Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan named the Delhi batsmen well this time. Hyderabad’s 163-run challenge against Delhi was not a big one. But Rashid Khan’s penetrating bowling helped Hyderabad win their first match of the tournament. This is also Delhi’s first defeat of the season. Rashid Khan took three wickets for just 14 runs in four overs.
Chasing Hyderabad’s 163-run target, Delhi did not start well. Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Delhi opener Prithvi Savla in his first over, as Prithvi managed just two runs. After that, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer batted well for a while, but he too could not make a big play. While Iyer was on 17, he was bowled out by Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan.
After Iyer’s dismissal, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant got good batting. But Dhawan was dismissed for 34 this time and the pair broke up. But after that, Pant continued his aggressive batting. But in the last overs, Pant was also dismissed for not hitting a big shot. Pantla had to settle for 28 runs this time.
Delhi won the toss and elected to bat first. Hyderabad’s David Warner and Johnny Bairstow gave the team a cautious start. But after settling down, the duo started batting well. Warner and Bairstow opened the innings with 77 runs. But Delhi spinner Amit Mishra gave the first blow to Hyderabad by dismissing Warner this time. Warner hit 45 off 33 balls. Shortly after Warner’s dismissal, Hyderabad suffered another blow in the form of Manish Pandey, who managed just three runs. Mishra was the second batsman to hit Hyderabad this time.
It was Kane Williamson’s first appearance in the IPL this season after Pandey’s dismissal. Williamson, playing for the first time, put on a formidable batting display. Johnny Bairstow also hit a half-century this time. But after scoring a half-century, Johnny could not score much. Johnny was dismissed for 53 this time. When Johnny was out, Williams took the responsibility of the team on his shoulders and started hitting hard. Williamson hit 41 off 26 balls.