Delhi Capitals (DC) pulled off a sensational two-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator encounter in Visakhapatnam. In the first innings, the Delhi bowlers bowled really well to restrict the opposition within a par first innings total. However, the real thrill came in the second innings of the match, when the momentum shifted ends quite frequently. Rishabh Pant did play a fantastic inning but then left his team depleting on the doorsteps of a probable victory.
However, towards the end, DC all-rounder Keemo Paul held his nerves to finish off the matters in just the last over of the game and in turn guided his team to an emphatic win. With this victory, Delhi Capitals have successfully booked a meeting with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier 2 on 10th May at the same venue.
Shankar and Nabi’s late blitz propel SRH to 162
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, SRH opener Martin Guptill got his team off to a blazing start, smashing 31 runs in the first three overs. DC new ball bowler Ishant Sharma then removed Wriddhiman Saha in the fourth over to provide his team with the opening breakthrough. Guptill was looking in a solid touch, but he failed to convert his start of 36 runs into big innings. The two big match campaigners for SRH, Manish Pandey and skipper Kane Williamson also failed to contribute with any big innings either, getting dismissed for the scores of 30 and 28 respectively.
The DC bowling duo comprising of Keemo Paul and Amit Mishra bowled very well to apply the brakes on the opposition’s progress during the middle-overs stage. Then towards the end, Mohammad Nabi and Vijay Shankar played vital cameo knocks to help SRH put forward a fighting total of 162 runs in their quota of 20 overs. Keemo Paul was the pick of the Delhi bowlers, picking three crucial wickets, while Ishant Sharma also finished with two wickets to his name.
Pant’s immaturity almost drowns Delhi
Chasing a stiff target of 163 runs, Delhi Capitals openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started the matters in an amazing manner, blistering the Hyderabad bowlers in all parts of the ground. Shaw came out in a dazzling mood, racking up an excellent half-century off just 31 balls. Dhawan then got trapped by Wriddhiman Saha’s brilliant keeping effort and in turn brought an end to the vital opening stand of 66 runs. SRH left-arm fast bowler then once again brought a massive moment in the game by removing both Shaw and DC skipper Shreyas Iyer in a single over to help his team stage a definite comeback.
DC swashbuckling batsman Rishabh Pant and Colin Munro tried to finish off the game in a quick time, but the latter got outdone by Rashid Khan’s brilliant bowling effort. The Afghanistan leggie also removed Axar Patel in the same over to cause some serious jitters in the Delhi dressing room. Pant then set the stage on fire by smacking Basil Thampi for a total of 22 runs in the 18th over which in turn reduced the result fact to mere formalities. However, Pant once again revisited his immaturity fears, throwing away his wicket to somehow make the game a thrilling affair.
The dramas seem to be never-ending as Amit Mishra became only the second player in the IPL history to be given out for obstructing the field in the final over as he blocked Khaleel Ahmed’s way while taking a run. But then, Keemo Paul finally ended all the drama and twists, by hitting a crisp boundary off the fifth ball of Khaleel’s over to help Delhi Capitals claim a phenomenal victory.
SRH: 162/7 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill-36, Manish Pandey-30; Keemo Paul 3/32, Ishant Sharma 2/34)
DC: 165/8 in 19.5 overs (Prithvi Shaw-56, Rishabh Pant-49; Rashid Khan 2/15, Khaleel Ahmed 2/24)
Result: Delhi Capitals won the match by 2 wickets.