The big news just hours before the start of today’s IPL 2021 match was that Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fast T Natarajan had tested positive for Covid-19. He is isolated, as is the versatile Vijay Shankar, Natarajan’s close contact. The game is still in progress, however, and the Capitals are favorites: They are second on the points table with 12 points in eight games, while the Sunrisers are at the bottom, with two points in seven outings.
Shreyas puts an exclamation mark on the win by placing a six above the midwicket in the second tier for the winning races. Delhi hits Sunrisers from eight wickets with 13 balls to spare. Dhawan once again exceeds the 400 races of the season and also regains exclusive possession of the orange cap of KL Rahul. But everything was set in place by the heat of the South African duo Rabada and Nortje at the start of the day. Five wickets were split between them to keep the Sunrisers stranded and Delhi never gave up. That’s all for me today. Stay tuned for the report. I am Peter Della Penna. Take care!
Shreyas & Pant dodging banana peel
It is under a run that a ball is needed now. Shreyas continued to milk the singles at one end while Pant laced up a midwicket pullover for six on 16 off Bhuneshwar, then followed him with a blow through the thin leg for four and another six on the leg. square of Khaleel on the 17th to elevate another half-century position for the capitals.
Shikhar Dhawan once again crosses the plateau of 400 races
On his way to building the half-century stand with Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan has completed 400 runs for this IPL campaign. This is the eighth time he has done so, one less than Suresh Raina for the most time in an IPL career.
Meanwhile, Shreyas crosses two limits on the side of the leg just before the final strategic timeout. Capitals need 39 out of 35 balls.
Rashid breaks the position of half a century
Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer were cruising through the post Powerplay overs and had taken their partnership to 52 before Shikhar perished for 42 trying to sweep Rashid on a square leg. The capitals, however, remain in a very healthy position. It would be pretty miraculous to see a repeat of the Royals / Kings finish from yesterday, but you never know …
Glimmer of hope for the Sunrisers
Khaleel slows the pace with a cutter that deceives Prithvi Shaw and Williamson makes a sensational catch coming back from the middle to complete the first wicket.
Cobra Kai Cricket courtesy of the Capitals
No mercy from Delhi. They hit first and hit hard throughout the innings with the ball. Rabada and Nortje continued to deliver a ram pace to take wickets as the South African pair finished with three and two scalps apiece. The final ends with two outings as Rishabh Pant completes a Steven Smith run to ward off Rashid Khan before refusing a stolen bye with a direct hit on the last ball for the second. The Sunrisers will have a hard time getting out of the cellar if they continue to deliver batting performances like this. Favorite heavy capitals to chase a goal of 135.
Stoinis Injury Update
ICYMI – Marcus Stoinis limped off the field after the first ball of his second and did not return. It is now reported on the host broadcaster as a left hamstring problem. No word on the seriousness of it though.
Meanwhile, Abdul Samad’s efforts to bring respectability back to the Sunrisers’ sleeves were stifled by Rabada. A ball after knocking it down to the ground for a limit, Rabada knocks it down with an offcutter to produce superior traction taken by Pant behind the stumps. Can Rashid Khan and the tail wag enough to bring Sunrisers to a defensible score from a distance? The Afghan international is not going to take that lying down and uppercuts Rabada next ball after the wicket for a six man on the third.
Nortje and Rabada continue to bring warmth
After burning Delhi’s field review earlier, Nortje coerced Kedar Jadhav to do the same for Sunrisers. Throttle at 147.6 km / h full and straight on the stumps and Kedar misses a shot. Kedar is also losing his bearings, with the magazine. Nailed in front of the stump, tearing off the middle. This is the kind of criticism for which Shane Watson has become infamous. Never in doubt. Lots of doubts though about Sunrisers’ ability to hit a defensible total from here.
Rabada took his second. Not for the first time this round, a leading edge appears inside the ring. Rabada is able to change direction to claim it from his own bowling alley. The Capitals ‘set-up has been sloppy at times with a number of lost catches so far, but the Sunrisers haven’t really taken advantage of it thanks to persistent bowlers’ breakthroughs to cover up fielding errors.
Red alert for Australia’s T20 World Cup chances
Marcus Stoinis just limped off the pitch after the first delivery of the ninth. Apparently it was a leg problem. Is it just a minor complaint or a sign of something more serious? It didn’t look good.
Blaming Steyn for Warner’s dismissal
Meanwhile, Saha obediently fell to face Rabada, edging out Shikhar Dhawan in the ring. Sunrisers’ woes of the first half of the season in India don’t look set to change now that the tournament is in Dubai.
Warner feels the heat
Anrich Nortje’s fiery start with the new ball. Each delivery over 140 km / h and David Warner could not survive. Leading edge balloons about to fall for a third ball duck. More drama with a DRS review later in the sequel as Nortje’s appeal for lbw to Kane Williamson is dismissed. Clear inside edge though, so the Capitals lost their exam.
Sunrises will strike first
Many foreign stars have aligned themselves with this competition. Warner, Williamson, Holder and Rashid Khan for Sunrisers. Stoinis, Hetmyer, Rabada, Nortje for the capitals. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer rushes into a brief soccer match before the game begins.
The show will continue!
Welcome to another IPL Day of Action in the United Arab Emirates. Despite a positive fear of the Covid test over the past 24 hours with T Natarajan ruled out, there has been enough assurances about the negative tests in the rest of the teams to be sure it is not an epidemic in its own right. This means David Warner and the rest of Sunrisers Hyderabad are gearing up to take on the Delhi capitals.
Peter Della Penna is the US correspondent for ESPNcricinfo @PeterDellaPenna