Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the match no 16 of the 12th edition of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) at Feroz Shah Kotla ground. With the result of this win, Sunrisers Hyderabad now climbed to the top of the eight-team standings as they have six points from four games, while poor performance with the bat and few critical decisions on the field gave Delhi capitals their consecutive second loss in the game.
* As it Happened:
Sunrisers Hyderabad Skipper Bhuvneswar Kumar won the toss and elected to field first. On a Spinning surface, the powerplay is perfect for scoring a high amount of runs. But Delhi capitals got off to a bad start as they lost both their openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan in the first six overs. While BHuvneshwar Kumar with his in-swinger dismissed Prithvi Shaw (11) through the gate, Shikhar Dhawan got dismissed cheaply while going to play sweep shot against Mohammad Nabi. And then there was Rishab Pant who has a lot of responsibility to get his team to go, failed again as he also dismissed cheaply at 5 runs while going to hit a lofted shot against Mohammad Nabi.
On one hand, Delhi capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer played an anchor role, on the other hand, Capitals were deprived of any kind of momentum as they kept on losing wickets in quick sessions. Instead of sending someone like Axar Patel for batting in the spinning track, Delhi Capitals promoted Rahul Tewatia who only managed to last for seven balls. Colin Ingram (5) also failed to prove something as he lasted only 8 deliveries and Chris Morris (17) also sent back to the pavilion. This makes the knock of Shreyas Iyer ( 43 runs off 41 balls) more valuable who also then got clean bowled by Rashid Khan. Delhi Capitals didn’t manage to hit the big shots in the death, however, thanks to Axar Patel knock of 23 runs of 13 balls as Delhi Capitals enabled to finish at 129.
In the Second innings chasing a score of 130, Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a strong start as Johnny Bairstow and David Warner added 64 runs stand for the first wicket. Jonny Bairstow played a destructive inning by scoring 48 runs from 28 balls before he failed to read the ball and got dismissed LBW by Rahul Tewatia. Soon after it, David Warner (10) got dismissed by Kagiso Rabada.
Despite suffering a quick collapse by losing Manish Pandey (10), Vijay Shankar (16) and Deepak Hooda (10) in the middle overs, Bairstow destructive batting at the top has almost turned the game in their favour as Delhi capitals didn’t have much amount of runs. It helped SRH batsman to take time to settle in. Yusuf Pathan (9) and Mohammad Nabi (17) calmed the nerves with few boundaries and eventually finished off the chase with 9 balls to spare.
* Best Batting Performance:
Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow stood out to be the best batting performer in the low-scoring game. He dismantles Delhi Capitals any hope of winning by punishing their bowler’s with the knock of 28 balls 48 runs. This dominated knock included nine fours and one six.
* Best Bowling Performer:
Mohammad Nabi with his stunning figures of 4-0-21-2 become the best bowling performer. He first dismissed the most-experienced batsman in Delhi Capitals side and then dismissed the al-mighty Rishab Pant and showed once again why he is such an outstanding bowler, especially against the left-handers.
* Brief Scores:
Delhi Capitals: 129/8.
( Shreyas Iyer 43, Mohammad Nabi 2-21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-27)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 131/5 – 18.3 overs.
( Jonny Bairstow 48, Axar Patel 1-18)