After twelve attempts at reaching the final previously in vain, the Delhi Capitals finally managed to break the jinx as they beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in the qualifier-2. The batsmen had done their job by putting up 189 runs on the board, and Rabada-Stoinis picked up seven wickets between them even as Williamson nearly pulled off a major heist.
Having knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore with a thoroughly professional effort in the Eliminator on Friday, Sunrisers Hyderabad would go in with the upper hand when they take on Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. SRH have been on a roll, winning five of their last six matches. Delhi, on the other hand, have been having a tough time. They lost four matches in a row, and only a victory against RCB in their last league encounter ensured them qualification for play-offs.
The target in sight for SRH was just 132, but RCB made a close game out of it with their leg spinners bowling tight lines. However, the experienced duo of Williamson and Holder carried them home, and booked a ticket in the qualifier-2 with the Delhi Capitals.
With Mumbai Indians having sealed their place in the IPL 2020 final, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to stay alive in the competition when they face each other in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi. While the loser of Friday’s contest will go home, the winner will battle it out with Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final.
Warner hit a magnificent 85*(58) and got great support from Saha as the pair chased down 150 without breaking a sweat. With that win, SRH qualified for the playoffs and KKR are now out of the tournament.
Unlike some of the other sides in IPL 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have their destiny in their own hands when they face Mumbai Indians in the final league game at Sharjah on Tuesday. Courtesy a superior run-rate, a victory of any kind will see them through while a loss would knock them out. It will be easier said than done though as table-toppers and defending champions MI too would be keen to go into the play-offs on a high.
RCB, much like their fellow DC team, made a meal of yet another chance to have a secure spot in the playoffs. They could post only 120, and with dew on offer it was never going to be enough as SRH batsmen got to the target in quick time, though losing quite a few wickets in the process.
With a play-offs berth still at stake, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sharjah on Saturday. CSK's last-ball triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders means the play-offs race for the other teams is very much alive with only Mumbai Indians assured of a berth so far.
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha’s explosive knocks at the top put the Delhi Capitals in a state of shock from which they could never recover. Defending 219, Rashid cleaned up Delhi with figures of 3-7 as SRH’s playoff hopes are still alive,