Williamson and Samad ran them close, but Delhi have done just enough on the night. It’s amazing what a little tweak in the batting order can do. After a miserable run of late (five losses in previous six matches), Delhi needed to do something. What they did was push Marcus Stoinis up the order to open the innings, a brave experiment in a do or die game. Stoinis delivered. He set them up for a good score, and then he produced magic with the ball as well. It wasn’t a great spell of unplayable bowling, but he got wickets and big ones at that. Sunrisers still had Williamson fighting hard and showing his class. But Delhi were better in the field than them, they stopped runs where the Sunrisers had leaked them. And then Kagiso Rabada came to the party as well. So for the second year in a row, the Capitals knock out the Orange Army in the playoffs. With this, they go through to the final where the Mumbai Indians are waiting.
* 20+ wickets at ER < 6 in an IPL season:
A Kumble – 21 wkts @5.86 (2009)
L Malinga – 28 wkts @5.95 (2011)
S Narine – 24 wkts @5.48 (2012)
S Narine – 22 wkts @5.47 (2013)
Rashid Khan – 20 wkts @5.37 (2020)
David Warner | SRH (losing) captain: First and foremost, no one gave us a chance at the start. Mumbai has a great team, Delhi as well, and RCB, but I’m proud to be where we are today. Natarajan is a find of this IPL, and he’s been outstanding. Rashid has been amazing, and so has been Manish Pandey at No. 3. From an all-round perspective, it’s been great. I’d like to thank all our supporters at home. The main thing is attitude in the field. You can’t win if you don’t take catches, we’ll have to do much better next time – that’s what’s let us down in this tournament – the attitude on the field. Losing key players like Saha and Bhuvi has been difficult, but the rest of them have been excellent in their roles to get us where we have gotten today. The fans are so loyal, I saw that photo of a bridge being lit up today. Hyderabad is our second home, and the franchise owners are like a family. Hopefully after this we can go and play the IPL in India next year and put up a better show.
Shreyas Iyer | DC (winning) captain: Best feeling ever. Journey has been a rollercoaster. End of the day we stuck together as a family. Very happy with the effort every individual has put in. Has taught me many things. Lot of responsibility comes with being a captain. But have been getting support from coaches and support staff. On top of that the team has been so special. Really fortunate to have such an amazing team. The emotions keep going high and low, so you can’t have a same set of routines. Have to keep chopping and changing. Hoping that in the next game as well, against MI the biggest team, we’re able to play freely. Were going at 10rpo, but we know Rashid can be lethal in the middle. Plan was to not give him wickets. Were lacking with the opening partnership. Needed a rocket start. We thought if he (Stoinis) goes and plays maximum deliveries he can give us a good start.
Marcus Stoinis is the man of the match.