Kane Williamson produced a masterclass but Sunrisers Hyderabad were not able to cross the finish line in Match 20 of IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Rishabh Pant’s Delhi won the first Super Over of the season, chasing 8 runs against Rashid Khan.
Delhi Capitals captain Pant came up with a masterstroke using left-arm spinner Axar Patel against David Warner and Williamson who walked out for the Super Over after the game ended in a tie with both teams managing 160 each in 20 overs. Axar gave away just 7 runs, firing in yorkers to two of the most dangerous T20 batsmen.
Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan took the game to the final ball but managed to gun down 8 runs to give Delhi their 4th win of the season. With the close victory, Delhi move to the 2nd spot of the IPL 2021 points table, displacing Royal Challengers Bangalore who were hammered by 69 runs in Mumbai earlier in the day.
Kane Williamson’s valiant effort in vain
Chasing a tricky total of 160, Sunrisers Hyderabad needed a good start and they got one with Jonny Bairstow going after the Delhi Capitals’ new-ball bowlers. SRH lost David Warner early to a run-out but Bairstow hit 38 from just 18 balls as the former champions posted in excess of 50 in the powerplay.
However, Bairstow went for one too many against Avesh Khan who got the big wicket of the England star in the final over of the powerplay.
From then on, it was a one-man show as Kane Williamson kept Sunrisers in the hunt despite losing partners. Williamson hit 8 boundaries in a knock where he picked gaps with precision and took the attack to the Delhi bowlers with class that he is known for.
Jagadeesha Suchith chipped in with a handy 6-ball 14 not out but Delhi Capitals made sure the match ended in a tie despite Kagiso Rabada giving away 15 runs in the final over.
Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith help Delhi Capitals post par-total
Earlier in the day, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan made batting look easy on what was a sluggish Chepauk pitch as the duo gave Delhi Capitals a flying start, adding 80 for the opening stand in just 10.1 overs. Shaw went after the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack which was without their senior fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar who sat out with a niggle.
Khaleel Ahmed was taken to the cleaners while Rashid Khan was also on the expensive side. Prithvi Shaw looked in fine form right from the word go, hitting as many as 3 crisply-timed boundaries in the first over. Shaw went after Rashid as well as the Afghanistan spinner gave away 31 runs in 4 overs. However, it was Rashid who put the brakes on the scoring rate by removing Shikhar Dhawan (28).
Delhi were in a spot of bother as they lost Prithvi Shaw to a run-out in the very next over for 53. The in-form Capitals opener was run-out at the non-striker’s after a terrible mix-up with captain Rishabh Pant, who promoted himself to No. 3.
However, Pant took up the responsibility and stitched a steady partnership with former Australia captain Steve Smith. The duo added 58 runs from just 41 balls despite not being able to get the big shots out on a consistent basis.
Pant hit a six and 3 boundaries for his 27-ball 37 but he was gutted when he got out in the 19th over bowled by Siddarth Kaul. The SRH pacer struck in quick succession as he removed big-hitter Shimron Hetmyer (1) in the same over.
However, a productive final over, thanks to Steve Smith who hit a big one and a boundary, Delhi Capitals posted a competitive total of 159 for 4 in 20 overs.