Delhi Capitals, on Tuesday, lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 88 runs to suffer their third successive defeat. Following the defeat, they have dropped to the third spot in the points table with seven wins from 12 games.
Chasing a mammoth 220, the Delhi-based outfit could only manage 131. Delhi never really looked like putting up a challenge with the bat as they kept wickets at regular intervals. Half of the side was back in the hut for just 78 runs as Delhi remained on the backfoot throughout the game.
Rishabh Pant was the top-scorer for the side, scoring 36 while Ajinkya Rahane played a 26-run knock. On the other hand, the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis could not even touch the double-digit mark. For SRH, Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for just 7 off four overs.
Earlier in the game, fifties from Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner helped SRH put up a mammoth total of 219 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs. Asked to bat first, SRH were off to a flying start as Warner and Saha came out all guns blazing. The duo added 107 runs in less than ten overs before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Warner for 66.
It, however, did not affect SRH’s momentum as Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey kept playing the big shots at will. The two added 63 runs for the second wicket before Anrich Nortje sent back Saha. Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson then ensured SRH cross the 200-run mark and put up a big total.
Shreyas Iyer’s reaction:
Speaking at the end of the game, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer admitted that the successive losses would put the side under pressure. At the same time, he insisted that the latest loss would motivate Delhi Capitals to bounce back.
“Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down from this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games,” said Shreyas Iyer.
“Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us. We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing,” he added.