Delhi Capitals (DC) held their nerves to edge out Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a thrilling encounter decided in the Super Over at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.
SRH could score only seven runs off DC spinner Axar Patel in the Super Over. In reply, DC captain Rishabh Pant reverse-swept Rashid Khan for a boundary on the third ball leaving two in two. Pant and Dhawan scrambled through for leg-byes on last two balls to secure a win for their side.
Earlier, after electing to bat first, DC riding on an 81-run opening partnership between Prithvi Shaw (53 off 39) and Dhawan (28 off 26) posted a competitive total of 159/4 in their stipulated 20 overs.
In reply, Jonny Bairstow (38, 18b) gave SRH an encouraging start and No. 3 Kane Williamson looked to shepherd a fragile batting unit.
Williamson completed his half-century in 42 balls. At that moment, SRH still needed 43 off 24 balls. But, Patel gave the Orange Army twin blows in the 17th over as he trapped Abhishek Sharma and Rashid Khan leg-before off back-to-back deliveries.
However, Williamson and Jagadeesha Suchith (15* off 6) took the match to the Super Over.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2021
Unless Bairstow was in toilet, can’t get why would he not be your first choice in a #SuperOver when he scored 38 of 18 in the main innings and looked the cleanest hitter. Baffling, Hyderabad fought well but have only themselves to blame for strange decisions. #SRHvsDC
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 25, 2021
— Ridhima Pathak – WEAR A MASK, STAY SAFE (@PathakRidhima) April 25, 2021
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) April 25, 2021
Williamson’s master class in vain. But, credit to @RishabhPant17 for taking the lead in Super over. What a finish!
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 25, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 25, 2021
The decision to not put Jonny Bairstow forward for the Super Over arguably cost Sunrisers that match. In the real-time game Bairstow hit a boundary every 2.6 deliveries – only the cameo of Suchith saw a better record. #IPL2021 #SRHvDC
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 25, 2021
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 25, 2021
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) April 25, 2021
42 Overs later 💙
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 25, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 25, 2021
David wanrner short run made the DC to win today.
— S U N N Y S A N K E T H 🇮🇳 (@sunnysanketh78) April 25, 2021
— AKKi Trends ™️ 🇮🇳 #CSK💛 (@TrendsAkki) April 25, 2021
Being #KaneWilliamson is not so easy. No matter you give 100% in field your teammates make you as too feel choker. A player with zero haters. You deserve our respect champ 🧡 pic.twitter.com/a5TsaYaRyV
— Ɱɾ Sα¢нιɴ✨ (@SarcastxSachin) April 25, 2021
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) April 25, 2021
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