Mishra, Mor­ris end Sun­ris­ers’ win­ning run

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

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

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