DC win against SRH to enter their first ever IPL finals!
Galatta | Nov 09, 2020, 12:02 am
Today's match between the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad was a literal semi-final like situation as the winner would go on to face Mumbai Indians in the finals of IPL 2020! Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to buck the trend and bat first, not worried of the dew factor in the second innings! SRH went in unchanged and DC made in 2 changes and brought in the much-needed explosiveness of Hetmeyer! DC made a left-wing change and decided to open with Stoinis alongside Dhawan. The move paid rich dividends as both Stoinis and Dhawan went all guns blazing and DC had reached 65 without loss by the end of their Powerplay, which turned out to be their best ever. Rashid Khan struck with his 2nd over and removed Stoinis for 38, leaving SRH on 102/1 at the end of their 10th over. Shreyas Iyer was a bit patchy during his innings and was out for 21, to Jason Holder. Hetmeyer walked in at No. 4 and he showed his value almost immediately!
Dhawan had reached yet another half-century and he combined with Hetmeyer to consolidate DC's position and the two took DC to 176/2 by the end of the 18th over, with 200 well in sight. However, Dhawan fell for 77 in the 19th over and the last 2 overs yielded just 13 runs with Hetmeyer and Pant failing to get the big ones. SRH had been set a target of 189 to win. One thing that shone starkly, was the poor standards of SRH's fielding, where more than 3 catches were dropped, even by the best of their fielders! Ashwin opened the bowling for DC, considering his wonderful record against Warner. However, Priyam Garg smashed a 6 off the 3rd ball of the over, which eventually went for 12 runs! Rabada came on to bowl the 2nd over and proved his class immediately by removing the dangerous Warner off his very first ball! This dented SRH's hopes majorly as they didn't even have the in-form Wriddhiman Saha, who was out due to injury!
Pandey and Garg played some positive cricket and were punishing the bad balls! DC made another surprise move by bringing on Marcus Stoinis to bowl within the Powerplay. Stoinis, who bowled the 5th over, struck with his 4th ball and removed Garg and bagged his second wicket a couple of balls later, when he removed Manish Pandey too! Holder and Williamson were at the crease when SRH finished their Powerplay on 49/3! Though the situation was turning tought, there was always hope for SRH as long as Williamson was at the crease. Holder was playing an unusually scratchy innings, which came to an end when he holed out for 11 off 15 balls, in the 12th over. This brought Abdul Samad to the crease and he began to stitch together a very useful and positive partnership with Williamson. Williamson raced to yet another 50 in this season, in the 14th over and he and Samad thrashed Norje's 15th over for 16 runs. At the end of the 16th over, SRH needed 51 runs from 24 balls, which is not very impossible in a T20! Stoinis came back to remove Williamson for 67 but Samad still showed some fight as did Rashid Khan, who smacked Ashwin for a 4 and a 6! SRH needed 30 runs off the last 2 overs, when Rabada came on to bowl the all-important 19th over. Despite being hit for a 6, Rabada removed Samad, Rashid Khan and Goswami off consecutive legal deliveries but missed the hattrick by bowling a wide, inbetween! This effectively ended SRH's chase, who eventually fell short by 17 runs. DC stormed into their first ever IPL finals and Stoinis was awarded a deserving Player of the Match award! DC face Mumbai in the IPL 2020 final, on Tuesday (10/11/2020). Stay tuned...