The Sunrisers Outplay the Capitals on a Horror Night in Dubai

SRH vs DC in 50 Words

If SRH vs DC was a movie, the genre was horror. For the first time in 26 IPL games, Kagiso Rabada went wicketless and that was probably symbolic of the match as a whole. Rashid Khan finished the job that Warner and Saha started as we faltered in an 88-run defeat.


Saha, Warner Tee off in Mammoth Total

The toss went Skipper Shreyas’ way once more, and he opted to field first citing the dew that was expected to come in later. This was the sixth toss that DC had won, and we had lost four of the five previous encounters when the spin of the coin went in our favour. On the other hand, we’d won all six of our games when we lost the toss. A piece of stat that DC fans wouldn’t have liked to see at the start.

Wriddhiman Saha came out to open with David Warner and he had a crystal clear mindset - if it was in his zone, he didn’t hesitate to try and put it away. The boundaries began from the very first over, and Saha got three of them away in the first two overs against both the South African pacers, Rabada and Nortje. With the spin of Ashwin coming into the attack, Warner joined the party too. No powerplay over went by without a boundary scored in it. David Warner got stuck into Kagiso Rabada in the sixth over to take him for 22 runs and end the field restrictions phase with 77/0 on the board.

The new opening combination of Warner and Saha had no troubles as they brought up their 100-run partnership within 9 overs. In the tenth, Ashwin provided a desperately needed breakthrough, getting rid of the opposition skipper for 66 off just 34 balls.

At the other end, Saha was unfazed. He scored another boundary in the same over, and three four and a six off the next two overs to keep up the already high rate of scoring and to go past his milestone of fifty.

When we finally saw the back of Saha courtesy of Anrich Nortje, the opener had 87 off 45 balls against his name - a knock of the highest quality on his return.

The scoreboard looked a sorry sight for DC fans at the end of 15 overs, with 175 runs already scored at the loss of just two wickets. The bowling unit managed to restrict Manish Pandey and Williamson much better, as they allowed Hyderabad only 45 runs from the final five overs at 9 runs an over - a stark contrast to the 11.66 that they scored at in the first 15.

Having said that, 219/2 was a mammoth score and chasing it would take some doing.


A Series of Unfortunate Events

In a big chase, we got off on the wrong foot in the very first over, losing our most prolific scorer for the season - Shikhar Dhawan. Marcus Stoinis was promoted up the order to take the attack to the bowlers, and he started positively with a lofted shot over mid-on for four off his first ball. Alas, he too departed at the end of the second over with Nadeem picking up his first wicket of the season. Nothing seemed to go our way.

Shimron Hetmyer too was promoted and he walked in at number 4. From 14/2 in 2 overs, Rahane and Hetmyer found regular boundaries to lift our powerplay score to 54/2.

Unfortunately, the stand wasn’t long-lived as Rashid Khan bowled Hetmyer to pick up a wicket on the first ball of his spell. He struck again in the same over, trapping Rahane for 26.

Rishabh Pant swept Natarajan right from the middle of the bat to instill some hope in DC fans’ minds despite the dire situation.

With 4 wickets already down and the Sunrisers bowling well, Iyer and Pant found it difficult to score boundaries through the middle overs. In a bid to up the ante, Iyer lost his wicket to Shankar in the 12th over. With half the side back in the hut for 78, things looked bleak.

Rashid Khan got his third and final wicket in the form of Axar Patel and completed his spell of four overs with scarcely believable figures of 3/7 - a match-winning effort indeed.

Rishabh Pant, Ashwin and Tushar got a few boundaries away before the formalities got done and we suffered a 88-run defeat.

This loss will hurt the squad, but they will be hungrier than ever to come back stronger in the next encounter.


Brief Scores

Sunrisers Hyderabad 219/2 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 87 off 45, David Warner 66 off 34, Anrich Nortje 1/37, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/35); Delhi Capitals 131 in 19 overs (Rishabh Pant 36 off 35, Ajinkya Rahane 26 off 19, Rashid Khan 3/7, T Natarajan 2/26)

The Sunrisers Outplay the Capitals on a Horror Night in Dubai

SRH vs DC in 50 Words

If SRH vs DC was a movie, the genre was horror. For the first time in 26 IPL games, Kagiso Rabada went wicketless and that was probably symbolic of the match as a whole. Rashid Khan finished the job that Warner and Saha started as we faltered in an 88-run defeat.


Saha, Warner Tee off in Mammoth Total

The toss went Skipper Shreyas’ way once more, and he opted to field first citing the dew that was expected to come in later. This was the sixth toss that DC had won, and we had lost four of the five previous encounters when the spin of the coin went in our favour. On the other hand, we’d won all six of our games when we lost the toss. A piece of stat that DC fans wouldn’t have liked to see at the start.

Wriddhiman Saha came out to open with David Warner and he had a crystal clear mindset - if it was in his zone, he didn’t hesitate to try and put it away. The boundaries began from the very first over, and Saha got three of them away in the first two overs against both the South African pacers, Rabada and Nortje. With the spin of Ashwin coming into the attack, Warner joined the party too. No powerplay over went by without a boundary scored in it. David Warner got stuck into Kagiso Rabada in the sixth over to take him for 22 runs and end the field restrictions phase with 77/0 on the board.

The new opening combination of Warner and Saha had no troubles as they brought up their 100-run partnership within 9 overs. In the tenth, Ashwin provided a desperately needed breakthrough, getting rid of the opposition skipper for 66 off just 34 balls.

At the other end, Saha was unfazed. He scored another boundary in the same over, and three four and a six off the next two overs to keep up the already high rate of scoring and to go past his milestone of fifty.

When we finally saw the back of Saha courtesy of Anrich Nortje, the opener had 87 off 45 balls against his name - a knock of the highest quality on his return.

The scoreboard looked a sorry sight for DC fans at the end of 15 overs, with 175 runs already scored at the loss of just two wickets. The bowling unit managed to restrict Manish Pandey and Williamson much better, as they allowed Hyderabad only 45 runs from the final five overs at 9 runs an over - a stark contrast to the 11.66 that they scored at in the first 15.

Having said that, 219/2 was a mammoth score and chasing it would take some doing.


A Series of Unfortunate Events

In a big chase, we got off on the wrong foot in the very first over, losing our most prolific scorer for the season - Shikhar Dhawan. Marcus Stoinis was promoted up the order to take the attack to the bowlers, and he started positively with a lofted shot over mid-on for four off his first ball. Alas, he too departed at the end of the second over with Nadeem picking up his first wicket of the season. Nothing seemed to go our way.

Shimron Hetmyer too was promoted and he walked in at number 4. From 14/2 in 2 overs, Rahane and Hetmyer found regular boundaries to lift our powerplay score to 54/2.

Unfortunately, the stand wasn’t long-lived as Rashid Khan bowled Hetmyer to pick up a wicket on the first ball of his spell. He struck again in the same over, trapping Rahane for 26.

Rishabh Pant swept Natarajan right from the middle of the bat to instill some hope in DC fans’ minds despite the dire situation.

With 4 wickets already down and the Sunrisers bowling well, Iyer and Pant found it difficult to score boundaries through the middle overs. In a bid to up the ante, Iyer lost his wicket to Shankar in the 12th over. With half the side back in the hut for 78, things looked bleak.

Rashid Khan got his third and final wicket in the form of Axar Patel and completed his spell of four overs with scarcely believable figures of 3/7 - a match-winning effort indeed.

Rishabh Pant, Ashwin and Tushar got a few boundaries away before the formalities got done and we suffered a 88-run defeat.

This loss will hurt the squad, but they will be hungrier than ever to come back stronger in the next encounter.


Brief Scores

Sunrisers Hyderabad 219/2 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 87 off 45, David Warner 66 off 34, Anrich Nortje 1/37, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/35); Delhi Capitals 131 in 19 overs (Rishabh Pant 36 off 35, Ajinkya Rahane 26 off 19, Rashid Khan 3/7, T Natarajan 2/26)

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