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SRH batsman Kane Williamson (L) (Photo: AFP)
Riding on Williamson's 89-run knock, the defending champions stunned Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs.
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson brought good fortune for Sunrisers Hyderabad as riding on his 89-run knock, the defending champions stunned Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Delhi failed to chase down a tough target of 192 runs and were restricted to 176/5 at the end of their innings.
SRH pacer Mohammed Siraj excelled on his home ground as he dismissed both the openers Sanju Samson (42) and Sam Billings (13).
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who managed to hit just three runs with the willow, took the scalp of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (0) with his orthodox spin.
Siddharth Kaul struck late in the last over to claim the wicket of Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews (31) to join the bowling attack.
Shreyas Iyer managed to hit an unbeaten fifty for Delhi, highest in their innings, while Karun Nair was run out for 33 runs.
Nevertheless, it was dynamic hitter Willamson who steal all the limelight in his first match of the season as his 89-run knock lifted SRH to a strong total of 191/4 in their allotted 20 overs.
The 26-year-old New Zealander struck five sixes and six boundaries in his 51-ball fiery knock that was concluded at a strike rate of 174.80.
After winning the toss, SRH captain David Warner opted to bat first. However, Warner failed to give Hyderabad a good start as he lost his wicket cheaply for four runs in the second over.
The second-wicket pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Williamson then stood strong in front of the stumps and put a 136-run partnership stand.
Dhawan made 70 runs off 50 balls with the help of a six and seven boundaries.
For Delhi, their leading wicket-taker Chris Morris (4/26) was the lone warrior as he claimed all four wickets.
No other bowler from the DD camp managed to bag a single wicket.
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