Qualifier 2: Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers to set IPL final clash with Mumbai Indians

Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League was played between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC) at Abu Dhabi. DC won the toss and elected to bat first. SRH did not make any changes to their side from their win against RCB in the Eliminator. DC made two changes to their side after losing their match against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1. Praveen Dubey and Shimron Hetmyer replaced Prithvi Shaw and Daniel Sams, respectively.

Stoinis and Dhawan score quickly in the powerplay overs

Delhi Capitals sent Marcus Stoinis to open with Shikhar Dhawan. Stoinis, who has been a regular opener for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, opened for the first time in IPL 2020. The experiment would have been failed in the third over; however, Jason Holder dropped the catch off Sandeep Sharma’s over. Stoinis then pelted the Sunrisers bowlers along with Shikhar Dhawan in the first six overs. Delhi Capitals scored 65/0 in the powerplay overs, their best of this season. Sunrisers fielded poorly in the powerplay leading to this assault from Delhi openers.

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Rashid Khan got rid of Stoinis with a peach of a delivery; however, the damage was done as Sunrisers leaked 102 runs in the first ten overs.

Some quiet overs in the middle, but Hetmyer, Dhawan helped set a formidable target

Sunrisers bowlers were able to pull the things back by reducing the run-rate as they gave away only 37 runs in the next 5 overs. In doing so, they also took the wicket of Shreyas Iyer, who was striking at a run a ball only. Hetmyer entered at fourth position and started playing shots from the first ball with a beautiful inside-out shot for a boundary. He scored 34 of just 15 deliveries while Dhawan scored a brilliant 77 of 48 balls. However, Sandeep Sharma and Natarajan bowled good last 2 overs to restrict Delhi to 189 when they were perfectly looking at 200.

Sunrisers lost their top order in a jiffy

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Priyam Garg and David Warner opened for Sunrisers while Ravichandran Ashwin bowled the first over. The first over costed Delhi Capitals 12 runs; however, Kagiso Rabada bowled David Warner on the first delivery of the second over.

Williamson, the lone fighter for Sunrisers, was not able to win it for Sunrisers

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Kane Williamson and Jason Holder started to rebuild the innings by rotating the strike and hitting an odd ball to the boundary. However, Jason Holder perished in the 12th over with Sunrisers still requiring 100 runs to win off 50 deliveries. Kane Williamson completed his half-century, and Abdul Samad took Nortje’s over to cleaner to score 16 runs off that over.

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SRH needed 51 runs to win off the last four overs. Marcus Stoinis got rid of Kane Williamson to end Sunrisers hope to get into the finals of IPL 2020. Kagiso Rabada bowled an exceptional 19th over to take Delhi Capitals to their first final ever.

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