On Tuesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals by 88 runs to return to winning ways and keep their thin hopes alive for the playoff. It was the fifth win in 12 games this season for the team.
Requested to bat first, SRH posted a huge score of 219 at the loss of 2 wickets, with David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha scoring numerous fifties. SRH raced to score 77 runs for no loss toward the end of the powerplay. David Warner smashed a 25-ball half-century within the powerplay.
Warner and Saha shared a 107-run partnership for the first wicket within 10 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin then broke the partnership dismissing Warner for 66. Saha scored his fifty off 27 deliveries, soon after his captain’s departure. He shared 63 runs stand with Manish Pandey before returning to the pitch for 87.
Pandey, at that point, stayed till the end, scoring an unbeaten 44 and helped SRH to reach the 200-run score and post their highest score in IPL 2020 so far. In answer, Delhi Capitals were all out for just 131. Rishabh Pant became the top-scorer for DC, scoring 36, while Ajinkya Rahane scored 26 runs. For SRH, Rashid Khan took 3 for only 7 off four overs.
David Warner’s reaction after the game
David Warner stated his pleasure over his team making a comeback from the frustrating defeat against Kings XI Punjab a week ago. Discussing his approach, the Australia opener said he chose to play like his old self to battle the difficult conditions at the tournament.
“The game before, we were disappointed with that chase. We defended the last game, and with two world-class bowlers in Nortje and Rabada we decided to go after it. I went a little in 2009 and opened my front leg to take it on. I took a bit of responsibility at the top of the order, and take it to the bowlers.”
“It’s tough to play orthodox cricket in these conditions, so I have to open up 360 degrees,” said the SRH skipper.
He further added that it was hard to drop Jonny Bairstow before he praised Saha. David Warner ended by updating about Saha and Vijay Shankar’s injury. Saha was unable to come out to the field while Shankar needed to stroll off the field during the fifth delivery of his second over.
“Difficult decision to leave Jonny out and get Saha in, and especially batting a batsman like Kane at 4. An incredible knock from Saha though and his strike-rate in the powerplay was incredible. Unfortunately, he’s got a little groin niggle but hopefully, it isn’t too bad. Shankar has a hamstring issue as well,” said the southpaw.