After winning the toss, Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to field first, as the skipper Williamson expected the surface to stay good in the second innings as well. Khaleel Ahmed struck right in the second over with a bit of extra bounce, removing Prithvi Shaw. And in his next over, he got another wicket of in-form and last match’s Man of the Match – Shikhar Dhawan. In the powerplay, SRH conceded 51 runs but got two key wickets. Abhishek Sharma got rid of dangerous looking Colin Munro in the 8th over. Though SRH bowlers took some time to break Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant’s partnership, the scoring rate was always under check. Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Iyer in the16th over while Ahmed claimed his third wicket, removing Pant in the 17th. Only two times in twenty overs, they allowed DC batsmen to score more than 10 runs, eventually restricting them at 155.
SRH openers – Warner and Bairstow - gave yet another 50 plus opening partnership, but this time it was a bit slow. They scored just 40 runs in first 6 overs and added 33 runs in overs 7-10, losing Bairstow in the 10th. By end of the 15th over, they just reached 100 and lost Williamson too. A combination of tight bowling and lack of application from SRH batsmen cost them the match despite the average target. SRH missed the trick by not scoring at a rapid rate and got themselves in the pressure situation, which they could never handle and finally, they were all out in the 19th over.
David Warner remained top scorer from both the sides, a bit slow - 51 off 47 balls. Bairstow scored 41in 31 balls. Apart from these openers, all other batsmen failed to score in two digits. Earlier, Khaleel Ahmed grabbed 3 wickets for 30 runs while B Kumar took 2 for 33.
It was not a great start by Delhi Capitals batsmen once they were asked to bat first. DC’s star players Shaw and Dhawan got out quickly in the second and the fourth over as they were 2 down for 20 runs. Munro played an attacking game and scored 40 runs that included 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. It helped DC to keep the run rate at around 8.5 despite the early disaster. Iyer and Pant played fine innings, as together they added 56 runs for DC, fending SRH bowlers at the crucial stage. Once they both got out, DC couldn’t yield big overs in terms of runs but with 13 in the last over, they managed to reach a satisfactory score of 155.
With bowlers like Rabada, Morris, Ishant and Paul, Delhi Capitals looked confident to defend the target. They bowled tightly in the powerplay to confine SRH openers, giving away just 40 runs. Paul removed Bairstow in the 10th over, and SRH were at 73 for 1. He grabbed two more scalps of Williamson and Ricky Bhui and the required run rate started shooting. Warner felt the pressure after Bhui’s exit and gave away his wicket to Rabada’s slower ball in the 17th over. They still needed 50 runs in less than four overs. Vijay Shankar fell the very next ball and the game was almost over for SRH. The 18th over further humiliated the hosts as Morris removed Hooda, Rashid Khan and Abhishek as they were down to 112 for 8. Rabada got another two in the 19th over to formally seal the match.
The skipper Iyer was the top scorer for SRH with his conscious 45 runs while Munro made 40 runs in just 24 balls. Rabada grabbed 4 wickets for 22 runs while Morris and Paul took 3 wickets each, conceding just 39 runs between them.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will play another home match on 17th April at against Chennai Super Kings at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad. It will be a tough task for SRH, who seems to have lost the momentum, to beat Dhoni’s number one team who lost only one match so far.
Delhi Capitals will play a home match on 18th April against Mumbai Indians at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi. DC beat MI last time they met in Mumbai. With the kind of confidence, they got after this win, it won’t be a surprise if they produce the same result in the home match too.
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