Nortje, Rabada Help DC Ease Past SRH

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Nortje, Rabada Help DC Ease Past SRHNortje dismissed Warner on the third ball of the game and SRH could never recover from that blow.

Delhi Capitals got their campaign off to a roaring restart with an eight-wicket win over SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai. The win, fashioned by some aggressive fast bowling and some old-fashioned batting, took DC to the top of the points table. SRH, on the other hand, recorded their fourth consecutive loss this season and find themselves at the bottom of the table.

Match summary in 100 words …

Both Kane Williamson and Rishabh Pant got what they wanted at the toss but the game swung DC's way as early as the opening over. David Warner, returning into the Playing XI, got a duck and SRH never really recovered from that. Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada finally played together, thanks to Shreyas Iyer's return, and the duo made it count with five wickets between them. Their efforts ensured that DC only had 135 runs to chase, and luckily found two anchormen in Shikhar Dhawan and Iyer, the latter staying unbeaten on 47 and finishing the game with a six.

SRH got only 134… how was the pitch?

“Not the easiest of wickets,” Nortje said in a sideline interview during the innings break. He mentioned how hard length deliveries were working for him, and the best example of that in the middle was his 147kph delivery to Warner: back of length, beating Warner for pace and skewing off a leading edge to point. Akin to that opening blow was Rabada's dismissal of Manish Pandey later in the innings as SRH stood constrained at 61/4 at the halfway mark. It was due to the quick runs from Abdul Samad (28 off 21) and Rashid Khan (22 off 19) later that the side could get to the kind of total that SRH bowlers love defending, but it didn't quite go their way tonight.

Williamson was dropped …

.. TWICE. First off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, who struck to bowling mostly carrom balls to the right-handers and even got Williamson's edge with it but it didn't quite stick in Pant's gloves. Soon after, Prithvi Shaw was taken by surprise by a hard-handed drive at him but that drop off Axar Patel didn't cost much as the left-arm spinner had the SRH captain caught in the deep next ball. DC's ground fielding too wasn't the greatest on the night — Shimron Hetmyer failing to stop a straightforward ball in the deep comes to mind — but that was masked by how good the bowling was. But it's certainly something that they will be keen to improve on.

How was the start for DC?

Good. Both Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw got going with a couple of boundaries before the latter was dismissed courtesy a sliding catch from Williamson. But that momentum didn't really catch on with SRH bowlers who had few answers during the 52-run stand between Dhawan and Iyer for the second wicket. The partnership, panning out comfortably across eight overs, was brought to a halt by Rashid Khan. It was the time when SRH bowlers were putting on their famous death choke but Pant's 35* of 21, which included a four and a six off Khaleel Ahmed in the 17th over, ensured that the game was all but won with 2.1 overs to spare.

Tell me about Marcus Stoinis's injury

The allrounder pulled up just before bowling his eighth ball and walked off the field in the company of physio Patrick Farhart. The word is that Stoinis was struggling with his left hamstring and it remains to be seen how his recovery pans out, given that he's also a part of the Australian squad for the upcoming T20 WC next month.

Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 134/9 in 20 overs (Samad 28; Rabada 3-37, Nortje 2-12) lost to Delhi Capitals 139/2 in 17.5 overs (Iyer 47*; Dhawan 42) by 8 wickets

What next?

Both DC and SRH have a two-day gap before their next matches. DC will travel to Abu Dhabi to play Rajasthan Royals while SRH will travel to Sharjah to play Punjab Kings.

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