Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in the second qualifier to make their first-ever IPL final. They will now face Mumbai Indians in the final of season 13 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, SRH after a brilliant second half of the season has finally bowled out of the tournament. This was the fifth straight appearance into the playoffs since 2016, the year they became champions. More about the SRH vs DC qualifier 2 in detail below.
Delhi Capitals won the toss in the second qualifier and opted to bat. In a tactical change, Marcus Stoinis was sent to open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan. The experiment worked as Stoinis scored 38 off 27 balls and added 82 for the first wicket with Dhawan. Dhawan anchored the innings scoring 78 off 50 balls. Shimron Hetmyer then scored 42 off 22 balls to take DC to 189 for 3 after their 20 overs.
Jason Holder and Shahbaz Nadeem gave away a total of 98 runs of their 8 overs taking just one wicket. Barring Rashid Khan all other SRH bowlers were expensive. Rashid just took one wicket in his spell when he was expected to take some more.
Delhi Capitals Make First-Ever IPL Final
Chasing 190 to win, SRH lost David Warner in the second over of the game. Priyam Garg (17) and Manish Pandey (21) also fell in the powerplay to leave SRH reeling at 44 for 3 inside five overs. Jason Holder (11) then added a 46-run stand with Kane Williamson (67) to take them to 90 in the 12th over.
SRH then lost the big wicket of Williamson in the 17th over to dampen their chances even more. Abdul Samad hit some lusty blows as he scored a 16-ball 33. Kagiso Rabada then struck thrice in the 19th over including the wicket of Samad to knock SRH out of the game. At the end, SRH reached 172 for 8 as Delhi won the game by 17 runs to make it to their first-ever IPL final.
What Was the Turning Point in The Game?
The wicket of Kane Williamson in the 17th over was the turning point in the game. His wicket exposed the inexperienced lower-middle-order of SRH who ultimately fell to the pressure of the asking rate in the final overs.
Marcus Stoinis, for his all-rounder performance, was chosen as the Man of the Match. He scored 38 with the bat and picked up three for 26 including the wickets of Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson.
“Have played quite a bit of IPL, but this is my first final. It’s been hard with quarantine but a bit of silverware is good motivation. MI are a very good team. Have played consistently. But they’re due an off game. Our best cricket should be good enough to win” said the DC all-rounder.