Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 33 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season on Wednesday at the Dubai International Stadium. The second phase of the IPL saw its fourth match get over and earlier today there was a huge scare after T Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19. Six more SRH members were isolated after being deemed to be in close contact with Natarajan. There was more gloom in store for SRH as the match in Dubai was rather one-sided.
Batting first, an all-round bowling effort by the DC unit restricted SRH to a paltry 134/9 in 20 overs. DC chased down the target with eight wickets to spare. DC’s Indian quartet delivered with the bat to make sure they got the job done in a composed manner. The win helped DC reclaim their number one spot in the table as they raced to 14 points from nine matches. Meanwhile, SRH are placed bottom, claiming one win so far from eight games. In this article, we present the heroes and villains of the match.
(Note: By mentioning villains we don’t intend to bring any malign to sportspersons. It’s only about the key moments where players failed to take the initiative).
Heroes of the match:
Anrich Nortje: The South African fast bowler brought back memories of IPL 2020 and was terrific from the first ball. He bowled fast and that caused trouble to David Warner in the first over. The third ball saw the Australian batsman find an edge from a delivery, rising from a short of length spot. DC got the perfect start to get rid of Warner early on. This helped DC lay down a game plan as they maintained pressure. Nortje finished with figures of 2/12 from his four overs.
Axar Patel: The all-rounder showed why he got a ticket in India’s World T20 squad. He started by grabbing Warner’s catch. And then Axar derived the maximum after dismissing Kane Williamson. After seeing Williamson get dropped off the previous delivery, the fifth ball of the 10th over saw the Kiwi batsman try to go the distance as Axar’s accuracy made the difference. And just when the big-hitting Jason Holder was settling in Axar (2/21) got him too.
Shreyas Iyer: A definite hero was comeback king Iyer, who didn’t play a single game in the IPL 2021 season during the first phase due to a shoulder injury. Making a comeback after a long time, Shreyas played a calm hand to help DC chase down the total. Iyer grew as the more time he spent. He hit two fours and two sixes for an unbeaten 47. He shared two crucial fifty-plus stands alongside Shikhar Dhawan (42) and Rishabh Pant (35*).
Villains of the match:
David Warner: Trying to hop and work a fast delivery on the onside after it pitched in the middle was always going to land Warner into trouble. He chose the wrong shot and looked nervous, resulting in another poor start for SRH. Warner is short of runs in IPL 2021 and today was another example of his rustiness. He was outplayed by Nortje on all accounts.
Kedar Jadhav: The middle-order batsman was way past his prime and he seems lost in the IPL. Remember, Jadhav scored just 62 runs from eight matches last season and this year, he has 43 in five games. The 36-year-old is struggling big time and his decision-making while batting was baffling, Coming at a crucial stage, Jadhav needed to use his experience and bat till the death. However, he misjudged a ball that came in and then took a review just when things looked plumb for LBW. SRH lost the review and Jadhav’s pain ended (3 off 8 balls).
Kane Williamson: Being dropped twice and not learning was a takeaway from the match for Williamson. He looked out of sorts in the middle, scoring a lacklustre 26-ball 18. He was dropped by Pant which was relatively easy. And then in the 10th over, Prithvi Shaw dropped him. That was a dolly. Rather than making DC pay for the mistakes, Williamson stepped out against Axar and went for a big shot. His lack of application meant the ball never found the middle of the bat as he was caught. It was a poor end to a rather sorry innings.