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Karun Nair guides Delhi Daredevils home in IPL

David Warner was made to pay for dropping Karun Nair, who saw Delhi Darevils home in a final-ball thriller against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

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Karun Nair's unbeaten 83 saw Delhi Darevils to a six-wicket victory off the final ball of a gripping Indian Premier League encounter with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Delhi batsman made the most of a huge reprieve on 51 when visiting captain David Warner dropped a simple chance in the outfield.

And Karun made Warner pay as, with six needed off the final two balls, he clubbed two boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the Daredevils reached their victory target of 159 in dramatic fashion.

Earlier in the piece, Warner had continued his fine form in this year's competition with 73 – his seventh fifty from 13 innings – as the Sunrisers posted a competitive 158-7.

Victory would have sealed a play-off spot and a top-two finish for the Sunrisers, but Karun proved the match-winner as Delhi avoided the defeat that would have left their own top-four ambitions hanging by a thread with one round remaining.

After being put in, the Sunrisers made steady progress until Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Deepak Hooda (1) were superbly run out by Carlos Brathwaite and Amit Mishra respectively.

Warner was the only man to make a telling score, his runs coming from 56 balls and featuring eight boundaries and a six, until he was caught at third man off Brathwaite (2-27), with no other Sunrisers batsman making more than 18.

Losing Quinton de Kock for two was an early blow to Delhi's chances, but Karun and Rishabh Pant (32) put on 73 to steady the ship.

Warner was guilty of a glaring drop to give Karun a lifeline and he made the most by smashing Barinder Sran for two maximums in the 17th over.

With 16 runs needed off the last two, Mustafizur Rahman (1-24) conceded just five and picked up Brathwaite for 10, but Karun stole the headlines at the last, crashing the winning runs past a despondent Warner at mid-on.

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