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Sunrisers managed to win their first match in this year’s IPL 2020. The team beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs in Abu Dhabi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The bowling of Rashid Khan had changed the odds for Sunrisers.
Winning the toss, DC opted to bowl. The bowlers of DC showed great discipline and at the end of 5 over’s, SRH had given only one boundary. In the beginning, Bairstow and Warner were very slow but finally found the right length. They stood by each other for a partnership of 50 runs. This opening pair was good at ‘running between the wickets’ but there was a possibility of slowing down due to the humidity.
Mishra got the wickets of the skipper and also of Pandey. Bairstow made his 50 but got out to the ball of Rabada.
The first innings came to a close with SRH at 162 for 4 wickets.
DC was off to a slow start and had made only 5 runs in the first 2 over’s losing 1 wicket. This is the start Warner was looking for. Though DC lost an early wicket, Shikhar Dhawan racked up some shots and kept DC well into the game.
Shreyas Iyer was caught by Abdul Samad in the bowling of Rashid Khan. This was a big wicket for the Sunrisers.
At the end of 8 over’s DC was 43 runs for 2 wickets and the required run rate shot to 10 per over. DC was now desperate for some good overs.
Rashid Khan was the best of the spinners yesterday. He managed to get Dhawan out.
At the end of 13 over’s, DC needed 85 runs off 42 balls. The required run rate was 12 per over.
Soon you found that DC was dealing with sixes. There were consecutive sixes with Pant and then Hetmyer. Now the required run rate was 59 runs in 30 balls.
Just when DC was settling down, Hetmyer was out. This wicket was got by Bhuvi.
Stoins was next.
The next wicket for Pant was a big set-back for DC. This was again bowled by Rashid Khan. Stoins got out with lbw and this might have been the end of the game for DC.
A brilliant finishing touch by Kane Williamson and another T20 master class by Rashid Khan helped the Sunrisers Hyderabad to get a victory against Delhi Capitals by 15 runs. This ensures that every team had a point on the board inside the first fortnight of IPL2020.
Before this match, the Sunrisers were a team that was placed at the bottom and the DC team was at the top. The result showed the openness of this season. There is a possibility of every team beating the other.
Sunrisers had found a pitch that was suitable to their style. The bowling attack worked as strength but was a little ineffective early in the IPL.
To put it in short, Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan helped the Sunrisers to topple the DC team.