Hello and welcome to Sportstar 's live coverage of tonight's Indian Premier League match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad being played at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium in the national capital.
That's it for tonight. We hope you have enjoyed the live updates coverage as much as I did in bringing this to you. See you tomorrow. Good night!
We have a good match. A slow wicket, SRH's Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and rightly fielded first. Delhi Capitals lost its way and regular wickets pegged it back. SRH was off to a great start with Jonny Bairstow firing all cylinders but Delhi tried to crawl back with wickets but 129 was always going to be difficult to defend.
Well, that is it. Sunrisers Hyderabad goes to the top of the points table.
SRH 130/5 in 18.3 overs: Well remember, I told you cannot take one man out of this game — Mohammad Nabi. He sends Kagiso Rabada for a boundary over cow corner, off an inside edge! He didn't mind that for sure, and so didn't we. The next ball Nabi slices it over the third man region for six. The crowd get the ball and SRH batsmen embrace in a hug in the middle. Delhi Capitals is distraught and understandably. SRH crosses the finish line with five wickets in hand.
SRH 120/5 in 18 overs: Chris Morris is guilty of spraying it down the leg side and the SRH batsmen have taken advantage. This time it is Nabi and steers it well to the boundary, at the fine leg region.
SRH 114/5 in 17 overs: With 16 runs needed in 18 balls, we have a match on hand! Can Yusuf Pathan and Mohd. Nabi finish it off?
SRH 111/5 in 16 overs: Sandeep Lamichhane strikes. It was the last ball of his spell and he takes a wicket. SRH in some trouble now. Deepak Hooda is caught by Kagiso Rabada off a sweep shot, which ideally shouldn't have been swept. But well for Delhi Capitals, it doesn't matter. They have a wicket. Hyderabad needs 19 runs in 24 balls.
SRH 101/4 in 14.3 overs: Vijay Shankar is gone! Axar Patel picks up the wicket. Shreyas Iyer takes a neat catch at covers and SRH wobbling a bit. Vijay drags it to the cover region as the ball stops a bit, Vijay's attempt too was too powerful, but in the end Iyer makes no mistake.
SRH 95/3 in 13 overs: Ishant Sharma strikes. Manish Pandey is gone. He skies this on the leg side and the deep square leg fielder, Prithvi Shaw, didn't take his eyes off the ball and takes a regulation catch. SRH needs 35 runs in 42 balls.
SRH 95/2 in 12.5 overs: A quiet three overs as Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey are happy to pick up the singles and doubles with the odd ball going wide. They haven't found a boundary in three overs but have kept the scoreboard ticking.
SRH 81/2 in 10 overs: It is now up to Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey to take this through. Hyderabad needs just 49 in the last 10 overs. The match is in SRH's bag unless there is a batting collapse. With the field spread out, singles and doubles is the need of the hour and both the batsmen know it!
SRH 68/2 in 8 overs: Two quick wickets for Delhi. It is still alive in this match. David Warner tries to drive a fuller length ball and Chris Morris in the circle, at mid-off takes a neat catch. Warner is out for 10 (18 balls). Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey in the middle.
64/0 64/1 in 6.5 overs:
Rahul Tewatia gives SRH a scare. He appeals for an LBW and the umpire gives it out. Without batting an eyelid, Bairstow goes for the review. All of us thought it was an inside edge but Ultra Edge doesn't pick up anything. The crowd comes alive. The ball tracking throws three reds and Jonny Bairstow departs for 48 (28 balls, 9x4, 1x6).
SRH 62/0 in 6 overs: Kagiso Rabada doesn't make any difference. Bairstow moves to 47 off 25 balls as he sends Rabada to the cleaners with 14 runs off the over. First targets the cover region, then tonks one straight down the ground and then edges one to the fence. Power play batting taken to the next level.
SRH 48/0 in 5 overs: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are in no mood to relent. 12 runs off the Axar Patel over. The required run-rate is below six runs an over. Power play batting on beast mode.
SRH 36/0 in 4 overs: Beautiful batting from Jonny Bairstow. Four boundaries! 16 runs off the over. He is toying around with Chris Morris. First he sends him to the deep midwicket fence, then over mid-on, a pull over short fine-leg and then as Morris drifted on to the pads, Bairstow says thank you and sends him fine, behind the keeper.
SRH 20/0 in 3 overs: Oh Sandeep, what have you done? Wasted a review, which might (will) come handy in the later part of the game! The ball was pitching way outside leg stump, Warner misses it and Lamichhane wanted to go up. Rishabh Pant was quick to say no but Shreyas Iyer trusted the bowler! A young bowler getting hit by marauding batsmen and takes an emotional call. Poor captaincy from Shreyas Iyer.
13/0 in 2.1 overs 17/0 in 2.2 overs:
How long and how high can you hit? Jonny Bairstow can deposit the ball in the third tier. Flighted one from Lamichhane and Bairstow made a mincemeat of this. And by the time, I complete this for you, Bairstow has deposited Lamichhane at the deep midwicket boundary.
SRH 6/0 in 1.2 overs: Spin from both ends. Axar Patel drops Bairstow. A straightforward chance as the batsman sent it straight back to the bowler. Axar had two chances but couldn't hold on. He also landed awkwardly too! Fortunately, nothing serious and we can get on with the game.
SRH 6/0 in 1 over: An uneventful start from Delhi and Lamichhane. Warner wanted a run off the first ball, Dhawan manages a throw from first slip but Warner is well in. Bairstow finds the boundary off the googly in the fourth ball and SRH moves to 6/0.
We are underway with the Sunrisers Hyderabad chase! David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in the middle. What an explosive pair this is! Sandeep Lamichhane with ball.
Delhi 129/8 in 20 overs: Axar Patel it is! He manages to spot slower balls from Siddharth Kaul very easily and deposits two balls into the crowds. Delhi has a decent total. Will it be enough? Back with the SRH chase in 10 minutes.
Delhi 115/8 in 19.2 overs: Delhi doesn't get anywhere in the first two balls. Only Kagiso Rabada gets to walk to the pavillion. An off-cutter from Siddharth Kaul and Rabada gets an edge to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at short third-man.
Delhi 115/7 after 19 overs: How much can Delhi get in the final 6?
Delhi 108/7 in 18.4 overs: What have you done Sandeep Sharma? He lost his balance and drops Kagiso Rabada. The batsmen take two runs.
Delhi 107/7 in 18.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes! Chris Morris departs. A slower ball from Bhuvi, Morris tries to go over covers and it ends up a dolly for the fielder at extra-cover. Who is the fielder? We told you before, you cannot take Mohd. Nabi out from this match!
Delhi 105/6 in 18 overs: Last 12 balls. Chris Morris on 14 and Axar Patel in 3 in the middle. The fireworks aren't in as expected. Delhi needs to pull up its socks.
Delhi 93/6 in 16.1 overs: Rashid Khan strikes! This is a big blow from SRH. It is Shreyas Iyer who is out. He is out for 43 off 41 balls. Iyer goes for the wild slog off the googly, the batsman misses and Rashid hits the timber!
Delhi 85/5 in 15 overs: Shreyas Iyer is well set on 38 off 36 balls, Chris Morris can hit the ball long! Are we in for a blitz in the end of Delhi's innings. I, in the newsroom, would hope for it!
Delhi 80/5 in 14.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes up again. This time it is Rashid Khan who was confident of the lbw. No spike on ultra-edge. Pitching in line, impact comes umpire's call, wickets missing! Chris Morris survives, Rashid Khan is wrong! SRH loses its review.
Delhi 75/5 in 13.3 overs: What a catch by Manish Pandey. He was guilty of missing a direct hit but has made up for the miss with acrobatic stuff at backward point. Ingram cuts hard, the ball was dropping fast and Pandey pulls off a spectacular dive to take a clean catch, centimeters from the ground.
Delhi 74/4 in 13.2 overs: A chance goes down for SRH. Shreyas Iyer just taps it to point and Colin Ingram gave up the run. Manish Pandey missed a direct hit and Ingram survives!
Delhi 70/4 in 12.3 overs: The captain is needed to get the crowd up and cheering again. Shreyas Iyer sends Sandeep Sharma for a boundary, a much needed one, a pull over mid-wicket region off a short ball.
Delhi 61/4 in 10.5 overs: You cannot take Mohd. Nabi away from the limelight in this game. This time he settles himself nicely for a Rahul Tewatia dolly at covers and takes it well in the end. Coming to the delivery, it was another knuckle ball from Sandeep Sharma, Tewatia has no clue, just hangs his bat and the ball just goes towards the cover region where Nabi does the rest.
Delhi 56/3 in 10 overs: A call for DRS from SRH. Umpire Ananthapadmanabhan (phew!) gives it not out! A fair delivery by Mohd. Nabi, Rahul Tewatia tries to nudge it, misses it completely. What does the DRS say? The ball pitches on off, impact in line and the wickets - umpire's call. The review is retained!
Delhi 52/3 in 9.1 overs: How many times have we seen this? A time-out, a drinks break or an injury break and a batsman loses concentration! This time it is Rishabh Pant. He tries to send Mohd. Nabi into the orbit and the batsman finds Deepak Hooda at the long-off fence takes a great catch. He was just meters away from the rope, takes the catch still and doesn't step back at all.
Delhi 47/2 in 8 overs: After a bad first ball, just a couple off the next five. A good start by Rashid Khan. After sending Iyer on the back-foot twice, he draws him forward. A good mix from Rashid.
Delhi 45/2 in 7.1 overs: Rashid Khan is introduced. He bowls a full toss to Shreyas Iyer and it is dispatched to the cover boundary. The Kotla has come alive.
Delhi 36/2 in 6 overs: Just as we were raving about Dhawan in the newsroom, he perishes. He gets a top edge and Sandeep Sharma does the rest. You must give this to Mohd. Nabi. Sensing Dhawan was sweeping the spinners at will, SRH skipper pushed the backward square leg man to the fence and bring the fine leg in and that gets the wicket. Great job from SRH!
Delhi 32/1 in 5.2 overs: Ah, what a shot from Dhawan. Nicely timed sweep shot from the left-hander but sweeps it fine and gets a boundary.
Delhi 19/1 in 4 overs: It has been a sedate start in Delhi. The ball is turning well. Rashid Khan must be itching his fingers as Mohd. Nabi is turning the ball well. An interesting contest underway!
Delhi 14/1 in 2.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes! A slower one and Prithvi Shaw tries to play it across the line only for the off-stump to go cartwheeling. Shaw departs for 11 (11 balls, 2x4). Shreyas Iyer joins Shikhar Dhawan.
Delhi 8/0 in 1 over : Prithvi Shaw starts off with a bang! He kick-starts the match with a boundary. Signs of what is going to come up next? A back-foot punch through the covers and it rockets off to the boundary. Four balls later, the skipper removes a slip, a bad decision, as Shaw gets a thick edge and the ball finds the advertising boards at the third man region.
So, we are all set for LIVE action from the Feroze Shah Kotla. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan are opening for the home team. Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start proceedings for the visitor.
Here are the playing XIs:
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (cap), Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, RahulTewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma and Sandeep Lamichhane.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (cap), David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Saxena and Rashid Khan.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH captain, at the toss says, "We are gonna bowl first. It's a dry wicket but keeping the way we've batted in the last few games, we want to chase. We're playing an unchanged team.
Shreyas Iyer, at the toss, says, "We would have bowled first as well, irrespective of what happened the other night. Looks a dry surface and it might spin more in the second half. So, banking on that. Three changes — Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel and Rahul Tewatia come in.
Toss update: Sunrisers Hyderabad wins toss and it will bowl first.
Pitch report: There is no grass on it, says Michael Slater. The pitch could be skiddy in the first 10 overs before it starts slowing down. Spin would be the key for DC, he adds.
Recap: The last time Delhi Capitals played at the Feroze Shah Kotla, this is what happened. Prithvi Shaw's blazing innings combined with Kagiso Rabada's excellent super over meant, for once, KKR's Andre Russell’s pyrotechnics were not enough as DC earned a hard-fought win. Can the Kotla be lucky for Delhi tonight?
The Sunrisers Hyderabad are here!
Playing conditions: It is summer time and you can expect New Delhi to be warm, with temperatures in the mid-30s. And, whereever you play, don't forget the 'dew factor' which will be instrumental during the toss. The teams batting second might have it a tad easy.
Here is the preview of the match from our correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee and I am Hari Kishore M , bringing you this live.
Struggling Delhi hosts high-flying Sunrisers
Roll back to 2009. Delhi Daredevils, then led by Virender Sehwag, topped the points table ahead of the semifinals, and then ran into Adam Gilchrist at his best to go down to Deccan Chargers by six wickets. Since then, Daredevils has progressed past the group stage just once, in 2012. In the last six seasons, it has languished at the sixth position or lower.
It’s now nearly 10 years since that contest. Hyderabad is seven seasons into its new avatar, and Delhi is new and fresh, too. Now known as Delhi Capitals, the club from the national capital hopes to turn its fortunes around and clinch a title win for a change. Yet, with two losses out of four games — including a tame batting surrender in the last contest against Kings XI Punjab — and with the potent Rashid Khan ready to exploit the slow pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla, a win still looks quite far away.
That Capitals is smarting from the loss on Tuesday was evident by the reaction to it from Mohammad Kaif, the assistant coach. On Wednesday, he admitted his team had “broken hearts” after having fluffed the opportunity of posting a win when, at one stage, it required 23 runs from 20 deliveries with seven wickets in hand.
The task of finishing of an innings has appeared to be difficult for the side. Is this its achilles heel? The poor finishing has cost the team two losses so far; and nearly cost it a third, against Kolkata Knight Riders last week.
Colin Ingram and Chris Morris, both of whom bat in the lower middle-order presumably for short, sharp bursts of aggression, have failed to fire so far, and at the top of the order, Shikhar Dhawan has been among the runs but without his aggressive punch.
Its wins have not been crafted by any combined batting effort; instead, they have come via one-man shows — Rishabh Pant, against Mumbai Indians; and Prithvi Shaw, against Knight Riders.
Sunrisers, on the other hand, has been well served by its top-order batsmen, so much so that its middle-order has hardly been tested. Opener David Warner, with scores of 85, 69 and 100 not out in his first three matches, is now the highest run-getter. Jonny Bairstow, his opening partner, is close behind him, occupying the second place.
Rashid, its star leg-spinner, hasn’t been prolific, but he has maintained an economy rate of 6.50 or below in all the three matches he has participated in so far. At the Feroz Shah Kotla, however, the pitch may be a lot slower than in Hyderabad — he will have more leeway to spin a web and trick batsmen out.
For variety, off-spinner Mohammad Nabi can be unleashed as well. Nabi, from Afghanistan like Rashid, starred in his 118-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday and is likely to get a game again, on Thursday.
For Capitals, Sandeep Lamichhane, the leg-spinner, is likely to be a part of the spin unit alongside Amit Mishra. Mishra has been expensive in the two matches he has played — both at the Feroz Shah Kotla — and will like to be more frugal on Thursday.
With the form Sunrisers’ top-order batsmen are in, Capitals will want to dismiss them early. Kaif tried to sound optimistic when pointing out the middle-order could be exposed, but for a side low on confidence, it will not be easy to turn it around.
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