Axar cameo lifts DC to 129
Another good day with the ball for Mohammad Nabi as he takes the big wickets of Dhawan and Pant © BCCI
Axar cameo lifts DC to 129
Couple of clean strikes over the fence from Axar Patel in the final over has given the Capitals a fighting chance. Siddarth Kaul missed his lengths and was punished for it by the left-hander, who swung cleanly and struck sweetly. This late cameo might just keep the hosts afloat on a pitch that’s quite challenging. But a lot depends on whether they can get through that SRH opening pair early.
Rashid gets Iyer
Shreyas Iyer battled long and hard for his 43, even managed to look good in certain phases, but in his efforts to sweep a Rashid Khan googly, he loses his off stump. There’s no breaking free for the Capitals. 97/6 after 17 overs
And Ingram falls now…
It’s a brilliant low catch from Manish Pandey, diving to his left at backward point. Wasn’t a wicket-taking delivery from Siddarth Kaul by any means. In fact, Ingram saw it as a boundary ball, slapped it hard but was undone by Pandey’s brilliance.
The shackles are on…
Delhi are losing wickets, they’re not scoring many runs, but this might be the order of the day right through. Rishabh Pant curiously played a half-hearted loft off Nabi, which nearly carried all the way, but it was caught superbly at the boundary rope from Deepak Hooda. Then the experiment of sending Tewatia up the order proved to be short-lived as Sandeep Sharma proved to be too smart for him. Shreyas Iyer is battling along, and his current partnership with Colin Ingram is going to be crucial to fetch a fighting score. They’re 72/4 after 13.
Carrying over from the dismissal of Prithvi Shaw, this pitch at the Kotla looks really sluggish. Mohammad Nabi is getting a lot of purchase even with the new ball. And Delhi might’ve actually done well to get to 36 as we’re into the final over of the powerplay. Oh hang on.. Almost on cue, Dhawan top-edges a sweep shot off Nabi to short fine leg. The hosts finish the powerplay at 36/2.
Shaw succumbs early
It’s not a pitch where a batsman can force the pace easily. Shaw tried to do that, and he tried to do that against a wily Bhuvneshwar Kumar, only to realize the pitfalls of that approach the hard way. His ill-tempered swipe fails miserably as the off-pace delivery from Kumar sneaks under him from a good length to crash off stump. Delhi 14/1
SRH – Jonny Bairstow(w), David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
DC – Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma
Sunrisers Hyderabad opt to bowl
How does the pitch look?
“The pitch is a parchment of brown and beige,” says Pratyush Sinha from Delhi. “Quite quintessentially Kotla. From a distance, it doesn’t look like a 180-pitch as it was against KKR.”
On a different subject, Delhi Capitalsassistant coach Mohammad Kaif has raised concerns over teams misusing substitute fielders during the course of the game, which has contributed to the slow over rates we’re witnessing in almost every game.
It’s just over a couple of nights after Delhi Capitals had that collapse in Mohali. Unfortunately, that mindblowing failure to close out the game – losing 7 wickets for 8 runs – has become the defining highlight of their campaign so far. Not the brilliance of Rishabh Pant or Prithvi Shaw. Not their impressive bunch of youngsters who’ve approached every game with a lot of intensity. Not the efficiency of their bowling attack. But that.
And now, they’re up against a formidable Sunrisers Hyderabad unit who are coming off a sensational win against RCB. There’s no greater test of Delhi’s mettle than the one they’ll be facing today at the Kotla. But then, this will be a different kind of test for SRH too. The pitch in Delhi is expected to be slow and low, and probably won’t be to the liking of their opening combination of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow – who have produced three century stands in a row.