Delhi Capitals are on the rise, as they win their 3rd consecutive away game banking on their all conditions bowling attack and thereby proving that teams need to process a strong bowling attack to win a high percentage of matches. At Hyderabad ,they beat a strong Sunrisers team by a big margin of 39 runs.
Being put in to bat first Delhi team actually struggled all the way to 155 /7 in their 20 overs. Both openers were dismissed cheaply by a fiery Khaleel Ahmed who was using his left arm angles and the short balls to great effect to dismiss both Shaw and Dhawan cheaply. However the kiwi, Colin Munro ( playing his first game this season ) and Shreyas Iyer got into a fruitful stand to stabilise the innings before Munro exited after scoring 40 off 24 balls. Later Iyer (45) and Pant ( 23) scored at run a ball but the latter order could not churn out many runs . Khaleel was the best bowler for SRH taking 3/30, with Bhuvi taking 2 and Rashid 1 wicket.
In reply the Sunrisers were off to a strong start with both Bairstow and Warner setting off their chase well and Delhi took lots of time to get their first breakthrough. It was their 4th pacer Keemo Paul who broke the ice by dismissing a dangerous looking Bairstow (40) and then skipper Williamson (3) to set the cat amongst the pegions. Paul bowled economically and was varying his pace well enough to keep the batters guessing. Soon the sunrisers started to feel the pressure and their middle order started to panic and play unconvincing shots.David Warner (51 off 47) was hardly getting any support and in order to force the pace he finally holed out off Rabada ,who along with Morris become the partners in crime to rip through the lower half of the SRH batting and bowled them out for 116. Keemo Paul for his 3/17 and 2 catches was the man of the match.
Sunriser’ s brittle lower order again came up short today and the team management must be losing sleep on this now. Even with a good bowling attack SRH will struggle due to its fragile middle order.
For Delhi , they have got into a superb momentum ,winning 3 away matches one after the other.The bowling is not only looking strong and well balanced , but also menacing with Rabada generating the pace. However their batting is still work in progress, inconsistent and fragile . Though the legends Ponting and Sourav must be delighted with their recent run of wins, they will be aware and worried about their batting .