Delhi tops after losing to Hyderabad

  |  Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 |  6:24 am

Sunrisers Hyderabad started the mission with a loss in the United Arab Emirates. The team had just one win in seven matches before being suspended. The former champions lost by 8 wickets to rise to the top of the points table. With 9 wins in 9 matches of the league, Delhi now has 14 points.

Chennai Super Kings topped the points table by defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians in the first match of the return leg. However, Delhi Capitals, the best team in the first round, did not allow them to stay at the top for more than two matches.

Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night. However, two Proteas bowlers Kagizo Rabada and Arnik Norkia could not score more than 134 runs for 9 wickets. In reply, Delhi Capitals lost just 2 wickets and reached the victory port with 13 balls in hand.

Chasing the target of 135 runs, Shikhar Dhawan’s 42 off 36 balls, Shreyas Ayyar’s unbeaten 48 off 41 balls and Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 35 off 21 balls reached Delhi with 13 balls to spare.

Earlier, none of the Hyderabad batsmen could play a big innings. David Warner’s team scored 134 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Abdul Samad scored the highest 26 runs. And 22 runs came from Rashid Khan’s bat.

Opener David Warner was out without a run. After that, captain Ken Williamson came down to the field and played Tests. He made 16 runs off 26 balls. Another opener Riddhiman Saha was dismissed for 18 off 17 balls.

Manis Pandey was dismissed for 18 runs. Kedar Yadav scored only 3 runs. If Rashid Khan had not added 22 runs at the last minute, Hyderabad would have lost more.

For Delhi, Kagiso Rabada took 3 wickets, Akshar Patel and Enrique Nortje took 2 wickets each.