DC lost by SRH, drop down to the third position of the points table. Saha, Warner and Rashid trio defeat DC by 88 runs. Indian Premier League.

Delhi Capitals have won the toss and chosen to field against SunRisers Hyderabad. Three changes for Hyderabad – Williamson, Saha and Shahbaz Nadeem in for Bairstow, Priyam Garg and Khaleel Ahmed.

David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha gave SRH a good start Warner reached his 50 off 25 balls as Hyderabad smoked 77 runs in the Powerplay, easily the highest this season. SRH openers accumulating 107 runs partnership.

Ashwin gets Warner 66 runs off 34 balls. Saha dismissed for 87 off 45 balls by Anrich Nortje.

After the dismissal of Both openers Manish Pandey 44* runs off 31 balls and Kane Williamson 11* runs off 10 balls take charge and SunRisers Hyderabad made 219 runs with the loss of 2 wickets.

A chase in excess of 200 needed a strong start and possibly Delhi’s top-order to fire. Neither happened. Shikhar Dhawan fell for a first-ball duck and Marcus Stoinis followed suit.

Ajinkya Rahane (26) and Shimron Hetmyer (16) get DC past 50 but Rashid Khan sends back both of them in one over to leave DC tottering. Captain Shreyas Iyer (7) falls and Rishabh Pant 36 runs contribution could not help and the whole team shattered in 19 overs with 131 runs.

Rashid really is a magician and he proved it once again picking 3 wickets in his 4 overs but more importantly at an economy rate of 1.75 – the most economical four-over spell 4-0-7-3 this season. Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan shared two wickets each.

Shreyas Iyer | DC (Losing) captain: Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down at this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games. Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us. We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing. We need to have that strong and positive mindset. These losses are not going to put us down. As a team, we have been doing amazing throughout so these few matches shouldn’t get into our heads. Next match, we’ll see to it that we have done our studies right, we’ll also see to it that we are putting in our best efforts on the field. It’s really difficult to judge what to do on this wicket because it keeps changing any time, so the best thing is to lose the toss. I was contemplating whether to bat or to bowl, unfortunately I won the toss (laughs). We decided that the dew factor will play a massive role, but the ball was stopping a bit. It was really difficult to get off to a great start. We discuss a lot about the opposition’s batsmen and we try to execute our plans when we are on the field but it was unfortunate that we didn’t do great today. The start which they got completely changed the momentum towards them and from there to get to 219 was a commendable performance. Any team can surprise anyone in this tournament, all teams are pretty much equal and you can’t underestimate anyone especially at the business end. We’ll stay positive, we’ll have a strong mindset. Going forward, Mumbai Indians and RCB they are good teams but we have beaten RCB once and we still gotta win against Mumbai . It’s going to be a good competition against them and really looking forward for a great win in the next one.

Nothing much of note for the Capitals, as even the desperate attempts from Pant and Rahane failed to get them close. Rashid Khan was clinical, as usual, recording his best figures in this IPL. Seventeen dot balls. Seventeen. If a team is fearful of going after you, particularly in a 220-run chase, you can give yourself a pat on the back. The remainder of the bowlers executed their plans well too, and were duly rewarded with spoils to wrap up a complete team performance. Presentations coming up in a bit

Rashid Khan: The ball came out nicely, but we won the game more importantly. The wicket was helping a lot. The more you bowl in the right areas. To bowl economically is what I am focusing on, whether I get wickets or not… I focus on bowling dot balls and it helps me get wickets and also helps to take wickets at the other end. I just go with a clear mind. I never think about the scoreboard, what the target is, what;s a good score if we bowl first. I always think I should bowl in the right areas. As long as you bowl there you can trouble anyone. You got to play with the batsman’s mind. Keep mixing it up seeing what the batsman is trying to do.
Delhi Capitals have now gone down to the third position, with an inferior NRR compared to RCB, who go second. SRH are at number 6, but their surge has been heartening – for them. Incredible.
Nothing much of note for the Capitals, as even the desperate attempts from Pant and Rahane failed to get them close. Rashid Khan was clinical, as usual, recording his best figures in this IPL. Seventeen dot balls. Seventeen. If a team is fearful of going after you, particularly in a 220-run chase, you can give yourself a pat on the back. The remainder of the bowlers executed their plans well too, and were duly rewarded with spoils to wrap up a complete team performance. Presentations coming up in a bit.

Wriddhiman Saha | Man of the Match: I got the opportunity for the second time this year and took my chances in the powerplay. Initially the ball was holding a bit but I took my chances and went after it after the pitch eased out. I’m happy I got selected for the Tests in Australia. We are looking forward to win the last two matches for the Sunrisers and that’s our target now.

David Warner | SRH (winning) captain: The game before, we were disappointed with that chase. We defended last game, and with two world-class bowlers in Nortje and Rabada we decided to go after it. I went a little 2009 and opened my front leg to take it on. I took a bit of responsibility at the top of the order, and take it to the bowlers. It’s tough to play orthodox cricket in these conditions, so I have to open up 360 degrees. Difficult decision to leave Jonny out and get Saha in, and especially batting a batsman like Kane at 4. Incredible knock from Saha though and his strike-rate in the powerplay was incredible. Unfortunately he’s got a little groin niggle but hopefully it isn’t too bad. Shankar has a hamstring issue as well. As for Rashid, it is incredible that he’s he’s taking so many wickets and not going for runs, especially given the dew and the moisture here. We’ve got games at Sharjah to go so hopefully we can put on a show there.

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