Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer cut a dejected figure as he walked up to complete the post-match duties after his team suffered a five-wicket thrashing at Feroz Shah Kotla against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. DC vs SRH – Report | Highlights
Iyer didn’t hold back and conceded the performances of Delhi Capitals in the last two games were far from impressive. Before the latest defeat to the Sunrisers, the Capitals had suffered one of the most humiliating collapses in IPL, losing seven wickets in a span of 17 balls and eight runs in their 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab.
On Thursday, Delhi Capitals were completely outplayed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led SRH on a slow and low turner at the Kotla. After being put into bat, DC were restricted to 129 for 8 in their quota of 20 overs.
Captain Iyer top-scored with 43 and all-rounder Axar Patel scored a quickfire 23 but it wasn’t enough as Sunrisers gunned down the total despite losing a few quick wickets towards the end.
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Jonny Bairstow, who had hit his maiden IPL hundred earlier this week, took the game away from the Capitals in the first six overs wherein he smashed a 28-ball 48.
“The last two games have been the same [disappointing]. It was a tough wicket to bat on and since they bowled first, they had an idea about how to go about it. We didn’t play that well as a batting side. Another learning – we should come back positive and strong. After the first time out, I thought 140-150 would have been a good score, especially with three spinners playing. Unfortunately, we lost too many wickets and we could not capitalise,” Iyer said.
“I needed a little support over there because one of the top four batsmen had to be there, I had taken the responsibility but unfortunately I took on Rashid and got out as well,” Iyer added.
The Delhi Capitals’ captain though managed to find positives as he lauded his bowlers for not throwing in the towel after being tonked for 62 in the first six overs.
“We had almost lost the game after the first few overs, but the way we came back should be appreciated. The bowlers are mentally strong at the moment. That is really good to see from a captain’s point of view.”
Meanwhile, winning captain Bhuvneshwar pointed out that the start that SRH got from their in-form openers helped them complete a tricky chase with relative ease.
“It is always easy as the captain when the team does well and I always believe that the captain is as good as the team. We weren’t sure at the toss about how the pitch would play, but we always wanted to bowl given how small the ground is. We knew that it would be easier in the second innings and it would be a tricky chase, but the start we got was great.”