SRH vs DC, IPL 2020: Saha, Warner, Rashid shine in Hyderabad’s must-win game

DC vs SRH, IPL 2020 result: Chasing a target of 220, the Delhi Capitals top-order crumbled against the vicious spin of Rashid Khan (3/7) who bowled 17 dots in his four-over spell.

Wriddhiman Saha

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Wriddhiman Saha celebrates his fifty against Delhi Capitals.   -  BCCI/IPL

Chasing a target of 220 was never easy but Delhi Capitals lacked intent and eventually faltered in the chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Tuesday.

Sunrisers beat Delhi by 88 runs to stay alive in the tournament.

David Warner led from the front by scoring a 34-ball 66 (8x4, 2x6) and then, took two catches to help dismiss the in-form Shikhar Dhawan —for a golden duck off Sandeep Sharma’s third ball — and Marcus Stoinis (5, 6b, 1x4) off Shahbaz Nadeem inside the powerplay.

As it happened

He even took the right DRS call towards the back end of the game that saw the end of Rishabh Pant (36, 35b, 3x4, 1x6). Ajinkya Rahane (26, 19b, 3x4, 1x6) tried to build a partnership with Shimron Hetmyer (16, 13b, 3x4) but that was cut short by leg-spinner Rashid Khan. The right-hander failed to read the googly and was trapped in front of his stumps. The West Indian exposed his stumps while trying to attempt a cross-batted shot and allowed the spinner to clean him up.

Shreyas Iyer (7, 12b) batted at No. 6 and couldn’t do much after losing half the side under 60.

Rashid recorded his best figures of the season (3/7) to strangle Delhi. He bowled 17 dot balls to finish with an economy of 1.80.

The Warner, Saha show

Warner and Wriddhiman Saha (87, 45b, 12x4, 2x6), who replaced Jonny Bairstow, built on the already-handsome net run rate of +0.029 to finish at +0.396 — one of the factors that can help the side qualify.

Saha — playing his second game of the season and that too, after a month’s gap — swept the spinners and pulled the quick bowlers with gusto to lift Sunrisers to 219 for the loss of two wickets.

With 77 in the first six overs without losing a wicket, Sunrisers recorded their best powerplay performance of the season with Warner taking on fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to score 22 in an over.  The southpaw smashed four fours and a six to completely change the momentum. The signature slash cut, swiping over the cow corner and the flat-batted strikes left the Delhi fielders clueless.

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Warner and Saha added 107 runs off 58 balls before Ravichandran Ashwin sent down a loopy off-break to entice the left-hander; the mistimed lofted shot found Axar Patel at extra cover.

Saha looked set for his second IPL hundred, first in six years, but he mistimed a length ball from Anrich Nortje to find Iyer at mid-off. However, he provided the platform for Sunrisers bowlers to explode.

Ashwin (1/35) and Nortje (1/37) were the only bowlers among wickets.   

Last year, Sunrisers Hyderabad had qualified for the playoffs with 12 points and this time around, Delhi Capitals is still fighting to go through despite 14 points in its kitty.

With this huge win, Sunrisers have moved to the sixth spot. They are tied with Rajasthan Royals on the points table (10 points each) but their current net run rate is better than Royals (-0.505), Kings XI Punjab (-0.049) and Kolkata Knight Riders (-0.479) who are also vying for the fourth spot.

Chasing a concern for Delhi

"It’s been a concern. When we decide to bowl first, we’ve given away big totals. We have to get better at that, we need to be better at bowling first and at chasing totals because so far, it hasn’t worked for us. We had a rough idea from the start of the game on how many points one might need to qualify. We got to seven wins quite quickly, and now lost three in a row. We have to reset right now. We play MI next and RCB in the last match and if we keep playing the way we are, we will find it hard to win those games. So we have to change things and change them quickly."

- Ricky Ponting, head coach, Delhi Capitals

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