Rashid Khan had no reason to be nervous as Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised to a five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in their fourth match of the 2019 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday. However, funny things have happened in cricket before and Rashid could not help but think of DC’s dramatic collapse against Kings XI Punjab a few days back.
On Monday, Delhi Capitals were sitting pretty in a chase of 170 against Kings XI Punjab before losing 7 wickets for 8 runs. Sam Curran led KXIP’s fightback with a hat-trick and it was all over for DC in a frenetic game in Mohali.
Three days later, Delhi Capitals suffered another defeat, albeit more one-sided.
After being asked to bat, Delhi Capitals managed only 129 for 8 off their 20 overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a blazing start thanks to man-of-the-match Jonny Bairstow who smashed 28-ball 48. SRH were nearly home at 101 for 3 but they lost Vijay Shankar and Deepak Hooda in successive overs.
With five wickets down, the onus was on Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Nabi to see the team through.
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Rashid Khan, who was due to come in next had SRH lost a wicket, was sitting at the dressing room after another fine bowling performance but his mind raced back to the sensational collapse his opponents suffered.
“It was a wonderful display, especially by the bowlers. Everyone contributed in bowling. And Jonny was superb with the bat,” Rashid told the broadcasters after the match.
“The wicket was slow and we wanted to restrict them below 150. The fielders supported really well. When we lost two wickets quickly, for once DC’s collapse against Kings 11 came in my mind. But in the end Yusuf and Nabi controlled their nerves and finished really well,” he said.
It was a difficult pitch to bat on but Bairstow’s rapid knock meant SRH had an easy chase. He conceded he knew exactly what needed to be done because SRH were batting second.
“There was a little less bounce than what we had in Hyderabad and you could see that with the wear and tear of the pitch. It was a good toss to win because you could see it was good to bat second because you saw what you needed to do,” Bairstow said.