Abu Dhabi, 08 November (Sunmarg) Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant half-century innings of 78 runs, all-round performance by Marcus Stoynis (38 runs and three wickets for 26 runs) and Kagiso Rabada (four wickets for 29 runs). Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in qualifier two on Sunday to enter the final of the IPL where they will face defending champions Mumbai Indians on 10 November.
Delhi scored a challenging score of 189 for three in 20 overs and then overcame Hyderabad’s tough challenge. Hyderabad scored 172 for eight wickets. The Hyderabad team was eliminated with this defeat.
The final will be between the two teams that finished first and second in the league table. Mumbai was ranked first and Delhi was ranked second. Mumbai had defeated Delhi in the first qualifier but now both teams will face each other in the title match. Mumbai will land for the fifth time and Delhi for the first time with the intention of winning the title.
Shikhar hit six fours and two sixes in his 50 off 78 balls. Stoynis hit five fours and a six in 38 runs off 27 balls while Hetmyer hit four fours and a six in an unbeaten 42 off 22 balls. After winning the toss and batting first, Delhi played with Shikhar Dhawan to field Marcus Stoinis in the opening which was successful.
Shikhar and Stonis gave Delhi a brilliant start of 86 runs. Stoynis vindicated his decision to field him in the powerplay and in the fourth over of the innings, he caught 18 runs off Jason Holder’s balls with three fours and a six. Delhi’s 50 runs were completed in 45 overs.
Shikhar, a left-handed batsman who was dismissed cheaply in the last few matches, played a brilliant innings, maintaining his status as a big player of the big match. Stoinis’ presence at the other end also removed the pressure from the top of the peak. Both batsmen played the balls of trump card leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Hyderabad with caution.
Stoinis was finally bowled by Rashid’s ball but by then he had done his job. Stoinis hit five fours and a six in his 38 off 27 balls. Captain Shreyas Iyer, who landed on the field, scored a 21-run knock with the help of a four off 20 balls. Shikhar, playing in rhythm, completed his half-century in 26 balls by hitting a six off left arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. It was Shikhar’s 41st half-century in the IPL. Delhi completed their 100 runs in the 10th over.
Iyer was caught by Holder in the hands of Manish Pandey. Iyer’s wicket fell at a score of 126. Shikhar and Iyer shared a 40-run partnership for the second wicket. Shimron Hetmyer, brought into the XI for this match, played some big shots, judging by his role. However, from 11 to 15 overs, the run rate slowed down a bit.
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Hetmyer hit three fours in the 18th over and Shikhar also hit a four in the same over. 18 runs in this over. Shikhar fell lbw to Sandeep Sharma’s third ball in the 19th over. Shikhar did not take DRS. If he had taken DRS, he could have survived because the ball was leaving the stumps.
Shikhar hit six fours and two sixes in his 50 off 78 balls. After Shikhar’s dismissal, T Natarajan did not give the Delhi batsmen a chance to hit the big shot and after the end of 20 overs, Delhi’s score was 189 runs. Hetmyer hit four fours and a six in an unbeaten 42 off 22 balls.
Delhi also benefited from Hyderabad’s poor fielding. Hyderabad fielders missed catches, misfielding, and Rashid also hit over overthrow. For Hyderabad, Sandeep took one wicket in 30 overs and Rashid took one wicket for 26 runs while Holder took one wicket after taking 50 runs. Nadeem plundered 48 runs in four overs.
Chasing a strong target, Hyderabad had a poor start and lost their three wickets on their way to 44 runs. Rabada bowled Hyderabad captain David Warner. Warner could score only two runs and his wicket fell at the score of 12. Priyam Garg and Manish Pandey shared a 31-run partnership for the second wicket. But after that both batsmen were dismissed in the interval of one run. Stoinis fired both wickets in the fifth over. Garg became bold while Pandey’s catch was caught by Enrich Nortje. Garg hit two sixes in 17 runs off 12 balls. Pandey hit three boundaries in 21 runs off 14 balls.
The hero of the previous match, Ken Williamson, once again took the front and started the work of grooming the Hyderabad innings. Williamson shared a crucial 46-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Jason Holder. Left arm spinner Akshar Patel caught Holder in the hands of Praveen Dubey. Holder scored 11 off 15 balls and his wicket fell at the score of 90.
Williamson then got on well with Abdul Samad. Williamson hit some magnificent sixes and kept Hyderabad in the match. Samad hit a six and two fours off Nortje’s balls in the 15th over. The fight was becoming increasingly exciting.
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer was trying his every weapon to break the pair. If Norte did not work, he put off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in 16th over. Williamson hit a four in this over. When Stoinis came in the 17th over, Williamson also hit him. But on the next ball Stoynis caught Williamson on the sweeper cover by Rabada.
Hyderabad’s fifth wicket fell at a score of 147. Williamson hit five fours and four sixes in his 67 off 45 balls. It was a big wicket for Delhi but there was still a twist in the match. Rashid Khan hit a six and a four off Ashwin’s consecutive balls in the 18th over. Hyderabad now needed 30 runs in the last two overs.
The 19th over was putting Rabada. Samad blew a long six off the second ball. But Rabada fell victim to Samad on the third ball. Samad hit two fours and two sixes in his 16-ball 33. Rabada also sent Rashid to the pavilion on the next ball. Rashid scored 11 runs off seven balls. When the next ball was wide, Srivats Goswami was also out on his next ball. Rabada took three wickets and turned the match in Delhi’s favor. Hyderabad needed 22 runs in the last over.
The victory finally came in Delhi’s part and with the last ball being bowled, the entire Delhi camp jumped up in joy. Delhi made it to the finals for the first time after a long wait. Rabada took four wickets for 29 runs and Stoinis took three wickets for 26 runs.