IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over

Rishabh Pant [Image-IPLT20]

Delhi Capitals have beaten SunRisers Hyderabad in the Super Over despite the best of efforts by Kane Williamson and a brisk cameo from Jagadeesh Suchith in what turned out to be an arse-nipper in Chennai.

Needing 160 to win, SunRisers Hyderabad lost an early wicket in the form of their skipper David Warner courtesy of a horrible miscommunication between him and Jonny Bairstow.

Bairstow survived a close caught-behind call and then had a catch dropped by Shimron Hetmyer off the bowling of Ravichandran Aswin. The English swashbuckling opener proceeded to make the most of it as he smashed the likes of Marcus Stoinis and others to all corners to ensure that SunRisers Hyderabad made the most of the powerplay.

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over
Jonny Bairstow [Image-IPLT20]
Bairstow smashed a whirlwind 18-ball 38- an innings which included three fours and four sixes- before Amit Mishra brought about his downfall in the final over of the powerplay.

SunRisers Hyderabad racked up 56 runs in the powerplay but with both Bairstow and Warner gone, spinners getting a grip and turn from the surface, and Virat Singh struggling to maneuver the strike, it was all down to Kane Williamson to steer his team through.

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over
Kane Williamson [Image-IPLT20]
Williamson took calculated risks against the likes of Amit Mishra and Ashwin and got some crucial boundaries between overs 6-10, taking SRH’s total to 2/80 after 10.

Virat Singh’s painstaking knock of 14-ball 4 finally came to an end as the southpaw failed to nail the pull shot and ended up hitting it straight to Marcus Stoinis.

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over
Kedar Jadhav stumped by Rishabh Pant [Image-IPT20]
Kedar Jadhav played two brilliant strokes but one shot proved to be too many as he was totally beaten in length by the experienced Amit Mishra after he had danced down the track.

With 50 needed off the last 30 balls, the onus of leading SunRisers Hyderabad past the finishing line fell squarely on Kane Williamson. The Kiwi captain completed his 50 off 42 balls in the 16th over but just 7 runs came out of it, leaving the Delhi Capitals with 43 in the bank for the last four.

Axar Patel, Mohammad Kaif
Axar Patel. (Photo- BCCI)

But the problem was that Kane kept losing partners at the other end. Axar Patel trapped Abhishekh Sharma and Rashid Khan plumb in front of successive deliveries in the 17th over. Just 4 runs came off the 17th over. With 39 required off the last 18 balls, Williamson creamed Mishra for a four past extra-cover on the very first delivery but Mishra came back well to give 7 runs off the remaining five deliveries.

With balls running out, Vijay Shankar had to go for the big shot and he perished in trying to do that as he mistimed an attempted pull on yet another change of pace delivery by Avesh Khan and ended up chopping it on his stumps.  Jagadeesha Suchith stroked a much-needed four and then backed it up with another four with a swivel pull past deep backward square-leg, reducing the final equation to 16 off 6.

Kagiso Rabada started the final over with a wide and then Williamson [66* off 51 balls] proceeded to scoop the pacer for a four towards deep fine-leg.  Rabada followed it up with a back of a length slower ball which Kane failed to connect but they nevertheless ran for a single.

Suchith then smoked Rabada for a massive six-over deep midwicket. The duo took back-to-back singles and it all came down to two runs off the last ball with Suchith at strike, who ran for another single to ensure that we had our first tie of the season.

 

What happened in the Super-Over?

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over
Axar Patel bowled a brilliant super-over [Image-IPLT20]
SunRisers Hyderabad made a surprising call of sending David Warner ahead of an in-form Jonny Bairstow alongside Kane Williamson. Delhi Capitals chose Axar Patel to bowl the Super Over, who did a brilliant job by giving just 7 runs [Warner ran 1 run short].

Delhi Capitals chose skipper Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan for the run-chase against Rashid Khan. Just two singles came on the first two deliveries before Pant brought up a much-needed boundary with a cheeky reverse-sweep over short fine-leg. Khan bowled a dot ball, leaving 2 runs to get off the last two deliveries. Pant survive a close LBW call on the next delivery and he ended up taking a single to tie the scores. Dhawan then proceeded to survive another LBW call to take a leg-bye and bring up a win for the Delhi Capitals.

 

Delhi Capitals posted 4/159 thanks to a whirlwind 50 by Prithvi Shaw and crucial knocks by Rishabh Pant and Steve Smith

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan [Image-IPLT20]
Batting first, Delhi Capitals got off to a rollicking start thanks to the opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan.

Shaw set the ball rolling by smashing Khaleel Ahmed for three consecutive fours on the first three balls of the match before smoking two more against Abhishek Sharma in the second. Shikhar Dhawan also chipped in with one-four off Sharma to make it six-fours in the first 12 balls.

The duo, especially Shaw, who smoked Sid Kaul for a disdainful six over long-off in the 3rd over, ensured that Delhi Capitals made full of the powerplay, ending it at 0/51.

Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan, AB de Villiers
Rashid Khan [Image-IPLT20]
But the introduction of Rashid Khan led to SunRisers Hyderabad clawing back in the game. Khan knocked over Shikhar Dhawan after the southpaw ran down the track, only to see his stumps get pegged back.

Khan nearly dismissed Rishabh Pant in his following over when the southpaw, just like Dhawan, was beaten by the in-spin. Bairstow failed to collect the ball but it did not matter as Prithvi Shaw ran halfway down the track for a non-existent single to get run-out.

Rishabh Pant got off to a slow start but once he got in, the southpaw played some cracking strokes.

IPL 2021: Twitter Erupts As Delhi Capitals Beat SunRisers Hyderabad In The Super Over
Rishabh Pant [Image-IPT20]
The southpaw laid into Rashid Khan three fours in his last two overs, ensuring that the leg-spinner registered his most expensive figures in IPL 2021- 1/31 in 4 overs.

SunRisers Hyderabad was pretty poor in the field as they regularly shelled opportunities. Jonny Bairstow had earlier missed the stumping of Pant and then it was followed by Sid Kaul, who dropped a dolly of Smith at short third-man.

Steve Smith brought out switch-hit against the pacers but the champion Test batsman largely struggled and often lost his shape in an attempt to hit the ball too hard.

Pant (37 off 27) and Smith (34* off 25) added 58 runs in 6.5 overs for the third wicket before Pant and then Shimron Hetmyer fell in a bid to get quick runs within a space of five balls in the penultimate over. Steve Smith, however, smashed a six and a four in the last over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed to ensure that Delhi Capitals finish on a high at 4/159 in 20 overs.

 

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