Prithvi Shaw played a brilliant innings at the top and he was complemented by Rishabh Pant in the middle-overs as the team secured a win to set up their clash with Chennai Super Kings in second eliminator. Amit Mishra also had a big role to play in the win thanks to his economical bowling.
Prithvi Shaw (8/10): Of the 14 matches Delhi had played in the league stage, Prithvi Shaw was dismissed 10 times inside the powerplay, but there was a reason behind it. Knowing the fact that the team doesn’t bat deep, he took the risk in the first six overs, and a case on point, he scored 39 off 24 balls tonight to take Delhi to 55/0 in six overs. He never stopped after that though and despite Kane Williamson having a fully-filled off-side axis, he ended up having a classy 56 runs off 38 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan (3/10): The southpaw started in fashion - with the confidence of a man who was in the zone - but as the ball started turning a bit, he was found out and Hooda sent a classic off-break to outfox the southpaw. With dew dictating the course of the play, a little amount of patience would’ve gone a long way in determining the outcome in Delhi’s favour.
Colin Munro (2/10): Delhi Capitals have swapped their Colin - Munro for Ingram - but looking at it in hindsight, it hardly made a difference. With the entire top-order back in the hut, it was the responsibility of Colin Munro to be out there and help Rishabh Pant revive the innings. Instead, he was hurried in his approach
Shreyas Iyer (2/10): More often than not, the choice of shot selection has been Shreyas Iyer’s kryptonite and for all his majesty and aesthetic batting ability, it can never be ignored that he hasn’t lived up to the potential. The first six balls that Iyer faced tonight was enough to draw the conclusion that he was in the zone, but he suddenly poked a delivery without any conviction to start Delhi’s customary implosion.
Rishabh Pant (7/10): It was a contrasting innings that Rishabh Pant would be happy for as much as he would chastise himself. First of all, he played a brilliant innings after the middle-order collapse to help the team come close to the target, but why would you play such an irresponsible shot, knowing very well that Amit Mishra was the next man in? He should answer this question in his own head and find a solution for it at the earliest.
Sherfane Rutherford (4.5/10): The Caribbean youngster has been hot and cold this season and this game was of the latter kind. But the only reason I would be a little more considerate for him was the fact that he didn’t take any undue risk until Pant was there and that helped the team close out the gaps first before securing a nervy win in the kitty.
Axar Patel (5/10): The left-arm spinner, more often than not, acts as a holding bowler for Delhi Capitals and it is uncommon to see him concede more than 6 per over. Today, he essayed a completely different role and went for the kill from the outset. Although that didn’t result in a dismissal, It was refreshing to see Axar trying to stepping out of his comfort zone in a big game.
Keemo Paul (7.5/10): The Caribbean pacer is a master of bowling slower balls and at times, his odd yorkers made him a significant commodity in this Delhi set-up. With Amit Mishra drying up Sunrisers’ run-scoring rate after the powerplay, Paul never let their batsmen settle after that and ended up having three wickets to his name. Well, the arguments around if he was right in obstructing Deepak Hooda will continue till the cows come home, but he was just too good with the ball tonight.
Amit Mishra (7.5/10): Amit Mishra bowled beautifully with his subtle changes of pace and trajectory, and also the lovely dip and drift on a helpful surface helped Delhi’s cause. Mishra bowled four overs on the trot, got the dangerous Martin Guptill out, but the most important fact was that he conceded not a single boundary. 4-0-16-1 is a gold dust in T20 cricket.
Ishant Sharma (6.5/10): The very sight of Ishant Sharma streaming in and bowl with that usual sense of ferocity, with a delivery stride that would put Andrew Fintoff to shame. Wrists uncoiling, arms elasticising, eyes afire, is an image to behold. Everything came together on the night when it mattered the most, but Guptill was in the right zone to exploit that. Ishant made a stunning comeback in his last over though, dismissing Kane Williamson.
Trent Boult(2/10): Before writing about Boult, one thing that is very difficult to understand why he was in the team in the first place. New Zealand didn't play him in the 2016 World T20 in India and his numbers at the death in the IPL are some of the worst after Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, and Kieron Pollard (with a minimum of 40 overs). They could have gone with Chris Morris, who has been just as bad with economy rate this year, but has had a better strike rate and can bat as well. With all these numbers going against him, the performance hardly helped as Boult conceded 37 runs in three overs.
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