Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Abu Dhabi: Delhi Capitals (DC) won the toss and chose to bat against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the second Qualifier of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday. With a long-standing partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer, DC scored 189 runs at a loss of 3 wickets in the 20 overs. SRH need 190 runs to reach the finals of IPL 2020 to faceoff with Mumbai Indians (MI).

DC openers Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis had a good start. The duo helped to score 50 runs for the team in the first 5 overs. They ended the powerplay scoring 65 runs.

Stoinis stood tall and smashed Jason Holder for three boundaries and one six which was indeed a treat to watch. However, in the 9th over, Rashid Khan dismissed Stoinis. Stoinis could score 38 runs off 26 deliveries.

Before the midway of the match, DC's total score stood at 96 runs in the 10th over with loss of one wicket.

Meanwhile, Dhawan scored his 6th IPL half-century. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer was the next to stand with Dhawan. By the end of 13th over, DC stood at 120 runs with Dhawan's 62 and Iyer's 16.

However, Iyer departed in the 14th over scoring 21 runs off 19 deliveries. Jason Holder took the wicket slowing down the pace of DC.

Shimron Hetmyer too continued with Dhawan to take the total score to 176 runs for the team following the loss of 2nd wicket. By the end of 18th over, Dhawan stood with 77 runs while Hetmyer had scored 34 runs.

DC got a big blow in the 19th over with dismissal of Dhawan. Dhawan could score 78 runs off 49 balls. Sandeep Sharma got the big wicket. However, Dhawan had a brilliant 50-run partnership with Hetmyer.

Hetmyer remained unbeaten with 42 runs off 22 balls while Rishab Pant could score only 2 runs.

DC scored 189 runs by the end of 20 overs with loss of 3 wickets. Now, SRH require 190 runs to win the match.

SRH opener and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha remains out with a torn hamstring. It means that they go into the match with the same team that beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in the Eliminator.

DC, meanwhile, have dropped opener Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Daniel Sams and brought in Shimron Hetmyer and Praveen Dubey.


SunRisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shreevats Goswami(wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T. Natarajan

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje