Delhi Capitals continued with their tradition of acing the chase until the last moment and then making a royal mess of it. But fortunately for them, they managed to cross the line in the eliminator in IPL 2019 and knocked out Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 162 runs in their 20 overs. Martin Guptill gave the team a quick start by scoring 36 off 19 balls but he was outfoxed by Amit Mishra in the seventh over.
However, Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey consumed a lot of balls in the middle overs which derailed Hyderabad’s innings. In the eight overs between six to fourteen SRH managed just 39 runs as Amit Mishra kept the noose tight by giving just 16 runs off his four overs.
Vijay Shankar then ransacked 25 off 11 balls and Mohammad Nabi scored 20 off 13 balls to accelerate in the death overs but Kemo Paul picked two wickets in the 20th over to prevent SRH from a flourishing end.
In the pursuit of 163 runs, Delhi got off to a good start with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw scoring 66 runs for the first wicket. Khaleel Ahmed came to Hyderabad’s rescue once again and sent back Shaw and Iyer in the same over.
Prithvi Shaw played an impressive knock of 56 off 38 balls to keep Delhi in the chase but after his demise, Colin Munro and Axar Patel departed in the span of three balls as Rashid Khand stamped his class.
Delhi looked in trouble at that moment but Rishabh Pant stepped up and played a match-defining inning of 49 off 21 balls. He clobbered Nabi for a six in the 16th over and then cantered for Basil Thampi for two sixes and two fours in the 18th over.
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A six off Bhuvi in the 19th over brought DC inches away from a win but Punt threw his wicket on the 5th ball of the over and then Amit Mishra was run-out controversially as DC needed two fo two balls. Kemo Paul then kept his calm drilled a four through mid-wicket to take Delhi home.