Stoinis, Dhawan, Rabada Propel the Capitals into First Ever IPL Final

Qualifier 2 - DC vs SRH in 50 Words

The new opening pair of Dhawan and Stoinis worked wonders and Hetty found his groove as we finished on a solid total of 189/3. Marcus ‘Hulk’ Stoinis (3/26) and Kagiso Rabada (4/29) changed the game with the ball to take us to our first ever IPL final.


Intent ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป Execution

Shreyas Iyer called it right at the toss and had no hesitation in calling out that DC would bat first. There were two changes in the XI and one in the batting order - Hetmyer and Dubey came in for Shaw and Sams while Marcus Stoinis took a spot alongside Dhawan at the top.

After a quiet first over, our new opening combination started finding their feet and the boundaries. After Stoinis was dropped at short mid-on, he responded by hitting Sandeep through the leg side for two fours and then taking Holder on for a massive 18-run over laced with three more fours and a maximum. Big Stoin was doing just what was asked of him when he opened the innings, to take the attack to the opposition and put them under pressure.



Once Shikhar Dhawan got going, it was fire from both ends. Gabbar too scored back-to-back boundaries off Sandeep and followed it up with a slog sweep against Nadeem right from the meat of the bat. With 65/0 for no loss in the powerplay, it was safe to say that the new opening pair had played their part to perfection.

Yet again, Rashid Khan broke a threatening stand as he castled Marcus for a well-made 38 from 27 balls. With 8.2 overs gone and 86 runs on the board, it was Skipper Shreyas who walked in at number 3.

Shahbaz Nadeem was taking a beating courtesy of Shikhar Dhawan as the southpaw brought up his sixth 50+ score this edition with another thumping slog sweep.

Jason Holder was brought back into the attack to break the Dhawan-Iyer stand in the 14th over. He succeeded on the last ball, getting rid of the skipper for 21. There were six overs left in the innings, and it was time to go hell for leather and Hetmyer was promoted up the order to do just that.

Shimron Hetmyer was in the mood. He wasted no time and lofted Nadeem over extra cover for four the very first ball he faced. He slapped Natarajan over point for six and then took his Test captain Holder for three fours in the 18th over. This was the Hetty we were used to seeing.



Shikhar got out LBW in the 19th over for 78 off 50 after failing to connect a reverse hit. He walked away and didn’t take the review, but the replays showed the ball had hit him well outside off. Nonetheless, it was a knock that deserved a massive round of applause



The final two overs saw some spot-on death bowling from Sandeep and Natarajan as we ended up with a good total of 189/3. The runs were up on the board in a knockout, now it was up to Rabada and Co. to bowl us into the Dream11 IPL final.


The Chronicles of the Incredible Stoin and Rampant Rabada


Ravi Ashwin started the proceedings for us with a 12-run first over. Kagiso Rabada took the new ball from the other end and struck immediately, getting the big fish David Warner with one that swung late into his pads before ricocheting onto the stumps. It was the perfect start seven balls into the innings.



Pandey and Garg launched a brief counter-attack before Marcus Stoinis got rid of both the batsmen in a double-wicket fifth over. Shreyas Iyer’s bowling changes were spot on.

Three down in the powerplay, Williamson and Holder got into consolidation mode and found the odd boundary. From overs 10 through 12, Williamson managed to deposit one hit over the ropes in each over. A calculative and calm mind while chasing, Williamson was what stood between us and our first entry into an IPL final.

Axar Patel accounted for Jason Holder, but Williamson was going as strong as ever at the other end. He did not fail to find at least one boundary every over. Abdul Samad, the hard-hitting youngster provided more than enough support. After he took Anrich Nortje for 16 runs in the 15th over, the game went back into the balance with SRH needing 61 runs from the last 30 deliveries.

Be it with bat or ball, Marcus Stoinis was making rescue acts a habit this season. At 16.5, Williamson departed as Marcus Stoinis picked up his third wicket of the night. Kane’s magnificent 67 off 45 balls had kept Hyderabad in the hunt.

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Rashid Khan came in and smashed a wounded Ashwin for a six and a four to bring the equation down to 30 off 12. Enter Kagiso Rabada.

Rabada breathed Protea fire to dismiss Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan off successive deliveries and Sreevats Goswami for a duck after just a wide in between. KG had pretty much put the game in the bag for us before his fellow countryman Nortje completed the formalities



The Capitals from the capital city find themselves in an IPL final for the very first time. The DC family has but one message for all our fans who have stuck by our side through thick and thin and turning tides and bad days at the office and some spectacular ones, just like the one tonight - B.E.L.1.E.V.E.

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Brief Scores

Delhi Capitals 189-3 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 78 off 50, Shimron Hetmyer 42* off 22, Rashid Khan 1-26, Sandeep Sharma 1-30); Sunrisers Hyderabad 172-8 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 67 off 45, Abdul Samad 33 off 16, Kagiso Rabada 4-29, Marcus Stoinis 3-29)

Stoinis, Dhawan, Rabada Propel the Capitals into First Ever IPL Final

Qualifier 2 - DC vs SRH in 50 Words

The new opening pair of Dhawan and Stoinis worked wonders and Hetty found his groove as we finished on a solid total of 189/3. Marcus ‘Hulk’ Stoinis (3/26) and Kagiso Rabada (4/29) changed the game with the ball to take us to our first ever IPL final.


Intent ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป Execution

Shreyas Iyer called it right at the toss and had no hesitation in calling out that DC would bat first. There were two changes in the XI and one in the batting order - Hetmyer and Dubey came in for Shaw and Sams while Marcus Stoinis took a spot alongside Dhawan at the top.

After a quiet first over, our new opening combination started finding their feet and the boundaries. After Stoinis was dropped at short mid-on, he responded by hitting Sandeep through the leg side for two fours and then taking Holder on for a massive 18-run over laced with three more fours and a maximum. Big Stoin was doing just what was asked of him when he opened the innings, to take the attack to the opposition and put them under pressure.



Once Shikhar Dhawan got going, it was fire from both ends. Gabbar too scored back-to-back boundaries off Sandeep and followed it up with a slog sweep against Nadeem right from the meat of the bat. With 65/0 for no loss in the powerplay, it was safe to say that the new opening pair had played their part to perfection.

Yet again, Rashid Khan broke a threatening stand as he castled Marcus for a well-made 38 from 27 balls. With 8.2 overs gone and 86 runs on the board, it was Skipper Shreyas who walked in at number 3.

Shahbaz Nadeem was taking a beating courtesy of Shikhar Dhawan as the southpaw brought up his sixth 50+ score this edition with another thumping slog sweep.

Jason Holder was brought back into the attack to break the Dhawan-Iyer stand in the 14th over. He succeeded on the last ball, getting rid of the skipper for 21. There were six overs left in the innings, and it was time to go hell for leather and Hetmyer was promoted up the order to do just that.

Shimron Hetmyer was in the mood. He wasted no time and lofted Nadeem over extra cover for four the very first ball he faced. He slapped Natarajan over point for six and then took his Test captain Holder for three fours in the 18th over. This was the Hetty we were used to seeing.



Shikhar got out LBW in the 19th over for 78 off 50 after failing to connect a reverse hit. He walked away and didn’t take the review, but the replays showed the ball had hit him well outside off. Nonetheless, it was a knock that deserved a massive round of applause



The final two overs saw some spot-on death bowling from Sandeep and Natarajan as we ended up with a good total of 189/3. The runs were up on the board in a knockout, now it was up to Rabada and Co. to bowl us into the Dream11 IPL final.


The Chronicles of the Incredible Stoin and Rampant Rabada


Ravi Ashwin started the proceedings for us with a 12-run first over. Kagiso Rabada took the new ball from the other end and struck immediately, getting the big fish David Warner with one that swung late into his pads before ricocheting onto the stumps. It was the perfect start seven balls into the innings.



Pandey and Garg launched a brief counter-attack before Marcus Stoinis got rid of both the batsmen in a double-wicket fifth over. Shreyas Iyer’s bowling changes were spot on.

Three down in the powerplay, Williamson and Holder got into consolidation mode and found the odd boundary. From overs 10 through 12, Williamson managed to deposit one hit over the ropes in each over. A calculative and calm mind while chasing, Williamson was what stood between us and our first entry into an IPL final.

Axar Patel accounted for Jason Holder, but Williamson was going as strong as ever at the other end. He did not fail to find at least one boundary every over. Abdul Samad, the hard-hitting youngster provided more than enough support. After he took Anrich Nortje for 16 runs in the 15th over, the game went back into the balance with SRH needing 61 runs from the last 30 deliveries.

Be it with bat or ball, Marcus Stoinis was making rescue acts a habit this season. At 16.5, Williamson departed as Marcus Stoinis picked up his third wicket of the night. Kane’s magnificent 67 off 45 balls had kept Hyderabad in the hunt.

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BIG STOIN to the rescue. AGAIN ๐Ÿ’™ #DCvSRH #Dream11IPL #YehHaiNayiDilli

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Rashid Khan came in and smashed a wounded Ashwin for a six and a four to bring the equation down to 30 off 12. Enter Kagiso Rabada.

Rabada breathed Protea fire to dismiss Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan off successive deliveries and Sreevats Goswami for a duck after just a wide in between. KG had pretty much put the game in the bag for us before his fellow countryman Nortje completed the formalities



The Capitals from the capital city find themselves in an IPL final for the very first time. The DC family has but one message for all our fans who have stuck by our side through thick and thin and turning tides and bad days at the office and some spectacular ones, just like the one tonight - B.E.L.1.E.V.E.

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Rewriting Headlines and History. Hello, #Dream11IPL FINAL ๐Ÿ† #YehHaiNayiDilli

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Brief Scores

Delhi Capitals 189-3 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 78 off 50, Shimron Hetmyer 42* off 22, Rashid Khan 1-26, Sandeep Sharma 1-30); Sunrisers Hyderabad 172-8 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 67 off 45, Abdul Samad 33 off 16, Kagiso Rabada 4-29, Marcus Stoinis 3-29)

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