Warner, Powell power Capitals past Sunrisers


Delhi Capitals (DC) registered their 5th victory in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after a 21-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

David Warner’s scintillating 92* and Rovman Powell’s clinical finish with the bat powered the side to a commanding total of 207-3 before DC registered a 21-run victory. 

Chasing 208 to win, SRH lost an early wicket. Anrich Nortje claimed the vital wicket of skipper Kane Williamson in the 5th over. At the end of the powerplay SRH were 35/2. 

Mitchell Marsh joined the wickets tally having Rahul Tripathi caught by Shardul Thakur at deep square-leg. Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran steadied the ship for SRH who were 63-3 at the halfway stage before Markram hit 3 fours in the next over. The runs kept flowing from Markram as the fifty partnership was up for the 4th wicket.

Khaleel Ahmed put an end to the stand when Markram was caught at long-off. Pooran did not let the momentum shift away as he clubbed two sixes against Nortje. Shardul Thakur claimed Shashank Singh’s wicket but the equation narrowed down to 62 off 24. The fifty was up for Pooran off just 29 deliveries.

SRH lost their 6th wicket but required 55 off 18 balls. Thakur claimed the decisive wicket of Pooran as SRH required 43 off 12. The final two overs produced 21 runs but SRH fell 22 runs short of the target.

Earlier, SRH made early inroads after Mandeep Singh was caught behind in the first over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a terrific wicket-maiden over to kick-off the innings. 

David Warner started confidently as he took 21 runs off Umran Malik’s first over. Sean Abott took a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mitchell Marsh. DC were 50/2 at the end of the powerplay. 

Skipper Rishabh Pant, who joined Warner, hammered three consecutive sixes against Shreyas Gopal. The spinner bounced back in the same over to take the skipper’s wicket as DC were 91-3 at the halfway mark. 

Warner crossed his half-century with a four and was joined by Rovman Powell, was dropped twice by SRH. The fifty partnership was up for the fourth wicket and DC were 147-3, with four overs to go. 18 runs came off the 17th over. Warner was into the nineties after scoring three fabulous fours in the penultimate over. Powell provided the finishing touch with 3 fours and a mammoth six as DC posted 207-3 in the first innings. 

Brief Scores:  

Delhi Capitals: 207/3 (David Warner 92*, Rovman Powell 67*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1-25) 

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 186/8 (Nicholas Pooran 62, Aiden Markram 42; Khaleel Ahmed 3-30)