IPL 2022, SRH vs DC, Top Performances: Warner, Powell's 122-run stand, Khaleel Ahmed's 3-30 and Nicholas Pooran's 62 are top three performances from SRH vs DC.
Brief Scores: DC 207-3 (Warner 92*, Powell 67*, Bhuvneshwar 25/1) beat SRH 186-8 (Pooran 62, Markram 42, Ahmed 30/3, Thakur 44/2) by 21 runs
Player of the Match: David Warner for 92 off 58 deliveries
Seventh-ranked Delhi Capitals (DC) locked horns with fifth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday evening. Despite the difference in their spots in the points table, there have been no big differences in the performance of these two sides in this season of IPL.
Sunrisers had won five games out of nine IPL games in this season prior to this game, whereas Capitals had won four out of nine.
Even if Sunrisers were placed in the top half of the table, they went into this game after two straight losses against Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings in the last week. Their opponent Delhi Capitals also suffered a loss in their previous game against Lucknow Super Giants. Both sides wanted to win this game at Brabourne to regain momentum in the business end of the tournament.
Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field. They made three changes in the playing eleven from the previous game. Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal and Sean Abbott made their debuts for SRH in place of Thangarasu Natarajan, Marco Jansen and Washington Sundar. Natarajan and Washington missed out due to injuries. The Capitals made four changes in their eleven from their previous game by including Anrich Nortje, Mandeep Singh, Ripal Patel and Khaleel Ahmed in place of Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakaria.
Delhi record their fifth win of the season beating Sunrisers by 21 runs
As Sunrisers put Delhi Capitals in to bat first, David Warner and Mandeep Singh opened the innings for the latter. Sunrisers’ leading seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a menacing first over to send new opener Mandeep back in the hut for duck. Delhi also lost next batter, Mitchell Marsh early, however, opener Warner and Rishabh Pant bailed out the innings with a brisk partnership of 48 runs. Next batter Rovman Powell and Warner put up an unbeaten century partnership for the fourth wicket to help their side to post a huge total of 207 runs in 20 overs.
While chasing a mountainous target of 208 runs, Sunrisers lost two wickets quickly. Protea batter Aiden Markram and wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran tried their best to help their side reach close to the target, however, threatening bowling from Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur ensured a big win for Delhi Capitals over Sunrisers.
Let’s take a look at the top three performances from the game between SRH vs DC:
David Warner and Rovman Powell boost Capitals to 207
Delhi Capitals senior opener David Warner was playing his first game against Sunrisers after his unfortunate fallout with them last year. Delhi Capitals lost two quick wickets early in the innings, however, Warner and skipper Rishabh Pant rescued their side by weaving a partnership of 48 runs. Warner unleashed an array of strokes off pacer Umran Malik to garner 21 runs by smashing two fours and one six. Later, Umran Malik bowled second fastest delivery 157 kmph in the history of IPL.
Delhi Capitals were well-placed on 85 after nine overs, though they lost three wickets. One more wicket would have derailed the innings of Capitals. However, new batter Rovman Powell and Warner put up a strong partnership for the fourth wicket. Warner was already on 42 off 27 deliveries when Powell came to bat in the middle. He completed his fourth fifty in this edition of IPL off 34 balls. Both batters dealt heavily in sixes off opponent seamers.
Powell got a life, as Sunrisers skipper Williamson, placed at mid-off, dropped an easy catch offered by the former. Powell was on 18 at the time of the dropped catch. Powell took advantage of the life to notch up an explosive knock. The 28-year-old batter pulled a huge six over the square leg boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the next over. He continued his assault in the next over bowled by Abbott by smacking two elephantine sixes and a four. The Jamaican batter smoked another six off seamer Tyagi and his partner Warner pummeled three boundaries off Bhuvneshwar in the next over.
Powell smoked one astronomical six and three consecutive boundaries in the final over of the innings to help his side to amass 207 in 20 overs. He completed his fifty in the same over off just 30 deliveries. Both batted added 122 runs in their unbeaten partnership off just 66 deliveries.
Warner remained unbeaten on 92 off just 58 balls with the help of 12 fours and three sixes, whereas his partner Powell played an unbeaten knock of 67 runs off 35 balls by smacking six huge sixes and three fours.
Khaleel Ahmed recorded match-winning figures
India pacer Khaleel Ahmed made a comeback for the Capitals with a match-winning performance against Sunrisers. He had to sit out of the playing eleven of Capitals a week back due to a hamstring injury. The left-arm seamer bagged the first wicket of Sunrisers in his first over to put the opponents under pressure right from the start. He sent Sunrisers opener Abhishek Sharma back to the pavilion on a personal score of 7. Delhi skipper Pant continued with Ahmed in the powerplay. The bowler conceded only seven runs in the next over.
When Sunrisers were steady in their chase, by amassing 90 runs in the first 12 overs, Ahmed returned for his second spell of the innings. He dismissed dangerous-looking Aiden Markram to put the opponents in deep trouble. Markram was playing in an attacking manner and scored 42 runs off just 25 balls. The South African batter could have snatched the game from the jaws of Delhi Capitals by putting up a huge partnership with in-form batter Nicholas Pooran.
However, the wicket of Markram snatched by Ahmed left Sunrisers in a precarious condition of 101 for four while chasing the staggering target of 208 runs. Ahmed bagged another wicket in his fourth over to finish his quota of four overs with three wickets to his name, conceding just 30 runs.
Nicholas Pooran’s another knock went in vain
Nicholas Pooran is in good form in the last few games for Sunrisers. He smashed an unbeaten half-century in the previous game against Chennai Super Kings but couldn’t help his side to go past the target.
After coming to bat at a risky position of 37 for three, Pooran didn’t wait for much time to play attacking strokes off spinner Kuldeep Yadav. After the wicket of Markram, Pooran waged a lone battle against the opponent bowlers. He launched two towering sixes off Capitals pacer Anrich Nortje. He continued to play his attacking strokes off opponent pacers and completed his fifty in just 29 deliveries. At last, he got out in 18th over on a personal score of 62. He made these 62 runs in just 34 deliveries with the help of two fours and six gigantic sixes. Even after playing such an explosive knock, his side remained 21 runs short of the target.
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What’s to come
Top-ranked Gujarat Titans will face bottom-ranked Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on May 6.
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