Mohammed Shami says match-winning performance vs Sunrisers Hyderabad a confidence booster

first_imgFast bowler Mohammed Shami on Tuesday made a strong comeback from a long-term injury lay-off as he starred with the ball to orchestrate Delhi Daredevils’ six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.Delhi Daredevils snapped their five-match losing streak as they beat defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League 2017.Daredevils batsmen fired in unison as they chased down the target of 186 with five balls to spare. Corey Anderson top-scored with an unbeaten 41 from 24 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes as Daredevils (189/4) overhauled Hyderabad’s total of 185.3 in 19.1 overs.If Anderson was Delhi’s star with the bat, it was Shami who was their showman with the leather.Shami, who was playing just his third match of the season for the Delhi outfit, bagged two wickets for 36 runs in his quota of four overs.Put into bat, skipper David Warner (30) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) gave the visitors a flying start, putting on 53 runs before pacer Shami in his very second delivery cleaned up the Aussie.Daredevils looked in a spot of bother with both the left-handers going hammer and tongs, before Shami controlled the damage with a rip-roaring yorker, which saw Warner’s off-stump flying.Warner’s dismissal brought in the in-form Kane Williamson (24), who along with Dhawan added 22 runs before the first strategic time-out did the trick for Delhi, in the form of the Indian left-hander’s wicket.Shami then jolted the visitors with the crucial wicket of Williamson, who, after hitting one four and six, ended up top-edging it to Chris Morris at deep square leg.advertisementShami’s efforts saw him pip Anderson for the man-of-the-match award.”I am playing after a long time, and this performance will lift my confidence level. I was trying to back myself. It will be good for me and my team.”If you get injured that disturbs you mentally. When on field, I do not feel that much pressure,” Shami said.When asked to shed light on his strategy, Shami said: “In the T20 format, you don’t think about runs as a bowler. We just wanted to use the new ball well, not give too much pace. We felt it would be work for us to mix up our pace.”Shami also said that he had different plans for both Warner and Williamson.”I had different plans for both of them (Williamson and Warner)… whether the batsman moves around or stays still, I stick to my plan, and the rest of it comes down to luck.”Meanwhile, Delhi’s stand-in captain Karun Nair termed the victory as a “complete team performance”.”It was a complete team performance. Really glad to have a win here. I think the bowlers gave it all.Nair was also happy to finally get some runs under his belt.”Bit disappointed to get out after getting a start, but glad to get some runs finally and hoping to kick on from here,” he said.last_img

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