Riddhiman Saha’s 87 off 45 balls, Rashid Khan’s brilliant spin bowling after captain David Warner’s aggressive half-century, helped Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by 88 runs in the crucial match of the Indian Premier League. Sunrisers scored 219 for two, proving Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer’s decision of first fielding by winning the toss. Warner, who celebrated his birthday with a brilliant victory, scored 66 off 34 balls and Saha scored 87 off 45 balls. In response, none of the Delhi batsmen could stand in front of the Sunrisers bowling. The entire team was dismissed for 131 runs in 19 overs. Rashid took three wickets for just seven runs in four overs, while Sandeep Sharma got two wickets.
After this win, the Sunrisers are in sixth place with 10 points from 12 matches and are not yet out of the playoff race. Delhi has slipped to third place with 14 points from 12 matches. Delhi suffered the biggest blow from the third ball of the first over when in-form Shikhar Dhawan caught Warner off Sandeep’s ball without opening the account. In the second over, Nadeem sent Marcus Stoinis (six) to the pavilion to deprive Delhi of a good start.
After this Rashid gave Delhi two shocks in the seventh over. Shimron Hetmyer bowled the first ball, while Ajinkya Rahane (26) was trapped lbw for the fifth ball. Captain Shreyas Iyer also could not walk and scored seven runs, caught by Kane Williamson off Vijay Shankar. After this, all the routes of return to the Delhi match were closed. Rishabh Pant became Sandeep’s second victim by scoring 35 off 35 balls, while Rashid took the third wicket as Akshar Patel (one).
During the match, both Saha and Shankar went off the field with injuries, with Srivats Goswami and Priyam Garg fielding. Earlier, Warner and Saha beat the Delhi bowlers fiercely. He scored 77 runs in the first six overs which included 11 fours and two sixes. Warner hit Parpala Capdhari (highest wicket taker in the tournament) Kagiso Rabada in the sixth over with four fours and a six. Sunrisers 100 runs were scored in 8.4 overs.
Saha served as his associate until Warner was at the crease. Warner celebrated his 34th birthday by completing a half-century in 25 balls. He hit two sixes and eight fours in his innings. Ravichandran Ashwin broke the 107-run first wicket partnership when Warner returned with a catch to Axar Patel in the extra cover. After Warner left, Saha started to fire atish with the bat. He hit shots around the field and completed his half-century with fours. He hit 12 fours and two sixes in his innings. Enrich Norje sent him to the pavilion in the 15th over. Manish Pandey scored 44 runs and Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 11 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad innings:
David Warner’s letter Bo Ashwin 66
Iyer Bo Norje of Ridhiman Saha 87
Manish Pandey 44 not out
Kane Williamson 11 not out
Total: 2 for 20 in 20 overs: 219 runs
Wicket Fall: 1–107, 2–170
Delhi Capitals innings:
Ajinkya Rahane Pagbadha Bo Rashid 26
Shikhar Dhawan’s Warner Bo Sandeep 0
Marcus Stoinis’s Warner Bo Nadeem 5
Shimron Hetmyer Bo Rashid 16
Rishabh Pant’s Goswami Bo Sandeep 36
Shreyas Iyer’s Garg Bo Rashid 1
Kagiso rabada bo natarajan 3
R Ashwin’s command bo holder 7
Tushar Deshpande 20 not out
Enrich Norje’s Garg Bo Natarajan 1
Extra: Nine runs
Total: 131 runs in 19 overs
Wicket Fall: 1-1, 2-14, 3-54, 4-55, 5-78, 6-83, 7-103, 8-103, 9-125