Marcus Stoinis derived DC to Final by beating SRH in Indian Premier League

Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to bat first. David Warner, however, is not perturbed by it as he tells Mark Nicholas that he wanted to bowl first. Pravin Dubey and Shimron Hetmyer are back in the DC XI. SRH will field the same side with Wriddhiman Saha still unfit. The two teams are battling it out in the Qualifier 2 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Delhi Capitals (DC) openers Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis have ensured a fantastic start. The duo of Stoinis and Dhawan stitch the partnership 86 runs Rashid Khan broke the partnership bowled Stoinis 38 runs off 27 deliveries.

Shreyas Iyer departs for 21 runs off 20 deliveries, after mistiming the back of length delivery straight to Manish Pandey at mid-off. Shreyas disappointed to convert his start on to a big score.

While Dhawan has completed his 41st half-century in the IPL Dhawan’s brilliant knock came to an end at 78 off 50 balls.

brilliant knock came to an end at 78 off 50 balls(livesportcentre.com)
brilliant knock came to an end at 78 off 50 balls(BCCI/IPL)

Hetmyer scored a crucial 42 not out from 22 balls, Shikhar Dhawan And Marcus Stoinis Power Delhi Capitals post a total of 189 runs for the loss of three wickets.

Hetmyer scored a crucial 42 not out from 22 balls,(livesportcentre.com)
Hetmyer scored a crucial 42 not out from 22 balls,(IPL/BCCI)

Sandeep Sharma, Jason Holder and Rashid Khan accounted for a dismissal apiece.

Kagiso Rabada starts his spell off with the massive dismissal of David Warner. Priyam Garg departs for 17, Marcus Stoinis gets his second wicket in the same over, after accounting for the key dismissal of Manish Pandey. Axar Patel takes Jason Holder wicket 11 (15).

15th half-century in the IPL for Kane Williamson. Delhi ran through the SRH top-order in the Powerplay but in the middle-overs, they have had no answer to Kane Williamson’s brilliance. . Kane Williamson stepped up at this stage, stitching partnerships alongside Jason Holder and Abdul Samad. Marcus Stoinis has struck with the massive dismissal of Kane Williamson 67 runs off 45 deliveries comprising 5 Four and 4 Sixes in spite of brilliance performance SRH lost the match by 17 runs.

Pick of the bowler Kagiso Rabada 4-0-29-4 and Marcus Stoinis 3-0-26-3. Marcus Stoinis was adjudged man-of-the-match for scoring 38 with the bat and three wickets with the ball.

Marcus Stoinis | Player of the Match: Have done it in the BBL for a couple of seasons (opening the batting) so it was nice to get an opportunity. Never know what it’s going to be like early. There was swing early on. So had a bit of a look at it before having a crack. Have played quite a bit of IPL, but this is my first final. It’s been hard with quarantine but a bit of silverware is good motivation. MI are a very good team. Have played consistently. But they’re due an off game. Our best cricket should be good enough to win. Was a really nice wicket. My thought process was to change my grips and see what I was getting out of the wicket and change my tactics with wide yorkers and slower balls.

Marcus Stoinis was adjudged man-of-the-match(livesportcentre.com)
Marcus Stoinis was adjudged man-of-the-match(BCCI/IPL)

Kagiso Rabada, Purple cap: Today was just my day, I don’t think I bowled particularly well in the last over. But there are times when you bowl well and don’t have the rewards to show for it, so I’ll take it. But that is secondary, primary is winning the tournament. If we win the tournament and I don’t take any wickets.. I don’t mind that at all. (Executing the last over) It is challenging, we have been there so many times. I have been there so many times in my career. Playing such a long tournament fatigue mentally and physically can kick in, but I am glad that we could get over the line today. We have to be as good or better in the final. Warner came quite hard in the previous game we played against them, so wanted to get one back at him. He is a fantastic player. There was a bit of swing and so wanted to go full and straight, and it paid off. He was a key player. We took early wickets up front which made it easy for us because this was clearly a very good wicket. Delhi has never reached the final since the IPL has begun, so we are glad to take the team to this height and now it’s all about sealing it off. We have two days to regenerate, get some rest and hopefully make history. IPL is a huge tournament because of the magnitude of the players. It is a well followed tournament, it doesn’t get bigger than this. Mumbai are a very good side. We are a young team, have a lot of talent and the guys are gearing up to do their best.

Shreyas Iyer | DC (winning) captain: Best feeling ever. Journey has been a rollercoaster. End of the day we stuck together as a family. Very happy with the effort every individual has put in. Has taught me many things. Lot of responsibility comes with being a captain. But have been getting support from coaches and support staff. On top of that the team has been so special. Really fortunate to have such an amazing team. The emotions keep going high and low, so you can’t have a same set of routines. Have to keep chopping and changing. Hoping that in the next game as well, against MI the biggest team, we’re able to play freely. Were going at 10rpo, but we know Rashid can be lethal in the middle. Plan was to not give him wickets. Were lacking with the opening partnership. Needed a rocket start. We thought if he (Stoinis) goes and plays maximum deliveries he can give us a good start.

David Warner | SRH (losing) captain: First and foremost, no one gave us a chance at the start. Mumbai has a great team, Delhi as well, and RCB, but I’m proud to be where we are today. Natarajan is a find of this IPL, and he’s been outstanding. Rashid has been amazing, and so has been Manish Pandey at No. 3. From an all-round perspective, it’s been great. I’d like to thank all our supporters at home. The main thing is attitude in the field. You can’t win if you don’t take catches, we’ll have to do much better next time – that’s what’s let us down in this tournament – the attitude on the field. Losing key players like Saha and Bhuvi has been difficult, but the rest of them have been excellent in their roles to get us where we have gotten today. The fans are so loyal, I saw that photo of a bridge being lit up today. Hyderabad is our second home, and the franchise owners are like a family. Hopefully after this we can go and play the IPL in India next year and put up a better show.

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