Breathtaking counter-attacking knocks by Kane Williamson (67) and Abdul Samad (33) threatened to dash Delhi Capitals hopes but Stoinis' timely dismissal of the Kiwi batsman tilted it in his side's favour. Photo: Sportzpics for BCCI
Shikhar Dhawan's fiery half-century and Marcus Stoinis' all-round show carried Delhi Capitals into its maiden IPL final as Shreyas Iyer-led side survived some anxious moments before prevailing by 17 runs in the second Qualifier at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday.
Breathtaking counter-attacking knocks by Kane Williamson (67) and Abdul Samad (33) threatened to dash Delhi Capitals hopes but Stoinis' timely dismissal of the Kiwi batsman tilted it in his side's favour.
The Capitals will now challenge Mumbai Indians for the title on Tuesday, having lost to them in the first Qualifier.
In-form Shikhar Dhawan smashed 78 off 49 balls to help the Capitals post a challenging 189 for three after electing to bat.
Stoinis, who was promoted to open the innings, added 86 runs with Dhawan and later took three wickets for 26 runs in SRH's run chase.
Every move of Capitals worked on Sunday as Shimron Hetmyer, who was brought in, also contributed in team's win with his unbeaten 42-run knock.
Rabada got rid of dangerous David Warner (2) with his first ball to give the Capitals the start they wanted.
Manish Pandey (21) and Priyam garg (17) stroked the ball beautifully and with confidence in their small 31-run stand but Stoinis dismissed both of them in the space of three balls. The three wickets inside five overs pegged SRH back.
DC spin duo of Axar Patel and Pravin Dubey also bowled well as they kept control over the proceedings.
Williamson and Jason Holder kept the scoreboard ticking with ones, twos and the odd boundaries.
The Kiwi batsman began hitting with remarkable ease and his strong game against the spinners kept SRH in the hunt. Holder though got out while attempting a big shot off Patel.
Williamson completed his fifty with a single off Patel. He got good support from Abdul Samad, who smashed Nortje for two fours and a six.
SRH needed 61 from last five overs and required Williamson to do the job. He was sent by back Stoinis, getting him out off a widish ball that he hit straight to Rabada at deep cover.
Rabada (4/29) then ran through the SRH lower order to seal the match for the Capitals.
Earlier, skipper Shreyas Iyer (21) could not do much. Dhawan, in his well-paced innings, hit six fours and two sixes. He added 52 runs for the third wicket with Hetmyer before being dismissed by seamer Sandeep Sharma (1/30).
SRH's sloppy fielding also helped Capitals as they dropped Stoinis early in the innings and gave them a few free runs. SRH also dropped Dhawan towards the end, though it did not cost them much.
Yet again, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (4-0-26-1) was the most effective bowler though T Natarajan bowled well in slog overs.
Stoinis, after being dropped by Jason Holder off Sandeep at short mid-on, punished the SRH bowlers with a flurry of boundaries.
Stoinis, on three at that time, was nicely set up by Sandeep but the opportunity was not taken.
It was Holder, who was then taken to task by Stoinis, who creamed off 18 runs from the West Indian's over with three fours and a six.
Sandeep was initially impeccable with his length balls but drifted afterwards and was punished by Dhawan.
In-came spinner Shabaz Nadeem to bowl the last Powerplay over and ended up leaking 14 runs as DC reached 65 for no loss.
Warner shuffled his bowlers around, handing the ball to Rashid and Natarajan. The Afghan spinner got them the breakthrough with his eighth ball by castling Stoinis.
Dhawan raised his fifty with a six off Nadeem.
Iyer struggled to time the ball and was soon dismissed by Holder.
Shahbaz Nadeem [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: Iyer collects a single down the ground.
Ball 5: Dhawan collects a single.
Ball 4: Dhawan collects a couple of runs again.
Ball 3: Dhawan collects a couple of runs towards deep square leg.
Ball 2: Dhawan slog sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for a SIX and completes his sixth fifty of IPL 2020.
Ball 1: Iyer tucks towards mid-wicket for a single.
DC live score after 9 Overs: 89-1 | Stoinis departs
Over Summary: 1 W 2 0 1 0 ; Delhi Capitals: 89-1 ; Shikhar Dhawan (45), Shreyas Iyer (3)
Rashid Khan continues...
Ball 6: Rashid nearly get the second wicket, DOT
Ball 5: Iyer hits towards long-on for a single.
Ball 4: Iyer tries to cut but gets deceived.
Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease and hits the low full toss towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs.
Ball 2: Rashid Khan cleans Stoinis with a peach of delivery. A tossed up delivery on off stump, Stoinis tries to flick it on leg side, missed it completely. CASTLED. Rashid gives Stoinis a send off. Stoinis b Rashid Khan 38(27) [4s-5 6s-1]
Ball 1: Dhawan works towards square leg for a single.
DC live score after 8 Overs: 85-0
Over Summary: 1 1 1 Wd 0 4 1 ; Delhi Capitals: 85-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (44), Shikhar Dhawan (38)
Natarajan, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Dhawan cuts towards backward point for a single.
Ball 5: Dhawan hits, the half-volley on stumps, through mid-wicket fielder for FOUR.
Ball 4: DOT
Ball 4: A short delivery, Dhawan tries to guide it over keeper, misses. WIDE BALL for height called.
Ball 3: A yorker on leg stump, Stoinis digs out towards mid-wicket for a single.
Ball 2: Dhawan dances down the track and hits towards long-on for a single.
Ball 1: Stoinis guides the delivery outside off to a tad wide of backward point fielder for a single.
DC live score after 7 Overs: 76-0
Over Summary: 1 1 1 6 1 1 ; Delhi Capitals: 76-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (38), Shikhar Dhawan (36)
Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Stoinis collects a single towards long-on.
Ball 5: Dhawan collects a single towards deep mid-wicket.
Ball 4: Dhawan hits towards cow corner for a couple of runs and a overthrow from Rashid, goes for four. SIX RUNS FOR DHAWAN.
Ball 3: Stoinis collects a single.
Ball 2: Dhawan collects a single.
Ball 1: Stoinis collects a single.
Last 5 overs: 62 runs, 0 wkts
DC live score after 6 Overs: 65-0 | Best opening stand for DC after five matches
Over Summary: 6 N4 L1 0 1 1 1 ; Delhi Capitals: 65-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (33), Shikhar Dhawan (30)
Shahbaz Nadeem, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Stoinis collects a single towards long-on
Ball 5: Dhawan hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Ball 4: Stoins hits towards extra cover for a single.
Ball 3: DOT.
Ball 2: FREE HIT, A yorker on the pads, Dhawan fails to put bat on ball, collects a leg byes for Delhi.
Ball 2: A waist height NO BALL, Dhawan smashes over backward square leg for FOUR.
Ball 1: Dhawan slog sweeps towards mid-wicket for SIX.
DC live score after 5 Overs: 50-0 | Stoinis, Dhawan hitting big
Over Summary: 1 1 4 4 1 0 ; Delhi Capitals: 50-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (31), Shikhar Dhawan (19)
Sandeep Sharma continues....
Ball 6: Stoinis defends back to bowler.
Ball 5: Dhawan taps towards extra cover for a single.
Ball 4: Dhawan glances towards short fine leg and poor fielding effort give Delhi yet another FOUR.
Ball 3: Dhawan cuts through backward point for FOUR.
Ball 2: Stoinis collects a single towards mid-wicket pocket.
Ball 1: Dhawan works towards square leg for a single.
DC live score after 4 Overs: 39-0
Over Summary: 4 0 4 0 6 4 ; Delhi Capitals: 39-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (30), Shikhar Dhawan (9)
Ball 6: Stoinis smashes towards deep backward point for FOUR.
Ball 5: A slow delivery, Stoinis picks it and wallopes towards mid-wicket for a GIGANTIC SIX.
Ball 4: Stoinis hits the full delivery on stumps towards mid-wicket fielder for no run.
Ball 3: Stoinis smashes through mid-on for FOUR.
Ball 2: Holder beats Stoinis just outside off .
Ball 1: A back of length delivery and Stoins pulls just wide of mid-wicket fielder for FOUR.
DC live score after 3 Overs: 21-0
Over Summary: 1 0 0 4 4 1 ; Delhi Capitals: 21-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (12), Shikhar Dhawan (9)
Sandeep Sharma continues...
Ball 6: Stoinis taps the slow delivery on the pads towards short fine leg for an easy single.
Ball 5: Stoinis clips the ball on the pads towards deep backward square leg for FOUR.
Ball 4: Stoinis flicks, powerfully, towards deep square for FOUR.
Ball 3: Stoinis hits the full delivery towards silly mid-on and Holder drops a tough chance. DOT
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: Dhawan dabs towards cover-point region for a single.
DC live score after 2 Overs: 11-0
Over Summary: 1 2 4 0 0 1 ; Delhi Capitals: 11-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (3), Shikhar Dhawan (8)
Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Ball 6: Dhawan tucks towards backward square leg for a single.
Ball 5: Dhawan hits the full delivery back to bowler.
Ball 4: Dhawan gets an inside edge onto his body and looks to take a single, Stoinis declines. DOT
Ball 3: Dhawan cuts over point for FOUR.
Ball 2: Dhawan cuts towards deep backward point for a couple of runs.
Ball 1: Stoinis works towards deep backward square leg for a single.
DC live score after 1 Over: 3-0
Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 1 1 ; Delhi Capitals: 3-0 ; Marcus Stoinis (2), Shikhar Dhawan (1)
Stoinis and Dhawan at the crease. Stoinis on strike. Sandeep Sharma opens the attack
Ball 6: Stoinis collects a single down the ground.
Ball 5: Dhawan taps towards extra cover for a quick single.
Ball 4: Dhawan leaves outside off.
Ball 3: Stonis collects a single towards mid-wicket region.
Ball 2: Stoinis flicks towards square leg for no run.
Ball 1: Stoinis defends with full face of the blade.
DC innings begins
Stoinis and Dhawan open for Delhi Capitals while Sandeep Sharma opens the attack for SRH
SRH playing 11
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shreevats Goswami(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Wriddiman Saha not able to recover as there is a tear in his hamstring, inform David Warner
DC playing 11: Two changes
Pravin Dubey and Shimron Hetmyer playing today
IPL 2020 Qualifier 2: DC vs SRH live toss
Iyer wins the toss and elects to bat first. A surprise decision given the team batting second won 8 out of 9 matches.
IPL 2020 Qualifier 2: DC vs SRH live toss
The DC vs SRH live toss will take place in one minutes: Will Shaw retain its place in DC playing 11?
IPL 2020 Qualifier 2: DC vs SRH live toss
Shreyas Iyer or David Warner: Who will win the toss today? The Coin flip will take place in 5 minutes, stay tuned.
NEWS READ: Moody slams Delhi Capitals for trading Boult to MI
Former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach and ex-Australian cricketer Tom Moody lashed out at Delhi Capitals for trading the New Zealand pacer Trent Boult to defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Boult was the standout performer for Delhi in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL). The left-arm fast bowler scalped 18 wickets from 14 games as the Delhi based franchise finished last in the showpiece event.
Pacer Boult didn't play many games in 2019 IPL and was traded to Mumbai Indians in November last year ahead of the IPL auction.
This move by Delhi Capitals has come back to haunt them as the Kiwi pacer has become a key cog in the bowling wheel of Mumbai Indians after wreaking havoc on a number of occasions, the latest being the Qualifier 1 against Delhi.
Boult, who has picked 22 wickets in the 13th edition of IPL, dismantled the Delhi-based franchise top order in Qualifier 1 picking two wickets in the very first over.
"To me, that was an extraordinary move. And I know that at that point at that trade, they didn't know that the tournament was going to move to the UAE. But even so, Trent Boult would be deadly in Mumbai because that is one venue where the ball would swing," Moody told ESPNCricinfo.
IPL 2020 Qualifier 2: DC vs SRH live toss
The much important toss will take place in 8 minutes from now, stay tuned. The team winning the toss would look to bowl first.
DC vs SRH playing 11 predictions
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shreevats Goswami/Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shabaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma.
Center pitch will be used for IPL 2020 Qualifier 2. There is a lot of grass and Simon Dull said that the amount of grass reminds him of New Zealand. It's quite hard as well. The DC, with Nortje and Rabada have bowled a lot in the middle of the pitch, even at the death. They've tried hard lengths. The SRH don't have that kind of pace so they have bowled fuller lengths. I think that will be a key battle -how the batting line-ups counter this.
In pic: When Ponting met Warner
Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi Capitals, Alex Carey of Delhi Capitals and David Warner captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad before the start of the qualifier 2 match of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Delhi Capitals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 8th November 2020. Photo: Sportzpics for BCCI
What DC lacks in comparison to SRH
SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) have been far more efficient at building their innings throughout the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) than the Delhi Capitals (DC). The two teams face each other on Sunday in the decisive second Qualifier at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here.
According to Glofans Cric Data Metrics, SRH get nearly 25 per cent of their runs in each of the five overs during their innings. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have needed quick burst lower down the order from the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer to post a big total.
Both teams have shown contrasting form going into the match. DC have managed just one win in their last six matches while SRH have won five of their last six. DC's dominant performances in the first half of the season helped them finish in the top two and they fell to a crushing 57-run defeat to Mumbai Indians in the first Qualifier.
DC vs SRH head to head (Since IPL 2018)
Matches played: 7
DC won: 2
SRH won: 5
DC vs SRH: Key stats
SRH highest score vs DC: 219
SRH lowest score vs DC: 116
DC vs SRH: Key stats
DC highest score vs SRH: 189
DC lowest score vs SRH: 80
DC vs SRH head to head
Total matches: 17
DC won: 6
SRH won: 11
Why Dhawan crucial for Delhi's success
Talking about Delhi Capitals, the former Team India batting coach said Shikhar Dhawan will have to fire for them if they want to make it to the finals.
"He's (Dhawan) a big match player...World Cup, ICC Championship, whenever he is required he has always fired for the team, which he has played for. He knows what is the state, he knows the SunRisers Hyderabad in and out, because he has played for them, he knows how to tackle Rashid Khan and he goes after him," said Bangar.
"So, I believe, Shikhar Dhawan is going to be a brilliant, brilliant player if Delhi Capitals have to win this game," he added.
Williamson's form crucial for SRH against DC, says Bangar
Kane Williamson will once again play a crucial role for SunRisers Hyderabad when they face Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday evening, believes Sanjay Bangar.
Williamson scored an unbeaten 50 of 44 balls to lead SRH to victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Eliminator on Thursday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. His partnership of 65 runs with Jason Holder, who also took three wickets earlier in the innings, took SRH over the line.
"He's (Williamson) gone be equally important for SunRisers Hyderabad...how a David Warner is important right at the top, but you saw in the previous game, his temperament, the ability to soak-in pressure and then put the pressure back on the opponent is a crucial quality, which not many people have," Bangar said while speaking on Star Sports' show Game Plan.
"So, I believe, he's going to be a crucial element, if SRH have to continue their march of winning five games in a row. So, he is going to be critical," he added.
Kane Williamson plays a shot against RCB
WATCH: Here's what Stoinis said ahead of today's match
"This is what every professional cricketer plays for, to win big competitions like these. So the motivation's definitely there."
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from ) (@DelhiCapitals) &7
DC bowlers need to step up today again
Delhi's bowling has been DC's main weapon with the South African pace duo Kagiso Rabada (25 wickets in 15 matches) and his compatriot Anrich Nortje (20 wickets in 14 matches). Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (13 wickets in 13 matches) and Axar Patel (8 wickets in 13 matches) have been positives for DC in its struggles in recent games.
Inconsistent batting performance from DC
Shikhar Dhawan (525 runs in 15 matches) has been in sublime touch but would hope to get support from the others. Iyer (433 runs in 15 matches), all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (314 runs in 15 matches), and Prithvi Shaw (228 runs in 13 matches) have been amongst runs for their side but they have been plagued by inconsistency. Similarly, Rishabh Pant (285 runs in 12 matches) has been off-colour since his comeback from injury.
How uncapped bowlers raise to occasion for SRH
SRH was missing an experienced pace spearhead after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out but Sandeep Sharma (13 wickets in 12 matches) and T. Natarajan (16 wickets in 15 matches) have filled that void with Holder. Rashid Khan (19 wickets in 15 matches) has been at his best, starving batsmen for runs and dismissing them when they took risks.
SRH's previous match in IPL 2020
The David Warner-led SRH were struggling to find the right balance in the first half of the season, having managed just three wins in their first seven games. However, the 'Orange Army' regrouped at the right time and ticked all the boxes to smoothly enter the playoffs.
All-rounder Jason Holder's (55 runs, 13 wickets) inclusion has acted as a catalyst for SRH's turnaround. In their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Holder's unbeaten 24 along with Williamson's half century is what took SRH over the line after their top order fell early. He was also the highest wicket taker for the team in the match.
Peaking at the right time and with all their boxes ticked, Sunrisers Hyderabad are certain to hold sway over a dishevelled Delhi Capitals in the second Indian Premier League qualifier here on Sunday.
The past couple of weeks have been a picture in contrast for the two franchises.
After an underwhelming first half, Sunrisers Hyderabad started pushing the envelope with the mercurial David Warner marshalling his resources well.
Capitals, on the other hand, looked like serious contenders till their first nine games, winning seven in that phase before an inexplicable slump saw them lose five out of their next six matches with skipper Shreyas Iyer looking all at sea.
The current situation notwithstanding, young Iyer would want to lead the Capitals to their first summit clash in 13 editions while Warner wouldn't mind adding another silverware to his 2016 triumph.
In fact, if he can win the next two games, Warner could boast of guiding comparatively one of the more inexperienced teams in this IPL. READ DC vs SRH PREVIEW HERE
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