Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Delhi Capitals by 88 runs on Tuesday in their return-leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to keep themselves alive in the tournament. Wriddhiman Saha, one of the three changes in the SRH line-up, top-scored with his 87-run knock while skipper David Warner made 66. Then, leg-spinner weaved his magic again, returning with season's best figures: 4-0-7-3. The win helped the former champions climb to sixth in IPL 2020 table, with ten points. DC are third with 14 from 12 outings. Both the teams are left with two matches each. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | SCHEDULE & RESULTS | NEWS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 219 for 2 in 20 overs (W Saha 87, D Warner 66, M Pandey 44 not out; R Ashwin 1/35, A Nortze 1/37).
Delhi Capitals: 131 all out in 19 overs. (R Pant 36, A Rahane 26; R Khan 3/7).
Delhi Innings; Result - Delhi Won By 88 Runs
11:00 PM IST: Natarajan on with his last over. Nortje holed out, catch taken by Garg. Six runs from the over for figures of 2/26. And Hyderabad hammered Delhi by massive 88 runs to stay in contention for the playoffs.
10:56 PM IST: A little cameo from Deshpande. He hit Holder for a four off the first ball, then a six over long on off the third. Holder got his first as Ashin holed out. Catch taken by Abdul Samad. Delhi - 125/9 (18); Deshpande 15, Nortje 0.
10:50 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma on with last over. Some time to decide Pant's decision, caught behind. Pant made 36 off 35. Tushar Deshpande joined R Ashwin in the centre. Fine over. Seven runs and a wicket. Delhi need 110 in 18. Delhi - 110/8 (17); Deshpande 2, Ashwin 5.
10:42 PM IST: Natarajan on with his third over. And a yorker. Rabada cleaned up. He made 3 off seven. Delhi need 117 runs off 24 balls. Delhi - 103/7 (16); Pant 36.
10:37 PM IST: Jason Holder returned for his third over. Pant hit the third ball for a four to third man eve as Rashid Khan desperately tried to stop it. Pant stopped Rabada from taking the strike. Understandably so, but to what end. They need 124 off 30. Some 25 an over. Delhi - 96/6 (15); Pant 29, Rabada 3.
10:32 PM IST: Natarajan returned for his second over. Two singles and a double. Delhi - 87/6 (14); Pant 23, Rabada 1. They need 133 runs in 36 balls.
10:25 PM IST: Rashid Khan on with his last over. And he got another. Axar Patel picked up a man at the deep, sub Priyam Garg. Wild sweep. He made 1 off 4. Kagiso Rabada's new man, and a dot off the kast ball. And record for Rashid Khan. He also took three in the first leg, for 13. Best figures this season - 3/7. Delhi - 83/6 (13); Pant 20, Rabada 0.
10:21 PM IST: Vijay Shankar walked off the field. David Warner finished off the over, but not before a wide. And he almost got a return catch off Pant. This was the first time, Warner's bowling in IPL. Six runs and a wicket from the over. Delhi - 82/5 (12); Pant 19, Patel 1.
10:17 PM IST: Vijay Shankar on with his second over. And long walk back for Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer. Holed out off the third ball at mid-off, caught taken by Kane Williamson. He made 7 off 12. Axar Patel is the new man. Delhi - 78/5 (11.3); Pant 17, Patel 0.
Shankar is struggling. Hamstrung! Medical time-out.
10:14 PM IST: Rashid Khan returned for his third over. Two singles off the first four balls. Then beat Iyer with a beauty. Warner raised his finger in anticipation. One more single off the last ball. Rashid's figures - 2/6 in three. Delhi - 76/4 (11); Pant 16, Iyer 6.
10:11 PM IST: Vijay Shankar, right-arm pacer, on for Hyderabad. Singles off the second, fourth and fifth balls then a straight four from Pant. Delhi - 73/4 (10); Pant 15, Iyer 4.
10:04 PM IST: Rashid Khan continued. Another brilliant over, tying down Rishabh Pant. Just two singles. Delhi - 66/4 (9); Pant 10, Iyer 2.
10:00 PM IST: Bowling change. T Natarajan on with his left-arm pace. Pant hit the fourth ball for a six over deep midwicket. Nine from the over. Delhi - 64/4 (8); Pant 9, Iyer 1.
9:56 PM IST: And another one. Rashid Khan trapped Ajinkya Rajane in front. He made 26 off 16. Shreyas Iyer joined Rishabh Pant in the centre. Double wicket and one run. Delhi - 55/4 (6.5).
9:52 PM IST: Bowling change. Rashid Khan and Hetmyer' gone. Bowled. Hetmyer made 16 off 13. Delhi - 54/3 (6.1); Rahane 26.
9:51 PM IST: Jason Holder on with his second over. A single, then Hetmyer escaped with a fingertip touch from Nadeem at backward point. It was followed by another four, over mid-wicket. A single and Rahane played a beautiful pull shot for a six. A four to end the over, off the pads. Leg byes. 20 runs from the over. Delhi - 54/2 (6); Rahane 26, Hetmyer 16.
9:47 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma continued. A single, then Rahane timed his cover to perfection for a four. Hetmyer smashed the fifth to long off boundary for a four. Then, almost dragged in. Ten runs from the over. Delhi - 34/2 (5); Rahane 19, Hetmyer 7.
9:42 PM IST: Bowling change. Jason Holder on with his medium pace. Rahane took a single off the first. Hetmyer took a single off the fifth after three dots. Rahane got a miscued four, to the cordon. Six runs from the over. Delhi - 24/2 (4); Rahane 14, Hetmyer 2.
9:38 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma continued. Shimron Hetmyer joined Ajinkya Rahane in the centre. Four runs from his second over. Delhi - 18/2 (3); Rahane 9, Hetmyer 1.
9:34 PM IST: Shahbaz Nadeem with the second over of the innings. Rahane hit the first ball for a four, to backward point. Then, Stoinis' wicket. Caught by Warner. Stoinis made 5 off 6. First wicket for Nadeem. Delhi - 14/2 (2); Rahane 7.
9:30 PM IST: Marcus Stoinis has been promoted and hit the first ball he faced for a four, over mid-on. Six runs and a wicket from the first over. Delhi - 6/1 (1); Rahane 1, Stoinis 4.
9:26 PM IST: And what. Massive wicket! Dhawan, who scored back-to-back tons, mistimed his shot and holed out at mid-off. Catch taken by David Warner. A golden duck. Delhi - 1/1 (0.3)
9:22 PM IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan top open for Delhi. Sandeep Sharma with the new ball.
Hyderabad Innings; Toss - Delhi
9:06 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada with the final over. Somewhat tepid now from Hyderabad batsmen. Only a four off the second by Williamson, over backward point. Seven runs from the over. And the streak ended for Rabada, wicketless tonight. His figures - 0/54. Hyderabad - 219/2 (20); Pandey 44, Williamson 11.
9:02 PM IST: Anrich Nortje on with his final over. Good start but Manish Pandey got an outside edge for a four off the third, then a brilliant yorker. Batsman let go of the ball between his legs. Ten runs from the over. Nortje's figures - 1/37. Hyderabad - 212/2 (19); Pandey 42, Williamson 6.
8:56 PM IST: Stoinis continued. Six runs as Hyderabad crossed the 200-mark. Season's fastest. Hyderabad - 202/2 (18); Pandey 35, Williamson 5.
8:52 PM IST: Tushar Deshpande on with his third over. Manish Pandey hit the third and fifth balls for fours, then finished off with a six. 15 from the over. Hyderabad - 196/2 (17); Pandey 31, Williamson 3.
8:47 PM IST: Axar Patel on with his final over. Tidy one. Six from it. His figures - 0/36. Fifty-four runs and a wicket in the last five overs as Hyderabad continued to dominate. Hyderabad - 175/2 (15); Pandey 15, Williamson 0.
8:43 PM IST: Kane Williamson joined Manish Pandey in the centre. Four off the last ball as Pandey hit back over the bowler's head. 10 runs and a wicket from the over. Hyderabad - 175/2 (15); Pandey 15, Williamson 0.
8:39 PM IST: WICKET! Anrich Nortje had Wriddhiman Saha caught by Shreyas Iyer at mid-off. Mishit. Saha scored 87 off 45. Hyderabad - 170/2 (14.3); Pandey 11.
8:35 PM IST: Bowling change. Marcus Stoinis, on with his right-arm pacers. After a good start - 2,1,0,1,1 - conceded a four as Saha played to third man for a four. Nine runs from the over. Hyderabad - 165/1 (14); Saha 83, Pandey 10.
8:31 PM IST: Rabada, having conceded 37 in two overs, returned for his third over. And runs continued to leak. Four leg byes off the fifth, then Saha pulled the last ball for a six, ball landing on the rope. 14 from the over. Rabada is truly hammered. 0/47 in three. Hyderabad - 156/1 (13); Saha 78, Pandey 6.
8:25 PM IST: Axar Patel returned for his third over. A dot, then Saha clobbered the second for a big six over square leg boundary. Followed by a three, behind the keeper. He's toying with Delhi bowlers. Saha then hit another four, diving cover fielders with sublime timing. He needed a medical time-out. Breathing heavily. 15 from the over. Hyderabad - 142/1 (12); Saha 69, Pandey 5.
8:20 PM IST: What a knock. Warner was going hammer and tongs for his 25-ball fifty. But quietly, Saha reached his fifty in 27 balls. His second fastest in IPL. He reached with a sublime four, behind square. He followed it up with another beauty. A four to backward point. New man Pandey ran three off the fifth. 14 from Deshpande's second over. Hyderabad - 127/1 (11); Saha 55, Pandey 4.
8:16 PM IST: Finally! 107-run stand broken as R Ashwin had Warner caught by Axar Patel at extra cover. Warner made 66 off 34. Manish Pandey joined Saha. The later swept the last ball for a four. A wicket and 11 runs from the over. Hyderabad - 113/1 (10); Saha 38, Pandey 0.
8:11 PM IST: Bowling change. Tushar Deshpande, right-arm pacer, on. Three singles then an overthrow, resulting in a couple. 100 in 8.4, joint-fastest this season. Somehow, Warner's knocking around. Got to do with Deshpande? Seven runs from thee over. Hyderabad - 102/0 (9); Warner 62, Saha 38.
8:07 PM IST: Ashwin on with his second over. Saha hit the second ball for a four, over Ashwin's head. 11 runs from the over. Hyderabad - 95/0 (8); Warner 58, Saha 36.
8:01 PM IST: Axar Patel on with his second over. One quite over. Only seven runs, including a four off the third ball, hit by Saha to square leg boundary. Hyderabad - 84/0 (7); Warner 55, Saha 28.
7:58 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada returned for his second over. And Warner took on the leading wicket-taker. Hit the first two balls for fours. A dot, then launched the fourth over cow corner, and a four third man to bring up fifty for the birthday boy. In 25 balls. And another four to third man. 22 runs from the over. Season's highest power-play score for Warner and Co. Hyderabad - 77/0 (6); Warner 54, Saha 22.
7:54 PM IST: Bowling change. Axar Patel, left-arm spinner, on. A double off the fourth ball as Warner played it to long-on, and fifty for Hyderabad in 4.4 overs. Warner mauled the next one for a four, to mid-off boundary. A single to end the over. Nine from it. Hyderabad - 55/0 (5); Warner 32, Saha 22.
7:50 PM IST: Nortje returned for his second over. Warner hit the fourth and fifth balls for fours, then there were a couple of doubles and a leg-bye. Another 13-run over. Hyderabad - 46/0 (4); Warner 24, Saha 21.
7:46 PM IST: Bowling change. R Ashwin on with his offspin. Two dots, then Warner launched the third for a six. Slog sweep with some determination. A single to rotate the strike. Saha is playing freely. Made room and swung hard for a double to third man. Saha finished off with a four to backward square leg. 13 runs from the over. Hyderabad - 33/0 (3); Warner 12, Saha 21.
7:41 PM IST: Rabada with the second over of the match. Warner drove the first ball to mid-on, and ran three. Saha got cheeky, an inside edge for four. And another four, this time to square leg. A couple, followed by a couple of singles. 15 runs from the over. Hyderabad - 20/0 (2); Warner 5, Saha 15.
7:37 PM IST: Calm and serene start to the match. Nortje warming up, and Saha caressing the fifth ball for a four to square leg boundary. Five runs from the over. Hyderabad - 5/0 (1); Warner 1, Saha 4.
7:32 PM IST: Nortje with the new ball. Warner and Saha opening for Hyderabad. Warner on strike.
7:29 PM IST: First ball, anytime due.
7:25 PM IST: In the first leg, a bowling masterclass from Rashid Khan meant that Hyderabad won the match in Abu Dhabi by 15 runs. Like tonight, Delhi won the toss and opted to field first. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 77 runs for the first wicket, then Kane Williamson scored 41 off 26 to post 162/4. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for Delhi with 31-ball 34.
Now, things have changed drastically. Delhi are on the cusp of making the play-offs, while Hyderabad are fighting for survival. And entails tweaks in the XI. Bairstow is out. Huge call.
7:10 PM IST: Here are the teams -
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.
Delhi Capitals: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande.
7:06 PM IST: Delhi are playing with the same team from their last match. Three changes for Hyderabad. Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha and Shahbaz Nadeem in for Jonny Bairstow, Priyam Garg and Khaleel Ahmed.
7:00 PM IST: Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to bowl first.
7:00 PM IST: Captains re out for the toss.
6:45 PM IST: As we build up to the match, here's a look at the playoff qualification scenarios.
Kings XI Punjab seem to have found a second wind in their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign. From a dismal show of losing six matches on a trot, KXIP have now won five straight games. Now with 10 games left in the league stage, the top three - Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore - are all tied on 14 points and need one win each to secure playoff berths.
And don't forget to check points table.
By the end of tonight, Delhi Capitals would love to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the playoffs. Two back-to-back defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab must have hurt DC, but they need to shrug it off. A crucial two points will take their tally to 16, which will elevate them to the top of the table.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad's hopes to reach the playoffs are hanging by a thread. David Warner and his men occupy the penultimate spot with eight points from 11 outings. To reach the qualifiers they must win their remaining three games and hope all other results go their way.
DC possess an explosive batting department as well as a formidable bowling unit. They have not been dependent on any one person, as different players have shouldered responsibilities different points through the season to deliver the goods for the team. However, off lately apart from Shikhar Dhawan, the DC batsmen have been very inconsistent. Opener Prithvi Shaw, going through a lean patch, was replaced by Ajinkya Rahane but to no avail. Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer have also struggled since their return to the playing XI.
The South African pace duo of Kagiso Rabada (23 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (14) has been exceptional. Sunrisers Hyderabad head into the clash after a demoralising loss. Chasing a modest 127 against KXIP, the complexion of the match changed following the dismissal of openers Warner and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession. The former champions lost five wickets in the final two overs to suffer a humiliating defeat.
The team heavily relies on its batting unit, mainly on Bairstow, Warner and Manish Pandey. Vijay Shankar did well in the win against Rajasthan Royals but couldn't replicate his performance against KXIP.
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