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Bairstow smashed 48 to set up the chase

Poor performance with the bat coupled with a few questionable decisions on the field gave Delhi Capitals their second loss in two games as Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their climb after losing their first game of the season. Sunrisers put on a clinical display with the ball picking regular wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla to deny any momentum to the home side and eventually chased down the tricky total with nine balls to spare.

Where did the Capitals go wrong?

Everywhere. On a spinning surface, the powerplay was possibly the best time to bat and get the maximum amount of runs possible. But Capitals lost both Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan in the first six overs. While Shaw was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar after he had hit the Sunrisers skipper for two fours in the opening over, Dhawan fell to a sweep shot against Mohammad Nabi. And then there was Rishabh Pant. Having already fetched some criticism for not dragging Capitals over the line in their previous game against Kings XI Punjab, Pant failed to bat according to the situation once again. He went through with a loft shot at a tricky situation and hardly put any power into it which led to his dismissal at the halfway mark, and giving Nabi his second wicket.

The wrong promotion

Instead of sending in someone like Axar Patel who is used to batting on spinning surfaces, Capitals chose the aggressive route on a tough wicket. Rahul Tewatia was promoted and lasted seven deliveries. Colin Ingram lasted for eight and then Chris Morris scratched his way around for a 15-ball 17. This shoddy display made Shreyas Iyer's 41-ball 43 look all the more valuable. And then came Axar Patel finally in the 17th over. The result? An unbeaten 13-ball 23 that managed to push the run rate over six finally as the Capitals finished at 129/8. Apart from this blunder, Capitals were also poor with the way they managed their bowling resources. While Kagiso Rabada didn't bowl at all in the first five overs, Ishant Sharma ended up bowling just one in which he picked up a solitary wicket. Decision-making on the field is certainly a key area where the Capitals should be looking to make an improvement.

A costly drop

No matter what the conditions are, confidence always does wonders. Jonny Bairstow was the prime example for that on Thursday. And with David Warner finally having an off-colour day, Capitals could have made a big breakthrough had they sent back Bairstow very early in the chase. Axar did have an opportunity when the wicketkeeper-batsman hit one back at the bowler but the left-arm spinner dropped the straightforward chance. In the end, Bairstow proved to the difference-maker as he smashed a 28-ball 48. Bairstow clearly was a level above everyone else in the entire game as he appeared to be the only batsman in control. His pyrotechnics provided Sunrisers another great start as they cruised to 62 for no loss in the powerplay.

The scratchy finish

With Warner and Bairstow doing a great job at the top this season, there was always talk around Sunrisers' middle order that had been largely untested. With just 68 needed from 14 overs with all ten wickets intact, it appeared as if the pattern would continue. Instead, the home side did manage to put up a fightback and expose the nervy-looking Sunrisers middle-order. Axar and Tewatia in particular looked in very good rhythm making the most out of the helpful surface. Vijay Shankar and Deepak Hooda didn't help their side's cause by playing loose strokes to press the self-destruct button before Mohammad Nabi calmed the nerves with a few boundaries to seal the chase. With the Afghanistan allrounder proving to be really handy with both bat and ball, regular skipper Kane Williamson might be ready to come back into the XI very soon. A happy headache to follow a clinical performance.

Where they go next?

Winning their third game on the trot. Sunrisers will be fairly confident of making it four in four as they entertain Mumbai Indians next in a home game on Saturday. Capitals, on the other hand, will be hoping for a reversal in their fortunes as they travel to Bangalore. Considering RCB's current form, Capitals will fancy their chances to get back to winning ways.

Brief scores: Delhi Capitals 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23*; Mohammad Nabi 2-21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-27) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 131/5 in 18.3 overs (Jonny Bairstow 48; Ishant Sharma 1-5, Rahul Tewatia 1-10) by five wickets

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