CAPETOWN: A blitzkrieg by Dwayne Smith propelled Hyderabad to a decent total against Delhi after Dirk Nannes piled on the heat on Adam Gilchrist's men with a deadly opening spell.


Hyderabad are 148 for nine

Ashish Nehra eventually managed to send back a rampaging Smith, who was unlucky to perish for 48 after packing Delhi off for a wild leather chase.

Smith ripped the Delhi attack apart and despite T. Suman's departure, Hyderabad are reasonably well placed.

Nehra snapped up another wicket in his last over when he rattled Venu Gopal Rao's timber.

Hyderabad were in dire straits when they lost two set batsmen in Rohit Sharma and Azhar Bilakhia in two successive overs.

Dirk Nannes knocked off Hyderabad openers Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs in quick time.

Amit Mishra sent back Sharma while Daniel Vettori trapped Bilakhia the very next over.


The Toss

Delhi have won the toss and elected to field first in their IPL clash against Hyderabad on Thursday.

Hyderabad will look to extend their unbeaten spree, while Delhi will try to shrug off their last loss when they meet today.

Tagged as laggards last year, Chargers have started the second edition of IPL on a resounding note, winning all their matches so far -- against Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challenger Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings -- and are looking unstoppable.

South African Herschelle Gibbs and skipper Adam Gilchrist have been in ominous form as the duo have just blown away all strategies of the opponent out of the window with their power-puffed batting, which catapulted the duo among the top five run-getter in the tournament so far.

Rohit Sharma also has been in rampaging form and the only chink in their batting is out-of-form VVS Laxman and Gilchrist would hope that the former skipper will make himself counted in tomorrow's tie.