By Shashank Singh, sports correspondent, FireTimes
How DC marched into the finals beating SRH
It’s November and it’s the arrival of winters in North India. But the Delhi Capitals dug out provided some warmth to their fans as they marched into their maiden IPL finals this year. They defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by a 17 runs margin.
Iyer won the toss and chose to bat. Few changes were made, Hetmyer and Pravin Dubey came in for Daniel Sams and Prithwi Shaw. SRH remained unchanged from their last game.
DC’s think tank led by the head coach Ricky Ponting surprised everybody by sending Stoinis to open with Dhawan. And it paid off pretty well courtesy some dropped chances early in the innings. The opening duo stitched a partnership of 86 in 8 overs before Stoinis departed. But the momentum was carried on by Dhawan and Iyer. In later phase Hetmyer played blistering knock of 42 off just 22 balls. This thrusted DC to an above par score of 189.
SRH in the absence of Saha, tried to open with Priyam Garg and he started well in the first over against Ashwin. But in the second over, Rabada claimed Warner’s wicket with an inswinging yorker. Pandey and Garg tried to up the tempo but in the process fell in the same over off Stoinis adding more pressure on upcoming batters. Williamson and Abdul Samad kept SRH’s hope alive for a while but Stoinis dashed their hopes by taking Williamson’s wicket in the 18th over. After the wicket, it was just formality to go on with the proceedings.
What went wrong for the SRH camp
Sloppy fielding and dropped catches led to the whopping total which proved more than enough for Warner and co. Holder and Nadeem were very expensive in their spells as well.
While batting SRH’s best batsman this season, Warner went cheaply and Williamson couldn’t find any support from other end.
Delhi after all the heartbreaks all these years, finally managed to qualify to finals. They looked a different team in the game. A more confident and expressive unit. Even after their grueling outings in the later half of the league stage, they deserved a place in finals. A final of top two teams awaits, a final after a long exhausting season awaits.