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Apr 25, 2014 at 07:22pm IST

As it happened: Hyderabad vs Delhi, IPL 7, Match 12

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Pre-match: After two successive defeats, Sunrisers Hyderabad look to improve their standings on the points table of IPL 7 when they take on an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils, who are expecting the return of their regular skipper and star player Kevin Pietersen.

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Hyderabad got off to a shaky start after first losing to Rajasthan Royals by four wickets and in the next game suffering a crushing defeat bye 72 runs at the hands of Kings XI Punjab.

As it happened: Hyderabad vs Delhi, IPL 7, Match 12

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On the other hand, Delhi's start has been a mixed one as they were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets but bounced back with a win in their second outing against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Commentary (Delhi Daredevils 1st Innings)

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Aaron Finch is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 88-run knock earlier. Says it was nice to find some form. Adds he didn't panic and knew the ball would come on the bat on the wicket. He is not bothered how the wins come in this format, he's just happy with a victory.

Delhi were in the contest but twin strikes from Dale Steyn saw Hyderabad through. de Kock and Vijay gave a solid start but the middle order failed to get going. Duminy tried his best at the death but couldn't get his team past the line.

Hyderabad win their first game of the Indian T20 league 2014. Delhi got off to a positive start but quick wickets of their openers and things suddenly shifted. Pietersen's return didn't prove fruitful for the Delhi side as they fell short.

19.6 B Kumar to JP Duminy, Hyderabad win by 4 runs! Full ball outside off, Duminy drives it to long off for a couple. 180/4

19.5 B Kumar to JP Duminy, SIX! Biggie!!! Fuller length ball outside off, Duminy hammers it over the long off region. The ball goes all the way over the rope for a maximum. 178/4

19.4 B Kumar to M Tiwary, Around off, Tiwary drives it through the mid off region for a single. 172/4

19.3 B Kumar to M Tiwary, FOUR! Not over yet. Full toss outside off, Tiwary slams it over the point region for a boundary. 171/4

19.2 B Kumar to JP Duminy, Full ball outside off, Duminy plays across the line but misses and gets hit on his boots. The batsmen pick up a quick leg bye. 167/4

19.1 B Kumar to M Tiwary, Full and wide outside off, Tiwary punches it through the off side for a single. 166/4

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the last over. 20 runs needed off it. Can Delhi chase it down?

18.6 D Steyn to M Tiwary, Around off, Tiwary tries to go over the cover region but gets an outside edge to third man. Single taken. 165/4

18.5 D Steyn to JP Duminy, Low full toss outside off, Duminy drives it to covers for a single. 164/4

18.4 D Steyn to JP Duminy, FOUR! Duminy not giving up! Short and wide outside off, Duminy slashes it over the point region for a boundary. 163/4

18.3 D Steyn to M Tiwary, On middle and off, Tiwary clips it through mid-wicket for a run. 159/4

18.2 D Steyn to M Tiwary, FOUR! Well played! Fuller length ball outside off, Tiwary gets across and paddles it through the fine leg region. The fielder is inside the circle and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 158/4

18.1 D Steyn to M Tiwary, Play and a miss! Length ball outside off, Tiwary goes after it but misses it completely. 154/4

We are back for the run chase! Murali Vijay and Quinton de Kock are the Delhi openers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings for Hyderabad.

17.6 A Mishra to M Tiwary, Tiwary has slammed it through the point region. One run added to the total. 154/4

17.5 A Mishra to M Tiwary, Landed just outside off, Tiwary lofts it over covers for a couple. 153/4

Free hit ball coming up..

17.5 A Mishra to JP Duminy, NO BALL! Outside off, Duminy plays it through point for a run. The umpire signals a no ball for overstepping. 151/4

17.4 A Mishra to JP Duminy, SIX! What a way to get off the mark! On middle, Duminy plays the slog sweep. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a biggie. 149/4

17.3 A Mishra to M Tiwary, Around off, Tiwary drives through mid on for a single. 143/4

17.2 A Mishra to M Tiwary, SIX! Not over yet? On middle, Tiwary comes forward and lofts it over the mid on region for a biggie. 142/4

17.1 A Mishra to M Tiwary, Outside off, Tiwary pushes it to covers. 136/4

16.6 D Steyn to M Tiwary, Length ball around off, Tiwary steers it to third man for a single. 136/4

Manoj Tiwary walks out to bat, to face the hat-trick ball.

16.5 D Steyn to K Pietersen, OUT! Two in two for Steyn, Pietersen departs now! Length ball outside off, Pietersen hammers it straight to Sammy at long off. Steyn on a hat-trick. Should be all over for Delhi now. Pietersen's return doesn't bring in a strong performance. 135/4

JP Duminy walks out to bat. Delhi need 50 runs from 20 balls.

16.4 D Steyn to D Karthik, OUT! Slower one gets DK! On middle, Karthik waits for it and tries to dispatch it over the mid-wicket region. Doesn't time it that well as there is a fielder in place at the boundary rope. Rahul the man who makes no mistake in taking that catch. 135/3

16.3 D Steyn to K Pietersen, Superb fielding! Fuller in length on off, Pietersen drives towards extra covers. Sammy dives in from mid off to stop the ball. Single taken. 135/2

16.2 D Steyn to K Pietersen, FOUR! Slammed! Touch fuller in length ball outside off, Pietersen hammers it over the point region for a boundary. 134/2

16.1 D Steyn to D Karthik, Fullish outside off, Karthik pushes it through covers for a single. 130/2

Dale Steyn back on.

Time out.

15.6 D Sammy to K Pietersen, SIX! Pietersen will breathe sigh of relief now! Around off, Pietersen slams it over the wide long on region. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a huge biggie. 129/2

15.5 D Sammy to D Karthik, Outside off, Pietersen lofts it over mid off for a single. 123/2

15.4 D Sammy to K Pietersen, Fullish outside off, Pietersen drives through mid off for a single. 122/2

15.3 D Sammy to K Pietersen, Play and a miss! Fuller one outside off, Pietersen goes after it but misses it completely. 121/2

15.2 D Sammy to D Karthik, Slower one on middle, Karthik waits for it and paddle sweeps it through square leg for a single. 121/2

15.1 D Sammy to K Pietersen, Full toss on middle, Pietersen just manages to hit it straight down the ground to long off for a single. 120/2

Darren Sammy back on.

14.6 A Mishra to D Karthik, Fullish outside off, Karthik punches it through covers for a couple. 119/2

14.5 A Mishra to K Pietersen, Pietersen comes forward and takes it full, drives through mid off for a single. 117/2

14.4 A Mishra to D Karthik, Around off, Karthik slogs through mid-wicket for a run. 116/2

14.3 A Mishra to K Pietersen, Wrong 'un on middle, Pietersen flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 115/2

14.2 A Mishra to K Pietersen, Fullish on middle, Pietersen defends it back to the bowler. 114/2

14.1 A Mishra to K Pietersen, On middle, Pietersen comes down the track and defends. 114/2

13.6 K Sharma to D Karthik, Fullish around off, Karthik drives it to covers where Dhawan does well to stop the ball. 114/2

13.5 K Sharma to K Pietersen, On the pads, Pietersen works it down the leg side but the ball goes off his pads for a leg bye. 114/2

13.4 K Sharma to D Karthik, Shortish outside off, Karthik cuts it through point for a single. 113/2

13.3 K Sharma to D Karthik, Brilliant delivery! Outside off, turning away, Karthik tries to defend but gets beaten. 112/2

13.2 K Sharma to K Pietersen, Length ball around off, Pietersen punches it through covers and takes a single to get off the mark. 112/2

13.1 K Sharma to D Karthik, Fullish on middle, Karthik drives it straight down the ground for a single. 111/2

12.6 D Sammy to D Karthik, Fullish on middle, Karthik clips it through mid-wicket for a single. 110/2

12.5 D Sammy to D Karthik, FOUR! Fine shot! Landed outside off, Karthik plays the reverse sweep through the third man region. The fielder was inside the circle and the ball will race away to the boundary rope. 109/2

12.4 D Sammy to D Karthik, Outside off, Karthik punches it to the off side. 105/2

12.3 D Sammy to D Karthik, Length ball outside off, Karthik plays through the point region for a couple. 105/2

Dinesh Karthik walks out to bat.

12.2 D Sammy to M Vijay, OUT! Both the openers are gone now! Length ball around off, Vijay checks his shot, punches it straight to Steyn at long on who makes no mistake. Two new batsmen at the crease and Hyderabad have brought themselves in this game. 103/2

8th Indian T20 league fifty for Vijay!

12.1 D Sammy to M Vijay, FOUR! Fifty for Vijay! Length ball outside off, Vijay tries to push that one but gets an outside edge through the vacant slip region for a boundary. 103/1

11.6 K Sharma to K Pietersen, On middle and off, Pietersen tries to defend but gets a faint outside edge. 99/1

11.5 K Sharma to K Pietersen, Slider on middle and off, Pietersen goes on his back foot to defend it. 99/1

11.4 K Sharma to K Pietersen, On middle, Pietersen walks across and defends it. 99/1

11.3 K Sharma to K Pietersen, Landed around off, Pietersen defends it into the ground. 99/1

The star, Kevin Pietersen walks out to bat.

11.2 K Sharma to de Kock, OUT! Breakthrough for Hyderabad! Fullish around off, de Kock goes for the slog sweep. He doesn't time it that well this time as Finch settles underneath the ball at deep mid-wicket. Karn Sharma the man who gets a breakthrough. Fine knock from de Kock though. 99/1

11.1 K Sharma to M Vijay, Shortish on middle, Vijay pulls it through the leg side for a single. 99/0

10.6 A Mishra to de Kock, Shortish outside off, de Kock cuts through point for a couple. 98/0

10.5 A Mishra to M Vijay, A short ball into the pads, Vijay looks for two after flicking away through mid-wicket but the fielder came charging in. 96/0

10.4 A Mishra to de Kock, A flighted delivery outside off, de Kock pre-meditates the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge going away through point for one. 95/0

10.3 A Mishra to M Vijay, A short delivery on middle, this time he tucks it away through mid-wicket for a single. 94/0

10.2 A Mishra to M Vijay, SIX! Aweesome! Nice loop on that flighted delivery but Vijay backs away to the leg side slightly and carves a lofted shot over covers with elegance. 93/0

10.1 A Mishra to de Kock, A short googly, worked away off the pads through mid-wicket for a single. 87/0

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