IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals clinches a two-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad, to meet CSK in Qualifier

DC vs SRH, IPL 2019 Eliminator Live Cricket Score: Catch all the updates of the Delhi Capitals run chase from the Indian Premier League Eliminator between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals in Visakhapatnam.

Rashid Khan brought SRH back into the contest.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Delhi Capitals' run-chase in the Indian Premier League Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals in Vizag.

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And Delhi Capitals has done it! The side clinches a two-wicket victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. It will now meet Chennai Super Kings at Vizag in the second Qualifier on May 10.

 

DC vs SRH: And Amit Mishra has been sent back to the pavilion as well for obstructing the field. Who would have thought that this match would go down to the wire?

 

DC vs SRH: Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets rid of Sherfane Rutherford with the slower delivery. Rutherford decides to go big but fails to get much power on to that shot. He goes after making 9 off 12 balls. 12 runs required off 11 balls now.

Unnecessary shot selection lands Risabh Pant in the muck yet again as he tries to go big. Mohammed Nabi takes yet another catch. DC 158/7 after 18.5 overs.

 

DC vs SRH: All eyes on Rishabh Pant. Sherfane Rutherford is the new man in. Pant connects and gets a six. 10 runs off the over. Delhi Capitals need 42 runs in 24 balls. Bhuvi is back into the attack. Rutherford ruins a perfectly fine over with a monstrous hit for six. Eight off the over. Delhi Capitals needs 34 runs in 18 balls. Pant greets Thampi with a cracking boundary. He smokes the next one over deep mid-wicket for six.  And another one races away to the fence. Jeez! He is turning it on. 14 off the first three balls, and now a maximum. Spare a thought for Thampi. Delhi Capitals needs 14 runs in 14 balls.

 

DC vs SRH: Rashid Khan returns for his third over. Thampi is back into the attack and concedes a four. It's 100 up for Delhi. Delhi Capitals needs 59 runs in 40 balls. Colin Munro has flicked this one for six. What a shot. 12 off the over. Delhi needs 52 in 36 balls.  Rashid Khan has struck with the first ball off his last over; traps Munro in front. Munro reviews but to no avail. Fourth wicket down for SRH.  Delhi Capitals needs 52 runs in 35 balls. Axar Patel comes to the crease. Rashid has got another one, Patel is caught behind. Hyderabad is back in this contest! Rashid: 4-1-15-2. DC 111-5 after 15 overs. Delhi Capitals needs 52 runs in 30 balls.

 

DC vs SRH: Thampi back into the attack. He goes for just five. Delhi Capitals needs 81 runs in 60 balls. Khaleel Ahmed is back into the attack. Khaleel strikes! Iyer departs. A rare failure with the bat for the DC skipper. Rishabh Pant comes to the crease. He strikes again, does Khaleel and this time, it's the big wicket of ShawNabi is back into the attack. Colin Munro is the new man in. Pant launches Nabi over long-on for six. 10 off it. DC 97/3 after 12 overs.

 

DC vs SRH: Basil Thampi goes for just two in his first over.  Deepak Hooda, right-arm off break, comes into the attack. Shaw steps out and launches him over long-on for six. Dhawan, meanwhile, has been stumped off a wide ball.  Shreyas Iyer comes to the crease. Shaw brings up his fifty. Top knock from the young man.  13 off the over. Rashid Khan returns into the attack. Iyer plays a late cut for four. Seven off the over. DC 77/1 after 9 overs.

 

DC vs SRH: Nabi to continue.  And Basil Thampi has dropped Shaw! Dhawan, meanwhile, brings out the reverse sweep to collect another four. Seven off the over. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw hammer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 17 runs in the following over. Rashid Khan, who bowls the sixth over, concedes six runs. Kane Wiliamson would be relieved. DC 55/0 after 6 overs.

 

DC vs SRH: Shaw gets off the mark with a single. Dhawan, at the other end, opens his account with a cover-drive: shot of a man in form. He follows it up with an equally delightful hit to the fence. 10 off the over. Mohammad Nabi to share the new ball. Just two to end the over. Khaleel Ahmed to bowl his first over.  Shaw gets his first boundary of the match, and follows it up with an even better shot for another four. STAND AND DELIVER! Shaw looks in exquisite touch as he punches this one through the covers for four. 13 off the over. DC 25/0 after 3 overs.

 

SRH players walking out to the middle. Bhuvi to bowl the first over. Out come Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. We are in for a cracker of a contest.

 

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Delhi Capitals needs 163 to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad and book a meeting with the Chennai Super Kings on Friday for a place in the IPL final.

Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi

 

Kane Williamson: "Manish has been playing really well. Obviously couple of players have left us, but at the end of the day the team has been playing some good cricket, just not quite getting across the line. So important for us to make that step up today. We also have one change - Hooda comes in for Yusuf Pathan."

Shreyas Iyer: "The wickets looks a bit sticky. We practised yesterday and there was dew - it is an added advantage. We are going to treat it as another game. But it is a playoff and the players are nervous. We have one change - Colin Munro comes in for Colin Ingram."

 

Amit Mishra, who is the first spinner to claim 150 wickets in IPL history, is far from being satisfied with his international career| Record-breaking Mishra focuses on reinventing himself

 

Delhi Capitals have taken the most number of wickets (98) in the league stage with Sunrisers grabbing 81. Delhi has 2207 runs with the bat while Hyderabad has 2288 runs| Breakdown on total runs scored and wickets taken by all eight IPL teams this season

 

Can Shikhar Dhawan continue his run-glut in the eliminator or will Rashid Khan get the better of him?

 

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday became the first team in IPL history to qualify for the playoffs with 12 points. There was a two-way race for the fourth spot between Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders but Mumbai Indians' nine wicket victory over KKR at the Wankhede Stadium ended Kolkata's hopes| Sunrisers first team in IPL history to qualify for playoffs with 12 points

 

The Capitals captain says the IPL Eliminator between his team and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be a “well-matched encounter”| Shreyas Iyer: Delhi looking to create history

 

Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have taken contrasting routes to Wednesday's IPL Eliminator at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here. For the better part of a fortnight, Delhi looked on a course for a top-two finish in the league table. Even first place seemed a distinct possibility before a heavy defeat to Chennai Super Kings set Delhi back, the side eventually slipping down to third on net-run-rate.

Read our correspondent Shreedutta Chidananda's preview:

Delhi, Hyderabad all set for knockout battle

Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have taken contrasting routes to Wednesday's IPL Eliminator at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here. For the better part of a fortnight, Delhi looked on a course for a top-two finish in the league table. Even first place seemed a distinct possibility before a heavy defeat to Chennai Super Kings set Delhi back, the side eventually slipping down to third on net-run-rate.

SRH, on the other hand, had given up control of its own destiny after losing its last two league games. No team had ever made it to the IPL playoffs with 12 points; it all depended on the result from Mumbai. As it turned out, KKR floundered at the Wankhede Stadium, and SRH advanced. Six points separate Delhi and SRH on the final league table, but that gap counts for nothing; they are now equals fighting to remain in the tournament.

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But Delhi should not be disappointed with this turn of events. This is a side that has reached the IPL playoffs after seven long years, one that finished rock bottom last season. A place in the playoffs should thus be seen as an achievement. In its overhauled avatar, Delhi has appeared a happy, reinvigorated outfit.

On Saturday, Delhi's young captain Shreyas Iyer was asked about the difference between last season and this one. "Players have become more open; there is more freedom to express ourselves," he said. "There are no seniors or juniors in the team; everybody is treated equally. That's what has changed this season."

The absence of Kagiso Rabada — who was in devastating form until he flew home with a back injury — is a blow but Delhi has a competent replacement in Trent Boult. The New Zealander allied with Ishant Sharma to break the back of the Rajasthan innings in the powerplay overs on Saturday. Taking them on will not be simple; nor will it be easy to put away Amit Mishra, who has only nine wickets this season, but remains a threat.

Read: Mumbai outshines Chennai, enters IPL 2019 finals

Delhi's batting has benefited from the consistency of the top four of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Dhawan, for whom Delhi traded three players to SRH, has scored five half-centuries this season. That deal is increasingly looking like a bargain.

In SRH, Delhi will be up against a side that is sorely missing its number one match-winner in David Warner. Williamson's return to form, after having scored 58 runs in his first seven matches, is good news; but there is simply no replacing Warner. Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha, the current openers, have a huge responsibility against Delhi’s new-ball pair. Yusuf Pathan's form has been wretched (40 runs in 10 matches), and much now rests on Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar in the middle order.

Also read: Delhi Capitals looking to create history

SRH will also need to bowl better than it did in Bengaluru if it is to tie down Delhi’s top order. Rashid Khan had an off day, Shimron Hetmyer taking him apart, but the Afghan spinner has enjoyed his most economical IPL season yet. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed cannot afford to be off target.

As this green coastal city welcomes the IPL caravan, the scenario is simple for both teams: win and advance to the second qualifier; lose and head home.

Teams (from):

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (cap), Abhishek Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Jonny Bairstow, Basil Thampi, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Martin Guptill, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, T. Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Wriddhiman Saha, Sandeep Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake and David Warner.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (cap), Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Ingram, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant, Ankush Bains, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Nathu Singh and Bandaru Ayyappa.

 

Match starts at 8pm (IST).

(The match will be streamed live on Hotstar)