Delhi Bowlers Failed to Resist the Halestorm
Having set a good total on a pitch that seemed to be bowler friendly, Delhi were in the driver’s seat.
Riding on the back of Prithvi’s brilliant innings of 65 runs off just 36 balls, Delhi managed to reach a good total. Prithvi was playing in a league of his own. On a pitch that seemed to be troubling the batsmen, Prithvi was hitting the bowlers with terrific ease. In his innings, he hit 6 beautiful boundaries along the ground and 3 big sixes that went sailing into the crowd. After is departure, Delhi’s innings came to a hold. The runs were now flowing in a trickle. It was Shreyas’ 36-ball 44 and Viajy’s 13-ball 23 at the end that helped Delhi reach 163.
To stop Delhi’s carnage, Hyderabad’s best bowler stepped up. Rashid Khan bowled 4 overs, giving away just 23 runs and picked up two important wickets of the in-form Prtihvi and the dangerous Pant.
Chasing 164, Hyderabad came in with an intent of winning. Hales and Dhawan launched the attack on Delhi’s bowlers from the word “Go”. Hales was unstoppable. He scored a quick 31-ball 45, hitting 3 fours and 3 huge sixes. Dhawan supported him well. He scored a composed 30-ball 33. Just when Hyderabad seemed to be winning the game easily, Mishra joined the party. He bowled Alex hales in the 9th over and Dhawan in the 11th over to bring Delhi back in the game. While all other bowlers were being hit to all parts of the ground, Mishra conceded 19 runs in his 4 overs and picked up 2 very important wickets.
Williamson stood there till the end to make sure Hyderabad didn’t lose the game. He was equally supported by Manish Pandey (21) and Yusuf Pathan, who was just outstanding. When the team was in trouble and needed some quick runs to win the match, Yusuf Pathan stepped on the accelerator and played a lightening innings. Yusuf scored a 12-ball 27 in support to Williamson’s 30-ball 32 to take Hyderabad across the line.
Delhi had yet another bad day in the field. It was probably a result of Shreyas’ inexperienced captaincy that cost Delhi the match. He could have got Maxwell to bowl another over when he conceded just 4 off his 1st. But he got Avesh Khan to bowl his 3rd over and that, probably made the difference. Avesh Khan went for 47 runs in his 3 overs, conceding runs at a rate of 15.7.
No matter Gambhir is in good form or not, they do need him to be on the field and lead them from the front. Delhi lacks experience. If there is anyone who can lend them that amount of experience on the field and take them through tough pressure situations, it is Gautam Gambhir.
The Daredevils management and coaches need to look into this.