Prithvi Shaw’s splendid half-century followed by excellent spells from Avesh Khan and Axar Patel was enough to see Delhi Capitals eke out a narrow win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This was the first game decided by super-over eliminator this season.
Earlier this game, Delhi Skipper Rishabh Pant won the toss and opted to bat first on a decent looking strip. The decision prove to be a correct one as opener Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw lay down excellent foundation for likes of Rishabh Pant and Steven Smith.
The opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw put on a 81-run partnership to see Delhi get off to good start. Dhawan was the first to be dismissed as Rashid Khan provided much-needed breakthrough in the 10th over.
For Delhi, Prithvi Shaw was the star of the show with the bat and smashed a crucial half-century with the help of seven fours and one six. The openers fell in space of few overs to see Delhi placed at 84 for 2 after 11.3 overs.
Captain Rishabh Pant and Steven Smith came together and put on a 55-run partnership to see Delhi Capitals post 159 runs for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant showed decent form and scored 37 runs off 27 balls, whereas Steven Smith chipped in with unbeaten 34 runs off 25 balls with the help of three boundaries and one six.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, pacer Siddharth Kaul was the standout bowlers and claimed two wickets in his four overs.
Chasing 160 runs for victory, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 28 runs in just three overs. Captain David Warner was run-out in a terrible mix-up with Bairstow to see Hyderabad lose their first wicket in the fourth over.
Wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow showed aggressive intent with the bat for Hyderabad. He smashed a quick-fire 38 off 18 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. He was dismissed by pacer Avesh Khan to see Hyderabad lose their second wicket.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kane Williamson put in splendid batting performance and finished the innings with the top-score of 66 not out off 51 balls with the help of eight fours. Due to Kane Williamson’s well-paced innings, Hyderabad managed to take game down to the wire.
Kane Williamson and Jagadeesha Suchith added vital runs in the later stages of the innings to see the game end in a tie. Due to Axar Patel superb bowling in the super-over, Delhi Capitals managed to score five runs to win the game against Hyderabad.
For Delhi, pacer Avesh Khan was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 34 in his four overs, whereas Axar Patel bowled well and finished with two wickets to his name.
Due to his excellent half-century, Prithvi Shaw was named player of the match.