Mishra, Morris end Sunrisers’ winning run
HYDERABAD—Delhi Daredevils were without captain Zaheer Khan who missed his second game of the season be-cause of a niggle. Chris Morris stepped up and unfurled cutters, fast yorkers, slower
Daredevils’ stand-in captain JP Duminy credited the “collective bowling effort” for the side’s sixth win in ten games.
Mishra was introduced into the attack and stroke-making was difficult. Kane Williamson aimed to force the pace before he was bowled by an inswinging Morris full toss for 27 off 24 balls. The fast bowler capped his spell by kicking an inside edge, that rolled back up the pitch, onto the stumps to effect the run out of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 1. Deepak Hooda stepped on his stumps off the bowling of Coulter-Nile in the 19th over. Naman Ojha was caught at square leg off a full toss in the last over. This meant that Daredevils picked up five wickets in the last five overs for 33.
The returning Mayank Agarwal began brightly with a lofted drive over mid-on for four. The opener was undone by the slowness of the pitch when he sliced Ashish Nehra to extra cover in the fourth over.
An unfazed de Kock cracked Nehra for back-to-back boundaries in the same over before cutting Mustafizur for four in the sixth over.
De Kock’s blows meant that Daredevils closed the Powerplay at 50 for 1.
Henriques, however, dismissed Karun Nair and de Kock in the tenth over to tighten the chase.
Samson and Pant steered Daredevils home with an unbroken 72-run stand off 50 balls. Pant, in particular, was aggressive against Mustafizur - first launching him over long-on for six and three balls later, whipping him for four past midwicket.
Pant plundered 26 off Mustafizur from 13 balls, the most by any batsman against the left-arm seamer in a T20.
Samson sealed the chase with a pulled six, and the night ended with Nehra warmly embracing Pant.—Agencies the Italian capital. Murray, the number two seed, will now face French lucky loser Lucas Pouille on Saturday with the chance to meet either world number one Novak Djokovic or seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.
Spanish ace Nadal, who has not beaten Djokovic in their last six meetings, faces the Serbian later Friday at the Foro Italico.
Murray, who lost the Madrid Masters final to Djokovic last Sunday, was given a brief shock of Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. But Murray was not impressed, and the fans who thought they were in for an epic encounter on Centre Court were soon dismayed as the Scot broke back immediately and twice again on the way to a crushing 6-1 first-set win.
Goffin dug deep in a closer second set, notably breaking Murray’s serve in the 10th game to level at 5-5.—AFP