DC vs SRH, 2nd Qualifier: Iyer’s strategy worked, Stonis-Dhawan’s partnership heavy over 10 innings

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Abu Dhabi
Delhi capitals Changed his batting order in the second qualifier. The team decided to start the innings with Shikhar Dhawan from Marcus Stoynis, who was batting well in the middle order. The team did not give the poor in-form Prithvi Sau a chance in this match. Sav did not open an account in three of the last six matches. When the team captain Shreyas Iyer was asked during the toss, who is batting in the top order, he refused to comment on it. He described it as part of his strategy. Based on the innings of Stoinis and Dhawan, Delhi scored 189 runs for 3 wickets in 20 overs.

Stonis and Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi a strong start. Together, they blasted Hyderabad’s strong bowling attack. Iyer would expect a similar start if he won the toss and chose to bat first. However, Warner said that he also preferred to bowl.

Together they added 86 runs in 8.2 overs for the first wicket. Stoinis scored 38 runs off 26 balls. Delhi’s score in the Powerplay was 65 runs without any loss. Delhi was struggling for the opening partnership. In the previous 10 innings, Delhi had added only 62 runs, i.e. their average was just 6.2 runs per innings. Now it added 86 runs.

Shikhar Dhawan looked more aggressive in this pair. Dhawan hit a brilliant half century. He completed his fifty off the 26th ball. Dhawan scored 78 off 50 balls. In his innings, the left-handed batsman hit 6 fours and two sixes. He was LBWed by Sandeep Sharma. Although in the replay it was felt that the ball was outside the off stump but they decided not to take a review.

Dhawan also completed 600 runs this season. He became the second batsman to complete 600 runs in a season for the Delhi team. Rishabh Pant had scored 684 runs in 2018 for Delhi.

Talking of the batsmen who have scored the most runs this season, Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul has 670 runs in 14 matches while Dhawan scored 603 runs in 16 matches.

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