New Delhi, April 4: Jonny Bairstow played an aggressive knock to set the tone in a tricky low-scoring total as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated inconsistent Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 league match here on Thursday (April 4).
Chasing a target of 130, Sunrisers reached home in 18.3 overs as Mohammed Nabi hit the winning runs for his team and by virtue of this the visitors climbed at the top of the table with three wins. It was their first away win for Sunrisers.
Sunrisers were off to a blistering start as Bairstow bludgeoned Delhi bowlers in the powerplay to guide the visitors to 62 without loss. The England cricketer who was dropped for 5 by Axar Patel in the second over made the hosts pay for their folly.
David Warner (10) was the second Sunrisers' wicket to perish and it was for the first time when big-hitting Australia batter failed to post a 50-plus total. Sunrisers witnessed a middle-order collapse before Yusuf Pathan and Mohammed Nabi closed the game for the visiting side.
Earlier, a clinical bowling effort ensured Sunrisers restrict Delhi Capitals to a below-par total of 129/8 in 20 overs. Stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar led his bowlers from the front as he gave the hosts an early blow by castling Prithvi Shaw's (11) stumps. It was the first wicket for Bhuvneshwar in the tournament and the right-arm pacer claimed best figures in this season (4-0-27-2).
Mohammed Nabi (4-0-21-2) was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers and got the big wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (12) and Rishabh Pant (5).
Skipper Shreyas Iyer (43) was the big scorer for Delhi Capitals but he didn't get any support from the opposite side. The right-handed batsman was dismissed while trying to up the ante. Colin Ingram (5), Rahul Tewatia (5) and Chris Morris (17) could hardly pose any threat to the visiting bowlers. Axar Patel (23 off 13) played an aggressive hand, in the end, ensured their bowlers had something to defend.
"The last two games have been the same (disappointing). It was a tough wicket to bat on and since they bowled first, they had an idea about how to go about it. We didn't play that well as a batting side. Another learning - we should come back positive and strong. After the first time out, I thought 140-150 would have been a good score, especially with three spinners playing. Unfortunately, we lost too many wickets and we could not capitalise," said the losing captain Shreyas Iyer.
After posting their first away win, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said, "It is always easy as the captain when the team does well and I always believe that the captain is as good as the team. We weren't sure at the toss about how the pitch would play, but we always wanted to bowl given how small the ground is. We knew that it would be easier in the second innings and it would be a tricky chase, but the start we got was great."
Here's how the match between DC and SRH transpired:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, winning captain: It is always easy as the captain when the team does well and I always believe that the captain is as good as the team. We weren't sure at the toss about how the pitch would play, but we always wanted to bowl given how small the ground is. We knew that it would be easier in the second innings and it would be a tricky chase; but the start we got was great. In the second half of the IPL the wickets would be slow and turning all over India and spin would play a big part because of which we need to be choosy with the team selection. Kane (Williamson) is almost there, but we want him to take as much time as he wants.
Jonny Bairstow, Man of the Match: There was a little less bounce than what we had in Hyderabad and you could see that with the wear and tear of the pitch. It was a good toss to win beause you could see it was good to bat second because you saw what you needed to do. When the bowlers are bowling, they tell you that this boundary is shorter and it is turning from which part. But at the same time the bowlers are different on both sides - our guys are shorter and they have much taller guys, so you can only react to the situation. Really pleased with the start, we have three games in quick succession and we need to keep playing the brand of cricket that we've been playing. We have a great group of guys in the side and we all play in the same fashion.
Shreyas Iyer, the losing captain: The last two games have been the same (disappointing). It was a tough wicket to bat on and since they bowled first, they had an idea about how to go about it. We didn't play that well as a batting side. Another learning - we should come back positive and strong. After the first time out, I thought 140-150 would have been a good score, especially with three spinners playing. Unfortunately we lost too many wickets and we could not capitalise. I needed a little support over there because one of the top four batsmen had to be there, I had taken the responsibility but unfortunately I took on Rashid and got out as well. We had almost lost the game after the first few overs, but the way we came back should be appreciated. The bowlers are mentally strong at the moment. That is really good to see from a captain's point of view.
Jonny Bairstow gets his second Man of the Match award in a row.
SIX!! Mohammed Nabi hits Rabada for a maximum & SunRisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets. Good fight from Delhi bowlers to make a contest out of this low-scoring game.
Four! Mohammed Nabi gets another boundary. This time off Rabada. 5 needed from 10 balls.
6 came from that over bowled by Morris. SRH need 10 from next 12 deliveries.
Four! Welcome boundary!! Mohammed Nabi gets a much-needed four. This must have eased a lot of tension. 10 needed from 13 balls.
Chris Morris bowls the 18th over for Delhi Capitals. Apparently, it was coach Ricky Ponting who told Iyer to bring Morris into the attack.
Just 3 runs came from Rabada's over. Excellent stuff from the Protea pacer. SRH - 114/5 after 17 overs, 16 needed from 18 deliveries. Had DC scored 10-15 runs more, this could have been their game for the taking.
Kagiso Rabada is brought into the attack for the 17th over.
Wicket! Deepak Hooda mistimes the googly from Lamichhane. Rabada takes a simple catch in the deep. SRH - 111/5 after 16 overs. 19 required from 24. This match is far from over. Can DC pull this one off?
Four! Yusuf Pathan sweeps Sandeep Lamichhane and gets a boundary.
Wicket! Vijay Shankar (16) gives a simple catch to Shreyas Iyer at covers. Axar gets the breakthrough. SRH - 101/4 after 14.3 overs. Can there be a twist in the tale?
Why arent young Indian batsmen imbibing the greatest quality of Virat Kohli into their system? Moulding their batting as per the required run rate & situation.🤔#KingKohli— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 4, 2019
Wicket! Manish Pandey (10) pulls Ishant Sharma and Prithvi Shaw takes a good catch in the deep. The Karnataka batter failed to perform again. SRH - 95/3 after 13 overs.
Ishant Sharma has been brought into the attack for the first time in the 13th over.
1,0,1,Wd,0,0,0! 3 runs came from that over bowled by Tewatia. SRH are 90/2 after 12 overs. They need 40 more from 48 deliveries.
1,1,1,1,1,1! 6 singles came from that over bowled by Axar Patel. SRH - 87/2 after 11 overs. Shankar - 13* Pandey - 7* are present in the middle.
8 runs came from that over bowled by Morris. SRH - 81/2 after 10 overs. 49 needed from 60 deliveries.
Wicket! Bairstow (48) has been trapped in front by Tewatia. He went upstairs but in vain. SRH lose their DRS too. SRH - 64/1 after 6.5 overs.
Wicket! Bairstow (48) has been trapped in front by Tewatia. He went upstairs but in vain. SRH lose their DRS too. SRH - 64/1 after 6.5 overs.
14 runs leaked by Kagiso Rabada from his first over. Sunrisers have reached 62/0 after 6 overs. Bairstow (47*) has neared a fifty in no time.
12 runs came from the second over bowled by Axar Patel. SRH are 48/0 after 5 overs.
Four (leg byes)!! An extra down the leg side. Costly over from @Tipo_Morris as he leaks 16 from it. DC - 36/0 after 4 overs.
Four, Four! Chris Morris has been introduced into the attack and Bairstow hits him for back-to-back boundaries. Aggressive intent from the opener.
Review lost! Sandeep Lamichhane persuades skipper Iyer to go upstairs and review Warner's LBW. The Hawkeye showed the ball pitched on the leg side. It was a desperate move from DC.
SIX, Four! Jonny Bairstow gets into the attacking mode. Hammers Lamichhane for a maximum on the very first delivery and follows it with a boundary.
Tight over from Axar as he concedes just 1 from it. SRH - 7/0 after 2 overs.
Dropped! Axar Patel has been brought into the attack and he fails to hold on to the return catch from Jonny Bairstow.
Four! Jonny Bairstow sweeps Sandeep Lamichhane and gets off the mark in style. 6 came from the first over for SRH as they chase 130.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow start run chase for SRH. Sandeep Lamichhane starts with the new ball. Aggressive move from DC captain.
SIX!! Axar Patel ends Delhi Capitals' innings with a maximum straight down the ground. DC - 129/8 after 20 overs. Will it be enough for their bowlers? Let's wait and watch.
Wicket! Rabada (3) skies Kaul high in the air and Bhuvneshwar made that catch look simple in the end. DC - 115/8 in 19.2 overs.
Four! Axar Patel ends Bhuvneshwar Kumar's over with a boundary. Had Sandeep taken the catch on the previous delivery, it wouldn't have been a boundary. DC - 115/7 after 19 overs.
Dropped! Sandeep Sharma puts down Rabada in the deep.
Wicket! Chris Morris (17) too plays a poor shot and gets caught by Mohammed Shami in the 30-yard circle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes. DC- 107/7 in 18.2 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls the 19th over for @SunRisers He's bowled well so far. Will be interesting to see how he bowls in the final over. He's gone for runs in the death overs prior to this one.
Just 8 came from that over bowled by Sandeep Sharma, despite getting hit for a maximum. DC - 105/6 after 18 overs.
SIX!! Chris Morris picks up the length ball from Sandeep Sharma and dispatches into the stands over square-leg for a maximum. This is the second six of the DC innings. 100 comes up for Delhi with that shot.
Rashid Khan finishes with brilliant figures of 4-0-18-1. DC - 97/6 after 17 overs.
Big Wicket! Wrong 'un from Rashid Khan breaches the defence of Delhi Capitals' skipper Shreyas Iyer (43) as he tries to sweep the leg-spinner. First wicket for the Afghan in this match and it was the big wicket of a set batsman. DC - 93/6 after 16.1 overs.
8 runs came from the third over bowled by Bhuvneshwar. DC - 93/5 after 16 overs. They need big overs to post a respectable total.
Four! Shreyas Iyer hits Rashid Khan straight down the ground and the ball raced towards straight boundary like a bullet. Iyer has been rock solid tonight. DC - 85/5 after 15 overs. Bhuvneshwar brings himself into the attack in the 16th over.
Review Lost!! LBW Appeal from Rashid and Bhuvneshwar goes upstairs. Hawkeye showed it was missing wickets. Morris stays.
Four! Chris Morris cuts Kaul and the ball races towards deep point boundary. He gets off the mark in style. He defends the next delivery to end the over. 8 runs and a wicket came from it. DC - 80/5 after 14 overs.
Wicket! Manish Pandey takes a brilliant catch at point and Colin Ingram's innings comes to an end for 5. Siddharth Kaul gets his first wicket of the match. Ingram would have been dismissed run out on the previous ball but the throw from Manish narrowly missed the stumps. DC - 75/5 after 13.3 overs.
After 13 overs, Delhi Capitals have reached 72/4.
Four! Shreyas Iyer pulls Sandeep Sharma over mid-wicket and the ball races towards the boundary. He's got to stay into the middle and do the bulk of scoring for his team tonight.
Delhi Capitals batsmen haven't executed themselves well so far. They've all been dismissed attempting aggressive strokes. They need to post a decent total here to give their bowlers something to defend. DC - 65/4 after 12 overs.
150 will be a really good score here but #DelhiCapitals have to give themselves the opportunity to get there— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 4, 2019
Wicket! Knuckle-ball from Sandeep Sharma and Rahul Tewatia fails to read the slower ball, mistimes it. Mohammed Nabi takes a simple catch at point. DC - 61/4 after 10.5 overs.
Four! Shot of the innings so far. Rahul Tewatia just guided the ball from Sandeep Sharma through covers.
Not Out! Mohammed Nabi appealed for an LBW against Rahul Tewatia. Umpire not interested, Bhuvneshwar goes upstairs to review it. Hawkeye showed it was umpire's call. Tewatia just managed to survive. DC - 56/3 after 10 overs.
Wicket! Nabi has been brought into the attack after time out and Rishabh Pant (5) chips him over cover but it lacked power and Deepak Hooda took a well-judged catch in the deep. DC - 52/3 after 9.1 overs.
50 comes up for Delhi Capitals in the ninth over. They have lost their openers within powerplay and need to continue the partnership between Pant and Iyer. DC - 52/2 after 9 overs.
Good comeback from Rashid after getting hit for a boundary as he concedes just 2 on the remaining 5 deliveries. DC - 47/2 after 8 overs.
With Warner-Bairstow in the opposition, Delhi need 180-something to be confident of defence. That will take some extraordinary batting from here. They have scintillating strokeplayers in Iyer, Pant and Ingram, but cameos won't be enough...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 4, 2019
King of Spin Rashid Khan has been brought into the attack and Shreyas Iyer welcomes him with a boundary over covers.
5 runs came from that over bowled by Siddarth Kaul. DC - 41/2 after 7 overs. Pant and Iyer are into the middle for the hosts.
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan (12) attempts another sweep shot off Nabi and gets a top-edge. Sandeep Sharma takes a simple catch at short fine-leg. Delhi Capitals have lost both their openers in the powerplay. Nabi set the batsman up brilliantly in that over. DC- 36/2 after 6 overs.
Prithvi Shaw needs to show some consistency if he wants to be in the national reckoning.
Even among the most talented, captains, coaches, selectors look for consistency. Prithvi Shaw has to build this in his portfolio quickly...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 4, 2019
8 runs came from Kaul's first over and DC reach 27/1 after 5 overs.
SIX!! Shreyas Iyer slogs Siddarth Kaul over mid-wicket for a maximum. Kaul has been introduced into the attack in this very over and gets hit for the first maximum of the inning.
A wicket and just 1 run came from that over bowled by skipper Bhuvi. DC - 15/1 after 3 overs.
Bowled! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes early as he cleans up Prithvi Shaw for 11. The batsman was looking to attack the senior pro, missed the line completely, and paid the price. The off-stumps were shattered. Brilliant start from Bhuvi. DC - 14/1 after 2.2 overs.
End of the over bowled by Nabi, 6 runs came from it. DC - 14/0 after 2 overs.
Mohammed Nabi has been introduced in the second over.
Four!! Prithvi Shaw gets a leading edge off Bhuvneshwar and the ball goes past third or fourth slip and races toward the fence for a boundary, second of the over. DC - 8/0 after 1st over.
Four! Confident start for young Prithvi Shaw as he gets a brilliant cover drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The youngster starts on a positive note.
Match 16: Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are into the middle to start innings. SRH stand-in captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start with the new ball.
SRH are yet to register their first away win of the season. They opened their campaign of the season against KKR at Eden Gardens but ended up losing it. But the Orange Army hasn't looked back after that defeat and has gone from strength to strength.
Vijay Shankar: Important for us to stick to our basics and do well no matter what are the circumstances. We have been playing good cricket all-round. Even in the first game, we played really well till the last few overs which changed the game. I am someone who is used to batting up the order. But I am having to adapt to the different match situations for the team. All I am looking for right now is to contribute in whatever way possible to the team's victory. Batting in the top four gives me more time in the middle which is the key for any batsman. If I can adapt to any situation and give my best for the team, I should be fine.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow(w), David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
Toss: Bhuvneshwar Kumar wins toss, elects to bowl first against Delhi Capitals. SRH playing with an unchanged side. 3 changes for DC. Ishant, Axar and Tewatia come in for DC.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading SunRisers in this game, so no Kane Williamson for them tonight as well.
Michael Slater with the pitch report: "No grass at all on it. The Super Over game saw a 180-plus match and the average first innings score has been 177 over the years. The pitch generally is skiddy in the first 10 overs before it starts slowing down. Spin could be the key, especially for DC if they are to restrict the Warner-Bairstow pair."
The Brute-force of Warner-Bairstow is a threat for Delhi bowlers!
David Warner & Jonny Bairstow have been unstoppable this season amassing 413 runs together in their three innings so far. Such has been their domination that their tally of runs is more than the runs scored by the second and third best pair put together. #IPL2019 #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/Ki31uOf6va— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) April 4, 2019
Kagiso Rabada's message for Sunrisers batters!
"Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost" - Kagiso Rabada— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 4, 2019
Watch @KagisoRabada25 read your reactions on his fine Super Over from the last time he played at #QilaKotla!
He is ready to roar 🐯 against #SRH tonight! 💪#DCvSRH #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #IPL2019 #IPL pic.twitter.com/xEiB9XbZCF