Another thrilling encounter involving some high voltage drama and history-making, Delhi Capitals revamped the history by registering their first win in play-offs in the history of the IPL and at the same time marked an end to SRH’s dream of making the finals.
Delhi Capitals won the toss in this knockout game and elected to bowl first and once again SRH missed the presence of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow as they lost Wriddhiman Saha early, but Guptill took the charge in this pivot game and played hit 36 in just 19 balls and extracted full use out of the power play overs.
It was truly a night to forget for Manish Pandey as his slack innings later turned out to be one of the rationales for their defeat, later in end with the help of some dealings in fours and sixes by Vijay Shankar and Nabi, SRH totalled 162 at the end of 20 overs.
Amit Mishra, the best spinner in IPL history, shined at the right moment with his economical bowling and by marking off Guptill’s innings. He also got support from Keemo Paul who took three crucial wickets.
Chasing 162 on board wasn’t an easy task in such a pressure game, but thanks to the U19 stars who did the right job at the right moment, DC lost Shikhar Dhawan early and even Shreyas Iyer too had an ordinary outing, courtesy Khaleel Ahmed who also took Prithvi wicket in same over with a sharp bouncer, who had already managed a much needed fifty and DC was just halfway to the target at that moment.
With an ascending required run rate, Rishabh Pant turned it into a coloured affair with his heroics of 49 in just 21. In between it involved a pack of drama too, desperate use of DRS by Colin Munro made Axar Patel lose his wicket who could have been saved by a DRS, another one when Rishabh Pant refused to run when Bhuvneshwar slipped while stopping the ball and in the very next ball he lost his wicket.
This thing could have surely earned them some fair play points as Amit Mishra was declared out owing to his act of obstructing the field and he became just the second player after Yusuf Pathan in the history of IPL to be declared out in this obnoxious manner.
After the wicket of Rishabh Pant, somehow DC sealed the victory and a place in qualifier two off the penultimate ball, but have surely left a lot of questions unanswered for the team management.
The second qualifier which will now be played between CSK and DC on 10 May at Vizag, DC’s team management will look to strengthen their middle order.