The Delhi Capitals climbed to second position in the VIVO IPL 2019 standings after they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night. In Match 30 played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, the Delhi Capitals posted a modest 155-7 and then bundled out the hosts for 116. The 39-run win would be the Delhi Capitals’ fifth win overall and fourth away win in five matches this season.
After losing both openers cheaply, the Delhi Capitals’ innings was resurrected by their middle order. Colin Munro, who batted aggressively in his first outing of the season, stitched a 49-run stand with captain Shreyas Iyer (45). Once that partnership was broken, the DC captain added 56 runs in the company of Rishabh Pant, who made 23 from 19 balls.
But once that pair was separated, the Delhi Capitals suffered a collapse – an aspect which has become a regular feature in their matches. From 125-3 just before Shreyas was dismissed, the Delhi Capitals slumped to 152-7. They eventually finished at 155-7 – a total which looked 20 runs short of par score at the halfway stage.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, the wickets were shared by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-33), Khaleel Ahmed (3-30), Abhishek Sharma (1-10) and Rashid Khan (1-22).
In the second half, the Sunrisers got off to a brisk start, with Jonny Bairstow racing off the blocks. He and David Warner added 72 for the opening wicket before they were separated. Bairstow was dismissed for 41 (31 balls) in the tenth over, and was followed soon after by Kane Williamson.
With the pitch slowing up dramatically and the Delhi Capitals bowlers giving him no pace, even a well-set Warner struggled to find his timing – despite changing his bat on at least four occasions. He brought up his half-century off 46 balls, but would soon be dismissed soon after for 51.
With the required rate climbing with every passing delivery, the Sunrisers batsmen attempted to find the boundary, but most batsmen hit the ball up in the air to be dismissed caught. The hosts, 101-2 at one stage, suffered a spectacular collapse losing 8 wickets for 15 runs, to be dismissed for 116.
Kagiso Rabada (4-22) was the most successful bowler for the Delhi Capitals, while Keemo Paul and Chris Morris picked up three wickets each.
Standout batting performances
Colin Munro had been warming the benches all this while, but made it count when given an opportunity. The Kiwi batsman dealt in boundaries early on; 28 of his first 30 runs were through hits to or over the fence. He took his chances and they came off on this evening; his 24-ball 40 contained four boundaries and three sixes.
The standout shot of his knock was the pick up shot off Khaleel Ahmed that sent the ball into the stands at squareleg. He was dismissed in the eighth over – with the score reading 69 – when he threw his bat at a wide one from the Sunrisers debutant Abhishek Sharma, but ended up edging the ball to the wicket-keeper.
Notable Support Act – Batting
Shreyas Iyer’s 45 would be the top-score in the Delhi Capitals innings. The DC skipper began briskly, racing to 26 of 16 deliveries. He then took his foot off the pedal and batted cautiously against Rashid Khan. Heading into the final five overs, when the Delhi Capitals needed their captain to accelerate once again, Shreyas was dismissed; in the sixteenth over, the DC captain attempted to ramp a short-pitched delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but only managed to feather the ball to the wicket-keeper. Shreyas’ 40-ball knock contained five boundaries.
Standout bowling performance
Keemo Paul read the conditions brilliantly, adapted to it and walked away with figures of 3 for 17. He was brought on as the fifth bowler and was given the task of bowling the 8th, 10th, 12th and 16th overs. On a pitch that had already dramatically slowed down in the second half, he didn’t give the batsmen any pace. Paul used the slower deliveries – which varied between 98kph to 110kph – to dismiss Bairstow, Williamson and Ricky Bhui – all caught in the outfield.
Khaleel Ahmed was the Sunrisers’ most successful bowler. Playing only his second IPL match for the franchise, the left-arm pacer dismissed both the Delhi Capitals openers with extra bounce, and then dismissed Rishabh Pant with a full-toss. Khaleel finished with figures of 3-30, and his four-over spell contained 13 dot deliveries.
Notable Support Act – Bowling
The leg-spinners on both sides – Rashid Khan for Sunrisers, and Amit Mishra for Delhi Capitals – too had a good day, though their bowling analysis might not reflect the same. Rashid conceded two boundaries in his first over, but then applied the strangle on the Delhi Capitals batsmen conceding just 12 more runs in his next three overs. He ended his day’s work with the wicket of Chris Morris – a quicker leg-break breaching through the defence of the batsman.
Amit Mishra was only used for three overs, but the veteran leggie only conceded 13 runs and played a huge role in ensuring the required run rate kept climbing. Mishra bowled the 11th, 13th and 15th overs, and despite having to bowl to Williamson, Bhui and Warner, finished his spell without conceding a single boundary.
Delhi Capitals: 155-7 (Colin Munro 40, Shreyas Iyer 45, Khaleel Ahmed 3-30) defeated
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 116 in 18.5 overs (David Warner 51, Jonny Bairstow 41, Kagiso Rabada 4-22, Chris Morris 3-22, Keemo Paul 3-17) by 39 runs.
Stat of the Match
The wicket of Shreyas Iyer was Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 100th wicket for Sunrsiers Hyderabad in the IPL.
Sunrisers Hyderabad lost 8 wickets for 15 runs which would be their worst 8-wicket collapse in the IPL.
Man of the Match:
Keemo Paul, for his 3-17 and his two catches.