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IPL 2020: DC setup a finals date with MI by beating SRH in Qualifier 2

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It was an excellent comeback from Delhi Capitals which helped them to reach their maiden IPL final. After a massive loss against the defending champions Mumbai Indians on Thursday night, Shreyas Iyer and his DC team bounced back nicely as they beat SRH by 17 runs in qualifier two which was played on Sunday.

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DC made a significant change in their batting order which helped them to make a mess of SRH. Marcus Stoinis was the man in-form for DC in the previous games, and they allowed the Aussie all-rounder to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan after they won the toss and chose to bat first.

Stoinis had a previous experience of opening the innings in the Big Bash League and here, this decision had paid off as DC had got off to a great start. Jason Holder dropped Stoinis at silly mid-on position. But Stoinis made fair use of that drop chance and gave DC a start which they wanted. Dhawan batted with ease as there was no pressure on him due to Stoinis’s brilliance. DC scored 65 runs in the first six overs of the power-play, and the SRH bowlers missed Bhuvi dearly as they couldn’t get a quick breakthrough.

DC openers shared a stand of 86 runs from just 8.2 overs. It was Rashid Khan, who broke this stand when he clean bowled Marcus Stoinis for well made 38 runs which he scored from only 27 deliveries. SRH made a mini sort of comeback, but that was for a little time as DC reacted quickly. Shreyas Iyer promoted himself at number three batting position instead of sending a power hitter like Shimron Hetmyer. Skipper Iyer struggled to score quick runs as he couldn’t time the ball. Eventually, he was dismissed for 21 runs, which he scored from 19 balls.

SRH had thought that the things were under control after they picked up the wickets of Stoinis and Iyer, but later flourish came from Dhawan and Hetmyer who went after the bowling of SRH. Dhawan scored another fifty in this IPL season, and he looked to give a strong finish for Delhi in this match. Hetmyer was included in this game after he was dropped for many matches. The power hitter from West Indies showed why he shouldn’t have been kept out from the previous games. He played a classy knock which gave back the lost momentum for DC.

Dhawan and Hetmyer shared a quick stand of 52 runs, which kept DC in the game. Dhawan was equally devastating after he scored the highest runs in this season. But he was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma in the 18th over. Dhawan didn’t review that decision, although the ball was pitched the outside the off stump. Gabbar decided to walk away to the pavilion after he played another great knock of 78 runs, which he scored from just fifty deliveries with six boundaries and two sixes.

Shrimron Hetmyer batted till the end alongside Rishabh Pant who faced just three deliveries in the innings. Hetmyer was unbeaten on 42 runs, which he scored from only 22 deliveries with four boundaries and one six. While Pant was not on two runs, but DC couldn’t get to the 200 run mark after the openers had put on an excellent opening partnership. And with Dhawan and Hetmyer’s onslaught towards the end of the innings.

T Natarajan is called a Yorker specialist. He bowled the best over in the match and which helped SRH to restrict DC to 189 runs from their allotted 20 overs. Natarajan’s last over is the only positive for SRH in the bowling department; otherwise, it was not a commendable performance with the ball by the orange army. Even though Natarajan didn’t pick up any wickets to his name, but his last over was awesome. Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, and Sandeep Sharma picked up one wicket each to their name, but they were expensive, and the three drop catches from the SRH fielders also hurt them in the end.

The high scoring run chase was started with a wicket for Sunrisers Hyderabad. David Warner was clean bowled by Kagiso Rabada which had put pressure upfront for the orange army. Warner was out for just two runs. Priyam Garg was promoted as an opener in this match. Garg and Pandey stabilized the innings a bit after Warner was out. But Priyam was dismissed even before SRH reached the fifty run mark. Marcus Stonis had a good day with the bat, and he continued to have that with the ball.

It was Marcus Stoinis who picked up two wickets in one over. He clean bowled Priyam Garg for 12 runs, and Stoinis also sent Manish Pandey back to the pavilion after he scored 21 runs. The orange army was under immense pressure. Kane Williamson was the who kept SRH in the game despite the wicket kept on tumbling. Holder had a complete off the day with the ball, and he couldn’t bat well in this match. He fell after he scored just 11 runs.

Then it was a fight that was put by Williamson and Abdul Samad. They shared a mini stand that kept them in the game. Williamson scored another half-century in this IPL 2020 season. The modern-day great batsmen fought hard, but he had no support this time around. Later Williamson fell for a well-made score of 67 runs and with that, the hopes of the orange army also dashed. Abdul Samad played well for his 33 runs, but he could not convert the start as Williamson did. Samad was out to Rabada.

It was a challenging task for the lower middle order of SRH. Apart from Rashid Khan’s 11 runs. The rest of the batters were out in single-digit scores. Shreevatas Goswami bagged his second duck in two back to back innings. While Shabaz Nadeem and Sandeep Sharma were unbeaten on two runs each, SRH could manage only 172 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs. DC won this must-win encounter by 17 runs and progressed to their maiden final.

DC’s bowling is world-class, and today also they showed their pure class with Rabada had picked up four wickets, and Stoinis picked up three wickets while Axar Patel bagged one wicket to his name.

Marcus Stoinis won the player of the match award for his all-round show. He scored 38 runs as an opener, and he also picked up three wickets to his name in this match.

Now DC will play against Mumbai Indians in the final of the IPL 2020 season on Tuesday, 10th November 2020 in the Dubai International Stadium at 7.30 PM IST. 

 

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