Williamson heroics in vain as Delhi won in super over
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Williamson heroics in vain as Delhi won in super over. After a one-sided high profile match between CSK & RCB IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad played a thriller at Chennai with the match ending in Delhi’s favour in super over. A brilliant 53 by Prithvi Shaw was nearly offset by the magnificent fighting qualities by Kane Williamson as Sunrisers tied the game in a sensational finish only to lose in the super over, the first of this season.
Delhi won the toss and batted first on the slow Chennai pitch that has been producing subdued matches. However today Prithvi Shaw came out all guns blazing and played a sparkling knock of 53 off 39 balls with 7 fours and 1 six most of which came during powerplays. Prithvi played several dazzling shots, particularly on the offside and it looked as if the slow pitch did not affect his batting. Dhawan (28)was playing crisply too but got bowled to Rashid Khan against the run of play in the 10th over after an opening stand of 81 fluent runs.
Williamson heroics in vain as Delhi won in super over. Pant joined Shaw ahead of Smith to keep the left-right combo going but at 84 /1 a poor mix up got Shaw unfortunately runout. Steve Smith joined Pant and added 58 runs in the next seven overs. Pant (37 off 27 balls)adapted well to the pitch choosing the right balls to hit and played several audacious shots including few reverse sweeps.
However, Smith (34* off 25 balls) was struggling to come to terms with the pitch and never looked in any rhythm as all his boundaries came off the edges except a superb legside six hit off the penultimate ball of the innings. Finally, Delhi managed 159/4 in 20 overs. For Sunrisers Siddharth Kaul took 2 wickets and Rashid one wicket. The Delhi batsmen generally played Rashid well and negotiated his threat admirably.
Chasing down 160, it was again clear that much of SRH’s hopes were pinned on Jonny Bairstow. Warner(8) in his brief stay never looked in rhythm and it was the Williamson – Bairstow partnership that was giving SRH hope.
Bairstow looked in awesome touch and looked in no trouble as if he was playing on a different pitch. His rapid 38 off 18 gave SRH great hopes but his untimely dismissal to Avesh Khan opened up the match for the Capitals. Williamson shouldered on and proved that why he is so priceless in this faltering SRH batting lineup. Enormous powers of patience and resilience, accumulating runs by rotating the strike and punching the odd boundaries, Williamson was fighting a lone battle as the SRH batting faltered yet again with Virat Singh consuming vital balls in his painstaking 4 off 14 balls and Jadav, Abhishek, Shankar and Rashid all got out cheaply.
Williamson heroics in vain as Delhi won in super over. Finally, the spin allrounder Suchit with 14 off 6 balls provided Williamson (66* off 51 balls) the support only to get the match tied in a spectacular finish in Rabada’s final over. Williamson’s batting on this pitch was absolute gold.
For Delhi, Axar Patel playing his first match of the season was outstanding and accurate with the ball (2/26) while the other senior spinners Ashwin (0/27) and Mishra (1/31) also bowled superbly. Avesh Khan (3/34) delivered too, getting vital wickets. The Delhi think tank utilised their bowling resources well, recognising the need for more spinners in Chennai games.
The super over started with the Sunrisers batting first but it was surprising to see that Bairstow, who is in such murderous form did not start. While the call to start with Williamson was the right one as he was batting well and was warm, out of touch Warner should have made way for Bairstow. Delhi bowled with Axar Patel who bowled a brilliant over to restrict Warner- Williamson to just 7 runs.
With 8 needed to win Delhi understandably started with lefthanders with Dhawan and Pant coming out to counter the leggies of Rashid Khan who bowled beautifully but could not stop Delhi from crossing the line off the final ball. Delhi finally scraping through in the super over in a sensational nervy finish.
Delhi with this win keeps themselves well entrenched in the top 4 of the points table with Sunrisers lost two vital points to languish at the bottom. Once again the incompetence of their middle order was exposed and even Kane Williamson’s brilliance was not able to get them over the line.
Match tied (Delhi Capitals won the Super Over)
DC 159/4 (20 Ovs)
Prithvi Shaw 53(39)
Pant(c & wk) 37(27)
S Kaul 2/31
Rashid Khan 1/31
SRH 159/7 (20 Ovs)
Avesh Khan 3/34