Delhi Capitals were on the back foot for most part of the innings, but Keemo Paul and Kagiso Rabada bowled exceptionally well to gift the team a 39-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. While the middle-order saved their day, there was so much Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan could do for the team.
Prithvi Shaw (2/10): The young kid from Mumbai must’ve understood the perils of being a perpetual back foot player. Just like Virender Sehwag used to struggle against short balls because of the same trait, Shaw was at the receiving of a short of length ball just outside the off stump and while trying to punch off the back foot, he ended up giving a top edge to the keeper for 4.
Shikhar Dhawan (2/10): The geometrical problems Shikhar Dhawan poses to bowlers because of his left-handedness is central to Delhi Capitals’ success as witnessed in the last game against KKR. And in the SRH game, he needed to understand the importance of his batting to the side. However, his mode of dismissal, when he was just on 7, was anything but that and something, he wouldn’t even forgive himself for.
Colin Munro (7/10): Munro batted fluently for his 40, employing a high-on-the-handle grip and poked good balls into gaps and throttled most others, invariably with soft wrist and sublime balance. His square drives were nice too, but that eventually proved his Achilles heel as Abhishek Sharma found an edge when Munro was trying a square drive.
Shreyas Iyer (7.5/10): In the context of the game, it wasn’t a bad
Rishabh Pant (3.5/10): There is no doubt that Rishabh Pant is a gifted cricketer and is the symbolic heart of the modern-day T20 batsmanship. However, by throwing away his wickets in
Chris Morris (8.5/10): Playing the 18th over of an innings, when half of the batting order is sitting in all readiness inside the dugout was not an option for Chris Morris. But by doing that precisely, the South
Axar Patel (4/10): Not the best day for the spinner, as after missing an easy catch at short mid-wicket, the left-arm spinner was hit for 23 runs in two overs. With the bat, he wasn’t bad actually considering the fact that Sunrisers seamers turned the game on in the death overs and Axar still managed to score an unbeaten 14 off 11 balls.
Amit Mishra (6/10): Bowling with a speed above 110
Keemo Paul (9/10): Probably the only Windies players, who hadn’t been a sensation this IPL until now, joined the party against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His solid length coupled with the less bounce gelled well in the sticky Hyderabad surface to create all sorts of problems for the Aussie-English pair. Ended up with an excellent figure of 3/17.
Kagiso Rabada(9.5/10): The purple cap is back to the man who has been truly the most threatening bowler in the league so far. Primarily a swing bowler who relies on his pace to generate movement, Rabada’s seam presentation was a sight for sore eyes, bored by Ishant Sharma’s perfect
Ishant Sharma(7/10): Whatever the story of the 2019 IPL has been or will be, for me, Ishant Sharma bowling with purpose with the white-ball in hand, has to be right up there. He troubled the duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow with his late swing and in the process, suddenly made himself the dark horse to be a hot name in selector’s meeting tomorrow.
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