Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 8 wickets in a rain-marred match at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. (BCCI)
The hide and seek played by rain at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday saw Sunrisers Hyderabad sneak home with crucial points against Delhi Daredevils, who now have only a mathematical chance of reaching the playoffs after the 8-wicket defeat.
Rain stopped play four times in Match 32 of IPL 7 but allowed the hosts to play their full quota of 20 overs in which they scored 143/7. However, the SRH innings was continuously interrupted by the rain gods, who in the end were kind enough to allow five overs to constitute a game.
After the final rain interruption, which came with Hyderabad 17/1 in 2 overs, the target was revised to 43 in five overs. And needing 26 in 18 balls, Naman Ojha came into his own with 13 in just 3 balls, which included two sixes, to win the game for his side.
The win, Hyderabad's fourth in eight games, took them to No. 4 in the points table with 8 points.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils withered away a good foundation to post a modest total. Sent in to bat, Dinesh Karthik made 39 off 30 balls with the help of a four and two sixes, while skipper Kevin Pietersen made a quickfire 35 off 19 deliveries before giving away his wicket. His knock with four boundaries and two huge hits over the fence.
The struggling hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 22 in the last five overs.
Delhi lost Quinton de Kock (7) in the third over. During his 12-ball stay at the wicket, the South African looked nervy and got out in a timid way when he struck a Dale Steyn (2/20) length ball straight to Lokesh Rahul at cover.
Pietersen's decision to promote himself up the order in place of opener Murali Vijay, who was dropped for the match, turned out to be a good move as he looked in great touch during his quickfire knock.
Pietersen, who has found it tough to get going so far in this IPL, looked in good touch. He opened up his arms by hitting consecutive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The former England player then welcomed leg-spinner Karn Sharma with a six and a four to make his intentions clear.
Soon after, he clobbered Moises Henriques for a six over long-on and followed it up with a four straight past the bowler as Delhi reached 52 runs in six overs.
(With PTI inputs)