Delhi Capitals (DC) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday, April 14 in Hyderabad. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, Delhi lost both their openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan within 20 runs. However, Collin Munro scored 40 off 24, Shreyas Iyer scored a 40 off 45 and guided Delhi to a decent total of 155 on board.

Chasing 166, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will add 72 runs in 9.5 overs. At that point, it was looking an easy win for Hyderabad. However, a 4-wicket haul by Kagiso Rabada, two three-wicket hauls by Chris Morris and Keemo Paul helped Delhi to win another game convincingly.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Middle orders of Delhi performed well after a failed opening partnership

Asked to bat first, Delhi’s in-form openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t provide the start which they are accustomed to. Both were dismissed after scoring four and seven respectively. Khaleel Ahmed, who was playing his first game for Hyderabad, picked up both the openers.

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However, Collin Munro; who was playing his first game yesterday, started hitting from the very beginning. Later, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer also joined the party. They took on every bowler they faced. They added 49 runs before Munro’s dismissal for 40 off 24 which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, scored a 40-ball 45 and Rishabh Pant scored 2 off 19 and guided Delhi to a competitive total of 155 after 20 overs.

Over-dependence on the Hyderabad openers

Chasing 156, Hyderabad got off to a flying start. They won their three games out of seven, because of a strong opening partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They both added 40 runs within the powerplay. They both made sure that the run-rate would be normal which they can easily chase.

They both added 72 runs in 9.5 overs before Keemo Paul handed over the first breakthrough to his team. However, apart from the openers, none of the batsmen reached the double-digit and once again Hyderabad lost due to a dismal batting performance from the middle-orders.

Delhi bowlers did the job

Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 72 runs in the first 10 overs. At that point, the game was pretty much in the Hyderabad’s court. But Keemo Paul picked the first wicket for his team. He dismissed Bairstow for 41. After that, he dismissed Kane Williamson in quick succession.

Warner, on the other hand, tried to anchor the chase. Paul once again struck in the 16th over and picked up Ricky Bhui’s wicket for 7. After his three-wicket haul, Rabada joined him. He first dismissed the set batsman, Warner by a slower delivery for 51 and on the very next ball he picked up Vijay Shankar.

The next was Chris Morris’ show; who struck thrice in the 18th over and Rabada sealed the deal by taking the last two wickets in the penultimate over. Delhi bowlers did a wonderful job by dismantled Hyderabad’s middle order where they lost their eight wickets for 15 runs and Delhi won the game comfortably.

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