Match no. 47 of Dream11 IPL was held in Dubai International Stadium is won by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers desperately needed to win to keep their Playoffs campaign alive. SRH thrashed Delhi Capitals by massive 88 runs to keep their hopes alive for the business end of the tournament. With this massive win, SRH jumped to 6th spot with a run rate of +0.396 leaving behind Rajasthan Royals.
Earlier, Delhi won the toss and invited SRH to bat first. David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha gave a perfect start to the Sunrisers by scoring 107 together in 9.4 overs. David Warner scored 66 of 34 balls, hitting 8 fours and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 194.12 while Wriddhiman Saha did no less than Warner. He scored 87 of 45, hitting 12 fours and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 193.33.
At the end of the innings, a little cameo from Manish Pandey came in handy for SRH to post a total of 219-2 (20). Manish Pandey scored 44 of 31 with 4 boundaries and 1 six. Kane Williamson scored 11 of 10.
Sunrisers never have DC a chance to come back in the game. Sunrisers with the ball too were outstanding. Sandeep Sharma picked Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. Shahbaz Nadeem got Marcus Stoinis cheaply, Shimron Hetmyre was dismissed by Rashid Khan. With all these wickets under power play, Delhi Capitals were in backfoot. Later on, Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Rashid Khan, Shreyash Iyer was caught by Vijay Shankar, Axer Patel went cheaply credits to Rashid Khan. Then there was no way of fighting back and coming back in the game.
As a result, Sunrisers won the game by a huge margin of 88 runs and kept their playoff race alive. Sunrisers with this win improved their Net Run Rate which was initially negative but it has now changed to +0.396. Sunrisers have now 5 wins in their bag after 12 matches.
Wriddhiman Saha was given the Man Of The Match Award for his 87 of 45.
Post Match Presentation:
Shreyas Iyer | DC (Losing) captain: Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down at this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games. Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us. We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing. We need to have that strong and positive mindset. These losses are not going to put us down. As a team, we have been doing amazing throughout so these few matches shouldn’t get into our heads. Next match, we’ll see to it that we have done our studies right, we’ll also see to it that we are putting in our best efforts on the field. It’s really difficult to judge what to do on this wicket because it keeps changing any time, so the best thing is to lose the toss. I was contemplating whether to bat or to bowl, unfortunately I won the toss (laughs). We decided that the dew factor will play a massive role, but the ball was stopping a bit. It was really difficult to get off to a great start. We discuss a lot about the opposition’s batsmen and we try to execute our plans when we are on the field but it was unfortunate that we didn’t do great today. The start which they got completely changed the momentum towards them and from there to get to 219 was a commendable performance. Any team can surprise anyone in this tournament, all teams are pretty much equal and you can’t underestimate anyone especially at the business end. We’ll stay positive, we’ll have a strong mindset. Going forward, Mumbai Indians and RCB they are good teams but we have beaten RCB once and we still gotta win against Mumbai . It’s going to be a good competition against them and really looking forward for a great win in the next one.
Nothing much of note for the Capitals, as even the desperate attempts from Pant and Rahane failed to get them close. Rashid Khan was clinical, as usual, recording his best figures in this IPL. Seventeen dot balls. Seventeen. If a team is fearful of going after you, particularly in a 220-run chase, you can give yourself a pat on the back. The remainder of the bowlers executed their plans well too, and were duly rewarded with spoils to wrap up a complete team performance. Presentations coming up in a bit.
Wriddhiman Saha | Man of the Match: I got the opportunity for the second time this year and took my chances in the powerplay. Initially the ball was holding a bit but I took my chances and went after it after the pitch eased out. I’m happy I got selected for the Tests in Australia. We are looking forward to win the last two matches for the Sunrisers and that’s our target now.
David Warner | SRH (winning) captain: The game before, we were disappointed with that chase. We defended last game, and with two world-class bowlers in Nortje and Rabada we decided to go after it. I went a little 2009 and opened my front leg to take it on. I took a bit of responsibility at the top of the order, and take it to the bowlers. It’s tough to play orthodox cricket in these conditions, so I have to open up 360 degrees. Difficult decision to leave Jonny out and get Saha in, and especially batting a batsman like Kane at 4. Incredible knock from Saha though and his strike-rate in the powerplay was incredible. Unfortunately he’s got a little groin niggle but hopefully it isn’t too bad. Shankar has a hamstring issue as well. As for Rashid, it is incredible that he’s he’s taking so many wickets and not going for runs, especially given the dew and the moisture here. We’ve got games at Sharjah to go so hopefully we can put on a show there.
Some Twitter Reactions:
That loss against #KXIP while chasing 126 is hurting #SRH more than any other loss thus far. Injuries haven’t helped either. With the top teams on a losing spree, 14 points might just be the magical number for a team or two.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 27, 2020