Henriques’ 74 lifts Sunrisers to 163/4 against Daredevils

Raipur: Moises Henriques’ unbeaten knock of 74 in 46 balls lifted Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 163/4 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here on Saturday.

Sunrisers seemed to have been struggling to up the run rate after losing regular wickets against Daredevils bowlers who put up a disciplined show at their adopted home ground.

Henriques took his time before executing his big shots. He hit five big sixes and one four.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Sunrisers got off to a poor start, losing dynamic openers David Warner (17)and Shikhar Dhawan (13) early. While veteran left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan accounted for Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile removed skipper Warner.

At 31/2 in 4.1 overs, Australian Henriques and Englishman Eoin Morgan (22) joined hands but their 33-run partnership ended before it could flourish.

Jayant Yadav broke the stand just when it was getting settled and it dented Sunrisers progress badly. Their 33-run stand for the third wicket came off 6.3 overs.

Karn Sharma was promoted up the order and he contributed only 16 runs in a 35-run partnership for the fourth wicket with all-rounder Henriques. Karn was dismissed by Coulter-Nile as the batsman mistimed one to Jayant at point.

Next batsman, Ravi Bopara played his role with perfection as he scored an unbeaten 17 off just 11 balls and he along with Henriques, forged a 64-run undefeated stand for the fifth wicket.

In the 19th over bowled by Albie Morkel, Henriques launched two sixes while Bopara collected seven runs, enabling the visitors to get to a competitive total.

Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 163/4 (Moises Henriques 74 not out; Nathan coulter-Nile 2/25, Jayant Yadav 1/19) against Delhi Daredevils.