SRH’s humiliating defeat: In what was already written as a foregone conclusion, Delhi Capitals tormented Sunrisers Hyderabad to cement their way at the top with an emphatic victory.
Even before the game started, things started to go into a spiral for the Sunrisers as their primary pacer, T Natarajan tested positive for the virus and he was immediately isolated along with his six close contacts that included the likes of all-rounder Vijay Shankar.
The Orange Army, still reeling from the shock could barely impose themselves upon the match as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and Delhi had a canter.
Nortje, was once again at his peak as he was breathing fire with his bullets that saw Sunrisers carved inside out. It was the South African express bowler that claimed the big wicket of David Warner to open the floodgates.
Kagiso Rabada got back to his sizzling self as he claimed the big wicket of Saha who initially showed signs of promise. The captain couldn’t last long either as Axar Patel got the better of him. Post that it was a mere formality as the Sunrisers could barely keep themselves in a piece.
Abdul Samad was the pick of the lot with 28 runs from 22 balls while cameos from Jason Holder and Rashid Khan upheld the basic fight that was posted by the Sunrisers.
The Delhi batters hardly felt any challenge at all as they comfortably cruised to the set total with eight wickets to spare. Prithvi Shaw departed early but that did nothing at all to dampen the spirits of the table toppers.
Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer stitched together a breezy partnership to sail Delhi to the shores of safety. A late blitzkrieg from Rishabh Pant brought out the entertainment for the fans.
In this story, we will take a look at two poor decisions that were taken by Kane Williamson that cost Sunrises Hyderabad the match.
#1 Not playing Jason Roy
We are all aware of the fact that the sting in Hyderabad’s batting lied in their foreign batters, especially Jonny Bairstow. However, with the English wicket-keeper pulling out of the tournament, they lost one of their best batters. Now the solitary means of compensation could have been English opener, Jason Roy. Sadly, for some reason or the other, the management has a deep-rooted prejudice against paying their best eleven and Williamson could barely budge the bosses about this that cost them dearly.
#2 Getting into a defensive mindset
The body language for the Sunrisers was in terrible shape and the defensive mindset that the batters were in proved to be even more costly. Williamson himself could barely shake off the shackles that were imposed on him by the Delhi bowlers. All the other batters except Abdul Samad looked obtuse and were hardly in a rush to prove a point. Even when they came out to bow, there was absolutely n motivation for them to charge in with a couple of early wickets and the rest was a mere formality.