Brilliant undefeated half-century by David Warner and Rovman Powell were bolstered by clinical performances from Delhi Capitals bowlers as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 21 runs here at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on Thursday. This is DC’s 5th win in IPL 2022 as SRH fell to their 5th loss of the season, both teams have played 10 games and now have 10 points each. The Rishabh Pant led team has now moved up to 5th place on the points table as they have a better NRR (Net Run Rate) compared to SRH.
DC opener Warner played a gritty knock of 92 that was laced with 12 fours and three sixes. The Aussie was well guided by Powell who hit six maximums and three fours in his 67 innings. The duo racked up an unbeaten score of 122 runs to propel Delhi Capitals to a massive 207 for 3 in 20 overs.
In response, SRH batters never looked at goal, as they could only make 186/8 in the allotted 20 overs, falling 21 runs behind goal. Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram were the only batters to stand out under SRH, as they played in innings of 62 and 42 respectively. For Delhi, Khaleel Ahmed took three wickets while Shradul Thakur took two wickets. Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Marsh and Kuldeep Yadav each scalped one wicket.
Khaleel Ahmed and Anrich Nortje chased 208 and struck in the power play for DC to send Abhishek Sharma and SRH skipper Kane Williamson back to the pavilion. The Men in Orange score was 35/2 after the first six overs.
In the 7th over, Mitchell Marsh also joined the wicket-taking side when he removed Rahul Tripathi. Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran then tried to stabilize the ship for SRH. The duo stitched a fast 50-run stand.
The partnership of 60 runs off 35 balls came to an end in the 13th over after Khaleel dismissed the dangerous-looking Markram.
In the 15th over Shardul Thakur got the better of Shashank Singh. With wickets falling to one side, West Indian cricketer Powell continued his assault on DC bowlers. In the 17th over, Powell brought in his back-to-back fifty in the 2022 IPL before Khaleel Ahmed took his third wicket of the match in the form of Sean Abbott.
Nicholas Pooran got out in the 18th when SRH’s hopes of winning the match went up in smoke. The last over saw Kuldeep remove Yadav Kartik Tyagi as SRH finished in 186/8.
Earlier, batting first, Delhi Capitals got off to a poor start as opener Mandeep Singh was sacked by pacer Bhubaneshwar Kumar after an off-stump delivery from outside ended up in the hands of wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran. The first over turned out to be a wicket maiden.
Debutant Sean Abbott was handed the ball in the second. He was welcomed by compatriots David Warner and Mitchell Marsh with two big borders. Marsh survived an LBW appeal at the end of the over. Kumar’s second over also turned out to be cheap, as he gave away only one point.
Pace sensation Umran Malik’s first left, the fourth of the innings, turned out to be very expensive. Warner got the best of the pacesetter, knocking him out for two fours and a six in one over which Malik gave up 21 runs, shifting momentum to DC and taking their rebuilding efforts to the next level. Marsh started the next over with a bang and produced a four before being caught and thrown by Abbott for 10 with a team score of 37.
The dismissal got Captain Pant in trouble. Kartik Tyagi, who made his debut for the franchise, came in sixth. He was welcomed with four by Warner, who looked good. By the end of the power play, DC had posted a solid 50 runs on the board, albeit with the loss of two wickets, with Warner (31*) and Pant (2*) at the crease.
Spin was introduced to the attack in the seventh over, with SRH debutant Shreyas Gopal. Warner looked good, while Pant struggled to get big at first. With three straight sixes and a four in Gopal’s ninth left, the southpaw ended his drought of big hits. However, the bowler ended up with the last laugh as he cleared Pant for 26 out of 16 at the end of his over, ending a solid 48-run tie between him and Warner.
At the end of 10 overs, the Capitals were at 91 on the loss of three wickets, with Warner (47*) and Powell (1*) standing. Gopal started the bottom of the innings, being hit by Powell for a six-foot long-off. Soon Warner spent his half-century, his fourth this season, with a pull shot over midwicket. Powell and Warner continued to target the SRH attack, with consistent strike rotation and big hits at regular intervals. Powell survived a fall in the 14th over. Warner tied the 50-run between him and Powell with a four through the deep extra cover area on the last ball from the over.
At the start of the 15th over, Powell survived another catch from Kane Williamson halfway through, which he put to good use hitting Bhubaneshwar Kumar for a six in the 16th over. The batter eventually found his groove, hitting Abbott for two sixes and a four in the 17th left. Warner also continued his good touch with the bat with consistent hits and shot rotation. His four off Kumar’s fourth ball from 19th over also brought an explosive 100-run partnership to just 59 balls between the duo.
Powell also delivered his first half-century of IPL with a six out of Malik’s first ball of the final. DC ended the innings with a bang, with 70 runs in the last five overs. The final score for the Capitals was 207/3.
Short scores: Delhi Capitals 207/3 (David Warner 92*, Rovman Powell 67*, Kumar 1/25) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 186/8 (Nicholas Pooran 62, Aiden Markram 42; Khaleel Ahmed 3/30).