After winning their first two matches of IPL 2020, things did not go as desired for the Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Delhi Capitals suffered their first loss this year to SunRisers Hyderabad, who were winless until this game. Delhi Capitals produced a tidy bowling performance after choosing to field first; however, fell 15 runs short of a competitive 162.
The new-ball pair of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada were on point against David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, not allowing them easy runs and too much width to pounce on. Bairstow and Warner kept their calm and cautiously added 77 for the opening wicket. Star batsman Manish Pandey fell early; however, Kane Williamson motored along quite well, playing his first game of the current season.
Williamson played a valuable hand of 41 from 26 deliveries only that gave the Orange army the much-needed push, catapulting them to 162 in 20 overs. Despite a poor start from Delhi Capitals, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer did not let their side go into the back foot. However, Rashid Khan forced them by dismissing them and later Rishabh Pant. The leggie secured the man of the match award, finishing with figures of 4-0-14-3. It did not let Delhi recover as the SunRisers’ seamer kept them 15 runs short of victory.
“We thought dew would play a massive role and the ball would come on well” : Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer felt happy chasing 160 on the pitch from which he expected the dew to appear. However, Shreyas Iyer revealed being surprised as the deck was two-paced, crediting David Warner’s men for outplaying them. Iyer, who began promisingly, was one of the three victims of Rashid Khan. The right-handed batsman lamented not going for plenty of twos, not taking the benefit of the ground dimensions and vowed to do the same moving forward when they play here.
“I think we were happy with 160 to chase. It was a par score. They knew the pitch better than us. They outplayed us, credit to them. It was really surprising that it played two-paced in the second innings. We thought dew would play a massive role and the ball would come on well, but yeah we can’t give excuses at this time. We didn’t capitalise on the ground dimension and take doubles. We will make sure we do when we play here next,” Shreyas Iyer said in the post-match presentation.