M59 : Delhi beat SRH by 17 runs and reaches its first final
Delhi Capitals (DC) won the qualifier-2 match of the 13th season of IPL. In this match of 'Do or Die' in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night, Delhi defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 17 runs. Chasing a target of 190 runs, the Sunrisers team could score only 172/8 runs in the prescribed 20 overs. Man of the match Marcus Stoinis (3-0-26-3) gave the Sunrisers three shocks, including a key wicket of Kane Williamson. Kagiso Rabada (4-0-29-4) ensured Delhi's victory with four wickets.
With this prized victory, Delhi Capitals made their IPL final for the first time. Now in the title match, they will compete with four-time champion Mumbai Indians (MI) in Dubai on 10 November.
This is how Delhi dominated SRH's batting
Sunrisers lost three wickets in the powerplay itself. Captain David Warner (2) was bowled by Rabada on Inswing Yorker. Priyam Garg (17), who landed as an opener, hit sixes on Ashwin and Anrich Nortje, but Stoinis bowled him. Manish Pandey (21) was also caught at the boundary line and decided the result of the match.
Williamson kept the score board moving, playing long shots in between, but Jason Holder (11 off 15 balls), who was sent as a pinch hitter, also did not bat. Williamson completed the half-century off 35 balls. Meanwhile, he hit sixes on Praveen Dubey, Axar Patel, Rabada and Stoinis. Samad increased the hopes of Sunrisers by putting six and two fours on Nortje.
Williamson had hoped, but ...
The Sunrisers needed 51 runs in the last four overs, but Stoinis ensured Delhi's victory by dismissing Williamson. Rabada dismissed Samad (33), Rashid Khan (11) and Srivats Goswami (0) in his last over.
Delhi Capitals scored 189/3
With the help of another big innings by Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals made a strong score of 189 runs for three wickets. Left-handed batsman Dhawan, who scored two centuries this season, scored 78 runs off 50 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. He added 86 runs for the first wicket with Marcus Stoinis (38 runs off 27 balls, 5 fours, one six) and got Delhi off to a good start.
Sunrisers Hyderabad's poor fielding
Shimron Hetmyer played a useful innings of 42 not out in the final overs with the help of 4 fours and a six off 22 balls. Sunrisers' fielding was poor. Both Stoinis and Dhawan got life. The bowler on both occasions was Sandeep Sharma. Apart from this, some easy fours were given and runs were scored from overthrow. Sandeep (1 for 30) and Rashid Khan (1 for 26) made an impact for Sunrisers.