Delhi Capitals was back in action tonight against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second leg of IPL 2021. Risers, who were at the bottom of the points table, had a big task in their hand. Without Jonny Bairstow, they were bound to miss one of their stars. Meantime, Shreyas Iyer’s comeback boosted Delhi Capitals in this clash of DC vs SRH.
Though there was some news of T. Natarajan getting covid positive, all was okay at the end. The match started as per plan as all the needed health guidelines were matched.
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First Inning failure from Hyderabad – DC vs SRH
Kane Willamson, who won the toss and elected to bat first was hit by the pace storm of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. David Warner went for a duck by a ball 150+ ball from Nortje. Wriddhiman Saha then went for 18 while trying to pull a short ball from Kagiso Rabada. Nortje in his first spell bowled the fastest ball of IPL 2021 (151.7 kmph).
Kane Willamson then tried to consolidate the inning of Hyderabad. But Axar Patel got him out in the boundary line for a struggling 18 off 26 balls. Manish Pandey also tried the same but failed miserably as also did not look at his near best. Pandey could only manage 17 off 16 balls was taken down by Kagiso Rabada.
Kedar Jadhav fails again for the Sunrisers as it is quite evident that he certainly lost his touch at this level. However, it was Abdul Samad, the youngster from Kashmir who fought a lone battle for the Hyderabad team scored 28 off 21 balls. He fell down to another peach of a delivery from Kagiso Rabada.
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In the end, Hyderabad could only manage 134 in their 20 over quota. Rashid Khan finished with 22 off 19 balls. Rabada finished with 4-37-3 while Nortje finished with 4-12-2.
Delhi’s chase – DC vs SRH
Prithvi Shaw tried to give another quick-fire start to the Capitals’ inning. However, Khaleel Ahmed did not let that happen as he was out for 11 in the third over. Shreyas Iyer, who was coming back from an injury was sent in the number three position for Delhi. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked tight with the new ball.
Shikhar Dhawan continued his solid form with the bat as he started steadily again. Then cracked up his batting gears to hit some boundaries against Jason Holder and Sandeep Sharma. Dhawan then fell down to Rashid Khan while trying to slog sweep. He returned to the pavilion post scoring 42 off 37 balls.
Then walked in Delhi captain, Rishabh Pant with his team needing 63 runs in 53 balls. As Iyer looked sublime and classy, Pant got ready for an explosive finish. Pant looked to anti the run-rate as the flow of boundaries kept on coming from his bat. Few short balls from Kumar and Khaleel did bother him a bit, but he managed to score few boundaries of them as well. Delhi did not make a fish out of the chase like Punjab as an impressive pull from Iyer sealed the deal for them. They win the match with eight wickets in hand in just 17.5 overs.
With this win, Delhi goes to the top in the points table with 14 points.