Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, SRH vs DC, Indian Premier League, IPL 2019
Delhi Capitals will be high on confidence after back-to-back wins.

That’s a wrap for today, folks. Remember this collapse, one for the ages! We hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Do stick around for all the reports, post-match press conference reports, videos, analysis and much more, but for now, it’s goodnight! 

11.59 pm: With figures of 3 for 17 in his four overs, and one who was responsible for triggering SRH’s downfall, Keemo Paul is today’s Man of the Match. Here’s what he had to say:

“First all of thanks to God. I just tried to adapt to the wicket. This game is all about confidence. I have not been getting much to contribute with the bat. This is for the friends, family and all my team mates.”

11.57 pm: The winning captain, Shreyas Iyer has his say:

“We are believing so. It started to slow down. Me and Pant had decided so that one of us will take the charge. We got a little cameo from Keemo and Axar and helped us get to that total. We have played together. It is good to be around each other. It is easy to have that camaraderie. It is a positive thing to carry around. We are positive as well when we chase. We will be backing our abilties.”

11.55 pm: Kagiso Rabada is now the Purple Cap holder. Here’s what he has to say about DC’s crushing performance today.

“We have our game plans and all that we try to do is to stick to it. We hope it goes our way and more often than not, it should go your way. It’s been the trend so far, you need to have variety in your pace. We try to talk about change-ups especially if wickets are assisting those type of changes. It worked for us today. In many ways, you do have a responsibility as an overseas player. I just feel that you have to do your best. We are working on all the departments and it’s working well for us.”

11.52 pm: SRH captain Kane Williamson speaks at the post-match presentation ceremony

“I thought the first half with the ball was a really good effort. It was a bare surface, probably a 160 surface. We tried in the second half but never got going with partnerships. Unfortunate performance but credit to Delhi the way they played. No, never any complacency in a tournament like this. Any team on the table can beat anybody. For us, it’s about executing our plans and play our style of cricket. It’s one of those things. The two at the top of the order have been prolific. Delhi adapted well on this surface and used their changes of pace.”

Summary: 15 runs and 8 wickets, SRH did really botch up this run-chase. They have themselves to be blamed here. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner expectedly provided the right foundation, but once they departed, the questionable SRH middle order was exposed and it failed yet again. With this win, Delhi Capitals have claimed a hat-trick of wins  and move to 10 points. Another point to note was that all the 10 wickets were taken by DC seamers on a sluggish pitch. What a feat!

Sunrisers Hyderabad innings (TARGET: 156)

11.43 pm: Some initial reactions after what has been an aweful show by Sunrisers Hyderabad

11.42 pm: From 101 for 2 for 116 bowled out, talk about a batting collapse. Delhi Capitals jump to second in the points table.

19th over: Sandeep Sharma is the new batsman in the middle. Kagiso Rabada will continue and he has finished it off very, very quickly with the wickets of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed. IT’S ALL OVER! Delhi Capitals have registered an emphatic 39-run victory. 

18th over: WICKET! Sunrisers Hyderabad are falling apart totally! Chris Morris has cleaned up Deepak Hooda, who departs for 3. SRH in all sorts of trouble. ANOTHER WICKET, Morris sends Rashid Khan back for a duck, now another South African is on a HAT-TRICK! Right, the HAT-TRICK WAS DENIED, but Morris strikes in the last delivery, Abhishek Sharma departs for 2. SRH 112/8 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1)

17th over: BIG WICKET! Kagiso Rabada is back into the attack. The run rate now is 13 per over. Rabada has sent the dangerman, yes, David Warner, the slower delivery does it again. The southpaw looked t5o slap it, but got the toe end of it and Shreyas Iyer picked up an easy one at mid-off. Warner departs for 51. Is that the match for Delhi Capitals? Rabada takes another, Shankar departs for 1, top edges it to Rishabh Pant behind. RABADA’s ON A HAT-TRICK, and it’s denied by Abhishek Sharma, but what an over from the South African pacer, 4 runs and 2 wickets. SRH 108/5 (Deepak Hooda 1, Abhishek Sharma 1)

16th over: SRH botching this chase up? Keemo Paul comes back into the attack, AND HE DOES IT AGAIN! THIRD WICKET FOR THE WEST INDIAN, this is proving to be a match-defining spell from him. Ricky Bhui never looked settled. He departs for just 7. Vijay Shankar has joined Warner in the middle. Excellent over by KP, 4 runs and the wicket. SRH 104/3 (Warner 49, Vijay Shankar 1)

15th over: Mishra to continue, WARNER SURVIVES! Mishra can’t hold on to one hammered back by the batsman. 5 runs from this over. SRH 100/2 (Warner 46, Bhui 7) 

14th over: Chris Morris comes back into the attack, and Warner has smashed a BOUNDARY after sometime, pulls it away towards deep mid-wicket. He bludgeons another one on the penultimate delivery of the over past cover, this one was gifted, full toss by Morris and Warner punishes the bowler. 11 runs from this over. SRH 95/2 (Warner 42, Bhui 6)

13th over: Amit Mishra to continue, another good over for Delhi Capitals, just 4 runs from it. SRH 84/2 (Warner 32, Bhui 5)

12th over: WICKET! Keemo Paul will continue and HE HAS STRUCK AGAIN this time with the wicket of SRH captain Kane Williamson, who looks so out of form. Done in by the slower ball, chips it up to the right of mid-off where Rabada comes flying across for the catch. Williamson departs for just 3. Ricky Bhui has joined Warner in the middle. Brilliant stuff from Keemo Paul, just 3 runs from this over and the wicket. SRH 80/2 (Warner 32, Ricky Bhui 1)

11th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Amit Mishra comes into the attack to bowl his legspinners. Excellent over by Mishra, just 4 runs coming from it. SRH 77/1 (Warner 31, Williamson 3)

10th over: WICKET! Keemo Paul to continue, and finally, Delhi Capitals strike, KP with the BIG WICKET of Jonny Bairstow. This one was fuller and wider, Bairstow reaches out for it and drills it straight down long-off’s throat with Rabada picking an easy one. Bairstow departs for a well-played 41 off 31. SRH captain Kane Williamson has joined Warner in the middle. The wicket Delhi needed. 7 from the over. SRH 73/1 (Warner 29)

9th over: Axar Patel will continue and Warner has SMOKED this one INTO THE STANDS, muscled it over mid-wicket. Bairstow too has his share of a BOUNDARY to the deep mid-wicket region. 15 runs from this over. SRH 66/0 (Bairstow 39, Warner 26)

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Keemo Paul comes into the attack. The 50-run partnership comes up between Bairstow and Warner. How many times have they been so solid in the start this season? Just 3 runs from this Keemo Paul over. SRH 51/0 (Bairstow 34, Warner 16)

STAT ATTACK: Fifth time in seven games that SRH haven’t lost a wkt in the Powerplay.

7th over: SPIN INTRODUCED! Axar Patel has been introduced into the attack. Bairstow be like, spin or no spin, he’s going to attack everything, he has guided this one nicely for a BOUNDARY through the vacant slip region. 8 runs from the over. SRH 48/0 (Bairstow 33, Warner 14)

Strategic timeout!

6th over: Kagiso Rabada comes back into the attack, Delhi giving it their all in the field, but the wickets are missing. Just 4 runs coming from this Rabada over. End of the Powerplay, SRH in command, 40/0 (Bairstow 26, Warner 13)

5th over: Ishant will continue, Delhi Capitals in need of a wicket here. Brilliant bowling by the fast bowler, just 6 from it. SRH 36/0 (Bairstow 23, Warner 12)

4th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Chris Morris comes into the attack, appeal for an lbw and it’s turned down by the umpire! BOOM! Bairstow takes the aerial route, straight down the ground, 7 runs from this over. SRH 30/0 (Bairstow 20, Warner 10)

3rd over: Ishant will continue, 147.8kph, Bairstow almost nicks it behind, but then that was the only mistake as he smashed Ishant for successive boundaries — the first one over point and the second one over square leg. 10 runs from this over. SRH 23/0 (Bairstow 14, Warner 9)

2nd over: Kagiso Rabafa comes into the attack and Warner welcomes him with a cracking boundary through square leg. The next saw Warner’s heart in his mouth, but it lands safe. Bairstow too joined the party, short ball at the hips and Bairstow glances it past the fielder at short fine leg. 10 runs from Rabada’s first over. SRH 13/0 (Warner 8, Bairstow 5)

1st over: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will open the innings for Sunrisers. Ishant Sharma has the new ball in hand. Excellent opening over by Ishant, just the 3 runs from it. SRH 3/0 (David Warner 3, Jonny Bairstow 0)

Delhi Capitals innings:

9.53 pm: Here’s what Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to say about his performance and the team’s bowling show today:

“You feel good when you achieve those milestones (about his 100th wicket for SRH). It’s always tough when you are out with an injury but I was preparing accordingly and wasn’t rushing myself. It was a really good break for us, it was a perfect timing since we are halfway into the tournament. It’s a pretty good score to chase, we need to bat well. Khaleel bowled really well, restricting them to 155 is a good effort.”

Summary: Good comeback by Sunrisers Hyderabad especially after Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant almost took the game away with a 50-plus partnership. Earlier, Colin Munro played an enterprising knock before he was dismissed by Abhishek Sharma, the debutante. For SRH, Rashid was the most economical bowler while Khaleel was the highest wicket taker with three crucial scalps. This target shouldn’t be tough for SRH to chase down. Back in 10 minutes with the second essay.

9.44 pm: Some initial reactions after what has been a topsy turvy Delhi Capitals innings:

20th over: THAT’S IT: Delhi Capitals huff and puff their way to 155/7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar  STRUCK with the wicket of Keemo Paul, who smashed a SIX in the previous delivery, but Bhuvi has the last laugh. 13 runs comes in the last over. 

19th over: Sandeep Sharma comes back into the attack. 9 runs coming from this over, including a BOUNDARY by Axar past cover. DC 142/6 (Axar 10, Keemo Paul 1) 

18th over: Rashid Khan comes back into the attack, and Bairstow has put down a dolly! BUT RASHID KHAN FINISHES HIS SPELL OFF WITH A WICKET! Cleans up Chris Morris with a quicker legbreak. Morris departs for 4. DC falling apart here. Keemo Paul has joined Axar in the middle. Just 3 and the wicket in this over. DC 133/6 (Axar 3) 

17th over: WICKET! Khaleel Ahmed has claimed his third wicket in his first match of this IPL. Rishabh Pant wastes no time to join his captain back to the pavilion. He bowls a low full toss and Pant tries to lift it over long-on, but miscued it totally and Deepak Hooda picked up an easy catch at deep mid-wicket. Pant departs for 23. Axar Patel has joined Morris in the middle. Excellent over, 4 runs and the wicket. DC 130/5 (Chris Morris 3, Axar Patel 1)

16th over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the attack, Iyer and Pant are looking to shift gears now, but Bhuvi has prevented that and has STRUCK JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME WITH THE WICKET OF SHREYAS IYER. The DC departs 5 runs short of a half-century. Iyer tried to go after it, but failed in execution, gets a slight edge and Bairstow makes no mistake. The partnership has been broken. 5 runs and the BIG WICKET from this over. Chris Morris has joined Pant in the middle. DC 126/4 (Pant 23)

Strategic timeout! (Excellent recovery by DC)

15th over: Sandeep Sharma to continue and he’s conceded just 7 runs, which is really good at this state, specially with Iyer and Pant looking to shift to the next gear. DC 121/3 (Iyer 43, Pant 22)

14th over: Rashid Khan will continue, SRH in desperate need of a wicket here. Excellent over by the Afghan legspinner, just 4 from it. DC 114/3 (Iyer 39. Pant 20)

13th over: Sandeep Sharma comes back into the attack, and he’s gone for 8 runs in his over, which included a boundary from Pant, but it was poor fielding from Rashid Khan. DC 110/3 (Iyer 37, Pant 18)

12th over: Rashid Khan will continue, and he has been smashed for a powerful boundary by Iyer. 6 from the over. DC 102/3 (Iyer 35, Pant 13)

11th over: Shankar to continue, and he’s gone for 9 runs, including two boundaries, one each by Pant and Iyer. DC 96/3 (Iyer 31, Pant 12)

10th over: Rashid Khan has been introduced into the attack and Rishabh Pant welcomes him with a boundary. 10 runs from Rashid’s opening over, including two boundaries, one each from Pant and Iyer. DC 87/3 (Iyer 27, Pant 7)

Strategic timeout!

9th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Vijay Shankar comes into the attack, and he’s gone for 8 runs. DC 77/3 (Iyer 22, Rishabh Pant 2)

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: SRH debutante Abhishek Sharma has been brought into the attack. Sharma’s a left-arm orthodox spinner and MUNRO goes aerial and he’s OUT the next ball, nicks it to Bairstow behind, Abhishek Sharma gets his first wicket of the season. A fine innings by Munro comes to an end, departs for 40 off just 24. Rishabh Pant has joined Iyer in the middle. DC 69/3 (Iyer 16)

7th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Deepak Hooda comes into the attack to bowl his slow offspinners and he concedes 8 from this over, which includes a BOUNDARY by Iyer past backward point. DC 59/2 (Munro 32, Iyer 1)

6th over: Khaleel Ahmed to continue and MUNRO HAS CLOBBERED THIS ONE FOR A MASSIVE SIX DOWN THE GROUND and followed it with a boundary to the fine leg fence. 12 runs from this over. DC 51/2 (Munro 30, Iyer 8)

5th over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the attack, and he was going good, until smashed a boundary in the last ball. 9 from the over. DC 39/2 (Munro 19, Iyer 7)

4th over: WICKET! Khaleel Ahmed is having a dream start in the IPL, claims his second wicket in his second over, this time, Dhawan has to go, he top edged it and Bhuvneshwar juggled a bit, but managed to hold on to it. Dhawan departs for 7 and Delhi Capitals have lost both their openers early. The captain Shreyas Iyer has joined Munron in the middle. 10 runs and the wicket in this over. DC 30/2 (Munro 18, Shreyas Iyer 0)

3rd over: BOWLING CHANGE: Sandeep Sharma comes into the attack and Colin Munro has welcomed him with a boundary, edged it to the third man boundary. The Kiwi smashed another one in the penultimate delivery to the square region. 8 runs from this over. DC 20/1 (Munro 8, Dhawan 8)

2nd over: BIG WICKET! Khaleel Ahmed will share the new ball with Bhuvi and he HAS STRUCK in his first over of the season with the BIG WICKET of the inform Prithvi Shaw. The youngster tries to punch it off the backfoot, but ended up edging it behind to Jonny Bairstow. Shaw departs for 4. Colin Munro has joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle. Good over for SRH, five runs and the wicket. DC 12/1 (Dhawan 7, Munro 0)

1st over: Prithvi Shaw will face Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who will open the attack for SRH. Good over for Delhi, 7 runs from it, including a boundary by Dhawan. DC 7/0 (Shikhar Dhawan 4, Prithvi Shaw 3)

7.57 pm: Here’s what the captains had to say at the toss:

Kane Williamson: “We are gonna have a bowl. Usually a good surface. Two string teams and looking forward to a good contest. Initially, it was about recovering. We always enjoy playing here. We have a number of changes. Four of them. I am in for Nabi and three other changes as well.”

Shreyas Iyer: “I am really happy. Boys need to be consistent as well. We just need to believe in our abilities. Whoever gets going has to see it off. Two changes. Ingram has gone off to see his baby and Munro is in. Amit Mishra comes in and Tewatia is out.”

7.45 pm: Graeme Smith in his pitch report: “It’s a balanced surface I suppose. There is a little bit of grass, but it’s mostly dry. To be honest, there were a few cracks visible, so it should play slow one feels. Dew may make batting easier.”

7.35 pm: Here are the playing XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad make as many as four changes. No Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Siddharth Kaul. In come in Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Ricky Bhui and Khaleel Ahmed

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, K Khaleel Ahmed

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma

7.33 pm: TOSS: Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and elect to field

7.09 pm: Brace yourselves up for this one, folks. TOSS TIME in less than 20 minutes.

6.51 pm: Here’s some GOOD NEWS for SRH fans. Kane Williamson batted in the nets on Saturday and looks set to make a return to the side today.

6.29 pm: Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has sent some festival greetings from the DC camp.

6.27 pm: Few milestones that can be achieved in today’s match. SRH are playing their 100th IPL match.

6.25 pm: Sunrisers Hyderabad, known for their consistency, still haven’t found their groove this year, while Delhi Capitals are eyeing a hat-trick of wins. That more as we build up to the second match of Super Sunday. Stay tuned…

How a week of cricket can change fortunes in IPL, ask Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Six days back, SRH were flying high, sitting at the second spot in points tally with three wins from five matches. DC, after a bright start, slowed down to be placed in the bottom half at No. 6. Now, the two teams find themselves in the opposite halves.

With back-to-back victories against a struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore and a strong Kolkata Knight Riders, DC have gained much needed confidence and momentum. SRH have lost both after suffering defeats in two straight matches. The two opponents square off for the second time under different circumstances now.

DC were suffering from a sluggish start at the top which put extra pressure on their middle order resulting in batting collapses. Against KKR, Shikhar Dhawan put those doubts aside with a strokeful 97 not out in a winning cause. Whereas, top-order emerged as SRH’s biggest strength which has misfired resulting in two defeats. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow had set the IPL stage on fire with their exploits in the first half of the league and will have to replicate that to get over the roadblock their well-oiled unit has encountered. For DC, well, they will hope the momentum keeps them pushing forward and despite just a day’s gap expect their players to be fresh and raring to go. (FULL PREVIEW, CLICK HERE)