Delhi Capitals (DC) secured a thrilling victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 34th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, held in Hyderabad on April 24th. A brilliant display from Axar Patel and Washington Sundar led the Capitals to a nail-biting 7-run win in the closely contested encounter.
DC’s innings started with a setback as Phil Salt was dismissed for a duck in the first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, captain David Warner and Mitchell Marsh steadied the ship with a 38-run partnership. Marsh was eventually trapped LBW by T Natarajan for 25, while Warner was caught by Harry Brook for 21. Manish Pandey and Axar Patel contributed 34 runs each, helping DC post a competitive total of 144/9 in their 20 overs. SRH’s Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three wickets for 28 runs.
Chasing a target of 145, SRH lost opener Harry Brook early on, as he was bowled by Anrich Nortje for just 7 runs. Mayank Agarwal and Rahul Tripathi then stitched together a 38-run partnership before Agarwal was dismissed by Axar Patel for a well-made 49. Tripathi fell to Ishant Sharma for 15, while Abhishek Sharma and captain Aiden Markram were removed by Kuldeep Yadav and Patel, respectively. Heinrich Klaasen’s aggressive 31 from 19 balls and Washington Sundar’s unbeaten 24 off 15 balls kept SRH in the hunt, but they fell short by 7 runs, finishing at 137/6 in their allotted overs.
Axar Patel starred for DC with an all-round performance, scoring 34 runs and taking two crucial wickets. Washington Sundar’s 3-wicket haul and a quickfire 24 in the chase earned him praises as well. Delhi Capitals’ victory moves them up the points table, while Sunrisers Hyderabad will be looking to bounce back in their upcoming matches.
The thrilling encounter between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad showcased exceptional performances by Axar Patel and Washington Sundar. The exciting contest will be remembered for its nail-biting finish and the players’ resilience under pressure.