Delhi Capitals pull off a thriller to go through qualifier 2
IPL has seen so many exciting moments since the start of this season but this match literally took everyone at the edge of their seats. In fact, it gave us goosebumps and mixed emotions at the fag end of the game. Had it not been for some nerves of steel from Delhi Capitals, the story could have been a different one altogether.
When 2 runs were required off the last 2 balls, Delhi Capitals’ team dugout was looking tensed. But Keemo Paul brought up smiles in all faces as he held his nerves and scored a boundary to seal the big deal for the team at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium,Visakhapatnam.
Delhi Capitals will take on Chennai Super Kings in the eliminator match on May 10 (Friday) and the winner of this match will play Mumbai Indians in the finals on May 12. Probably for the first time ever, Delhi Capitals stamped their authority in the game since the inception of IPL. They pressed quite well and got the result that they wanted.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, showed why they are really poor at putting on a show in the Eliminator games. Out of the four Eliminator games in their IPL history, they managed to win just once, which came against KKR in 2016.
“I can’t express my emotions. It felt like I have been sitting and watching for years when it came to the last two years. I could see the happiness on everyone’s faces. Hoping for another one at Chennai. Looking forward to the next game. But the start they got was really good on this track. We controlled in the middle phase.
Mishi pa was exceptional as he conceded only 15 runs. The other bowlers did well to bowl economically. I personally feel you can’t realy control them (on Pant and Prithvi). When you stop a batsman like Pant or Prithvi, it hampers their mind and their flow. It was good that both of them came good tonight,” Shreyas Iyer said at the post-match presentation.
Sunrisers Hyderabad- 162/8 (20 overs)
Martin Guptill – 36 (19) | Keemo Paul – 3/32
Delhi Capitals- 165/8 (19.5 overs)
Prithvi Shaw- 56 (38), Rishabh Pant- 49 (21) | Rashid Khan – 2/15
Result: Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets.
Man of the match: Rishabh Pant