Indian Premier League, 2019

Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Eliminator

Venue: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam

Date & Time: 08 May 2019

Delhi Capitals 165/8

RR: 8.31 | Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Prithvi Shaw c Vijay Shankar & b Khaleel Ahmed c Vijay Shankar & b Khaleel Ahmed 563862
Shikhar Dhawan stumped Deepak Hooda stumped Deepak Hooda 171630
Shreyas Iyer c Wriddhiman Saha (W) & b Khaleel Ahmed c Wriddhiman Saha (W) & b Khaleel Ahmed 81010
Rishabh Pant c Mohammad Nabi & b Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Mohammad Nabi & b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 492125
Colin Munro lbw Rashid Khan lbw Rashid Khan 141311
Axar Patel c Wriddhiman Saha (W) & b Rashid Khan c Wriddhiman Saha (W) & b Rashid Khan 0300
Sherfane Rutherford c Mohammad Nabi & b Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Mohammad Nabi & b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 91201
Keemo Paul not out not out 5410
Amit Mishra obstructing the field obstructing the field 1200
Trent Boult not out not out 0000
Ishant Sharma
Extras 6 (b 1, lb 0, w 5, nb 0)
Total 165 (8 Wkts, 19.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
66-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,7.3), 84-2 (Shreyas Iyer,10.2), 87-3 (Prithvi Shaw,11), 111-4 (Colin Munro,14.1), 111-5 (Axar Patel,14.4), 151-6 (Sherfane Rutherford,18.1), 158-7 (Rishabh Pant,18.5), 161-8 (Amit Mishra,19.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4 0 42 2 10.50
Mohammad Nabi4 0 29 0 7.25
Khaleel Ahmed2.5 0 24 2 9.60
Rashid Khan4 1 15 2 3.75
Basil Thampi4 0 41 0 10.25
Deepak Hooda1 0 13 1 13.00
Wriddhiman Saha 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Guptill 0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey 0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson 0 0 0 0 0
Vijay Shankar 0 0 0 0 0

Hyderabad have been eliminated! Delhi win their first ever knockout game in the Indian T20 League. Can they now make it to their first ever final? For that, they have to cross a hurdle called Chennai. Join us on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7.30 pm local (1400 GMT) for all the action from Qualifier 2. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

RISHABH PANT HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his knock, Pant says that on this type of wicket, if one gets set, he has to stay till the end. Admits that he got it very close but could not quite finish it off. Promises to do it the next time. On his mental state under pressure, Rishabh says that he always tries to be positive else it could start playing on your mind. On him attacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar, RP says that one plays the same set of bowlers almost everyday. Adds that he just looks to attack the ball, not the bowlers. Stresses that he did not look to hit the ball hard, just focussed on timing it.

Victorious Delhi skipper, Shreyas Iyer, is all smiles. On the last over, Iyer says that he cannot tell what he had in his mind nor can he comment on his expressions. Now, he gathers himself and says that it is an amazing feeling to have qualified for Qualifier 2. Praises his unit for expressing themselves and states that they are not fearing anyone and are ready to take on Chennai on Friday. On Delhi's bowling this evening, Iyer praises his bowlers for coming back strongly after Guptill's start and then Amit Mishra for choking Hyderabad in the middle overs. On Pant and Shaw, Shreyas feels that they are those type of batsmen who should not be told anything as they are better when they go in their own flow, as was evident in this game.

Prithvi Shaw now comes across for a chat. Says he dedicates this knock to his team as they backed him. Adds that he wasn't scoring a lot but they believed in him and he came good. Adds that the support staff helped him a lot and he also believed in himself, playing his natural game. Further admits that he is always nervous. On Rishabh Pant, he says that the keeper-batsman batted beautifully is always there when he is needed. On the planning for Friday, Prithvi says that they are going to enjoy the night as they have not planned on how they are going to go about in the next game.

Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson, says they fought really hard to get to where they did as they did not feel the wicket was very good. They felt they would be back in the game after the Powerplay and that is what happened. Admits that it is frustrating but credits the way Delhi played. Feels that 162 was a winning total but Delhi started the Powerplay well. Praises the way his bowlers brought the team back in, though he then credits Delhi to get over the line. Agrees that Warner and Bairstow were brilliant while they were here but the unit believed in itself. Adds that they did put up some strong performances towards the end but were struggling to get over the line.

A factor which has been the reason why Hyderabad were not consistent at all this season. Their bowling. Their most reliable bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was not at his best at all and struggled even tonight. Rashid not being able to take wickets was a concern and tonight, even though he showed his class, there was not much support from the other end. Khaleel bowled his heart out and if he had bowled the 17th, things might have been different.

With 34 needed from 18 balls, it seemed like Hyderabad's game to lose. And they perhaps lost it there, due to Kane Williamson's captaincy. He has better ideas than all of us here but with Khaleel having 2 overs left, Willy went for Basil Thampi. Pant thumped Thampi for 22 runs in the 18th over and it is really fitting that Delhi won from there, in spite of choking at the end.

162 was a good total on a slow track but Dhawan and Saha's 66-run opening stand put Hyderabad on the back foot. But once the Powerplay was over, the slower bowlers came into play. The Orange team started running through the Delhi middle order and it was all upto Rishabh Pant.

Phew! Fingernail chewing is done. Delhi have won a playoff game for the first time in the Indian T20 League history. They should have won it in a canter but some nerves almost saw them lose the match out of their grasp.

K Ahmed to K Paul, FOUR! Delhi enter Qualifier 2! Keemo Paul has hit that to the boundary. A short ball and on middle, it is slower in pace. Paul picks it and powers it through square leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and tries to stop it but fails to do so. The Delhi players rush onto the field. They are elated as THEY WIN BY 2 WICKETS!

Trent Boult walks in at number 10, replacing Mishra.

K Ahmed to A Mishra, OUT! Mishra has come in the way of the throw and he has been given his marching orders! That is the correct decision and now Delhi need 2 in 2 with Keemo Paul on strike. Drama here. Khaleel bowls a full ball and it is outside off. Mishra swings but misses. They go for a bye. Saha misses the throw at his end. Ahmed collects it and throws it at his end but it hits Mishra. They appeal for obstruction of field and Williamson is also going for the review. First it is time for the review and it shows no edge. However, another discussion takes place and they now want to check if Mishra has come in the way of the throw. After several replays, the decision is ruled in the favor of the bowler.

Is that a wicket? Hyderabad are appealing for OBSTRUCTING THE FIELD. Saha's underarm missed the stumps at the striker's end but then Khaleel collected and had a shy at the bowler's end. Mishra then changed his track, running in between the throw and the stumps and got hit. Khaleel immediately appealed to umpire Ravi. He referred it upstairs with the soft signal as NOT OUT. First, they checked the caught behind and Ultra Edge detected nothing. So Umpire Ravi indicated not out. Then, Khaleel again appealed to the umpire. Actually, the confusion arose because Khaleel signalled the 'T' which was a review for a caught behind. But he was actually appealing for obstructing the field and after numerous replays, it looks like Mishra should be given out...

K Ahmed to K Paul, A single now! 3 in 2. Paul works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
K Ahmed to K Paul, A dot! Short and wide outside off, this is inside the tramline. Paul looks to put bat on ball but misses. 4 in 3 needed.
K Ahmed to A Mishra, Cool, calm and composed by Mishra. He opens the face and guides it down to third man for one. 3 needed in 5 now.
K Ahmed to A Mishra, WIDE! Not the start Williamson would have wanted. It is the slower one outside off, Mishra looks to put bat on ball but then at the very end leaves it. It is outside the tramline and it has been wided.
B Kumar to K Paul, A dot which means 5 is needed in the last over. Also, Mishra will face the first ball. Length and around off, Paul looks to defend but misses. Game on here!

Who will bowl the final over? Khaleel Ahmed it should be. 2-0-17-2 so far. Can he still swing the game Hyderabad's way?

Amit Mishra walks in at number 9, replacing Pant.

B Kumar to R Pant, OUT! Pant is out of here! Are Hyderabad still in this? Once again Rishabh is seen throwing it away. Ponting in the dug out is not a happy man. Another slower one which does the trick. It is on a length and around off, Pant looks to finish it off in style but only hits it high up in the air towards long off. Nabi once again takes a very good, under pressure catch. 5 needed in 7, into the bowlers are Hyderabad.
B Kumar to R Pant, Another dot! Pant works it towards Kumar. He slips and fails to collect it. Pant does not take a run. Kumar is down but nothing wrong with him.
B Kumar to R Pant, WIDE NOW! Short and outside off, Pant looks to upper cut it but misses. The umpire feels it is above the batsman's head and it has been wided.
B Kumar to R Pant, SIX! When Pant is there, Delhi need not fear. Two blows was what Delhi needed to end this game, they have got one. Length and on off, Pant lofts it with ease over the long off fence for a biggie.
B Kumar to R Pant, A dot now! Short and outside off, Pant cuts but finds point.

Keemo Paul walks in.

B Kumar to S Rutherford, OUT! That is up in the air... taken! Is it a little too late though? Kumar bowls the slower one outside off, Rutherford does not pick it. He is way too early in the shot and only manages to hit it into the sky towards long off. Nabi there settles under it and takes it nicely. Not sure though if this shot was needed. 12 now in 11 balls needed.
B Thampi to S Rutherford, Outside off, Rutherford looks to push it to the off side but the ball takes a thick inside edge towards square leg. A run taken. 22 from the over!
B Thampi to R Pant, On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
B Thampi to R Pant, SIX! This is poor bowling. Slower ball, but on a length. Pant just smokes it over wide long on! 14 needed from 14 balls now.
B Thampi to R Pant, FOUR! 14 from the first 3 balls and this probably has taken Hyderabad out of the tournament. Around middle and leg, Pant whips it behind square leg and the ball races away!
B Thampi to R Pant, SIX! CRASH! A length ball, around middle and leg, Pant swings this into oblivion over mid-wicket! 24 needed from 16 now...
B Thampi to R Pant, FOUR! 'Catch' is the call but no one could have caught that. Full and outside off, Pant hammers this straight back. Thampi just about saves his head from that missile coming straight back at his head.

Basil Thampi time. 3-0-19-0 so far.

B Kumar to S Rutherford, A dot to end! A rubbish shot. Length and way outside off, Rutherford looks to hit it on the leg side but misses. 8 runs from this one, below the runs needed per over. 34 in 18 needed.
B Kumar to S Rutherford, SIX! That is huge! Pace and full and that has been deposited into the stands. Full and on off, Rutherford powers it over the long off fence.
B Kumar to R Pant, Another single. Wide outside off, Rishabh slaps it through covers and a single is taken.
B Kumar to S Rutherford, Just a single! Singles are something Hyderabad won't mind. This is short and outside off, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
B Kumar to S Rutherford, Another dot! Pressure building on Delhi. Short and it is the slower one. He looks to cut but it goes off the toe-end to point.

STAT ALERT - What's the one thing we can expect in the next 4 overs? If stats are to be believed, then WICKETS! Delhi have lost the most wickets while batting at the death (43) prior to tonight!

B Kumar to S Rutherford, Good length and angling across the batsman, it is played to covers. A dot, it is gold at this stage.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on. 2-0-27-0 so far.

Strategic break has been signaled! The game is evenly poised at the moment. 42 needed in the last 4. Delhi have Pant and Rutherford out there. It has to be this pair for them who have to do it as there is not a lot of batting to come after this. Hyderabad on the other hand, know they are probably a wicket away from winning this one. All to play for. Who will come out on top?

M Nabi to R Pant, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a well-run couple. 10 from the over.
M Nabi to R Pant, SIX! CRACK! Short and around middle, Pant pulls it behind square leg. Rashid Khan runs to his left from mid-wicket but cannot get there! The umpires check upstairs to see whether the ball has bounced and replays confirm that it has gone over.
M Nabi to S Rutherford, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
M Nabi to S Rutherford, BOTTOM EDGE, ALMOST HITS THE STUMPS! Nervous moment for Rutherford and Delhi, though he indicates a thumbs up to Pant. Outside off, Sherfane comes down the track to defend but the ball takes the bottom half of the bat, then rolls back. Saha waits for the ball to roll onto the stumps but it just goes past.
M Nabi to S Rutherford, Around off, Rutherford walks down to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
M Nabi to R Pant, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.

Nabi is back on.