IPL 2019: Kagiso Rabada and Delhi Capitals pacers hand Sunrisers Hyderabad third straight defeat

Ajit Vijaykumar 22:47 14/04/2019
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Kagiso Rabada picked up four wickets in Hyderabad. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Sunrisers Hyderabad sank to their third straight defeat as Delhi Capitals pacers decimated their line-up, taking 10 wickets for 44 runs in a thumping 39-run win on Sunday.

Delhi made 155-7 and in the chase, Hyderabad were powered by in-form opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But Keemo Paul started their slide by taking three wickets and then pace ace Kagiso Rabada ran through the lineup with 4-22 as Sunrisers went from 72-0 to 116 all out.

It was the fourth defeat overall for Sunrisers while Delhi rose to second position with their fifth victory.

Munro mania

Colin Munro came in at one down for Delhi after openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan were removed cheaply by new Sunrisers quick Khaleel Ahmed. Teaming up with captain Shryeas Iyer (45 off 40), Munro went about attacking the Sunrisers bowlers, hitting four fours and three sixes during his 24-ball 40 before edging a drive behind off mystery spinner Abhishek Sharma.

Munro’s was by the far the most impactful innings on a Hyderabad wicket that once again offered more than enough help to the bowlers.

Sunrisers start well

Sunrisers openers Warner and Bairstow once again gave Sunrisers a solid base. The in-form duo added 72 by the 10th over in pursuit of 156, which was decent if not spectacular. While Bairstow blasted his way to 41 off 31, Warner took time to get going on a sluggish pitch.

However, as the required run rate crept over eight an over, Delhi pacers made life miserable for Sunrisers batsmen as they bowled a variation of cross seam and short deliveries to make the most of the pitch.

Rabada and Co work their magic

West Indies all-rounder Paul set the ball rolling by dismissing opener Bairstow and captain Kane Williamson in successive overs. He added a third in the form of Ricky Bhui as Sunrisers got stuck at 101-3 in the 16th over.

Rabada returned to take the wind out of Hyderbad’s sails, deceiving Warner (51 off 47) with a slower ball to be caught at mid-off. It was a procession thereafter as not a single Hyderabad batsman apart from the openers reached double digits.

Rabada ended up with 4-22, pacer Chris Morris 3-22 and Paul 3-17 as Sunrisers were bowled out for 116, losing 10 wickets for 44 runs.

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