DC vs SRH, IPL 2021 Highlights: Delhi beats Hyderabad by eight wickets to move table top

IPL 2021, SRH vs DC: Get the live cricket score, highlights and updates of today's IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals from Dubai International Stadium.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate the wicket of Prithvi Shaw.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

Welcome to the highlights of IPL 2021, Match 33 between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfolded at the Dubai International Stadium.

HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT THEY SAID

Anrich Nortje, Player of the Match: Missing out in the first half was disappointing. It was good to have a good start to the tournament for me. Looking at the first game here, it was good to see some grass. It was good to keep things simple in the end. I don't really focus on who I'm getting out, but I'm happy I contributed to the team's win.

Rishabh Pant: We discussed that we had a good first phase and we are happy to start the second phase this way. We said the same thing about focusing on the process and giving it 100 per cent every day. It's a good bowling performance because we thought 150-160 would have been a good total, so 130-something was a good score to restrict them to.

Shikhar Dhawan, Orange Cap holder: I'm enjoying the way I'm timing the ball. It was good to go out there and secure a win. I consciously made an effort to increase the tempo and strike-rate, because I wanted to be an impactful player for my side. It was just about the execution.

Kane Williamson: We didn't start well... didn't register a decent partnership, never got any momentum. Got some good scores in the back-end, but pretty much 25-30 runs short. We did bowl well. It's been a difficult campaign so far but we need to enjoy our cricket.

 

DC INNINGS

DC 139/2 in 17.5 overs: Pant is wanting to get over with the ordeal real quick. Moves within three runs of the target with a four.

A commanding six from Iyer seals the deal! DC has won the contest by eight wickets to displace MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings from the top of the standings.

DC 126/2 in 17 overs: The pressure's starting to get to Khaleel who fires two back-to-back wides. Pant has hit the slower ball just fine to see it disappear into the fence. A six follows which brings up the fifty-run stand for the batters.

DC 110/2 in 16 overs: Delhi enters triple figures. Iyer's shot flies just wide of Pandey at short midwicket as the batter heaves a sigh of relief. Bhuvi's next ball to Pant is a slower one. Pant somehow anticipated it all and crunched it over midwicket for a mammoth six.

DC 99/2 in 15 overs: Pant's bat goes flying off his hands. Somebody should keep a count of how many times we have seen that happening with the 23-year-old. Rashid's last ball goes for a wide. Three runs have come off that over.

DC 96/2 in 14 overs: Pant hangs on by the skin of his teeth; makes it back home just as Pandey looks to run him out. Iyer, meanwhile, bludgeons two boundaries of successive deliveries. Time for the last strategic timeout of the game.

DC 85/2 in 13 overs: With 55 needed off 48, left-arm pacer Khaleel has been brought back in for his third. A little bit of hesitation as Pant and Iyer run a deft single. Warner throws at the non-striker's end and Pant has to put in a full-blooded dive to save his life.

DC 80/2 in 12 overs: Pant shimmies down the track to go after Holder off the very first ball he faces from the Caribbean star. However, he misses it all as Saha laps it up behind the wicket. Three balls later, Pant doesn't miss as he goes straight down the track to pick four runs.

DC 73/2 in 11 overs: The fifty-run partnership comes up with a single off the first delivery of the over. And Dhawan (42), who was looking so good, has got to go as Samad takes an excellent running catch near the ropes. Rashid strikes. Pant replaces the opener.

DC 69/1 in 10 overs: Both the batters looking comfortable out there in the centre as they inch toward a fifty-run stand. Dhawan is on a roll! He sweeps the slow medium-pace of Sandeep for a boundary. And another. This was in the slot and Dhawan has exquisitely chipped it over long-off.

DC 60/1 in 9 overs: Iyer gets down on one knee to show who's boss after getting beaten on the outside edge off the previous delivery! This has sailed into the crowd.

SPORTSTAR EXPLAINS: How did SRH vs DC get green signal despite Natarajan testing positive for COVID-19?

 

DC 51/1 in 8 overs: Sandeep comes into the attack and his first delivery goes for three runs courtesy a fumble in the deep from Warner. Fifty comes up for DC as Dhawan signals to the dugout for a change of bat. Time for the strategic break.

DC 45/1 in 7 overs: Dhawan swivels and pulls one past deep backward square leg to pick up four valuable runs.

DC 39/1 in 6 overs: Spin has been introduced from one end with Rashid to do the honours. Dhawan doesn't mind as he sends him over deep midwicket for a humongous 80m six. The southpaw crosses the 400-run mark; this is the sixth consecutive season he has managed to do it in. Only two players have managed to do it more often (seven times) in succession - Suresh Raina and Warner.

DC 29/1 in 5 overs: Bhuvi squeezes in a fantastic over. Just two runs off it.

DC 27/1 in 4 overs: Iyer gets the scoreboard ticking with two runs off the first ball he faces since the 2020 final. Dhawan stamps his authority with a boundary straight down the ground later in the over.

DC 20/1 in 3 overs: Shaw joins the partaaay! Goes after Khaleel over midwicket as the screen flashes "Prithvi Missile". He swings at the third ball so, so hard that the outside edge flies to the third man boundary in no time. Williamson takes a stunning catch to get rid of Shaw, running sideways towards his right from mid on.

DC 12/0 in 2 overs: Perfection! Dhawan has gracefully flicked Bhuvi's second ball to the fine leg boundary. And he isn't done yet. He has picked up four more with soft hands down the track.

DC 4/0 in 1 over: Shaw is off the mark straightaway with a single. WOW! What was that? Khaleel gets one to jag back sharply into Dhawan and the left-handed opener is left searching for answers. Two balls later, he jumps back in the lead on the Orange Cap leaderboard with 381 runs this season. Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul is second with 380.

Shaw and Dhawan make their way into the middle. Khaleel will open the bowling for SRH.

DELHI CAPITALS NEEDS 135 RUNS TO WIN

SRH INNINGS

SRH 134/9 in 20 overs: Avesh starts off with two back-to-back wides. Bhuvi goes over extra cover off the first legitimate delivery. Four runs.

Excellent throw by Smith from long-on to dismiss Rashid, who was looking for a couple of runs, at the 'keeper's end. Another run out follows, as Sandeep is found short.

SRH 125/7 in 19 overs: Samad decides it is high time to switch gears as he greets Rabada with a boundary. However, off the very next ball, Rabada sends the Kashmir batter off - dug deep and the top edge carries to Pant. With a six and a four, Rashid breaks the shackles.

SRH 111/6 in 18 overs: Nortje is here to cause further damage. Rashid to face his wrath. Gets beaten by the added bounce off the first. Four runs only. Wow! DC's pace troika has surely had SRH in muddy waters.

SRH 107/6 in 17 overs: Avesh is giving it quite the rip - almost a 140kmph to begin with. Meanwhile, Rashid and Samad are finding the going a bit tough. Having conceded three off this over until the last delivery, Avesh bowls a no ball and it will be a free hit. And that is a whopper! Samad gets under it and muscles it over long on.

SRH 97/6 in 16 overs: Axar to bowl out aaaaaannnd OUT... Holder departs; gone off the very first delivery of the over! The West Indies cricketer has hit this straight into Prithvi's hands at cover. The umpire points to his watch. Good time for the SRH players to catch a breath and rethink their plans.

Rashid is in and survives a scare off the very first delivery as the ball slides down the track. The Afghan all-rounder just manages to bring his bat down in time. Does his nerves a world of good with a boundary - outside edged and down third man.

SRH 90/5 in 15 overs: Rabada is in to bowl his third. Holder gets a six off an outside edge and free hit as Rabada oversteps. That does little to improve SRH's scorecard though. The side needs runs and in heaps. It cannot afford to lose a wicket here.

SRH 78/5 in 14 overs: Pant has suddenly found his voice back. The stump mics are picking up chatter as the 'keeper-batter mocks Holder who tries to run a deft single. Oh, so close! A direct hit would have seen Holder make his way back into the hut. Merely saved by inches. Ashwin concedes four in this over.

SRH 74/5 in 13 overs: Nortje strikes again! Jadhav has been adjudged LBW. He decides to go upstairs... Looked quite plumb to me. Three reds and OUT it is.

Ah, South African pacers in the T20 World Cup will be a treat to watch.

SRH 71/4 in 12 overs: Jadhav and Samad are both excellent players of spin. Pant isn't a believer though. He has brought Ashwin back. Dhawan misfields at cover, allowing the batters to run a single.

SRH 66/4 in 11 overs: Caught and bowled! Manish Pandey, clueless, closes the face of his bat way too early to hand a dolly off the leading edge to Rabada. Samad gets off the mark with a boundary, courtesy some sloppy work in the deep by Hetmyer.

SRH 61/3 in 10 overs: Williamson gifted another life as Prithvi drops a sitter now! Coach Ricky Ponting ain't a happy man. And finally... Off the very next ball, the New Zealander has been sent on his way back to the dugout. Hetmyer has saved Prithvi the blushes.

SRH 58/2 in 9 overs: Stoinis stops in his tracks just before the load-up. Seems like he has injured himself. We will have the strategic timeout as the DC players gather around the Australian all-rounder. Physio Patrick Farhart rushes in.

Ashwin will finish Stoinis' over. First ball: Williamson pierces the gaping hole at midwicket to pick up a boundary.

Oh, dear! A wide follows.

And he oversteps next. What is happening?

Four runs off the free hit.

Wait for it, it gets WORSE. WAY WORSE. Pant has dropped Williamson on 16! Ashwin can't believe what he is seeing.

SRH 43/2 in 8 overs: Axar continues. Just the four singles in this over as the SRH batters look to avoid unnecessary risks. Where is Ashwin, by the way?

SRH 39/2 in 7 overs: In the first leg of the IPL, SRH was only second to DC in terms of runs scored in the Powerplay. Miss Bairstow much? Stoinis replaces Rabada. Hmm... interesting move! Seven from the over.

SRH 32/2 in 6 overs: An excellent effort on the field by Shreyas cancels out a hefty punch from Williamson through cover. Four runs saved.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals players celebrate the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

SRH 29/2 in 5 overs: Rabada who? A wristy flick from Saha dispatches KGB's fuller delivery angling into the pads into the stands for the first maximum. With that six, Saha enters the 2000-run club in the IPL. Oh well... Rabada has the last laugh as Saha commits on the front foot and holes out to Dhawan at midwicket. Out comes the thigh five!

SRH 23/1 in 4 overs: Saha unleashes the slog-sweep to welcome Axar into the attack. Four runs. However, Axar recovers well to give away only three runs off the remaining five deliveries.

SRH 16/1 in 3 overs: Three singles and a leg bye from this over. There is an appeal off the last ball - a yorker - but the umpire isn't interested.

SRH 12/1 in 2 overs: Avesh has been brought into the attack. He is four wickets away from the Purple Cap, which is currently with RCB's Harshal Patel. There is width on offer... and bam! Saha has absolutely clobbered one through point past a diving Axar for four.

SRH 6/1 in 1 over: Nortje starts with a 148kmph-scorcher coupled with a glare aimed at Warner. AND GONE... It only takes three deliveries for the South African to dismiss the burly Aussie for nought. A leading edge balloons over to Axar at point. Nortje continues to have Warner's number! Williamson is here, way earlier than he would have expected to walk in. Pant goes upstairs, rather hesitantly, over an LBW appeal for Williamson's wicket which has been turned down. Giant screen shows clear spike as ball passes bat before rapping onto the pads. Too much has happened in the first over already. Phew! Four leg byes off the last. Freebie. SRH wouldn't mind these.

The umpires - Richard Illingworth and K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan - are walking out to the middle now. Warner will have a point to prove tonight. He will have Saha partnering him in the absence of Jonny Bairstow. Nortje has the new ball in hand. Let's play!

WHAT THEY SAID

Rishabh Pant, DC captain: It is okay [on losing the toss]. We were thinking of bowling first anyway. We are looking to focus on the process and take one match at a time. The overseas players are Nortje, Rabada, Stoinis and Hetmyer. Ash is playing, yes.

Kane Williamson, SRH captain: We will bat. Looks like a good surface. It is important for us to make use of the conditions first up and get some runs on the board. It is a chance to regroup and put up a better performance. Holder, Rashid and Warner are the foreign players.

PLAYING XI

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

- 07:02 PM IST: Kane Williamson wins TOSS. SRH opts to bat.

Rishabh Pant and Kane Williamson

Rishabh Pant and Kane Williamson during DC's away fixture earlier this year.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

- 06:56 PM IST: PITCH REPORT BY KEVIN PIETERSEN: The surface is unchanged since last night. A lot of runs were scored yesterday. 25 wickets to the seamers, two to the spinners in the last two games. Guess who all are going to play tonight? Rabada and Nortje on a pitch like this will throw it in the 90s. Win the toss and bowl.

- 06:54 PM IST: SHRE-YAASSS! Who else has been desperately waiting to catch a glimpse of this man in action?

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Shreyas Iyer   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

- 06:38 PM IST: Ladies and gentlemen, we have the first glimpse of the leader of the Orange Army.

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Kane Williamson during a training session ahead of the game.   -  Sportzpics for IPL

 

- 03:11 PM IST: CONFIRMATION - Official Statement from the Indian Premier League

Sunrisers Hyderabad player T Natarajan has tested positive for COVID-19 at a scheduled RT-PCR test. The player has isolated himself from the rest of the squad. He is currently asymptomatic.

The medical team has identified the below mentioned six close contacts of the player, who have also been placed in isolation:

1. Vijay Shankar - Player

2. Vijay Kumar - Team Manager

3. Shyam Sundar J - Physiotherapist

4. Anjana Vannan - Doctor

5. Tushar Khedkar - Logistics Manager

6. Periyasamy Ganesan - Net Bowler

The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5AM local time this morning and the test reports are negative.

As a result, tonight's game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will go ahead at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.

- 03:05 PM IST: JUST IN - "A member of Sunrisers Hyderabad contingent has tested COVID-19 positive ahead of their tie against Delhi Capitals tonight. Other members' reports awaited. Fate of the match to be decided around 4p.m. IST," reports Amol Karhadkar.

^ Oh no! Not again, please...

MATCH PREVIEW

Following contrasting runs in the Indian leg this edition, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad face-off eying a common goal of resuming their Indian Premier League campaign with a victory in Dubai.

If the numbers from the previous editions are pointers to the future, then teams target 16 points to reach the playoffs in an eight-team field. Going by that indicator, DC is just two wins away from playoffs while SRH needs seven victories in as many matches to make the grade.

With the teams returning after more than four and a half months, players will have to find their form. Last time the teams met, DC won in Super Over. Since then, SRH lost two more matches even as Kane Williamson replaced David Warner as skipper, three days before IPL was postponed in May.

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DC, with quality players in all departments, will start as the favourite. The return of Shreyas Iyer lends further solidity to the side that is looking to do one better than its runner-up finish in Dubai last year.

SRH, let down by its bowlers so far, will look to a fully fit Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, and options like all-rounders Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav, to justify their reputation.

The SRH batting, relying heavily on Warner and Williamson, will miss wicketkeeper-opener Jonny Bairstow. This brings a chance to Wriddhiman Saha to play in the top order. In the otherwise brittle middle-order, Manish Pandey’s utility can never be undermined.

- Rakesh Rao

PREDICTED XI

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohamad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

DC vs SRH DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM

Wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant (DC)

Batters: David Warner (SRH) - captain, Kane Williamson (SRH), Manish Pandey (SRH), Prithvi Shaw (DC)

All-rounders: Jason Holder (SRH), Axar Patel (DC)

Bowlers: Ravichandran Ashwin (DC), Rashid Khan (SRH) - vice captain, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH), Anrich Nortje (DC)

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Sunrisers have the upper hand when it comes to the head-to-head stats. Of the 19 times these two sides have met between 2013-2021, SRH has emerged victorious on 11 occasions.

TOP PERFORMERS IN THE FIXTURE

Highest run-gettersRuns scored
David Warner (SRH)442
Shikhar Dhawan (DC)403
Top wicket-takers 
Rashid Khan (SRH)13
Kagiso Rabada (DC)11

SQUADS

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Steven Smith, Sam Billings, Lukman Meriwala, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Praveen Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Sherfane Rutherford

AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY'S IPL 2021 MATCH - DC vs SRH START?

The IPL 2021 match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad begins at 7:30 PM IST.

WHERE TO WATCH TODAY'S IPL MATCH - DC vs SRH LIVE?

IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.