Poor performance with the bat coupled with a few questionable decisions on the field gave Delhi Capitals their second loss in two games as Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their climb after losing their first game of the season. Sunrisers put on a clinical display with the ball picking regular wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla to deny any momentum to the home side and eventually chased down the tricky total with nine balls to spare.
Everywhere. On a spinning surface, the powerplay was possibly the best time to bat and get the maximum amount of runs possible. But Capitals lost both Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan in the first six overs. While Shaw was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar after he had hit the Sunrisers skipper for two fours in the opening over, Dhawan fell to a sweep shot against Mohammad Nabi. And then there was Rishabh Pant. Having already fetched some criticism for not dragging Capitals over the line in their previous game against Kings XI Punjab, Pant failed to bat according to the situation once again. He went through with a loft shot at a tricky situation and hardly put any power into it which led to his dismissal at the halfway mark, and giving Nabi his second wicket.
Instead of sending in someone like Axar Patel who is used to batting on spinning surfaces, Capitals chose the aggressive route on a tough wicket. Rahul Tewatia was promoted and lasted seven deliveries. Colin Ingram lasted for eight and then Chris Morris scratched his way around for a 15-ball 17. This shoddy display made Shreyas Iyer’s 41-ball 43 look all the more valuable. And then came Axar Patel finally in the 17th over. The result? An unbeaten 13-ball 23 that managed to push the run rate over six finally as the Capitals finished at 129/8. Apart from this blunder, Capitals were also poor with the way they managed their bowling resources. While Kagiso Rabada didn’t bowl at all in the first five overs, Ishant Sharma ended up bowling just one in which he picked up a solitary wicket. Decision-making on the field is certainly a key area where the Capitals should be looking to make an improvement.