Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) tasted their first victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 after defeating the table-toppers Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs, on Tuesday (September 29).
DC skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and invited the opponents to bat first at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner provided a cracking start to the Sunrisers. They gracefully endured the rusty phase, predominantly relied on singles and doubles, and opened their arms occasionally to keep the run-rate ticking.
Warner scored 45 off 33 before getting dismissed in the tenth over off Amit Mishra.
Bairstow looked far from ominous as he struggled to accelerate the innings at a pace he is usually known for. He made 48-ball 53 before Kagiso Rabada got the better out of him.
Kane Williamson, playing his first match of the season, put on a stellar performance that must have reminded SRH of what they missed in their first two games.
Williamson made a quickfire 41 to propel his team to a challenging total of 162/4 in twenty overs.
Chasing the target, DC didn’t have the best of the starts as they lost Prithvi Shaw in the very first over.
Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer struggled to get going on a slow and spin-friendly pitch where Rashid Khan wreaked havoc with the ball. Both Iyer and Dhawan fell prey to the Afghan’s maestro.
Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer tried their best to bring DC back in the game. The pair combined for 62 runs before the latter handed an easy catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
For SRH, Rashid was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up three crucial wickets and conceded just 14 runs from his quota of four overs.
In the end, DC could only make as many as 147/7 in twenty overs, falling 15 short of clinching their third consecutive victory.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) September 29, 2020
Delighted for Natarajan. Excellent execution of yorkers at the end. Rashid was sensational as well. Great now that all the teams are off the mark.
The fun continues. Om Tewatia Namah#SRHvDC
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 29, 2020
Rashid Khan registered his best bowling figures in IPL and with that Hyderabad off the mark in this IPL. Great for the tournament!#DCvSRH
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 29, 2020
Woooooohhhhhoooooooooo a victory for us @SunRisers 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 a very good display of our strength i.e BOWLING… @rashidkhan_19 brought his best today such lovely death over bowling by #natrajan @BhuviOfficial and @imK_Ahmed13 overall a great team effort 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/xRYtns0SvV
— Sai Dharam Tej (@IamSaiDharamTej) September 29, 2020
— Aamir Ali (@ali_aamir) September 29, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 29, 2020
This is what you want from your international star. Brilliant from @rashidkhan_19. Everytime he came on, he created an opportunity for his team
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 29, 2020
That’s how you bowl at the back end of an innings ! Outstanding Natarajan
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) September 29, 2020
First time we have seen the @SunRisers get back to their DNA…. bowlers plus the opening batsmen getting the job done …
Can't see them being able to do this consistently but its damn good to see if you're a fan #selectdugout
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) September 29, 2020
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) September 29, 2020
#SRH get their first win of the tournament.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 29, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 29, 2020
— 🌊piscean🐳 (@uniquesoul_10) September 29, 2020
— Kumar Sourav (@AdamDhoni1) September 29, 2020