Twitter Reactions: An all-round effort from SRH help them register their first win of the season; DC suffer their first loss

Twitter Reactions: An all-round effort from SRH help them register their first win of the season; DC suffer their first loss

Rashid Khan registered his best IPL figures picking three wickets for just 14 runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have managed to open their account in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season defeating the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs in the 11th match of the tournament. It was an overall team performance with all the players contributing well. Rashid Khan shone with the ball with 3/14, however, it was due to Kane Williamson’s 26-ball 41 predominantly that they managed to post 162 runs on the board.

After losing the toss, SRH openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow took their time early on making sure they don’t throw away their wickets. The strategy has been working this season for teams and though the powerplay scores have been low, the sides are ending up posting or chasing a big total. The same happened with SRH as their opening duo manoeuvred the ball in the gaps.

They added 77 runs in less than 10 overs and once again, just when Warner was opening up his arms, he was dismissed by Amit Mishra. However, the SRH skipper had scored 45 off 33 balls by then with three fours and a couple of sixes. Manish Pandey couldn’t get going and again, Mishra delivered for the Capitals. This time though SRH had the experienced Kane Williamson in the middle-order and he didn’t disappoint.

Rather, it was all him in the partnership with Bairstow who struggled to get going throughout the innings. But even then, the England batsman got to his half-century before getting out. Williamson, at the other end, kept his wrists at work playing some excellent strokes. He scored only five fours in 26-ball 41 but made sure that SRH crossed the 160-run mark.

Rather Kagiso Rabada‘s exceptional death bowling restricted them from getting to 170 as they made 162 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs. Rabada returned with the figures of 2/21 while Mishra picked a couple as well.

Chase which never got the momentum

Scores like 163 runs turn out to be tricky at times and DC didn’t get off to a great start with their last match hero, Prithvi Shaw getting out in the very first over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled an away swinger and the batsman ended up edging it to the keeper. Shreyas Iyer came out at three but struggled scoring at run-a-ball. The pressure got to him and eventually got out to Rashid Khan after scoring 17 off 21.

Shikhar Dhawan, however, held forte to score 34 off 31 balls before a clever review from Rashid and Jonny Bairstow. At 62/3 in the 12th over, the task got tougher for the Capitals. This is when Rishabh Pant took control of the innings and played cautiously making sure the game goes deep. He and Shimron Hetmyer added 42 runs in less than four overs.

Both of them got out in the space of 9 balls to put the team under huge pressure. While Hetmyer got out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar after scoring 21 off 12, Rashid ended his spell snapping up the crucial wicket of Pant. He ended up at 3/14 in his four overs eventually turning the game for SRH at crucial junctures. Natarajan got the better of Axar Patel to close all doors for the Capitals as the SRH bowled superbly at the death.

DC could never up the ante with the bat and unfortunately, they fell way short of the target scoring only 147 runs for the loss seven wickets in their 20 overs and losing the game by 15 runs.

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