Having been put in to bat first, Delhi could muster only 129-8 on a slow pitch before Sunrisers chased down the target with more than an over to spare. It was the second defeat in three 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches for the Delhi franchise at home this season and it left Ponting scratching his head.
“At the end of the day, it’s the same pitch for both teams. But if you would have asked me, would I have wanted to play the Sunrisers on that type of pitch, there’s no (more) polar opposite wicket that you want to play the Sunrisers on. That absolutely suits them to the end of the ground,” the Delhi coach stated after the defeat.
“They’ve got spinners, and all their seamers all bowl slower balls. On that wicket when you bowl slower balls it’s not even possible (to hit big).
“If the wicket’s going to keep being like that here, we need to think about selections in our team as well, because maybe our bowlers weren’t best suited to the wicket today. But as I said, it wasn’t expected. It wasn’t what the groundsman told us was going to be so we were all surprised as anybody else.”
The former Australia skipper admitted to being surprised with the state of the pitch and believes that it was the worst of the three 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) clashes held at home so far.
“I think it’s fair to say that that wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsman before that game, he expected it to be the best pitch out of the three wickets so far. By far and away, it was the worst,” Ponting said.
“You saw how little it bounced and how slow it was. I thought their bowlers adapted to the conditions really well. They have got very skilful bowler in those conditions.”
The five-wicket loss on Thursday is the third time Delhi have been beaten this season in five games after a promising start which saw them defeat three-time champions Mumbai Indians in their campaign opener.
Delhi Capitals slumped to a second straight defeat after Sunrisers Hyderabad made light work of a chase of 130 to take a five-wicket win on Thursday.
The home side were made to bat first by Sunrisers and, on a slow pitch, their innings never got going, finishing on 129-8 thanks to some tight bowling. Hyderabad had a brief wobble but ultimately reached their target with nine balls to spare to go to the top of the IPL 2019 table.
INEXPERIENCE HAMSTRINGS DELHI AGAIN
After the way they collapsed in their previous game against Kings XI Punjab, losing seven wickets for eight runs, it was important for Delhi’s batsmen to show they’d learned from their mistakes. Yet this was another display that failed to inspire any confidence.
At their best, the Capitals are capable of explosive innings. They showed it in their first game of the season, racking up 213-6 against Mumbai, but they haven’t been able to match that since – perhaps because they’re trying too hard to replicate that performance. That’s certainly one plausible explanation for the raft of dismissals in the last three games, including Thursday.
Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant both fell to poor shots – as did Shikhar Dhawan, the most experienced player in this batting line-up but one prone to bad dismissals – while Shreyas Iyer, despite playing the most substantial knock of the innings, will rue the ugly hoick that cost him his off stump against Rashid Khan.
If it weren’t for a 13-ball 23 from Axar Patel, this game would have been even more of a rout, and relying on your No8 to rescue you is never a good plan.
Delhi’s batsmen need to get their act together; they’re costing their team more often than they’re winning them games.
JONNY BAIRSTOW PICK OF THE AUCTION?
As things stand the race for the orange cap is going to stay entirely in-house at Sunrisers. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell has been in superb form, but David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are building up a sizable gap over the Jamaican and everyone else in the competition.
Warner’s return to form is a welcome one, but it’s Bairstow’s prolific run alongside the Australian at the top of the order that should have Hyderabad feeling the most satisfied.
On Thursday he made a mockery of a slow pitch to set up his side’s chase perfectly. The Englishman’s 48 off 28 on a pitch where everyone was struggling for timing gave Hyderabad a start they couldn’t squander.
In four matches so far Bairstow’s lowest score is 39. His century in Sunrisers’ previous game is a contender for the knock of the tournament, and his consistency gives Hyderabad one of the best batting line-ups in the IPL – and they already had one of the tournament’s premier bowling attacks.
Bairstow’s compatriot Sam Curran cost Kings XI Punjab £800,000 at the auction. He’s had one poor performance and one stellar one, and was dropped for the two games in between. Bairstow, who’s had four good displays in four games, cost £250,000.
In #IPL2019 David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have aggregated 413 runs for the opening wicket in just 233 balls (S/r 177.25), including 3 successive 100+ stand and 185 stand - the highest in #IPL.#DCvSRH— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 4, 2019
Delhi Capitals: 129-8
Shreyas Iyer 43
Mohammad Nabi 2-21
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 131-5
Jonny Bairstow 48
Rahul Tewatia 1-10
Both teams are currently level with four points after picking up two wins apiece although Delhi have played one game more than Hyderabad.
Sunrisers could rise to the top of the standings should they win due their superior net-run rate while Delhi will be looking to bounce back from their dramatic collapse against Kings XI Punjab.
Which of the two teams will attain their third IPL 2019 win? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Delhi below.