The 47th match of the Indian Premier League saw action between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals. SRH whitewashed Delhi by 88 runs effortlessly. Batting first, SRH posted a huge 219/2 on the board where the opening and middle order turned quite dangerous for opponents. Wriddhiman Saha displayed his stellar form as he smashed 87 off 45. SRH saw the best thing happening for them when skipper David Warner got his last golden touch back as he scored 66 off 34.
Wriddhiman Saha was named as the player of the match for outstanding knock to take his team home in Dubai. Manish Pandey ended their innings most terrifically by adding 44* off 31 from his bat. All the bowlers of Delhi were hammered as SRH crossed the 200 mark. Anrich Nortje and Ravi Ashwin got one wicket each for the Delhi team.
Chasing the heavy target, Delhi Capitals couldn’t handle the pressure well and started losing wickets in no time. Ajinkya Rahane’s 26 off 19 and Rishabh Pant’s 36 off 35 were the only bit decent spots from Delhi’s batting line-up. SRH’s star spinner Rashid Khan looked in some different zone today as he unlocked some mind-blowing figures of 3/7 in his spell of four overs. Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan picked two wickets each.
Losing skipper, Shreyas Iyer said
Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down from this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games. Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us. We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing. We need to have that strong and positive mindset.
These losses are not going to put us down. As a team, we have been doing amazing throughout so these few matches shouldn’t get into our heads. Next match, we’ll see to it that we have done our studies right, we’ll also see to it that we are putting in our best efforts on the field. It’s really difficult to judge what to do on this wicket because it keeps changing any time, so the best thing is to lose the toss.
I was contemplating whether to bat or to bowl, unfortunately I won the toss (laughs). We decided that the dew factor will play a massive role, but the ball was stopping a bit. It was really difficult to get off to a great start. We discuss a lot about the opposition’s batsmen and we try to execute our plans when we are on the field but it was unfortunate that we didn’t do great today. The start which they got completely changed the momentum towards them and from there to get to 219 was a commendable performance.
Winning skipper, David Warner said
The game before, we were disappointed with that chase. We defended last game, and with two world-class bowlers in Nortje and Rabada we decided to go after it. I went a little 2009 and opened my front leg to take it on. I took a bit of responsibility at the top of the order, and take it to the bowlers. It’s tough to play orthodox cricket in these conditions, so I have to open up 360 degrees. Difficult decision to leave Jonny out and get Saha in, and especially batting a batsman like Kane at 4. Incredible knock from Saha though and his strike-rate in the powerplay was incredible. Unfortunately he’s got a little groin niggle but hopefully it isn’t too bad. Shankar has a hamstring issue as well. As for Rashid, it is incredible that he’s he’s taking so many wickets and not going for runs, especially given the dew and the moisture here. We’ve got games at Sharjah to go so hopefully we can put on a show there.
Player of the match, Wriddhiman Saha said
I got the opportunity for the second time this year and took my chances in the powerplay. Initially the ball was holding a bit but I took my chances and went after it after the pitch eased out. I’m happy I got selected for the Tests in Australia. We are looking forward to win the last two matches for the Sunrisers and that’s our target now.
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