SRH vs DD: Tough Loss to Take for DD

In a Nutshell

Shreyas Iyer won the toss in our last away game of the season and chose to back the team’s strengths and bat first.

Prithvi Shaw is making it a habit of providing the team with good starts. The teenager has been a revelation this season. He brought up his highest VIVO IPL score of 65 off 36 balls against Hyderabad, arguably the best bowling outfit in the tournament. Unarguably though, Prithvi Shaw has been one of the finds this season. Shreyas Iyer scored a well-compiled 44. At one point, it looked like we’d end up with a total in excess of 180. However, the middle overs were quiet. Vijay Shankar has come into his own in the last few games, and another quickfire finish from him, including 17 off the last over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, got us to a respectable 163/5.

In the second innings, Amit Mishra was the best of our bowlers with a spell of 2/19. After SRH’s comfortable start, it was him who provided us with much-needed breakthroughs and brought us back into the game with a chance. It was the two glaring dropped catches though, that cost us the game. Maxwell dropped Alex Hales on 9 and he went on to score 45. Yusuf Pathan was dropped on 0, and he went on to score a match-winning 27*.

Swashbuckling Start, Quiet Middle

Iyer threw in a surprise by sending Glenn Maxwell in to open the innings. It was a courageous call, as Maxwell hasn’t been in the greatest of form. The change of roles could have been just what he needed to get going this season. Unfortunately, those hopes came crashing down as a straight drive from Shaw deflected off Sandeep Sharma’s hands to hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end, catching Maxwell just outside the crease. He must be cursing his luck!

Prithvi Shaw though, continued where he left off in the previous game. He was up and away with some crisp shots straight over the bowler’s head and over cover. He took a liking to Siddharth Kaul. Twenty runs came off his first over with Shaw scoring three fours and a six, all around the ground. We’d scored 60/1 in our powerplay and 48 of those runs came off Prithvi Shaw’s bat.

The teenage prodigy brought up his second career fifty in the 7th over off 25 balls, the second fastest for DD this season. Prithvi Shaw has well and truly set this VIVO IPL alight with his easy-on-the-eye stroke-play.

The 9th over saw the skipper too get into his rhythm with a maximum over long-on and a cut through backward point. The scoreboard read 89/1 after 9 overs – a great start.

In the first ball of the 11th over, Rashid Khan claimed the wicket of Shaw for a delightful 65 off 36 balls, his highest score in the tournament.

Iyer was dropped by Saha on 29 off Rashid Khan’s bowling. Almost as if to celebrate the reprieve, the captain deposited the next ball over cover for six. 13 overs had produced 110 runs with two batsmen back in the hut. Shreyas Iyer departed off the first ball of the 16th over for a well-made 44. It was probably the wrong time to suffer a dismissal as the duo of Pant and Iyer were looking to up the ante.

The 7 overs after Shaw’s dismissal produced just 40 runs. It wasn’t what we were looking for after the start we got. We were on course for 180+. Suddenly, we were staring at a par total.

An outstanding finish from Vijay Shankar that saw 17 runs coming off the final over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, propelled us to 163/5 from our quota of 20 overs.

Dropped Chances Cost DD Game

The first over by Trent Boult produced just one run. Avesh Khan opened the bowling from the other end and had Hales’ catch dropped by Glenn Maxwell. He’s one of the best fielders around, and by his standards it was a sitter. With a par total on board, it wasn’t something DD could afford.

The last over of the powerplay leaked 27 runs. Shikhar Dhawan pulled one for six and Alex Hales, who was dropped on 9, launched three big ones. They were all short of length. Avesh Khan wasn’t learning from his mistakes. The powerplay overs were excellent for SRH, producing 61 runs for the loss of no wickets.

Amit Mishra provided the first breakthrough at the stroke of the strategic time out. It was an absolute ripper, beating Hales’ defence and finding the woodwork. The dropped chance had cost us a vital 36 runs.

Mishra though, was turning the game on its head. He disturbed the timber again, sending Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room. After Hales’ wicket, just 20 runs had come off the next four overs. SRH required 68 runs from 7 overs at this stage. The pick of our bowlers, Amit Mishra had completed a brilliant spell of 2/19 from his four overs. He’d left us with a chance to fight back.

Plunkett bowled a brilliant 14th to get the required run rate upwards of 10. After the 16th over, the game was still hanging in the balance. With 39 required from 24 balls, the game was there for either team to take.

Our overseas pacers, Boult and Plunkett kept things tight in the 17th and 18th overs, giving away just 11 runs in between them. Regrettably though, another simple chance was dropped as Vijay Shankar let one through his hands to give the dangerous Yusuf Pathan a life on naught.

28 runs were required off the final two. Boult’s 19th conceded 14 runs with Yusuf Pathan striking a six and a four. In the final over as well, Yusuf deposited one into the crowd off the second ball. Yusuf’s cameo took the game away from our grasp, and we have only ourselves to blame.

Brief Scores: DD 163/5 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 65 off 36 balls, Shreyas Iyer 44 off 36 balls; Rashid Khan 2/23, Siddarth Kaul 1/37) SRH 164/7 in 19.5 overs (Alex Hales 45 off 31 balls, Shikhar Dhawan 33 off 30 balls, Amit Mishra 2/19, Liam Plunkett 1/27)

SRH vs DD: Tough Loss to Take for DD

In a Nutshell

Shreyas Iyer won the toss in our last away game of the season and chose to back the team’s strengths and bat first.

Prithvi Shaw is making it a habit of providing the team with good starts. The teenager has been a revelation this season. He brought up his highest VIVO IPL score of 65 off 36 balls against Hyderabad, arguably the best bowling outfit in the tournament. Unarguably though, Prithvi Shaw has been one of the finds this season. Shreyas Iyer scored a well-compiled 44. At one point, it looked like we’d end up with a total in excess of 180. However, the middle overs were quiet. Vijay Shankar has come into his own in the last few games, and another quickfire finish from him, including 17 off the last over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, got us to a respectable 163/5.

In the second innings, Amit Mishra was the best of our bowlers with a spell of 2/19. After SRH’s comfortable start, it was him who provided us with much-needed breakthroughs and brought us back into the game with a chance. It was the two glaring dropped catches though, that cost us the game. Maxwell dropped Alex Hales on 9 and he went on to score 45. Yusuf Pathan was dropped on 0, and he went on to score a match-winning 27*.

Swashbuckling Start, Quiet Middle

Iyer threw in a surprise by sending Glenn Maxwell in to open the innings. It was a courageous call, as Maxwell hasn’t been in the greatest of form. The change of roles could have been just what he needed to get going this season. Unfortunately, those hopes came crashing down as a straight drive from Shaw deflected off Sandeep Sharma’s hands to hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end, catching Maxwell just outside the crease. He must be cursing his luck!

Prithvi Shaw though, continued where he left off in the previous game. He was up and away with some crisp shots straight over the bowler’s head and over cover. He took a liking to Siddharth Kaul. Twenty runs came off his first over with Shaw scoring three fours and a six, all around the ground. We’d scored 60/1 in our powerplay and 48 of those runs came off Prithvi Shaw’s bat.

The teenage prodigy brought up his second career fifty in the 7th over off 25 balls, the second fastest for DD this season. Prithvi Shaw has well and truly set this VIVO IPL alight with his easy-on-the-eye stroke-play.

The 9th over saw the skipper too get into his rhythm with a maximum over long-on and a cut through backward point. The scoreboard read 89/1 after 9 overs – a great start.

In the first ball of the 11th over, Rashid Khan claimed the wicket of Shaw for a delightful 65 off 36 balls, his highest score in the tournament.

Iyer was dropped by Saha on 29 off Rashid Khan’s bowling. Almost as if to celebrate the reprieve, the captain deposited the next ball over cover for six. 13 overs had produced 110 runs with two batsmen back in the hut. Shreyas Iyer departed off the first ball of the 16th over for a well-made 44. It was probably the wrong time to suffer a dismissal as the duo of Pant and Iyer were looking to up the ante.

The 7 overs after Shaw’s dismissal produced just 40 runs. It wasn’t what we were looking for after the start we got. We were on course for 180+. Suddenly, we were staring at a par total.

An outstanding finish from Vijay Shankar that saw 17 runs coming off the final over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, propelled us to 163/5 from our quota of 20 overs.

Dropped Chances Cost DD Game

The first over by Trent Boult produced just one run. Avesh Khan opened the bowling from the other end and had Hales’ catch dropped by Glenn Maxwell. He’s one of the best fielders around, and by his standards it was a sitter. With a par total on board, it wasn’t something DD could afford.

The last over of the powerplay leaked 27 runs. Shikhar Dhawan pulled one for six and Alex Hales, who was dropped on 9, launched three big ones. They were all short of length. Avesh Khan wasn’t learning from his mistakes. The powerplay overs were excellent for SRH, producing 61 runs for the loss of no wickets.

Amit Mishra provided the first breakthrough at the stroke of the strategic time out. It was an absolute ripper, beating Hales’ defence and finding the woodwork. The dropped chance had cost us a vital 36 runs.

Mishra though, was turning the game on its head. He disturbed the timber again, sending Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room. After Hales’ wicket, just 20 runs had come off the next four overs. SRH required 68 runs from 7 overs at this stage. The pick of our bowlers, Amit Mishra had completed a brilliant spell of 2/19 from his four overs. He’d left us with a chance to fight back.

Plunkett bowled a brilliant 14th to get the required run rate upwards of 10. After the 16th over, the game was still hanging in the balance. With 39 required from 24 balls, the game was there for either team to take.

Our overseas pacers, Boult and Plunkett kept things tight in the 17th and 18th overs, giving away just 11 runs in between them. Regrettably though, another simple chance was dropped as Vijay Shankar let one through his hands to give the dangerous Yusuf Pathan a life on naught.

28 runs were required off the final two. Boult’s 19th conceded 14 runs with Yusuf Pathan striking a six and a four. In the final over as well, Yusuf deposited one into the crowd off the second ball. Yusuf’s cameo took the game away from our grasp, and we have only ourselves to blame.

Brief Scores: DD 163/5 in 20 overs (Prithvi Shaw 65 off 36 balls, Shreyas Iyer 44 off 36 balls; Rashid Khan 2/23, Siddarth Kaul 1/37) SRH 164/7 in 19.5 overs (Alex Hales 45 off 31 balls, Shikhar Dhawan 33 off 30 balls, Amit Mishra 2/19, Liam Plunkett 1/27)

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