Jonny Bairstow thrilled as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals to go top of IPL 2019 table
English wicketkeeper-batsman top-scores with 48 as Sunrisers crush Capitals by five wickets at Feroz Shah Kotla
Bhuvneshwar Kumar led from the front as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets to go top of the Indian Premier League table on Thursday night.
After winning the toss and opting to field first, seamer Bhuvneshwar took 2-27, including the wickets of opener Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Chris Morris, to limit the home team to a paltry 129-8 on a spin-friendly pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
In fact, every one of Bhuvneshwar's fellow bowlers chipped in: off-spinner Mohammed Nabi (2-21), seamer Siddarth Kaul (2-35), leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1-18) and seamer Sandeep Sharma (1-25).
None of the Delhi batters, save for captain Shreyas Iyer (43 from 41 balls), showed intent to stay at the wicket and build on the starts they made. Shaw (11), Shikhar Dhawan (12) and Morris (17) all threw their wickets away, leaving Axar Patel stranded on a well-made 23 from 13 deliveries.
In the end, the Capitals' total was far from imposing as the Sunrisers won the game with nine balls to spare. That said, their batsmen were just as guilty of losing focus after getting their eye in. For the first time this season, openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow failed to cross the century mark together; they put on 64 in 6.5 overs before Warner was dismissed by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.
Bairstow, the Man of the Match, top-scored with a 28-ball 48. But Warner (10), Vijay Shankar (16), Manish Pandey (10) and Deepak Hooda (10) may all be kicking themselves for not getting as much batting practice as they possibly could on a pitch that admittedly had something in it for the spinners.
Yusuf Pathan (9) and Nabi (17) guided the team home, with the latter having enjoyed a good day with ball and bat.
Bairstow conceded there less bounce than would be expected on an IPL pitch. "It was a good toss to win, so we were able to see how to play on wickets like that. Probably the first such pitch we've come across this season," the English wicketkeeper-batsman said.
Nonetheless, he was an evidently pleased man.
"Really pleased with the start, just going to try and keep going," he added. "We have three games in quick succession now and hopefully we keep playing the same brand of cricket."
Updated: April 4, 2019 10:18 PM