The Delhi Capitals are all set to appear in their first IPL Finals this season, when, on Wednesday evening, they defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was a rather gripping match, where both the teams seemed to be vying for the top spot. But, in the end, playing at Vishakhapatnam, the Sunrisers were stopped at 162 for 8. The runs were chased down only during the final over. The 2nd Qualifier match of the IPL 2019 season, will now be played on the 10th of May 2019, between the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Capitals.
In four-part innings, Prithvi Shaw would batter the bowlers, and it was almost as if the Delhi Capitals would breeze through the innings to attain their target. Yet, the battle was fierce enough to hold them back at 83 for 1 even half-way through the overs when they needed about 80 runs to win in the latter half. In the 11th over both Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed and so were Axar Patel and Colin Munro right after them – around three overs later. Dismissed within a span of just four deliveries, it looked as if DC was losing their grip and would even be eased out of the game.
But some fantastic batting by Rishabh Pant, who was initially slow, picked up pace really fast as he progressed. The run rate was closing into the 12 runs when in the 18th over, he stood steadfast against Basil Thampi to get 4-6-4-6 and brought the equation down to one run per ball.
In the end, it was a lot of drama and excitement when DC required just 5 runs off 8 balls. It was at this time that Rishabh Pant attempted a big hit and was shown the door, especially when the game could have been easily won by just taking one run per ball. Amit Mishra was out for obstructing the field, thereby leaving DC on tenterhooks with just two balls and two runs to go.
Nevertheless, DC was home, when Keemo Paul pulled away from a short delivery coming from Khaleel Ahmed into the midwicket boundary. And there was still one ball remaining.
Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi were two of the best bowlers picked by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both these spinners from Afghanistan together whipped out 8-1-44-2. Several batsmen contributed to the SRH scoreboard of 162-8. SRH top scorer was none other than Martin Guptill who had one boundary and 4 sixes to his credit. Other noteworthy players who put the numbers on the board were Kane Williamson 28, Manish Pandey 30, Mohammed Nabi 20 and Vijay Shankar 25.
It is the 36-run 5th wicket partnership between Shankar and Nabi that will go down in history although there were 5 other partnerships that did well too and were worth more than 20 runs. For the Sunrisers, the last five overs were the most productive despite having lost all 5 wickets. During the powerplay, they had managed only 54 runs, in the middle nine overs they scored around 50, and in the final 5 overs, they scored around 58 runs.
Outstanding Batting Performances
On Wednesday evening, two of the youngsters proved their might and worth for the Delhi Capitals. The team’s investment would not go in vain. With a stoke-filled 56 runs, Prithvi Shaw set up the chase, while Rishabh Pant would much later chase the remaining runs to get DC over to the finish line victoriously. Prithvi Shaw’s specialty lay in taking advantage of even the slightest fault in the lengths and Rishabh Pant would be able to switch pace effortlessly and instantly. The ball was deposited to the stands with absolute ease. Shaw with 6 fours and 2 sixes went on to score 58 off 38 balls while Pant would land 2 fours and 5 sixes to finally score 49 off 21 balls.
The untimely discharge of both batsmen came when Shaw gave a wrong cue due to which his captain was dismissed, and Pant was shown the stands when he made an attempt at glory – trying a big shot and got caught in the deep. This was when DC had only 8 balls remaining and needed about 5 runs.
Some great batting performance was observed when Martin Guptill struck the ball for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He even seemed aggressive when he shot a sixer across the ground against bowler Ishant Sharma. In the 4th over the ball was deposited to the stands twice in sequence – over the cover, first and thereafter over the point. He would face Axar Patel, the deadly spinner and still would maul his ball down to the deep square-leg. Keemo Paul at midwicket caught his slog sweep in the same over, right after the powerplay with Amit Mishra’s bowling. Out of the total 56 runs collectively executed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Guptill alone would score all of 36 runs in just 19 balls.
Outstanding Bowling Performances
In three spells Keemo Paul bowled four overs and was even considered as DC’s star bowler. He ended with figures of 3 for 32 as he first started bashing up the batsmen in the 14th over when he would have Manish Pandey caught at long-on. At the 18th over, he conceded two boundaries but got an outstanding final over when he showed Rashid Khan and Nabi the door. He also played a big role in dismissing Deepak Hooda. Without giving the batsmen any kind of pace to work, Paul was deemed as a highly successful bowler when he gave some of the fastest deliveries at 108 kph and 103 kph, which even fetched him wickets.
- Amit Mishra is the first bowler to take 100 wickets for DC in T20 cricket
- After 19.5 overs DC was 165-8 and went on to defeat SRH by 2 wickets and scoring 162-8
- Individual batting scores Rishabh Pant 49 and Prithvi Shaw 56
- Rishabh Pant was declared Man of the Match for his 49 off 21 balls
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