Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their good show by mauling Delhi Capitals by five wickets in IPL 2019. Delhi paid the price of not repairing their weaknesses such as over reliance on Rishabh Pant and not figuring out the perfect balance in the team.
Lead by Bhuvi and Mohammad Nabi, Hyderabad’s bowling attack choked Delhi and then Jonny Bairstow’s assault completed Hyderabad’s impressive performance.
Delhi’s turmoil started with Prithvi Shaw playing an ugly hoick across the line against Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over. That frustrated stroke from Shaw was a result of Hyderabad’s accurate bowling in the first two overs.
Then on the last ball of the sixth over, Shikhar Dhawan attempted a sweep against Mohammad Nabi but could only top-edge it and was out for 12 off 14 balls.
The procession of wickets continued in the middle overs as well as Rishabh Pant, Rahul Tewatia and Colin Ingram departed in quick succession.
Shreyas Iyer kept one end guarded with his solid batting. He tried to repair the damage with Chris Morris but made the mistake of taking on Rashid Khan in the seventeenth over and was castled. Iyer scored 43 runs off 41 balls.
With Chris Morris following Iyer in the 19th over it looked all over for Delhi but Axar Patel slammed 23 runs off just 13 balls to ensure Delhi batted all 20 overs and had 129 runs on the board.
Nabi continued his good show by picking up two wickets and conceded just 21 runs while Siddarth Kaul chipped in with two wickets as well. But importantly for Sunrisers Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in the wickets column too and he ended with figures of two for 27 in four overs.
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The target of 130 was always going to be a daunting task to defend especially against the top order of SRH and the fact that Delhi’s pace artillery failed to find the rhythm virtually ended the game.
Jonny Bairstow was particularly lethal as he slammed Sandeep Lamichhane for a six and a four off the first two balls of the third over. And then in the fourth and sixth over he smacked Morris and Rabada respectively by smashing three fours in four balls.
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Rahul Tewatia brought curtains on Bairstow’s carnage by trapping him in front of wickets in the seventh over but by then the SRH opener had done the damage with his 48 run knock of 28 balls.
Warner departed in the next over, his first time in the Indian Premier League 2019 of getting out below 50 and Delhi staged a comeback.
Axar Patel and Lamichhane came back to dismiss Shankar and Hooda respectively and Ishant Sharma who was brought in the attack in the 13th over sent back Manish Pandey.
But Hyderabad steered home in the over as Mohammad Nabi remained unbeaten on 17 off nine balls and Yusuf Pathan on nine off 11 balls.