Delhi Capitals on Sunday defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs to face Mumbai Indians again in the IPL final with Kagiso Rabada bowling a devastating spell.
Batting first, Delhi Capitals piled up a total of 189-3 in 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan once again rising to the occasion to play another impressive knock for his side. He made 78 in 50 balls with his innings including two sixes and six fours. Shimron Hetmyer remained unbeaten at 42 that he took just 20 balls to score, while Marcus Stoinis made 38 in just 27 balls.
Delhi Capitals were unlucky to not have fallen short of 200 after they lost Dhawan in the 19th over.
The run-chase by Sunrisers Hyderabad began on a disastrous note as they lost their skipper David Warner when the team’s total was just 12 in the second over. The score became 44-3 in the fifth over, with defeat looming large for the team from Hyderabad. Kane Williamson decided to rebuild the innings from one end but the crisis deepened in the 12th over after Sunrisers Hyderabad lost Jason Holder for just 11, reducing the side to 90-4. Williamson too departed by playing a delivery, which was destined to be declared wide had the Kiwi batsman left it alone. He made 67 in 45 balls with his knock including 5 fours and four sixes.
The batsman replacing Holder was Abdul Samad, who showed plenty of promise as began to hit Delhi Capitals bowlers freely around the stadium. He made 33 in 15 balls before getting out in the 19th over off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada, who claimed three wickets in that over. He finished with a spell of 4-29 in four overs.
Mumbai Indians have already reached the final by beating Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier match. Sunrisers Hyderabad had defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore to secure a place in the second qualifier. Under the IPL rules, Delhi Capitals had one more opportunity to try their luck to reach the final.