Hyderabad to 162-4. After Bhuvaneswor Kumar got rid of Prithvi Shaw (two) in the first over, Rashid paralysed the Delhi batting order before they could only make 147-7 in 20 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer (17) added 40 runs before Rashid dismissed the Delhi captain. Dhawan fell to the leggie and made 34 off 31 with four boundaries. Rishbabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer (21) added 42 runs for the fourth wicket but the departure of the two meant Delhi were not virtually out of contest.
Kumar had Hetmyer caught by Manish Pandey and Rashid got rid of Risbhab who hit two sixes and a four in his 27-ball 28. Man-of-the-match Rashid returned the figures of 3-14 from four overs.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow gave Hyderabad a decent start adding 77 runs for the first wicket. But Amit Mishra pulled back Delhi in the game removing the captain and new man Pandey (three) in his consecutive overs.
Warner made 45 off 33 with three fours and two sixes. Bairstow then added another 52 runs with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and completed a patient half century. He made 53 from 48 with two fours and a six.
Williamson, playing his first match in the tournament, chipped in invaluable 43 off just 26 deliveries hitting five boundaries. Kagiso Rabada also took two wickets for Delhi who were inflicted their first defeat in the tournament.