Delhi Capitals (DC) continued their great run in IPL 2021, getting the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in match 33 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. SRH batted first after winning the toss but their fortunes did not change despite the break. After losing David Warner for a duck, they could never recover and managed to post only 134 for 9 in their 20 overs. Abdul Samad top-scored for SRH with 28. For DC, Kagiso Rabada (3/37), Anrich Nortje (2/12) and Axar Patel (2/21) all shone with the ball after DC lost the toss. Shikhar Dhawan (42), Shreyas Iyer (47 not out) and Rishabh Pant (35 not out) then came up with impressive batting shows as DC got over the victory line in 17.5 overs. Here are three unexpected things that happened during the DC vs SRH encounter on Wednesday.
- Kane Williamson getting out despite being given two lives
SRH skipper Kane Williamson played a strange innings. He was dropped twice by DC but could not take advantage of his lives for a change. On 16, Williamson edged off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin behind the wickets. The SRH captain failed to pick the carrom ball but it seemed so did his opposite number Rishabh Pant, who fluffed the chance.
Not long after, in the very next over, Williamson guided left-arm spinner Axar Patel to Prithvi Shaw at extra cover. However, the DC opener also put down a simple catch. Thankfully for DC, they did not have to pay heavily for their missed chances as Williamson offered a third opportunity very next ball. The SRH skipper ran down the ground to hit Axar over the top but only managed to give a catch to long-off, where Shimron Hetmyer did not make a mistake, unlike the earlier two fielders.
2. Dhawan and Iyer smashing Rashid for sixes
Rashid Khan is not someone who is often smashed for big hits. But on Wednesday, he was hit for a couple of impressive sixes. DC opener Shikhar Dhawan, who looked high on confidence despite the T20 World Cup snub, clubbed Rashid for a six deep midwicket in the sixth over. The SRH leggie delivered a full one on leg stump and Dhawan went on one knee to slog sweep him over the ropes. He even held his pose to admire his shot.
In the ninth over of the innings, Shreyas Iyer also dispatched the leg-spinner for a maximum. The DC batter picked the full googly outside off and swept the bowler over cow corner for a six. Rashid did manage to get the better of Dhawan in the end as the left-hander dragged a shot to deep square leg, where he was caught easily by Samad. Despite being hit for a couple of sixes, Rashid ended with credible figures of 1 for 26. It wasn’t enough to stop SRH from getting a hammering though.
3. Rishabh Pant loses his bat but not his wicket
In the 15th over of DC’s innings, bowled by Rashid, left-hander Pant tried to cut a short and wide ball from the bowler. He went hard at the ball but completely lost grip of the bat, which flew in the opposite direction. Strangely, there was an enquiry for caught behind from both the bowler and the keeper. By their reactions, it was clear it was an appeal of hope. The nice man that he is, Pant’s opposite number, Williamson, handed over the bat to the southpaw. And normalcy was restored soon after.
Pant, who struggled in the Test series in England, cracked three fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 35 off 21. Shreyas Iyer was giving him company at the other end, unbeaten on 47. The current DC captain and his predecessor eased the team past the victory line without any hiccups.