Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 21 runs in a high-scoring game on Thursday at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. David Warner shone with the bat as he scored a blistering 92 in just 58 balls, followed by perfect 67 runs knock by Rovman Powell to post 207 on board. In response, Hyderabad was restricted to 186 in 20 overs, as Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur picked three and two wickets in the second innings, respectively.
Earlier, Delhi came to bat first in the game and David Warner, along with Mandeep Singh (replaced Prithvi Shaw) opened the innings but later got out on a duck after playing five balls. Mitchell Marsh (10 off 7) and Rishabh Pant (26 off 16) made brief contributions, but Rovamn Powell was outstanding as he scored a blistering 67 in just 35 balls.
His innings was studded with six maximums and three boundaries as he played at the strike rate of 191.43. Warner and Powell build 122-run stand in the first innings to post 207 in a must-win game. In response, Hyderabad had a troublesome start as in-form Abhishek Sharma (7 off 6) got out cheaply in 1.3 overs. Even skipper Kane Williamson could not lead from the front as he added just four runs on board.
Later, Aiden Markram (42 off 25) and Nicholas Pooran (62 off 34) made valiant efforts, but that was not enough to win the game. Let's take a look at the points table after the 50th game of the tournament.
Changes in points table
Both the teams have ten points after winning five games out of ten. But due to a slight difference in the net run rate, Delhi is placed one rank above Hyderabad. Delhi Capitals are placed at fifth position in the points table, with the net run rate of +0.641 meanwhile, Hyderabad has slipped to the sixth position in the table after their fifth loss in the tournament. They currently have a net run rate of +0.325.
What did the captains say?
Rishabh Pant hailed his batting unit and rated Warner's 92 as one of the best knocks. "The way he (Warner) batted, the way he paced the innings, it's one of the best innings. We knew what he (Powell) could give us, we backed him, and he's coming out with flying colours now," he said in the post-match presentation. The Delhi skipper also confessed that the road ahead is not easy, but his side is taking one game at a time.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson lauded Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram for their superb knock in the middle order but admitted they need to get back to the table and list out where they are lacking. He also applauded Umran Malik for his incredible pace (157 kmph), and believes that the pacer has a lot to learn in the tournament. "Just trying to play a role for the team. Staying patient. Every team is strong. Trying to contribute to the team's cause," he concluded.
Table-toppers Gujarat Titans will take on out-of-contention Mumbai Indians on Friday evening (May 6) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. While Gujarat will seek to register one more win and seal their spot in the points table, Mumbai may act as a party spoiler.