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IPL 2019: Eliminator, DC vs SRH – Delhi Capitals Player Ratings

With the win, DC have now set up a Qualifier 2 date with the Chennai Super Kings.

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Delhi Capitals. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Delhi Capitals have inched a step closer to the finals of the 2019 edition of the IPL. In an absolute swaying contest, team DC beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator encounter in Vizag. It was yet another final over finish that ended the run of the Orange Army in this year’s IPL. Khaleel Ahmed failed to defend 5 in the final over and the Capitals eked out a nervy 2-wicket win in the match. With the win, they have now set up a Qualifier 2 date with the Chennai Super Kings.

Coming to the match, DC won the toss and opted to field first. They managed to dismiss Wriddhiman Saha early in the innings. Manish Pandey and Martin Guptill got into the 30s to help SRH break out from the initial blip. The batters that followed also chipped in with handy cameos with skipper Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, and Mohammad Nabi scoring in the 20s. The SRH innings dearly missed an anchoring knock and could only muster 162/8 in their 20 overs with contributions coming in from most batters.

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In the run chase, DC were off to a flying start with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw showing great form. The duo added 66 runs for the first wicket with Shaw being the major contributor. The youngster went on to score 56 to guide the run chase. As has been the story in the season, the Capitals suffered a middle overs collapse and seemed like losing it away. But Rishabh Pant had other plans. Pant scored 49 but failed to finish off the game for his team. DC eventually managed to edge past the target line on the penultimate ball of the match after a high-tension last over.

Here are the DC Player Ratings for the match:

Shikhar Dhawan – 3/10

Shikhar Dhawan looked in good touch with the bat yet again. After a rather tame start to the season, Dhawan’s form only got better as the season progressed. In this game, the way he hit a few boundaries first up in the power play, gave great signs for the fans of DC and also of team India. The southpaw, however, could not get going for a big score. He was involved in a 66-run stand with Prithvi Shaw. Dhawan scored 17 in the match.

Prithvi Shaw – 9/10

Young Prithvi Shaw has become a household name in the Indian cricket. Shaw, who is a very talented batter, had largely lost his ploy with the bat midway through the season. His 99 stood out as a one-match wonder. He desperately needed to score big again. He chose this Eliminator encounter as the perfect stage to do so. Shaw top-scored for DC with 56 to his name in just 38 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes to his name.

Shreyas Iyer – 3/10

DC skipper Shreyas Iyer has been very impressive with his leadership skills. His ability to stay calm even in tense situations is rubbing off well on his players as the season is nearing the final stage. Iyer was impressive with his captaincy in this game as well and made smart bowling changes. With the willow, he had a disappointing run and could only score 8 runs off the 10 balls that he faced.

Rishabh Pant – 8.5/10

Rishabh Pant has been one of the top performers for the Capitals this season. Yet again, he played a defining knock to see his side over the line in the match. With a couple of quick wickets in the same over by Rashid Khan, the Capitals were rocked hard in the middle overs. The match seemed like going away from them. Pant fetched it back by milking Basil Thampi for a couple of sixes and a couple of fours in the same over. He was dismissed on 49 that came off 21 deliveries with 2 fours and 5 sixes. One thing that he needs to work on is to finish games for his side.

Colin Munro – 3/10

Colin Munro walked into the playing eleven for this game. The Kiwi batter looked largely out of touch in the match. He struggled against the spinners and Rashid Khan troubled him big time during his stay at the crease. He struggled against Basil Thampi as well but managed to hit a six to get some confidence running. It did not last too long and Rashid sent him packing on 14.

Sherfane Rutherford – 3/10

When Sherfane Rutherford walked in to bat, the asking rate was on a steep rise for the Capitals. Rutherford is renowned for his big hitting prowess and was expected to call the shots with match situation demanding him to come good. The southpaw did hit a big maximum over long off but perished in his attempt to replicate the same shot an over later. He scored 9 off 12 deliveries. With the ball, he bowled just 1 over to concede 12 runs.

Axar Patel – 4/10

Axar Patel did not have the best of days on the field. He got his complete quota of overs to bowl and he ended up conceding 30 runs. Much against his liking, he did not look penetrative and failed to get any wicket in the match. With the bat in hand, he was foxed by Rashid Khan on two consecutive deliveries first up. On the third delivery, he was adjudged caught behind on a ball where he barely edged it. He was unfortunate to have bagged a duck.

Keemo Paul – 9/10

Keemo Paul hit the winning runs for DC in the match. It was flashback time for him as he faced off against Khaleel Ahmed in the final over. Back in 2016 in the ICC U19 World Cup, Paul had hit the winning runs for his side against this very same bowler. It was deja vu for him as he had the last laugh again. Earlier in the game, Paul finished with figures of 3/32 to his name to be the pick of the bowlers for the Capitals.

Amit Mishra – 8/10

Veteran leg spinner Amit Mishra had a fruitful outing with the ball in Vizag. The pitch had something in it for the spinners and Mishra was good enough to extract it to the maximum. He was the most economical bowler for his side as he finished with 1/16 in his quota of 4 overs. He dismissed the big fish, Martin Guptill, right after the power play. Guptill was looking in fine form and Mishra cut short his stay on the day.

Trent Boult – 4/10

Trent Boult has not quite been at his best in this season of the IPL. In the limited opportunities that he has got, he has failed to leave an imprint. Even in this game, the Kiwi speedster could not get his act right and was taken away for 37 runs in the three overs that he bowled. He did manage to take the wicket of Vijay Shankar at a crucial point in the game when Shankar had scored 25 off 11 balls.

Ishant Sharma – 6/10

Ishant Sharma’s impressive run with the ball was on display yet again for DC. Ishant provided the first breakthrough for the Capitals when he dismissed Wriddhiman Saha on 8 in the fourth over of the match. He came back for his second spell a few overs later and accounted for the dismissal of Kane Williamson. In his quota of four overs, Ishant returned with figures of 2/34.

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