The Delhi Capitals (DC) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) battled it out to stand a chance to reach the final of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After winning the toss, the DC skipper, Shreyas Iyer decided to bowl first citing the sticky condition of the pitch and managed to reach the second qualifier in a nail-biting game.
During the toss, the SRH skipper, Kane Williamson told that they have made just one change in their squad as Deepak Hooda came back in to replace Yusuf Pathan. On the other hand, DC also made just one change in their squad as Colin Munro replace Colin Ingram.
SRH started off well as they amassed as many as 54 runs in the powerplay itself out of which 35 were scored by Martin Guptill itself. However, he was dismissed by Amit Mishra soon after the powerplay was finished. After dismissal, Manish Pandey and Williamson started to build a partnership, but they only managed to add 36 runs for the 3rd wicket as Pandey was dismissed by Keemo Paul in the 14th over. Even Williamson was also cleaned up by Ishant Sharma in the 16th over.
Loss of crucial wickets
Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Nabi were utilizing the final overs of the match quite well as they scored 36 runs in just 15 balls but Shankar got out in the penultimate over of Trent Boult, before which he had smashed the bowler for a six and a four. However, the real drama took place in the final over of Paul after the dismissal of Nabi. Eventually, SRH reached a total of 162/8 in their quota of 20 overs despite losing three wickets in the final over.
During the chase, the DC openers, Prithvi Shawam, and Shikhar Dhawan came out all guns blazing as they scored as many as 55 runs in the powerplay without losing any wicket. However, the latter got out in the 8th over of Hooda while attempting a fancy shot coming down the track. Shaw, who scored his fifty in 34 balls started building a partnership with Iyer but only managed to add 18 runs as Khaleel Ahmed dismissed both of them in the 11th over reducing Delhi to 87/3.
Rishabh Pant and Colin Munro were going good after those dismissals, but Rashid Khan bowled a double-wicket maiden to dismissed Munro and Axar Patel in the 15th over. However, Pant kept his calm when DC needed 34 runs in the last three overs as he smashed 21 runs in five balls of the 18th over delivered by Basil Thampi.
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In the penultimate over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the Pant and Sherfane Rutherford, then, Delhi needed just 5 runs in the final over. However, the equation came down to 2 runs in 3 balls and then Amit Mishra got out while obstructing the field, but, eventually, Keemo Paul smacked Khaleel for a four through deep mid-wicket to win DC the game with a ball to spare and two wickets in hand.
Delhi Capitals – 165/8 in 19.5 overs (P Shaw: 56, R Pant: 49; R Khan: 2/15, K Ahmed: 2/24) Sunrisers Hyderabad – 162/8 in 20 overs (M Guptill: 36, M Pandey: 30; K Paul 3/32) by two wickets and a ball to spare