Deepak Hooda, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra IPL 2019
DC will meet CSK in Qualifier 2 on Friday (Agencies)

Delhi Capitals finally won their first IPL playoff match in the league’s 12-year history when they edge past former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in an edge-of-the-seat thriller Wednesday night.

Here we look at the phases from the thrilling contest that proved decisive:

Guptill starts well but DC claw back through Mishra

The pitch wasn’t going to do the batsmen any favours – a fact both set of captains were fully aware of. Luck though went in the favour of DC who didn’t have to bat first on a difficult track. Milking the Powerplay overs was going to be crucial and Martin Guptill took the lead for SRH. In their first six overs, SRH made 54/1 – 35 off them by Guptill off just 17 deliveries. Legspinner Amit Mishra was introduced after the relaxation in fielding restrictions. And his four overs in the middle overs choked SRH batsmen who failed to score a boundary in them. His first over resulted in the wicket of Guptill and he bowled unchanged, ending with figures of 4-0-16-1.

The controversial run out

With SRH batsmen exploding in the death-overs, they were progressing towards a challenging total. Middle order had played its part in contributing towards the late flourish. The final over of their innings turned out to be quite an eventful affair. They made 10 runs in it and lost three wickets in successive deliveries. Two of those dismissals were run-of-the-mill affair but the run-out of Deepak Hooda was an interesting turn of events. Keemo Paul bowled one well outside off and Hooda failed to connect. It was given wide and Rashid Khan, the non-striker, called for a bye. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant threw the ball back to the bowler, but it evaded him to crash on the stumps. Meanwhile, Hooda fell after colliding with Paul who was approaching to collect the throw. DC captain Shreyas Iyer was asked if he wanted to withdraw the appeal and at first it seemed, he had agreed. But then Pant convinced him otherwise. Hooda was given out.

Shaw blazes before SRH take control

Like SRH, DC also exploited the new ball. Prithvi Shaw took the lead and raced to 39 off 24 in the Powerplay to take them to 55/0. Shaw went on to complete his half-century and after 10 overs, DC were 83/1, well in control of the chase before Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid changed the complexion. Kane Williamson brought Khaleel back in the 11th over and in it he landed two body blows – first he Shreyas Iyer out caught behind and then he removed Shaw with a slower one. DC were shaken but they had wickets in hand. Rashid then bowled a double-wicket maiden to leave them in trouble at 111/5 after 15 overs.

Mishra given out obstructing the field

Despite Pant’s fireworks, SRH took the game into the final over. They need five from the six deliveries with three wickets remaining. Khaleel allowed two off his first three including one via wide. Two off three. Khaleel bowled an off-cutter and Mishra failed to connect but ran anyway for a bye. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha aimed for the stumps at striker’s end but missed it. Khaleel collected the ball, turned and aimed for the non-striker’s end and the ball struck Mishra’s arm. And then he appealed. It was for Mishra obstructing the field as he had deliberately put himself in between the throw and the stump. Third umpire was consulted and his verdict went against DC.