David Warner smashed 92 off 58 balls as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad comfortably at Brabourne Stadium on Thursday (May 5). Warner and Rovman Powell put on a 122-run fourth-wicket stand to help the Capitals reach 207/3 after being summoned to bat. Sunrisers were 21 runs behind the rate early in the chase, giving Nicholas Pooran with a lot to do.
In the absence of Prithvi Shaw, Warner faced Sunrisers with a new opening partner, Mandeep Singh. This was one of Delhi’s four lineup changes. Mandeep, however, did not. In the opening over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave the Capitals a wicket-maiden. But Warner made sure they didn’t lose any ground.
After a slow start, Umran Malik struck for 21, including two fours and a six from Warner. A fast Malik tried bowling short into the body, but Warner easily swiveled over and swatted it behind square.
Warner’s Sunrisers kept feeding him width along with his pull shots. Three of his seven powerplay boundaries were pull shots, and four were off full and wide deliveries, allowing him to release his arms. So the Capitals were 50/2 after six overs.
Warner, Powell erupt
Captain Rishabh Pant had a mini-explosion before that. Pant went 6, 6, 6, 4 in the 9th over against Shreyas Gopal, before drawing a wide full toss off the inside edge onto his stumps.
Pant’s dismissal brought Rovman Powell in. Powell, who had urged his captain to trust him, went on to show what he could accomplish when given more time in the middle.
Warner, who sped beyond his fifty and kept the boundaries coming from over 10-15, allowing the Jamaican powerhitter to play himself in. Powell was also saved when Malik bowled a full delivery straight to mid-off, but the ball flew out of Williamson’s grasp. After that, Powell wreaked havoc on the Sunrisers. He made 67* from 35 balls after scoring 21 off 19 balls.
The final over was the highlight. Powell hit three fours and a six off Umran Malik’s thunderbolts in the 20th over, concluding the innings with a bang. Except for Bhuvneshwar, who had statistics of 1/25.
SRH start poorly
Sunrisers, seeking a large score, could have used a quick start from Abhishek Sharma. But a half-volley off the pads to short fine leg saw him out. Anrich Nortje, a newcomer to the club, nipped Williamson with a pacy length ball. Sunrisers finished the powerplay on 35/2.
Pooran fights losing battle
The asking rate was already over 14 at the halfway point. Midfield pillars Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran have once again teamed up for Sunrisers. Markram hit a flurry of boundaries to keep them in touch for a few overs. His assault failed, miscuing Khaleel and leaving for 42. Pooran took over, keeping the required rate under control. Until the last four overs, it was around 15 rpo. But after one tight over from Khaleel, Pooran was out for 62 off 34 balls, bowled by Thakur. The umpire didn’t indicate a no-ball because the complete toss was above the waist. That was it for the Sunrisers, who had lost three in a row.
In the first match, Delhi Capitals (207/3; Bhuvneshwar 1/25) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (186/8; Khaleel 3-30) by 21 runs.