IPL 2023: ‘This win will give great confidence,’ SRH captain Aiden Markram after the win over DC
Aiden Markram-led Sunrisers Hyderabad return the favour to Delhi Capitals as they beat hosts by 9 runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were at the top of their game against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the reverse fixture. Clinical with both bat and ball, SRH managed to stun the Capitals by 9 runs. If it was a poor batting show in their last game against the same opponents, SRH batters made up for it. Posting 197 runs on the board batting first on a sluggish track, SRH had a half-job done at the end of the first innings. Promoted at the top of the peck, Abhishek Sharma was all guns blazing as he plundered 67 runs off just 36 balls. Heinrich Klaasen’s maiden IPL half-century gave the team the necessary finishing touches.
After a mini scare from Philip Salt and Mitchell Marsh’s partnership, the SRH spinners brought their team back into the game. Since the dismissal of Philip Salt in the 12th over, it was all downhill for the Capitals as the runs came hard to come by and the required run rate kept surmounting. In the end, a tight finish by the SRH bowlers ensured them the third win of the season.
Middle-muddle continues to be a headache for Delhi Capitals
To say the least, the Capitals have been below par with the bat this season thus far. On more occasions than not, the middle order’s failure to provide the necessary support has resulted in fatal for them. The inexperience in the middle order has become more glaring for DC than ever.
“To come up 9 runs short is disappointing. I don’t think the pitch slowed down a lot, they took pace off. When you lose wickets in the middle it can be extremely difficult. We have been losing too many wickets through the middle.” David Warner highlighted.
‘This win will give great confidence’ – Aiden Markram
Winning the toss and batting first, SRH posted a hefty total of 197 runs which was a bit too much on this track to chase down. The SRH bowlers too bowled with a plan which resulted in a perfect revenge for Aiden Markram and his boys against Delhi Capitals after losing the previous game to them at home. Markram said, “Great team effort, good to see the guys show good skills and character. Credit to the way the team has responded. Klassy has been in great form, and Abhishek did the hard work early on. Klassy backs himself to play that way, good to see it pay off. We needed wickets to get back in the game, the two were doing well and it needed a special catch from Mayank. This win will give great confidence, now we travel back home and try to build on this.”
A near to perfect night for Mitchell Marsh
As a player you cannot ask for a better performance than this and had his team ended on the winning side, Mitchell Marsh would have had a perfect end to tonight’s story. With the ball, the Aussie all-rounder plucked out four wickets at a very economical spell. Later on, with the bat too, the big muscles of Marsh produced the magic for DC.
“Took me a few games to get going, but a dissapointing loss. It was all about getting the boundaries, applying the pressure. Certainly lots of positives from today, we’ve lost a few close ones. We’ve been on the wrong end of a few but we do feel there is a long way to go in this tournament. Time to start winning a few.” Marsh said after receiving the Man of the Match award.
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