Delhi Capitals came up with a comprehensive all-round effort to outshine Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in Qualifier 2 at Abu Dhabi on Sunday to book their place in the IPL 2020 final. After posting 189 for 3, Delhi then held SRH to 172 for 8. Cricket Today analyses the performances of players from both sides.
Marcus Stoinis (9.5/10)
Opened the batting. After being dropped on three, took on the SRH pacers, and got DC off to the much-desired start with some big hits. Featured in an invaluable 86-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before being beaten by Rashid Khan’s guile. Was clean bowled for 38 from 27, having done the job asked of him. Made a massive impression with the ball, dismissing Priyam Garg and Manish Pandey in his first over. Got the game changing wicket of Kane Williamson to end with 3 for 26.
Kagiso Rabada (9/10)
Dismissed David Warner cheaply. Picked up three wickets in the 19th over, dismissing Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan and Shreevats Goswami to shut out any hopes of a SRH chase. Had figures of 4 for 29.
Shikhar Dhawan (8.5/10)
Lifted his game on the big day. Was aided by the fact that Marcus Stoinis was striking well at the other end. Broke free and smashed his way to 78 from 50 with six fours and two sixes. Couldn’t get the big hits at the end though, and was dismissed lbw trying to play a needless reverse sweep.
Shimron Hetmyer (8/10)
Proved why he can be so dangerous. Brought into the playing eleven, blasted an unbeaten 42 from only 22 balls at a strike rate of to 190 to ensure Delhi reached 189 after, at one stage, it seemed they might have to settle for 175.
Axar Patel (6/10)
Bowled his four overs for 33. Picked up the wicket of the dangerous Jason Holder.
Anrich Nortje (5/10)
Could not get his yorkers right. Conceded 36 in his four.
Shreyas Iyer (3/10)
Looked in no sort of form at all. Could not accelerate despite a brilliant platform being set. Perished for 21 from 20 trying to hit his way out of trouble.
Ravichandran Ashwin (3/10)
Was expensive, going for 33 in his three.
Praveen Dubey (3/10)
Bowled his two overs for 14.
Ajinkya Rahane (No Rating)
Did not bat.
Rishabh Pant (No Rating)
Made 2 from 3.
Kane Williamson (8.5/10)
Played an excellent knock of 67 from 45, piercing the gaps and finding the boundaries at will. His fine innings kept SRH in with a chance after three wickets fell cheaply.
Rashid Khan (7/10)
Broke the dangerous opening stand between Marcus Stoinis and Shikhar Dhawan, cleaning up the former with a leg-break that the all-rounder completely missed. Gave away only 26 in his four to ensure DC did not run away with the game. With the bat, smashed a couple of big hits before perishing going for a third.
Abdul Samad (7/10)
Played an excellent cameo of 33 from 16, with two fours and two sixes. But couldn’t take the team over the line.
Sandeep Sharma (7/10)
Once more kept things tight with excellent line and lengths. Again dismissed Shikhar Dhawan, but this time the latter had smashed 78.
T Natarajan (6/10)
Bowled a perfect 20th over full of yorkers, conceding only 7. Was wicketless though, and finished with analysis of 0 for 32.
Manish Pandey (4/10)
Again disappointed after getting a start. Hit a quick 21, but placed an off-cutter from Marcus Stoinis straight to mid-on.
Priyam Garg (4/10)
Opening the innings, hit a couple of sixes, but completely missed a half-volley from Marcus Stoinis to be bowled for 17.
Shahbaz Nadeem (3/10)
Could not get his line and length right. Went for 48 without picking a wicket.
Jason Holder (2/10)
Dropped Marcus Stoinis on 3. Had a poor day with the ball as well, taken to the cleaners by Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis, with Shimron Hetmyer joining in at the end. Went for 50 in his four. Failed with the bat too, falling for 11 from 15.
David Warner (1/10)
Fell to a brilliant inswinger from Kagiso Rabada that tangled him. The ball hit his pad and deflected on to the stumps. Warner was out for 2.
Shreevats Goswami (0/10)
Got his second duck in a row, trying to get for a big hit.