The higher they go, the harder they fall, especially if they’re not used to the heights. And this isn’t the greatest time for a fall. The Delhi Capitals have just crashed to their third successive defeat – 88 runs, 59 runs, and 5 wickets, in reverse-chronological order. On a wicket that was never the quickest, David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha rode their run initially, and then just ran away with the game – Warner, first up, with a 34-ball 66, decapitating the snake’s head (Rabada) with a PG-18 onslaught. And then Saha went one better, as 29 balls after Warner’s wicket yielded 63 runs. That’s where they won the match, the Sunrisers.Nothing much of note for the Capitals, as even the desperate attempts from Pant and Rahane failed to get them close. Rashid Khan was clinical, as usual, recording his best figures in this IPL. Seventeen dot balls. Seventeen. If a team is fearful of going after you, particularly in a 220-run chase, you can give yourself a pat on the back. The remainder of the bowlers executed their plans well too, and were duly rewarded with spoils to wrap up a complete team performance.
Biggest wins for SRH (by runs):
118 runs vs RCB Hyderabad 2019
88 runs vs DC Dubai 2020 *
85 runs vs MI Vizag 2016
69 runs vs KXIP Dubai 2020
Shreyas Iyer | DC (Losing) captain: Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down at this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games. Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us. We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing. We need to have that strong and positive mindset. These losses are not going to put us down. As a team, we have been doing amazing throughout so these few matches shouldn’t get into our heads. Next match, we’ll see to it that we have done our studies right, we’ll also see to it that we are putting in our best efforts on the field. It’s really difficult to judge what to do on this wicket because it keeps changing any time, so the best thing is to lose the toss. I was contemplating whether to bat or to bowl, unfortunately I won the toss (laughs). We decided that the dew factor will play a massive role, but the ball was stopping a bit. It was really difficult to get off to a great start. We discuss a lot about the opposition’s batsmen and we try to execute our plans when we are on the field but it was unfortunate that we didn’t do great today. The start which they got completely changed the momentum towards them and from there to get to 219 was a commendable performance. Any team can surprise anyone in this tournament, all teams are pretty much equal and you can’t underestimate anyone especially at the business end. We’ll stay positive, we’ll have a strong mindset. Going forward, Mumbai Indians and RCB they are good teams but we have beaten RCB once and we still gotta win against Mumbai . It’s going to be a good competition against them and really looking forward for a great win in the next one.
David Warner | SRH (winning) captain: The game before, we were disappointed with that chase. We defended last game, and with two world-class bowlers in Nortje and Rabada we decided to go after it. I went a little 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. Difficult decision to leave Jonny out and get Saha in, and especially batting a batsman like Kane at 4. 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. As for Rashid, it is incredible that he’s he’s taking so many wickets and not going for runs, especially given the dew and the moisture here. We’ve got games at Sharjah to go so hopefully we can put on a show there.
Wriddhiman Saha is the man of the match