Welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of IPL 2021, Match 20 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals. This is Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurls at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
To begin shortly…
SRH 159/7 in 20 overs: Rabada starts off with a wide. That’s what pressure does to even the finest in the business! Four from Williamson next. 11 off 5 needed now. A run off a bye follows. Suchith is on strike. AAAAAAND WE HAVE A SIX FROM SUCHITH! WOW! A run off the next. 3 off 2 required now with Williamson on strike… 2 required off the last ball. We are headed into a SUPER OVER, ladies and gentlemen… The first of the season.
SRH 144/7 in 19 overs: Avesh starts off with a wide. Williamson takes a single next, Shankar a double… They need way more than 1s and 2s at this stage of the game. And dragged on! Shankar, looking to go for the big shot, sees the Zings light up. Suchith is in to bat on his debut with SRH. He is, however, off the mark straightway with a four. AND ANOTHER FOUR! Ooooh, that’s better. Williamson will be on strike in the next over with 16 required.
SRH 132/6 in 18 overs: Punched through extra cover! SRH needed this boundary desperately. Williamson tries to go big next but gets the toe-end of the bat. Will get a double and keep himself on strike nevertheless. The equation stands at 28 runs in 12 balls.
SRH 121/6 in 17 overs: Two balls. Two LBWs… Axar marks his return in style! Abhishek and Rashid are back in the hut off back-to-back deliveries. Shankar joins Williamson.
SRH 117/4 in 16 overs: Avesh continues to mix it up well and frustrate the batters. Williamson gets to his 16th IPL fifty (42 balls) with a couple; fourth vs DC. Umpire Gaffaney taps on the dial of the watch to signal the last timeout of the day.
SRH 110/4 in 15 overs: Undone by the turn! Mishra, anticipating that Jadhav will be coming after him, bowls a slower one and the ball spins sharply to land in Pant’s mitts. The ‘keeper wastes no time before making a mess of the wood. 28 stumpings have been effected off his bowling now in the IPL – the most for any bowler. Abhishek comes to the crease.
SRH 104/3 in 14 overs: DC pace spearhead Rabada is here and will be looking to snap up the prized wicket of Williamson. The New Zealander enters his 40s even as Hyderabad makes it to triple figures. Williamson shimmies down the ground off the last ball to pick up a boundary.
Kane Williamson hits a boundary. – BCCI/IPL
SRH 96/3 in 13 overs: Jadhav goes exploring the short fine leg region to pick up his first boundary with Mishra on a futile chase. Eight runs come off Axar’s third over.
SRH 88/3 in 12 overs: Avesh is back and he has removed Virat to consolidate his place on the second spot in the Purple Cap leaderboard with 10 wickets in IPL 2021. Stoinis, at midwicket, takes a brilliant catch to mark the end of a difficult stay in the middle for the left-hander. Jadhav’s in.
SRH 84/2 in 11 overs: Ah, more turn! Axar has Williamson flummoxed. There’s a vociferous appeal for leg-before off Axar’s last delivery as Virat runs a single. The umpire signals a leg bye.
SRH 80/2 in 10 overs: Ashwin to bowl out. Virat, who has struggled thus far against the Tamil Nadu spinner, takes a single and hands the strike to Williamson. Two more singles follow before Williamson reverse sweeps to bring up a boundary again. There’s a referral for stumping. Pant’s convinced he’s got his man. Oh, this is a close call. The umpire takes some time but rules it in the batsman’s favour in the end.
SRH 72/2 in 9 overs: Spinners operating in tandem now. Mishra returns after a decent first over which went for a-run-a-ball. However, Williamson takes him on – sweeps and reverse sweeps him off consecutive deliveries to pick up boundaries. Tactical break has been called.
SRH 64/2 in 8 overs: Virat is left groping in the dark as Ashwin is now extracting some bite off the surface at Chepauk. Just two off this over.
SRH 62/2 in 7 overs: Mishra to bowl his first over. The second delivery, bowled slower through the air, has lured Williamson to lean into a forward defence. He misses but Pant is quick to collect the ball and whip the bails off. The giant screen shows Williamson was within the line. Not out.
SRH 56/2 in 6 overs: Williamson welcomes Avesh with a stylish backfoot punch to pick up four runs. Direct hit and he would have been gone off the next! It was Rabada once again who had the throw but it flies wide. Bairstow hits a six next… again over long-on! He is in the mood tonight. AND GONE! It is all happening in this over. The ball keeps finding Dhawan, doesn’t it? The Englishman knew he was gone the moment his willow made contact with the ball. Virat Singh is the new man in.
SRH 45/1 in 5 overs: Axar almost gets Williamson to drag one back onto his sticks with his first ball. This promises to be an interesting duel, given the New Zealander’s immense strength against spin… Bairstow, in the meantime, is in no mood to give in. Goes inside out and into the fence. WOW! He has pumped the next ball over long on and into the press box at Chepauk.
Jonny Bairstow plays a shot. – BCCI/IPL
SRH 34/1 in 4 overs: Up, up and away… Bairstow welcomes Ashwin with a magnificent six down the ground. GONE! Warner has been trapped well short of the crease. Run out. A misjudgement on Bairstow’s part, this, as he calls for a deft single having stabbed one straight into Rabada’s hands at point. Williamson walks in and tees off with a flick down leg for a boundary.
SRH 22/0 in 3 overs: The sweet sound of Bairstow’s bat indicated this was headed for the fence. One bounce and four. It gets better… The next ball has been launched 73metres long for the first six of the innings.
SRH 10/0 in 2 overs: “Not Out!” flashes the giant screen after Bairstow goes upstairs to review the umpire’s original decision. There was some sound for sure as the ball passes the bat and that was what made Pant and Ashwin celebrate even before Chris Gaffaney could raise his finger. HETMYER HAS DROPPED BAIRSTOW ON 1. Oh, my word! The West Indian had all the time to settle underneath the skier but a misjudgement on his part sees a spill. Worse, it has gone for a boundary.
SRH 5/0 in 1 over: Rabada bangs the new ball hard on the deck. Warner, in two minds regarding whether to play at it or not, decides to give it a miss and pulls back at the last moment. Both Bairstow and Warner are, however, up and running.
Left hand-right hand combo in Warner and Bairstow for SRH up top. Local lad Ashwin having a chat with the DC boys. Rabada to have a go with the new ball.
|INNINGS BREAK | SRH needs 160 to win|
DC 159/4 in 20 overs: Yet another boundary for Smith off an edge. Warner can’t help but chuckle. “Steve Smith has used his edge very well today,” quips Murali Kartik in comms. However, he has middled the next ball well to bludgeon a flat maximum towards the shorter side of the fence.
Steve Smith plays a shot. – BCCI/IPL
DC 145/4 in 19 overs: That’s the big fish! Kaul has just removed the dangerous Pant. The DC skipper fails to get the required power and elevation behind the pull shot as he holes out to Suchith at deep midwicket.
And another one bites the dust! Hetmyer tries to go downtown but ends up in the pavilion as Williamson takes a fine catch.
DC 142/2 in 18 overs: Smith picks up an “accidental” boundary that runs away towards the third man fence courtesy a huge edge. The fifty-run stand comes up for the duo. Remember how Pant reverse-“ramped” Anderson and Archer? Well, he has now done that against a much-slower Khaleel but to the same effect.
Steve Smith and Rishabh Pant – BCCI/IPL
DC 131/2 in 17 overs: The cutters have been key on this track and Shankar continues to use those to good effect. Only four off that over. SRH has done well to apply the brakes on the DC innings after the latter got off to a brisk start.
DC 127/2 in 16 overs: Pant tries scoop Rashid over short fine but doesn’t get much behind that shot. Khaleel dives to his front but the ball lands only inches ahead of him. Worse, it has rolled down to the ropes. The next ball goes for a boundary too as Rashid finishes with his most expensive figures in IPL 2021, thus far – 4-0-31-1.
DC 116/2 in 15 overs: Pant gets the ball to land on the boundary cushions. SIX! He runs back hard for a second run off the fourth ball and dives at full stretch. That has, however, caused some discomfort to the DC skipper. The physio has been called on even as the umpire points to his watch to signal the second timeout of the first innings.
DC 104/2 in 14 overs: Excellent effort in the deep by Abhishek as he dives full-length to save two runs for his team. Pant goes for the reverse sweep now to split the fielder at deep cover point and short third man.
DC 96/2 in 13 overs: Pant is finding it difficult to middle the ball. We don’t hear that often, do we? The ball slips out of Shankar’s fingers and shoots for outer space. It has been adjudged as a no ball. Smith, meanwhile, resorts to the reverse sweep to pick up his first four.
DC 86/2 in 12 overs: A freebie to SRH! Shaw commits hara-kiri as he goes hurtling up the track to get on strike. Pant, who was ball-watching after getting beaten by the odd-one turning into him, was oblivious to it all and never called for a single. Smith, the new man in, is off the mark straightaway.
SRH celebrates the wicket of Prithvi Shaw. – BCCI/IPL
DC 83/1 in 11 overs: Rashid provides SRH the much-needed breakthrough! A 96kmph slider deceives Dhawan who steps out only to miss the line of the delivery completely. Pant walks in.
DC 80/0 in 10 overs: Suchith starts off with a round-arm variation. Shaw, meanwhile, reaches his second IPL 2021 fifty (8th overall in the IPL) off 35 balls with a single.
DC 76/0 in 9 overs: Surprisingly, Hyderabad’s designated partnership-breaker Rashid has been brought on a little late. Can he deliver as he has done on multiple occasions in the past? Shaw, however, is on a roll and it doesn’t matter to him as to who is rolling his arm over tonight. Goes inside out and the ball has disappeared past the fence in no time.
DC 67/0 in 8 overs: Suchith’s back into the attack. And Dhawan has put on his dancing shoes as he hammers a widish delivery past the bowler and down the ground. The next delivery has been dispatched towards square leg for another four.
DC 56/0 in 7 overs: The ball keeps low as Shankar comes on. Shaw pulls but misses. He tries to go for another swivel-pull off the next but ends up inside-edging the ball onto his pads. Reload… the next ball’s been pitched wide. Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif says the side is looking at a 170/180 score.
DC 51/0 in 6 overs: SRH debutant Suchith is here to bowl his first. He played his last IPL game at this very ground in 2019. Starts off with an arm ball which Shaw almost chops back onto the leg stump. The fifty-run partnership comes off the second delivery as Dhawan picks up a single. Time for the strategic timeout.
DC 48/0 in 5 overs: There is hardly any pace on offer from Kaul as he runs his fingers across the seam. However, Shaw waits, stands tall and guides it over the third man fielder inside the circle.
DC 39/0 in 4 overs: Khaleel replaces Abhishek. Shaw tries to scythe one through the air and over point but mistimes as the ball lands safely only yards ahead of Shankar. Six runs off the over. Much-needed relief for SRH.
DC 33/0 in 3 overs: Jadhav drops Dhawan on 5 at short midwicket. It was hit straight towards him, albeit very hard. Should have been gobbled up nevertheless. We already have the first SIX of the match and it has come off Shaw’s willow. He is striking it at 200.00 now.
Prithvi Shaw hits a boundary. – BCCI/IPL
DC 26/0 in 2 overs: Abhishek to share the new ball. Bowls a dot first up followed by a wide down leg. It gets only worse as Dhawan rocks back to cut one firmly between cover point and backward point. Meanwhile, Shaw is dealing only in bouundaries. Already has five of them off the nine balls he has faced thus far.
DC 12/0 in 1 over: There’s a slip, third man and a short fine leg in place for Khaleel. However, that does little to deter Shaw, who’s off the mark with a boundary. Scratch that… make it three back-to-back CRACKING fours. This is now the most expensive opening over in this edition of the tournament!
DC’s Shaw and Dhawan make their way to the middle. Khaleel will open the bowling for SRH.
SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, J Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
WHAT THEY SAID
David Warner: Bhuvi’s pulled up, bit sore. Suchith’s coming in for him. That’s what we feel is the best team to play against this team. Each wicket is pretty much the same. We have to assess here with the ball first and chase down whatever they set.
Rishabh Pant: We are gonna bat first. I think the wicket looks slightly drier. There’ll be less dew today because of the weather. We are not going to judge ourselves on batting and bowling. We are gonna judge ourselves as a fielding unit. We are just trying to do the same thing in each and every match and it’s paying off well for us. We have Axar coming in for Lalit.
Rishabh Pant wins toss. Delhi Capitals to bat.
Captains Rishabh Pant (left) and David Warner ahead of the toss. – BCCI/IPL
JUST IN: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jagadeesha Suchith gets his cap from Manish Pandey.
“It’s the third match here. The average score is around 167. Nothing has changed whatsoever in the wicket. It’s very hard, it’s going to be quite difficult to bat. If you want to cut runs out, go full and wide,” reckon Danny Morrison and Matthew Hayden.
After suffering three losses, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally found success with a nine-wicket win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Wednesday.
It took an unbeaten 63 from Jonny Bairstow and a three-wicket haul from Khaleel Ahmed to turn the match in SRH’s favour. The side will look to carry that momentum against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today.
DC, however, is a tough nut to crack. The side, led by the young Rishabh Pant, is on a roll with three wins in four outings. Experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan is in great touch, with scores of 92 (vs PBKS) and 85 (vs CSK) to his name.
DC legspinner Amit Mishra, the all-time highest wicket-taker in the IPL, scalped four wickets to star in DC’s six-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Fellow spinner R. Ashwin has been unusually subdued, having picked up just one wicket in the campaign so far. Batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Pant have recorded a fifty each, but are yet to hit top gear.
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SRH depends heavily on its powerful opening combination of David Warner and Bairstow to get the big totals. While Warner has been consistent, his subdued tournament strike-rate of 116 reflects the slow, tricky nature of the pitches at Chennai. New Zealand mainstay Kane Williamson made his first appearance of the season on Wednesday, and is set to play the role of sheet-anchor.
FILE PHOTO: Rishabh Pant successfully appeals for David Warner’s wicket during an IPL 2020 match. – BCCI/IPL
The SRH bowling attack is depleted by the absence of left-arm seamer T. Natarajan, who will undergo a knee surgery. The side has been served well by Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma and Khaleel, all of whom boast of an economy rate of less than six an over.
– Ashwin Achal
SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Kedar Jadhav, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Khaleel Ahmed
DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra
Hyderabad holds the edge over Delhi with 11 wins in a total of 18 clashes in the league.
In the last five encounters, Delhi leads with three wins to Hyderabad’s two. Their last meeting was on November 9, 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in the second qualifier.
TOP PERFORMERS IN THIS FIXTURE (ALL-TIME)
|Rank||Best Batsmen||Team||Runs Scored|
|1.||Shikhar Dhawan||DC: 2008, 2019-Present; SRH: 2013-2018||505|
|2.||David Warner||DC: 2009-13; SRH: 2014-Present||450|
|3.||Kane Williamson||SRH: 2015-Present||405|
|Rank||Best Bowlers||Team||Wickets taken|
|1.||Rashid Khan||SRH: 2017-Present||13|
|2.||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||SRH: 2014-Present||13|
|3.||Amit Mishra||SRH: 2013-14||9|
STARS FROM LAST SEASON (IPL 2020)
|Rank||Best Batsmen||Team||Runs Scored|
|Rank||Best Bowlers||Team||Wickets taken|
SRH vs DC DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM PICKS
Sportstar’s fantasy cricket predictions and tips for today’s IPL match – SRH vs DC
Wicketkeepers: Jonny Bairstow (9.5 credits), Rishabh Pant (9.5 credits)
Batsmen: David Warner (10.5 credits), Shikhar Dhawan (C) (10.5 credits), Prithvi Shaw (8.5 credits)
All-rounders: Vijay Shankar (8.5 credits), Chris Woakes (8.5 credits), Lalit Yadav (8 credits)
Bowlers: Rashid Khan (VC) (9.5 credits), Ravichandran Ashwin (8.5 credits), Amit Mishra (8.5 credits)
STATS – IPL 2021
- MOST RUNS (ORANGE CAP) – Shikhar Dhawan (DC)
- MOST WICKETS (PURPLE CAP) – Harshal Patel (RCB)
- MOST FOURS – Shikhar Dhawan (DC)
- MOST SIXES – Jonny Bairstow (SRH) and KL Rahul (PBKS)
- LONGEST SIX – Kieron Pollard (MI)
- MOST MAIDENS – Deepak Chahar (CSK), Fabian Allen (PBKS) and Mohammed Siraj (RCB)
- MOST DOT BALLS – Mohammed Siraj (RCB)
- MOST FIFTIES – KL Rahul (PBKS)
- MOST CENTURIES – Sanju Samson (RR) and Devdutt Padikkal (RCB)
- BEST BOWLING AVERAGE – Shahbaz Ahmed (RCB)
- BEST ECONOMY – Shivam Mavi (KKR) and Moises Henriques (PBKS)
- BEST BATTING AVERAGE – Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
- BEST BATTING STRIKE RATE – Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
- BEST BOWLING FIGURES – Andre Russell (KKR)
- FASTEST BALL – Mohammed Siraj (RCB)
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
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AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 MATCH – SRH vs DC START?
The IPL 2021 Match 20 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals begins at 7:30 PM IST.
WHERE TO WATCH TODAY’S IPL MATCH – SRH vs DC LIVE?
IPL 2021 will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow the live commentary and latest updates from IPL 2021 on Sportstar.