Twitter Reactions: Clinical Delhi Capitals take another step towards playoffs with a comfortable win over SRH
SRH's hopes of making it to the playoffs are grim now after losing their seventh game of the season.
Updated - Sep 22, 2021 11:06 pm
Delhi Capitals have made the light work of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who continued to struggle in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) too. It was the bowlers led by Anrich Nortje who set up the game for DC on the day and then the batsmen completed the job perfectly on a slow pitch.
Chasing 135 could’ve been tricky on such a surface and more so after losing the opener Prithvi Shaw early. Shikhar Dhawan and the comeback man Shreyas Iyer played with caution but kept punishing lose deliveries. The duo kept DC abreast with the required run-rate to add 52 runs for the second wicket.
Both the batsmen have been overlooked in India’s T20 World Cup squad and the duo proved their worth. On the slow pitch, Dhawan slammed 42 off 37 balls before getting out to Rashid Khan. The southpaw, however, paced his innings nicely according to the situation while also hitting the same bowler for a brilliant six with a slog sweep.
At 72/2 in the 11th over, there was a bit of a hope for SRH but then Iyer got off the blocks with a six off Rashid while Rishabh Pant played a brilliant hand to make sure they didn’t do Punjab Kings in the chase. Rather Pant ensured that his team chased down the target within 18 overs to take another step towards the playoffs with their seventh win.
While Iyer remained unbeaten on 47 after finishing with a six while Pant scored 35 off 21 balls to up the ante in the last couple of overs to win the game comfortably.
SRH crawl to 134 after opting to bat
Earlier in the day, SRH skipper Kane Williamson opted to bat first and might have regretted soon after David Warner got out for a duck in the very first over. Wriddhiman Saha smacked Kagiso Rabada for a huge six but slowed down later to get out on 18 off 17 balls. Williamson and Manish Pandey then rebuilt the innings with the former also getting a couple of lives.
But the Kiwi batter was holed out in the deep and then Pandey’s stay in the middle was cut short by Kagiso Rabada to leave SRH reeling at 61/4. Wickets kept on falling at regular intervals then even as Abdul Samad played a composed knock to keep his team at least in the hunt.
Rashid Khan came out and played a nice cameo of 22 runs which eventually helped them reach 134/9 in their 20 overs. Throughout their innings, they never looked comfortable in the middle thanks to some fiery pace from Anrich Nortje who ended with the figures of 2/12 while Axar was also economical conceding only 21 for his two wickets. Rabada accounted for three scalps as well.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Vintage Rishabh. #IPL2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 22, 2021
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) September 22, 2021
Delhi Capitals are the table toppers of IPL 2021.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 22, 2021
Delhi capitals team to beat now and in the future… #IPL2021
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 22, 2021
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) September 22, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) September 22, 2021
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) September 22, 2021
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) September 22, 2021
Game before 11. SRH are such a time-friendly side.
— KASHISH (@crickashish217) September 22, 2021
Ab Dilli door nahi. Well played, Delhi Capitals
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 22, 2021
— ABDULLAH NEAZ (@AbdullahNeaz) September 22, 2021
— ..PrInCe..#MI (@_prince_Rajput) September 22, 2021
— Rajesh Singh Negi (@RajeshSN1999) September 22, 2021