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Delhi Capitals (DC) banked on the confidence from their win against Kolkata Knight Riders to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 39 runs to take the second spot in the points table with 10 points at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Keemo Paul leads the charge for Delhi
In pursuit, Sunrisers Hyderabad openers – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow once again got his side off to a blistering start. They knocked the balls around to keep the scoreboard ticking. Bairstow was the attacker while Warner looked to concentrate more on ones and twos. But Delhi Capitals things quite in the last two overs of the powerplay to keep them at 40 for no loss – Fifth time in seven games Hyderabad have not lost wickets in the powerplays.
But Keemo Paul and Kagiso Rabada combined twice to get rid of Bairstow and skipper Kane Williamson to have Sunrisers Hyderabad at 78 for two from 72 for none. Surprisingly, the home sent Ricky Bhui next only to struggle to get going. Keemo Paul made him his third victim while Kagiso Rabada in the next over to almost throw Hyderabad away from the game. While Paul did the damage early on Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada came in the death overs to clean off the tail in style to win the game by 39 runs.
Khaleel impressive in his first game
Previously, batting first, 155 for seven is what Delhi Capitals could manage at the end of 20 overs. Khaleel Ahmed, who is playing his first game in this edition, provided Sunrisers Hyderabad with the best possible start. He sent packing both the openers – Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to have Delhi Capitals at 20 for two in 3.2 overs. Since then, skipper Shreyas Iyer combined well with Colin Munro to bail their side out of danger. While Iyer was cautious, Munro went hard at the bowlers. The pair added 49 runs in quick time before Abhishek Sharma got better of Munro (40 off 24).
Iyer then shouldered the responsibility with Rishabh Pant, and both of them looked all set to post a good total on the scoreboard. With 125 for three at the end of 16th over, they could only manage 30 runs from the last four overs losing three wickets. Iyer was downed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s short ball, Pant then threw it away against Khaleel, giving the latter his third wicket, only for Rashid Khan to come to the party with Chris Morris’s wicket.
This pitch has died and has taken the home team with it. 155 feels like 200.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 14, 2019
— John Vinoth (@itz_vinoth) April 14, 2019
— Bhosdi Waley (@bhosdiwaley) April 14, 2019
By getting rid of Warner and Shankar off successive deliveries, Rabada may have just won the match for Delhi. These ‘modest’ scores can be dicey and #SRH batsmen have looked unsure of how to manage the chase
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 14, 2019
A Englishman is caught by a South African off the bowling of a West Indian to bring a New Zealander to the crease while an Australian is at the Non-Striker's end
IPL – The Melting Point of the Cricketing World@cricbuzz @prat1204 @bhogleharsha @StarSportsIndia #SRHvDC #IPL
— Vishal (@Vishal_14_) April 14, 2019
— Sushant “Godzila” Thakur (@thakursush) April 14, 2019
— AN (@anurag_i_am) April 14, 2019
Never understood why Axar is rated so high by the IPL teams? Even Ravindra Jadeja is better than him. #SRHvDC
— Raj Ramani (@RajRamani12) April 14, 2019
— King Vizag (@IamLucky509) April 14, 2019
Umpires in this year's IPL are under tremendous pressure. A dedicated umpire around team dugouts just to ensure nobody jumps in the field for petty things. 😁😁 #SRHvDC
— Vivek 😷 🇮🇳 (@Vivekizm) April 14, 2019
— Varun Kumar Singh (@VarunKumar65) April 14, 2019
— Proud Viratian (@Ab48583240) April 14, 2019
— Kiran T-ierney (@mopeygooner) April 14, 2019
— Aakash Bewda (@AakashBewda) April 14, 2019
SRH lost wickets quicker than Jet Airways lost their planes. #IPL2019
— cricBC (@cricBC) April 14, 2019