DC decided to field first after winning the toss expecting the dew effects in the later part of the match. DC got the first success in the fourth over as Ishant Sharma got Saha’s wicket. After conceding 54 runs in the mandatory powerplay, Amit Mishra struck in his first over by removing Guptill. At halfway, they restricted SRH to 71 runs. Keemo Paul got the crucial wicket of Manish Pandey, and SRH were at 104 runs for the loss of 3 wickets after 15 overs. Sharma struck once again to get rid of Williamson in the 16th over. The bowlers went for plenty in the last five overs conceding 58 runs despite taking five wickets, out of which 3 wickets came in the last over of Paul.
Confident Dhawan started the run chase hitting two boundaries to Bhuvneshwar in the first over. Shaw smashed three boundaries to Khaleel Ahmed. Thampi then made a huge mistake by dropping Shaw’s catch off Nabi’s delivery. With two fours and a six, the fifth over, DC fetched 17 runs in the fifth over. After 6 overs, DC scored 55 and the required run rate was 7.71. DC lost their first wicket in the 8th over as Dhawan got stumped out to Hooda’s wide delivery and after 10 overs they had 83 runs on the board. DC was hit by a few double-blows. Iyer and Shaw departed in the 11th over off Ahmed, while Murno and Axar Patel got out in the 15th. With support from Rutherford, Pant continued the chase. Pant attacked Thampi in the 18th over with two-sixes and two-fours. They got a little jolt at the end, as Pant got out in the 18th over. Mishra too got out to Ahmed in the 20th over when SRH still needed 2 runs in 2 balls, but Paul’s heroic boundary ensured DC’s historic victory with 1 ball and two wickets to spare.
Player of the match RR Pant turned the match with his 21 balls 49 while PP Shaw scored 56 off 38 balls. Yadav scored 27 balls 46. KMA Paul’s 3 for 34 joggled Sunrisers while I Sharma took 2 wickets for 34.
Kane Williamson too wanted to bowl first because of tacky nature of the pitch. Saha had to go for DRS the first ball bowled by Boult as it was declared LBW but the review went in Saha’s favour. In first 3 overs, SRH scored 31 runs that included 3 sixes from Guptill. Saha fell to Ishant Sharma in fourth over while Guptill and Pandey continued the powerplay and they posted 54 in 6 overs. Guptill’s loss in the seventh over affected the run flow as SRH scores just 17 in overs 7-10. Pandey could not stay for longer and got out to Keemo Paul in 14th over and SRH could add just 33 between overs 11-15. Williamson too departed soon after making 27 balls 28, as he could not tackle a yorker from Ishant Sharma. Mohammad Nabi and Shankar accelerated the run flow and added 36 runs in next 15 balls. With 11 off the last over, SRH posted 162 on the board.MJ Guptill scored 36 runs in 19 deliveries, MK Pandey made 30 in 36 balls. Rashid Khan took 2 wickets for 15 runs and underutilized Khaleel Ahmed bagged 2 for 24 in 2.5 overs
Bhuvneshwar opened conceding two boundaries while Mohammad Nabi bowled the tight second over. The skipper Williamson had to enforce immediate change by introducing, Ahmed only to be smashed for three boundaries by Shaw. Calling Bhuvneshwar again to bowl the fifth over did not produce a better result as he conceded 17 more. Hooda struck first, removing Dhawan while Ahmed insinuated hope by removed Iyer and Shaw in the 11th over. Rashid duplicated Ahmed’s feat and removed Murno and Patel in the 15th over and DC still needed 52 in 30 balls. Basil Thampi’s 18th over was a disaster as he gave away 22 runs at the crucial juncture. Bhuvneshwar too struck twice in the 19th over removing Rutherford and Pant, leaving 7 runs for Ahmed in the 20th over. Ahmed partially succeeded after giving allowing just 3 off first three balls and removing Mishra the fourth ball. Eventually, Paul outdid him by hitting a boundary to eliminate SRH from IPL 2019.
DC has played remarkably well throughout the season and earned the same number of points as MI and CSK from the group matches. After passing the eliminator, they are meeting Chennai Super Kings at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam on May 10. CSK has been the most consistent since the inception of IPL and under MS Dhoni they know how to win the big matches. For DC to outclass CSK, it would require a complete team effort.
SRH came close to winning this one, but in the end, it did not work out for them they had expected. The absence of Orange capped David Warner, who amassed monstrous 692 runs and Jonny Bairstow (445 runs - 10th rank) had an enormous impact on their course. SRH have won 6 out of 14 group matches and DC clogged them from entering the second Qualifier.
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