HYDERABAD: The young guns of Delhi came up short after a Kane Williamson masterclass on Wednesday. The New Zealand captain made his first appearance in IPL X a memorable one for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they added Delhi Daredevils to the list of teams that succumbed to the hosts’ never-say-die attitude. In doing a David Warner, Williamson showed that he’s a consummate professional and his 89 (51b, 4×6, 6×5) was sheer class. Coach Tom Moody had lavished praise on the New Zealander ahead of the game, saying how he’s such a positive influence on the team and how he’s of immense help to Warner with his leadership abilities.
The Sunrisers’ skipper had a rare off day after winning the toss and batting first against Delhi on the same wicket where they had walloped Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener. An express delivery from Chris Morris got rid of Warner, but that was the only success Delhi had for the next 14 overs as man of the match Williamson, one of the two changes Sunrisers made to the team that defeated Kings XI Punjab, assumed charge. Shikhar Dhawan (70; 50b, 4×7, 6×1) had a headstart of seven runs when the New Zealand captain came in to bat on Wednesday and the way he dominated the Delhi attack enthralled the crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium – the 15-run win was the Sunrisers’ fourth win at this venue this season.