DC vs SRH, Qualifier 2 Live: Shikhar Dhawan key for Delhi’s big finish

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End of 18th over: 18 runs from the Jason Holder over including 4 boundaries. Holder finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-50-1. Sandeep Sharma to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. DC 176/2
17.4 overs: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan moves towards his off stump and hits Jason Holder in the vacant deep square-leg region to pick up his eighth boundary. Dhawan moves to 76 off just 47 balls.
17.1 overs: FOUR! Ferocious strike from Shimron Hetmyer off Jason Holder straight down the ground. Struck with brute force and it comfortably beats David Warner at the long-off fence. DC 162/2
16.2 overs: SIX! Fabulous from Shimron Hetmyer. Up and over the sweeper fence. Outside off from T Natarajan and Hetmyer uses his wrists brilliantly to comfortably deposit the ball over the boundary. 150 also comes up for Delhi Capitals with that terrific shot. DC 152/2
End of 16th over: A tidy 6-run final over from Rashid Khan. He finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-26-1. DC 145/2
14.4 overs: FOUR! Boundary first-ball for Shimron Hetmyer. Shahbaz Nadeem tries wrist spin but delivers a juicy over-pitched delivery. Hetmyer hits it over extra-cover fielder to collect four runs. DC 135/2
13.6 overs: OUT!Shreyas Iyer falls in a bid to accelerate. Mistimes and hits it straight to Manish Pandey at mid-off. Iyer falls for 21. First wicket of the evening for Holder. DC 126/2
End of 13th over: 8 off the Shahbaz Nadeem’s third over including a boundary from Sreyas Iyer. Nadeem has had an off day so far. He has given 35 off his 3 overs so far. DC 120/1
End of 12th over: Another tidy over. This time from T Natarajan. Sunrisers trying to pull Delhi Capitals back but their run rate is still well over 9 with Shikhar Dhawan (60* off 34) looking in terrific touch. DC 112/1
End of 11th over: A decent over this time from Rashid Khan. Just five singles in it. DC 107/1
100 up for Delhi Capitals in just 9.4 overs!
Shikhar Dhawan 55*
Shreyas Iyer 4*

50 for Shikhar Dhawan!
A scintillating knock from the Delhi Capitals opener in this knock-out game. Gets to his 41st IPL fifty with a cracking six over deep mid-wicket off Shahbaz Nadeem. Gets to the fifty off just 26 balls. Dhawan really looking to get something big here.
8.2 overs: OUT! A cracking delivery from Rashid Khan. Just beats the outside edge of Marcus Stoinis’ bat and takes the top of the off stump. That was nearly unplayable. Stoinis walks back for 38 but he has provided Delhi Capitals with an excellent start. DC 86/1
7.5 overs: FOUR! On the pads from T Natarajan and Shikhar Dhawan comfortably flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region to collect his sixth boundary. Dhawan has raced to 43 off just 22 balls. DC 84/0
6.4 overs: Nothing going right for Sunrisers at the moment. First a dropped catch, then a misfield that went through the legs at short fine-leg and now four overthrows from Rashid Khan. Sunrisers feeling the pressure of the big game. DC 74/0
End of Powerplay!
14 runs from Shahbaz Nadeem’s first over and Delhi Capitals are off to a flying start courtesy Shikhar Dhawan and their new opener Marcus Stoinis. Both took the full advantage of the fielding restrictions and are looking in terrific touch. Rashid Khan now comes into the attack straight after the powerplay.
Marcus Stoinis 33*
Shikhar Dhawan 30*
DC 65/0 after 6 overs
5.1 overs: SIX! Shikhar Dhawan now collects his first maximum of the evening. That was in the slot for Dhawan and he deposits the ball over the mid-wicket fence. Poor start from Shahbaz Nadeem. DC 56/0
50 up for Delhi Capitals in just 4.5 overs!
Marcus Stoinis 31*
Shikhar Dhawan 19*
4.4 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Shikhar Dhawan off Sandeep Sharma as he too now joins the party. Both Dhawan and Marcus are dealing in boundaries at the moment. DC 49/0
End of 4th over: FOUR! And now a boundary off the last ball of the over from Jason Holder. Third man was inside the circle and Marcus Stoinis plays it smartly between the short third-man and the point fielder. Stoinis collects 18 runs from the over of Holder. DC 39/0
3.5 overs: SIX! First of the match and for Marcus Stoinis. That was in the slot and Stoinis slams the ball over the deep mid-wicket fence. Stoinis is looking in really good touch. DC 35/0
3.3 overs: FOUR! Marcus Stoinis upping the ante. Second boundary in 3 balls for him off Jason Holder. This time he charges down and whacks the ball straight to the long-on fence.
2.4 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Marcus Stoinis off Sandeep Sharma after being dropped at short mid-on. Stoinis hits both boundaries on the on-side. Sandeep straying in his lengths. Stoinis comfortably flicked the first one to the deep fence and second behind square to punish Sandeep for bowling at the wrong line. DC 20/0
End of 2nd over: 8 runs from Jason Holder’s first over including a boundary. Sandeep Sharma to continue from the other end. DC 11/0
1.4 overs: FOUR! Width outside off from Jason Holder and Shikhar Dhawan slaps it over point to collect his first boundary of the evening. DC 10/0
End of 1st over: A tight first over from Sandeep Sharma. Swing early on for him. Just 3 singles from his openers. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis are off the mark. Jason Holder to share the new ball with Sandeep from the other end. DC 3/0
Prithvi Shaw, struggling with his form has been left out. So, Marcus Stoinis now is out in the middle alongside Shikhar Dhawan to start the Delhi Capitals innings. Sandeep Sharma has the new ball in hand for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A short mid-on in place for him. Stoinis is on strike. Here we go!
Playing XI for both teams!

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shreevats Goswami(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Captains at the toss!
David Warner: “We would have bowled first, so happy with the toss. You can see a few indentations on the pitch too and hopefully we can take some early wickets in the powerplay. We are supposed to win close games, and that was a kick in the backside to perform and we have performed well since then. Everyone knows their roles in the team. It’s a new wicket, new game, different kind of pressure. We have no changes, Wriddhiman Saha has a hamstring tear, so we’re playing the same team as the last game.”
Shreyas Iyer: “We had two outings against SRH and I think this is a better outfield to bat against them. Putting on a good total would be a responsibility, and it’s a good surface too. You have to take the positives, and do the homework right and I think we have done that well. Rashid is an amazing bowler who can change the game. We have to be aware of him and play smartly. Pravin Dube and Hetmyer come in. It’s important to keep things simple, and it’s only a matter of executing our plan today.”

Team news – A couple of changes for the Capitals as Pravin Dube and Shimron Hetmyer come in for Prithvi Shaw and Daniel Sams. Sunrisers remain unchanged.
Toss news – Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer wins toss, opts to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.
Pitch Report: “The pitch is right at the center, so unless you’re Mumbai Indians it will be hard to muscle the ball over the boundaries. None of the teams have managed to get above 163 – now look at the pitch, the amount of grass on it reminds me of New Zealand. It’s quite hard as well. The DC, with Nortje and Rabada have bowled a lot in the middle of the pitch, even at the death. They’ve tried hard lengths. The SRH don’t have that kind of pace so they have bowled fuller. I think that will be a key battle -how the batting line-ups counter this. DC will attempt a lot of cross-seamers, given that it will skid off the grass. It’s a good batting surface, but the fast bowlers should enjoy themselves with the new ball. Stats say bat second, but in a knockout game, runs on the board count. Delhi Capitals have lost twice chasing, but the teams like knowing what they’re after in the UAE. 160 on the board should be safe on this wicket,” said Simon Doull and Ian Bishop.
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the knock-out encounter. We are just 30 minutes away from the toss.

Facts
Delhi Capitals have played 6 IPL playoff matches and have just won one but that victory came against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Eliminator.
– Delhi Capitals/Daredevils is the only team among the eight original teams to have not yet featured in an IPL final.

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Qualifier 2 of IPL 2020 where Delhi Capitals take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.

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