The Delhi Capitals picked up where they left off in IPL 2021
as they cantered to an eight-wicket victory in their first game of the UAE leg.
The same can also be said about the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who suffered their
fourth consecutive defeat of the tournament and are lingering at the bottom of
the table with only one win in their first eight games of the season. It was a
comfortable win for Delhi that was set up by the South African pace duo of
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje – who picked up five wickets between them – and
took the Capitals back to the top of the table with 14 points.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, the Sunrisers were
behind the eight ball from the very first over as David Warner was dismissed
for a duck by Anrich Nortje. The South African pacer was breathing fire on his
return to the starting XI and beat Warner for pace with a short of a length
delivery that ballooned to Axar Patel at point. His South African partner
struck from the other end with another excellent delivery that hurried
Wriddhaman Saha – who mistimed his pull-shot – before also removing Manish
Pandey with a similar ball dug into the pitch that cramped him for room and
lobbed straight back to Rabada for a caught and bowled.
Between those two dismissals, SRH captain Kane Williamson
survived two dropped chances, before eventually falling to Axar Patel following
an uncharacteristic knock of 18 from 26 balls. SRH were reeling at 61/4 after
10.1 overs but managed to put up a respectable total of 134 thanks to some
important cameos from Abdul Samad (28 off 21) and Rashid Khan (22 off 19).
SRH teams of yesteryear have thrived while defending low
totals, but the bowlers had no answers to the impressive Delhi batting lineup
that chased down the target with relative ease. While Prithvi Shaw was removed
early by Khaleel Ahmed, Shikhar Dhawan and the returning Shreyas Iyer got the
Capitals off to a strong start in the powerplay with a half-century
Rashid Khan returned to remove the Orange Cap holder Dhawan
in the 10th over, but Rishabh Pant wasted no time in sealing the victory with a
brisk 35* off 21 as Delhi chased down the 134-run total with more than two
overs to spare.
This encounter leaves both sides at the opposite ends of the
table, with Delhi sitting pretty with 14 points on the board while SRH are all
but eliminated from the tournament with only one win this campaign.