The first super over of IPL 2021 took place on Sunday as Delhi Capitals edged past Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling game. SRH did manage to mount a very good fight against Delhi while chasing 160, but they only managed to level DC’s score.
In the super over, DC manages to hold their nerve and chase down the target of eight runs on the last ball. With the loss, the Sunrisers went down to seventh in the table. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals moved to the second spot in the table.
Kane Williamson once again delivers for SRH
Williamson has been delivering big knocks for Sunrisers over the season. He adds the element of stability in the batting unit of SRH. On Sunday, Williamson held one end and took the game deep to the final over by scoring 66 runs in 51 balls. Apart from Williamson, Jonny Bairstow played a good hand in the chase. However, the middle order provided no support to Williamson. If at least one player had given stitched a good partnership, then SRH could have comfortably won the game.
Delhi’s Bowling Unit Shines
Even though the Chepauk pitch isn’t exactly batting friendly, bowlers need to maintain strict line and length to get rewards. Axar Patel used his variations to good effect in both super over and four overs spell. He dented SRH’s middle order by taking two wickets in a single over. When SRH needed 43 from 24 with six wickets in hand, Patel bowled a terrific over that saw him pick wickets off successive deliveries and give only four runs.
Avesh Khan was excellent with the ball in hand. The speedster prized out the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and also went on to dismiss Virat Singh and Vijay Shankar. Apart from the last over of the innings, Delhi’s bowlers had done a fine job against SRH.
Vital contributions from multiple batsmen for Delhi Capitals
Prithvi Shaw was the standout batter for the Capitals as he notched 53 runs off 39 balls. Along with Dhawan, Shaw stitched a very good opening partnership. Dhawan played a slow knock by his standards, but it was a crucial contribution due to the nature of the pitch.
Skipper Rishabh Pant played a handy knock of 37 runs off 27 balls with four fours and one six before Siddarth Kaul dismissed him. Australian batsman Steve Smith also scored 34 runs at a decent strike rate of 136. On a tricky pitch, all batsmen chipped in to post a competitive target. Going forward in IPL 2021, this batting performance will give more confidence to Delhi Capitals.