Delhi are in the final after seven years while Hyderabad look to shake off their patchy form.
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Pant: Next time, I’ll try to finish the match for my team. I try to positive every time I go out to bat. I play according to the ball, not the bowler. Didn’t try to hit the ball to hard, just tried to time well.
Rishabh Pant is the Man of the Match
Shreyas Iyer: The last two overs were hell, to be honest. I could see the happiness in everyone’s faces. Hoping for a repeat performance against CSK. I am at a loss for words.
Chennai Super Kings will face DC on May 10. The winner goes to the final.
An emotional Kane Williamson says his team would have liked his team do better in the powerplay. He also paid tribute to the “prolific” duo of Warner and Bairstow, both of whom were sorely missed by SRH.
Delhi Capitals win by 2 wickets
Paul finishes it with a pull shot that goes past the reach of Vijay Shankar. It’s a boundary and the Delhi players rush onto the pitch. Heartbreak for SRH, who staged a brilliant recovery. Delhi players run onto the field.
DC 161/8 in 19.4 Overs | Amit Mishra Run out for obstruction 1(2)
Controversial finish to the game. Mishra has changed direction while completing a run. Khaleel aimed a throw at the stumps but it only hit Mishra’s arm. The left-armer appeals and third umpire Anil Choudhary gives the decision in favour of the fielding team. Mishra is still having a word with on-field umpire S Ravi. Tensions are boiling over and there is drama aplenty.
2 needed from 2 balls.
Khaleel Ahmed to bowl the last over. Keemo Paul to take strike.
DC 158/7 in 18.5 Overs | R Pant c Nabi b B Kumar 49 (21)
Oh Pant, what have you done? He hammered Bhuvi down the ground for a six but holes out in the deep trying another big hit. The ball goes high in the air and Nabi takes a safe catch.
DC 151/5 in 18 Overs
4,6,4,6 from the first four balls off Thampi and Pant has turned the match on its head. Excellent hitting from the left-hander. The pacer was too full and the deliveries were pitched in the batsman’s hitting range. 22 runs from the over and the match is now in Delhi’s hands.
DC 129/5 in 17 Overs
Rutherford hoicks Bhuvneshwar over cover for a boundary. Eight from the over, which is good for SRH under the circumstances. Pant couldn’t get his big hits going this time.
DC 121/5 in 16 Overs
Pant gets a six with a flick and gets some momentum going into the death overs. Ten from the over and DC need 42 from the last four.
DC 111/5 in 14.4 Overs | A Patel c Saha b Rashid Khan 0 (3)
Oh, they are falling like nine pins and Saha takes a fine catch behind the stumps. SRH are flying and there is chaos unfolding at Vizag.
WICKET! DC 111/4 in 14.1 Overs | C Munro lbw b Rashid Khan 14 (13)
Cometh the hour, cometh Rashid. Brave move from Williamson, handing the ball to his wrecker-in-chief in what is his last over. It takes the Afghani just one delivery, rapping Munro on his pads.
DC 111/3 in 14 Overs
Munro is not holding back. Thampi drifts it by a touch on leg stump and the left-hander hammers the ball over the ropes at fine leg. Big over that for Delhi. 52 needed from the last six overs.
DC 99/3 in 13 Overs
Munro takes little time to adjust to proceedings and hammers Nabi down the ground for a massive six – that is deposited to the second tier. Rashid comes back and so are the dot balls. Just two from the over.
DC 87/3 in 11 Overs | P Shaw c Shankar b K Ahmed 56 (38)
Shaw goes for an almighty pull on the leg side and it’s a simple catch to Vijay Shankar at gully. The left-armer is on a roll and SRH are well and truly back. It’s anyone’s game now.
DC 84/2 in 10.2 Overs | S Iyer c Saha b K Ahmed 8 (10)
WICKET! Superb cutter from Khaleel and Iyer nicks it to the keeper. The pressure is on Delhi. “Need a wicket, call me” signals the left-armer. The Delhi skipper was squared up.
DC 83/1 in 10 Overs
Thampi has been outstanding so far, varying his pace and not letting the batsmen free their arms or rock bat the crease. Just six from the over. SRH need 80 from the last 10 to win. Another good partnership will do for Delhi.
DC 77/1 in 9 Overs
Prithvi Shaw completes his fifty. Shreyas Iyer is off to a slow start. SRH have a spring in their step now. The boundaries have dried up.
DC 66/1 in 7.3 Overs | S Dhawan st Saha b Hooda 17(16)
WICKET! Terrific glovework from Saha. The opener went down the track early and Hooda pitched it wide. Dhawan is short of his ground as Saha dives and takes the bails off.
DC 57/0 in 7 Overs
Thampi displays good pace and manages to get bounce to trouble the batsmen. Just two runs from the over – SRH’s best of the innings so far.
DC 55/0 in 6 Overs
Rashid Khan puts the brakes on and SRH have a much-needed breather. They need a wicket or two in the next couple of overs. Shaw has been a delight. Dhawan is happy to give let his younger partner go after the bowling.
DC 49/0 in 5 Overs
Prithvi Shaw survives and Prithvi Shaw is in punishing mode. There is no clear indication on why the length from Bhuvneshwar is short. The youngster bludgeons a couple of boundaries in the cow cover region and pierces the off-side field. 17 from the over and Delhi are flying.
DC 32/0 in 4 Overs
Oh dear, nothing working for SRH here. Nabi almost drew first blood but Shaw’s lazy chip burst through the hands of Thampi and goes to the boundary. Dhawan ends with another four.
DC 25/0 in 3 Overs
Khaleel goes slightly short and the Shaw goes long. He gets three boundaries from the over and the runs are coming thick and fast. One needs to be full on this wicket. Can Shaw convert this into a big one?
DC 12/0 in 2 Overs
Fine start for Nabi, just two from the over. This is a pitch where the spinners are going to make merry. Shaw, understandably, is tentative. He needs runs under his belt.
DC 10/0 in 1 Over
Blazing start for Dhawan. Bhuvneshwar pitches it slightly short and the southpaw is on it in a flash, piercing the off-side field. This is exactly the start Delhi were looking for.
Fine finish from SRH in the end. They certainly have enough on the board and that is down to them starting and finishing the innings well.
SRH 162/8 in 20 Overs
There was a one of the bizarre run-outs you will get to see in the previous delivery and Bhuvneshwar Kumar nicked the ball to the keeper. It was from yet another slow delivery. 11 runs from the final over.
SRH 160/6 in 19.4 Overs | M Nabi c Axar b Paul 20 (13)
Nabi has played a crucial hand in this phase of the innings. He hammered Paul over the long-on fielder for a big six. That was a no-ball too. The slower delivery works wonders again and Nabi hits it straight to deep cover.
SRH 147/5 in 18.3 Overs | V Shankar c Axar Patel b Boult 25(11)
Finally, Vijay Shankar comes up with a cameo and was timing the ball well. He could have been out of the previous ball but Iyer made a mess of his reverse flick. The next ball sees him smash it straight to Axar. The Kiwi cut the pace on the delivery.
SRH 137/4 in 18 Overs
Another good over for SRH. Nabi and Vijay Shankar are throwing their bat at everything. Keemo Paul was full and Nabi went down the ground. Vijay Shankar, meanwhile, was solid with the pull shot.
SRH 127/4 in 17 Overs
Vijay Shankar ends the over with a much-needed six. Axar pitched slightly short and the SRH batsman latched onto it. The ball sailed over the ropes. Anything in excess of 150 here should make SRH happy.
SRH 104/4 in 15.5 Overs | K Williamson b I Sharma 28 (27)
Williamson nearly holes out in the deep but Boult’s best efforts wasn’t good enough for him to get a hand on the ball. Then, the pacer delivers an inch-perfect yorker. Williamson had no chance.
SRH 104/3 in 15 Overs
Rutherford comes into the attack and Williamson breaks the shackles with a cut shot on the off side. There is a top edge from the last ball as the skipper tries to paddle a slow one. Much needed big over for SRH.
SRH 90/3 in 13.2 Overs | M Pandey c Rutherford b Paul 30 (36)
WICKET! Simple catch at long on and Pandey’s ordeal comes to an end. The batsman was trying to go for the long hop and didn’t get the distance on it. Keemo Paul is the wicket-taker.
SRH 88/2 in 13 Overs
Six runs from the over, Mishra’s most expensive returns from the evening. SRH batsmen are happy taking singles at this stage. Another north of 149 should be a match-winning one.
SRH 82/2 in 12 Overs
Mishra’s energy is rubbing off on Axar. SRH try to accelerate but are pegged back once again by the pace of the wicket. Seven from it but these overs won’t cut it.
SRH 75/2 in 11 Overs
Another magnificent over. Williamson was dropped by Pant after Mishra beat him with a leg-spinner. DC are bowling like a dream and the pressure is mounting on SRH.
SRH 71/2 in 10 Overs
The spinners continue to choke Williamson and Pandey. Axar also cuts the pace on the ball and the skipper nearly chopped on in the first ball of the over. Just four runs from the over.
SRH 67/2 in 9 Overs
The brakes are well and truly on. Amit Mishra’s figures read 2-0-6-1. Experience coming into play here and DC have conceded just 11 runs in the last fifteen balls. Manish Pandey is getting stuck at the crease and is unable to rotate strike. SRH run the danger of getting bogged down.
SRH 56/2 in 6.3 Overs | M Guptill c Paul b Mishra 36 (19)
WICKET! No pace on the ball and Guptill tries to muscle it out of the park. Paul at deep mid-wicket makes no mistake. Delhi are cock-a-hoop and why not? They have the big fish now.
SRH 54/1 in 6 Overs
And....just like that, Ishant loses his way a bit. Good early signs from Manish Pandey and Guptill has another boundary to his name. Ten from the over.
SRH 44/1 in 5 Overs
Guptill’s onslaught continues. Just when one thought Delhi had pulled things back, the New Zealander releases pressure with a big hit. Axar goes slightly short and Guptill rocks back and clubs it over deep-square.
SRH 37/1 in 4 Overs
Fine comeback from Ishant, cramping Guptill for room with deliveries that were angled into him. Six runs and a wicket from the over.
SRH 31/1 in 3.1 Overs | W Saha c Iyer b I Sharma
Ishant gets another over and he gets the breakthrough. No power or elevation on Saha’s shot and Iyer takes a neat catch running backwards from mid-off. Not the best of comebacks for the wicketkeeper.
SRH 31/0 in 3 Overs
TWO SIXES from the over and Guptill is taking his countryman to the cleaners. Boult continues to search for the wide yorker and gets hammered over extra cover. Terrific hitting and Iyer needs to counter this quickly. 15 from the over.
SRH 16/0 in 2 Overs
Ishant Sharma comes back well in the over, beating Guptill for bounce. That, however, was ater the New Zealander tonked him for a huge six over the sightscreen. This has been a good cat and mouse battle so far.
SRH 8/0 in 1 Overs
The over ends with a four in the last ball of the over. Good flick of the wrists from Saha and SRH are up and away. The Orange Army have overwhelming support today.
REVIEW TAKEN! Saha survives.
DC 1/0 in 0.1 Overs
The decision is overturned. Saha went for the review straight away and the replays showed that the ball had clipped his bat before the finger went up. What a start to the game.
Saha and Guptill are ready to take the crease. Delhi are all set. Trent Boult has the ball in the hand.
CHANGES: Colin Munro replaces Colin Ingram for Delhi Capitals. Deepak Hooda comes for Yusuf Pathan.
SRH: Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
TOSS: Delhi Captials have won the toss and Shreyas Iyer opts to field first. “We are going to treat it as another game but we are nervous – I think that is a good thing.”
6:58 pm: SRH cruised to an easy win when they first met this season. DC, since then, regrouped and went on a winning run. Rabada, Morris and Keemo Paul were on fire as Kane Williamson’s side slumped to a tame defeat at home.
6:52 pm: Manish Pandey has been a good run of form recently. Here is Vishal on what worked for the Karnataka batsman recently after a poor start.
6:50 pm: We have just had had the pitch report. It looks like a good surface to bat on with a hint of turn. This has been the case with Visakhapatnam for a number of years now.
Hello and welcome to the Indian Premier League eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam. Who would have expected Delhi to reach this stage of the competition. The perennial underachievers of the competition have been terrific so far and are looking to get into the finals for the first time.
From being the whipping boys of the league, they are now a force to reckon with. They have now made it to the knock-out stages. Delhi Capitals are playing the do-or-die game despite securing 18 points after nine wins and five losses from 14 matches.
They are the in-form team. SRH, on the other hand, have struggled after David Warner and Jonny Bairstow had to leave for national duties and they needed a favour from the Mumbai Indians in the last match of the tournament to come through.