Visakhapatnam, May 8: Young guns Rishabh Pant (49) and Prithvi Shaw (56) played brilliant knocks as Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nail-biting finish in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 Eliminator here in Vizag on Wednesday (May 8).
With this win, Delhi Capitals made it to the second qualifier and set up a date with three-time champions Chennai Super Kings on May 10. The two teams will face each other at the same venue in the virtual semi-final and the winner will face Mumbai Indians in the final at Hyderabad on Sunday (May 12). Re-branded before the start of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals continued their brilliant run in the tournament. They now have one more game to win and play their first-ever IPL final in 12 years.
Having restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a sub-par 162/8, Delhi Capitals started the run chase on a dominant note before SRH bowlers pulled things back in the middle overs. SRH were aided by poor shot selections from set Delhi batsmen which could have cost them dearly but fortune favoured the Shreyas Iyer-led side as it reached home on the penultimate delivery of the innings.
Heart skipped a beat towards the end but a fantastic win for us. Extremely proud of the boys. @PrithviShaw , Keemo Paul and the superstar @RishabPant777 were simply brilliant #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/OFXtM4FoSm— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 8, 2019
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw stitched an opening partnership of 66 runs before Dhawan was dismissed. Shaw then went on to notch up his fourth IPL fifty and kept the scoreboard ticking but Khaleel removed Iyer and Shaw in quick succession to put Delhi under pressure in the run chase.
Later, Rashid Khan too joined the party and removed Colin Munro and Axar Patel in his final over of the spell to bring his team back in the game. The Afghan spinner finished with impressive figures of 4-1-12-2 and it seemed Sunrisers would be able to defend their total.
But Pant played a blistering knock of 21-ball 49 to claw back in the game just when it seemed the match was slipping away from their grip. The talented left-handed batsman's knock was studded with five belligerent sixes and two boundaries to claw back. Pant amassed 22 runs in the 17th over bowled by young Basil Thampi and brought the match with in their reach. However, while trying to finish it off in style he was dismissed in the 19th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the match once again looked in balance.
Huge Rishabh Pant fan....and also understand that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword too. But it won’t be a bad idea to start finishing off games after bringing the team so close. Crossing the finish line is a tough thing in sport.... #DCvSRH #IPL— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 8, 2019
The final over brought another share of drama in the tense moments as Delhi needed 5 runs from 6 deliveries. Khaleel Ahmed started the final over a wide and conceded a single to Amit Mishra and DC needed 3 from 5 balls. Once again it seemed Delhi will cruise home without any trouble but Mishra was dismissed for obstructing the field while attempting a single to level scores. With 2 were needed from the last 2 deliveries, Keemo Paul hit a boundary to take his team home in style.
Earlier, Delhi bowlers produced a clinical effort after their skipper elected to chase and restricted Sunrisers to 162/8. Martin Guptill (36), Manish Pandey (30), and Kane Williamson (28) got some decent start but failed to capitalise. Ishant Sharma (2/34), Amit Mishra (1/16) and Keemo Paul (3/33) picked up wickets at regular interval and bowled economically as well to prevent SRH from posting a daunting total on track where batting didn't look easy.
Here's how the match between DC and SRH in Eliminator panned out:
Rishabh Pant, Man of the Match: If you are set, you have to finish it for your team. Next time, I will try to finish it for my team as I got very close tonight. I just try to be positive. In T20s, you have to have a big over. We practice everyday with the same set of bowlers and we see the ball and not the bowler. Today, I didn't try to hit it too hard and focused on timing.
Shreyas Iyer, the winning captain: I can't express my emotions. It felt like I have been sitting and watching for years when it came to the last two years. I could see the happiness on everyone's faces. Hoping for another one against Chennai. Looking forward to the next game. But the start they got was really good on this track. We controlled in the middle phase. Mishi pa was exceptional as he conceded only 15 runs. The other bowlers did well to bowl economically. I personally feel you can't really control them (on Pant and Prithvi). When you stop a batsman like Pant or Prithvi, it hampers their mind and their flow. It was good that both of them came good tonight.
Kane Williamson, the losing captain: It was one of those surfaces that produces such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half, I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay, with such totals there are small margins, we have been in a position of strength before and haven't nailed it, today was another such day, a little bit frustrating. Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win, think they will go all the way. We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren't not very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren't great today. It wasn't our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total. Warner and Bairstow were brilliant when they were here and they were prolific with the bat, we were without them for the last 2 or 3 games, but we still played very well despite missing them, just not quite getting across the line today. We can reflect back on some games, we had similar matches last time around and we were on the right side of those, not this time though, we were on the underside of those totals. We are building well as a franchise and the development process will have to continue.
SRH in Eliminator: 2013: Lost to RR by four wkts 2016: Beat KKR by 22 runs 2017: Lost to KKR by seven wkts 2019: Lost to DC by two wkts
Celebrations in the Delhi Capitals' dugout as they will now face Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 at this venue on May 10.
Four!! Keemo Paul hits the winning boundary and Delhi Capitals have entered in the Qualifiers 2. So much of drama happened in the middle in the final two overs, but SRH felt if they had 10 runs to defend, they would have been on the other side of the line.
Great match, tense finish, after many late twists and turns in the tale. What a story this is becoming for #DC. But Williamson will be regretting he bowled Thampi instead of Khaleel in the 18th over. It cost 22 runs and the match— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 8, 2019
OUT!! Amit Mishra has been dismissed for obstructing the field. DC - 161/8 in 19.4 overs. 2 needed from 2. Another Super Over?
Single taken! But Khaleel appeals for Mishra's dismissal for Obstructing the field. It's all happening in the middle.
3 needed from 4 balls!
Mishra takes a single. 3 needed from 5 balls
Khaleel Ahmed bowls the final over and he starts with a wide ball.
Two wickets came from Bhuvneshwar's final over. Delhi Capitals need 5 from 6 deliveries.
Wicket! Rishabh Pant (49) hits Bhuvneshwar Kumar but fails to connect it. Nabi takes another fine catch in the deep. SRH are still in this game. DC - 158/7, need 5 runs from 7 balls
SIX!! Pant hammers Bhuvneshwar for a maximum. This is his fifth maximum of the innings. He is definitely a special player. 6 needed from 9 balls.
Wicket! Rutherford (9) skies Bhuvneshwar high in the air and Nabi takes a well-judged catch in the deep. Delhi Capitals - 151/6 in 18.1 overs.
SIX!!! Rishabh Pant dispatches Thampi into the stands. Delhi Capitals need 14 off 14 balls.
4,6,4! Rishabh Pant gets 14 runs on the first three deliveries bowled by Thampi.
SIX!! Rutherford hammers the loose one from Bhuvneshwar over long-off. DC - 129/5 in 17 overs.
SIX & 2!! Rishabh Pant gets a maximum on the fifth delivery of the over. Took a quick double on the final ball. DC - 121/5 in 16 overs. They need 42 from 24 deliveries.
Superb over from Rashid as he got two wickets and didn't concede any run. He finishes with impressive figures of 4-1-15-2. DC - 111/5 in 15 overs.
Wicket! Axar Patel (0) is caught behind by Saha and Rashid Khan strikes again in his final over. This could very well be the gaming changing over of the match. Axar wasn't happy with the decision as there was no contact with the bat and ball. Delhi Capitals - 111/5 in 14.4 overs. They are in all sorts of trouble now.
WICKET! Rashid Khan traps Colin Munro (14) in the front and umpire rules in his favour. Munro also wastes the review as he immediately went upstairs but in vain. Delhi Capitals - 111/4 in 14.1 overs.
SIX!! Munro hits Thampi for a maximum towards mid-wicket. This is bread and butter shot.
Four! Colin Munro gets an inside-edge off Thampi and was lucky that the ball raced towards the fine-leg boundary. 100 comes up for Delhi.
SIX!! Rishabh Pant hits Mohammed Nabi over long-on for a maximum. Monstrous hit from the southpaw. But he needs to stay into the middle to take his team home. SRH - 97/3 after 12 overs. 66 needed from 48 deliveries.
Wicket! Khaleel Ahmed strikes again in the over and gets the big wicket of Prithvi Shaw (56). Poor shot selection from Shaw and he mistimes it. Vijay Shankar takes a simple catch to give Delhi a big jolt. Delhi Capitals - 87/3 in 11 overs.
Wicket! Khaleel Ahmed removes Shreyas Iyer for 8. Iyer edges him and Saha takes a simple catch. #DelhiCapitals - 84/2 in 10.2 overs.
Wd, 1, 0,0,4,0,1! 7 runs came from Rashid Khan's second over. Delhi Capitals - 77/1 after 9 overs.
Four! Shreyas Iyer plays it late towards third man region and gets a boundary. Brilliant shot from Delhi Capitals' skipper.
Fifty! Prithvi Shaw brings up his half-century off 31 deliveries. Fourth IPL fifty for the youngster. Delhi Capitals - 70/1 after 8 overs.
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan (17) has been stumped by Saha. Deepak Hooda outfoxes the batsman with a wide ball but Saha was very quick. Delhi Capitals - 66/1 in 7.4 overs. SRH get the wicket at a crucial stage. The move to introduce a non-regular bowler in Hooda has paid off for SRH skipper Kane Williamson.
SIX!! Prithvi Shaw steps down the pitch and hits Deepak Hooda over long-on for a maximum.
Good start for Basil Thampi with the ball as he conceded just 2 singles from his first over. Delhi Capitals - 57/0 after 7 overs. They need 108 from 78 balls.
Four! Prithvi Shaw making most of the powerplay as he hits Rashid Khan over extra cover boundary. Delhi Capitals - 55/0 after 6 overs. Shaw - 39* off 24. Dhawan - 15* off 12.
Prithvi Shaw played some glorious shots in that over bowled by Bhuvi and Delhi Capitals milked 17 runs. DC - 49/0 after 5 overs.
4.2 - Four! Superb Shot! Prithvi Shaw plays another on-the-rise shot off Bhuvi. 4.3 - SIX!! Upper-cut from Prithvi Shaw over third man region for a maximum. 4.4 - Four! Shaw hits Bhuvi over long-off for a boundary.
Four! Reverse sweep from Shikhar Dhawan on the final delivery of Nabi's over. Delhi Capitals - 32/0 after 4 overs as they chase 163.
Dropped! Basil Thampi puts down Prithvi Shaw at mid-off. It was an easy catch and should have been taken.
0,4,4,0,4,1! 13 runs conceded by Khaleel from his first over. DC - 25/0 after 3 overs.
Four! Wow!! Back-foot punch from Prithvi Shaw and the ball raced towards the cover region. Nobody moved.
Four, Four! Prithvi Shaw hits back-to-back boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed.
Delhi Capitals - 12/0 after 2 overs. Just 2 conceded by Mohammed Nabi. Khaleel Amhed will bowl the third over for Sunrisers.
Good start for Delhi Capitals in the run chase as they get 10 from the first over bowled by Bhuvneshwar. DC - 10/0 (1). Target - 163. Mohammed Nabi bowls the second over for his team. He's been in good touch in the powerplay overs.
Four! Dhawan hits this one towards the square-leg region and gets the second boundary in the over. SRH - 10/0 after 1st over in run chase of 163.
Four! Shikhar Dhawan faces the first delivery and drives it towards the extra cover boundary. He gets off the mark in style.
2nd innings! Delhi Capitals' openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are in the middle to begin run chase. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start with the new ball for Sunrisers as they defend 162.
With 3/32 Keemo Paul returned as the pick of the bowlers for Delhi Capitals. Senior-pros Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma were also at their clinical best tonight. However, Trent Boult wasn't as effictive tonight.
End of the innings! SRH end their innings at 162/8 in stipulated 20 overs after being invited to bat. They scored 47 runs in the last 4 overs and lost 4 wickets too. Delhi Capitals need 163 to win the virtual quarter-final. It is still going to be a fighting total for SRH as they have quality bowlers in their line-up.
Wicket on the penultimate ball of the innings! Rashid Khan departs for a golden duck, Keemo Paul gets another wicket as Pant takes a simple catch. SRH - 161/8 in 19.5 overs.
Run Out! Deepak Hooda (4) falls way short of the non-striker's end. A direct hit from Pant. SRH - 160/7 in 19.5 overs
Wicket! Mohammed Nabi (20) looks to clear Paul over point boundary but couldn't connect it well. Axar takes a simple catch in the deep. SRH - 160/6 in 19.4 overs.
No ball from Keemo Paul & Nabi hammers him over long-on for a biggie. SRH - 160/5 in 19.2 overs.
14 runs conceded by Trent Boult from that over. SRH reach 151/5 in 19 overs.
Wicket! Vijay Shankar pulls the short-pitched slower one from Trent Boult and finds Axar Patel in the deep. An impactful knock of 11-ball 25 comes to an end. SRH - 147/5 in 18.3 overs.
Four, SIX! Vijay Shankar welcomes Trent Boult with a boundary and a maximum (inside-out) over extra-cover. His team needs more such shots. SRH - 147/4 in 18.2 overs.
Four! Short-pitched bouncer from Paul and Vijay pulls it towards the boundary.
Four! Nabi hits Paul over his head and gets a boundary straight down the ground. He's only dealing in fours.
SIX!! Vijay Shankar hits Axar Patel over mid-wicket and ends the over with a maximum. 12 runs came from that over. Axar finishes with figures of 4-0-30-0. SRH - 127/4 after 17 overs.
Four! Mohammed Nabi gets an outside edge off Axar Patel. He's only dealing in boundaries.
Four! Mohammed Nabi gets off the mark on the first ball he faced. SRH - 115/4 in 16 overs.
BOWLED Him!! Ishant Sharma hits the wood and ends SRH captain Kane Williamson's knock for 28 with a brilliant yorker. The pacer strikes in his final over of the spell. SRH - 111/4 in 15.5 overs.
1,1,Wd,4,2,0,2! 11 runs conceded by Rutherford from his first over. #SRH - 104/3 after 15 overs.
Four! Kane Williamson hits Rutherford over extra-cover, finds the gap and gets a much-needed boundary. This boundary came after 17 deliveries for SRH.
Vijay Shankar is the new man in and he would like to fine-tune his batting ahead of the World Cup. Playing a match-winning knock from this stage would definitely boost his morale. SRH - 93/3 after 14 overs.
Wicket! Manish Pandey looks to hit Keemo Paul over long-on but couldn't connect it well and finds Sherfane Rutherford in the deep. He departs for 30. Delhi were eying this wicket and it came just at the right time. SRH - 90/3 in 13.3 overs.
Six singles conceded by Amit Mishra from his final over of the spell. Iyer hoped the veteran spinner would break the partnership between Williamson and Pandey but couldn't do so. He finishes with 4-0-16-1. SRH - 88/2 after 13 overs.
Pandey & Williamson approaching partnership wisely, trying to negate spinners taking wickets. They will be Hoping to capitalize on pounding the seamers at the end. Paul and Boult aren't looking confident. Great match awareness and planning.— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) May 8, 2019
Four! Manish Pandey gets the first boundary for his team after powerplay. This shot would have definitely eased some pressure off the batting side, but they need more of those from here. SRH - 82/2 after 12 overs.
Not Out! Quick stumping by Pant against Manish Pandey. Umpires go upstairs, but the batsman was well within his crease.
1,0,0,1,2,0! 4 runs came from that over bowled by Mishra. SRH - 75/2 in 11 overs.
Dropped! Kane Williamson knicks Amit Mishra but Rishabh Pant fails to grab that one behind the stumps. It should have been taken. Williamson survives, how costly is that going to be for Delhi Capitals?
1,0,1,0,1,1! Another tidy over from Delhi Capitals' perspective. Axar conceded just 4 from it. SRH 71/2 after 10 overs. The boundaries have dried up for Sunrisers in the middle overs.
2,0,0,0,0,0! A double on the first ball for Manish Pandey and later Mishra bowls 5 dots on the trot. SRH - 67/2 after 9 overs. Delhi Capitals bowlers have kept things tight for Sunrisers ever since that wicket of Martin Guptill.
1,1,W,0,1,1! 4 runs and the big wicket of Guptill from the first over bowled by Amit Mishra. SRH - 58/2 after 7 overs.
Wicket! Amit Mishra strikes in his first over. Martin Guptill (36 off 19) pulls the spinner and finds the fielder in the deep mid-wicket. SRH 56/2 in 6.3 overs. 100 wickets by Mishra for DC.
Four! Bouncer from Ishant and Manish Pandey pulls it to get boundary towards fine-leg, one bounce into the fence. 10 runs came from that over and SRH reach 54/1 after 6 overs. This has been a confident start for the batting side in the powerplay.
Ishant Sharma bowls the final over of the powerplay for Delhi Capitals and a misfield from Shreyas Iyer costs his team four runs.
W,1,1,4,0,0! 6 runs and Saha's wicket came from that over bowled by Ishant Sharma. Shreyas Iyer introduces spinner Axar Patel. 7 came from Axar's first over. SRH 44/1 after 5 overs.
Wicket! Wriddhiman Saha (8) mistimes Ishant Sharma and Shreyas Iyer takes a good catch at mid-off. SRH - 31/1 in 3.1 overs.
SIX, SIX! Martin Guptill hits Trent Boult for back-to-back sixes over extra cover region. 15 runs came from that over. SRH - 31/0 after 3 overs.
SIXXX! Humongous hit from Martin Guptill over Ishant Sharma's head. The batsman went on the backfoot and hit it firmly to send it in the third tier. First maximum of the innings for SRH. SRH - 16/0 after 2 overs.
Four! Wriddhiman Saha ends the first over from Boult with a boundary towards point. The batsman cuts it well and the pace of the ball does the rest. SRH - 8/0 after 1st over.
Not Out! Trent Boult appeals LBW against Saha on the first delivery, the umpire raises his finger. Saha goes upstairs to review it after discussing with his batting partner. The replay showed there was a nick. Saha survives.
1st innings: Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill are in the middle to open SRH innings. Trent Boult to start with the new ball for SRH.
Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult.
SRH (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi.
Kane Williamson: That is the case, we were also looking to bowl first. It looks like a good surface bit a little bit on the tacky side. But we have to see how it plays and assess the conditions as we go by. Manish has been playing really well. Obviously, a couple of players have left us, but at the end of the day, the team has been playing some good cricket, just not quite getting across the line. So important for us to make that step up today. We also have one change - Hooda comes in for Yusuf Pathan.
Shreyas Iyer: We are going to bowl first. The wickets looks a bit sticky. We practised yesterday and there was dew - it is an added advantage. We are going to treat it as another game. But it is a playoff and the players are nervous. We have one change - Colin Munro comes in for Colin Ingram.
Toss: Delhi Capitals wins toss, Shreyas Iyer elects to bowl against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Pitch Report: Sunny Gavaskar predicts a Vizag track is going to assist the spinners. With the dew factor coming into play in the second half, the team winning toss would look to chase.
The past three games at Vizag have seen first innings totals of less than 140. The pitch is on the slower side and resembles Delhi Capitals' home turf Feroz Shah Kotla where the Shreyas Iyer-led side were not so good. SRH spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi have been doing well for them.
Both the teams have won one game each against each other in the season so far. Both the teams won the game playing away.