IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals lead points table after victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), a team that needed to change their destiny in the United Arab Emirates game, failed to do much as they were beaten by the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Dubai by eight counters. The side led by Rishabh Pant now goes to the top of the table.

Delhi Capitals forerunners Prithvi Shaw (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (42) gave the start, but it was Shreyas Iyer (47 *) and Rishabh Pant (35 *) who scored the points on the board. Dhawan also leads the standings with the most points this season as he holds the orange cap.

SRH has now lost seven of the first eight matches of the IPL season.

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KKR in 2009

PBKS in 2010

DC in 2013

RCB in 2019

SSR in 2021

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Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada played with the ball as the Delhi Capitals (DC) limited SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 134/9 in their allocated twenty overs. Nortje (2-12), Kagiso Rabada (3-37) and Axar Patel (2-21) bamboozled the opposition with their pace, precision and length.

Because, SRH Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan played sets of 28 and 22 respectively.

Going for the bat first, SRH got off to a rocky start when its overseas star opener David Warner returned to the flag in the very first inning. The South African speedster ousted Warner on pace and the Aussie came out for a three-ball duck.

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SRH captain Kane Williamson and Wriddhiman Saha managed to gain momentum in the game, but opposition bowlers gave them no respite. With continued pressure on one end, Saha tried his luck against Kagiso Rabada and greeted the South African bowler with a six in the fifth. But the SA pitcher had the last laugh as Saha returned to the locker room after being beaten for rhythm with the short ball.

After the first power play, SRH was 32/2. In the ninth inning, Marcus Stoinis left the field after being injured. In the next whole, SRH captain Williamson was caught by Hetmyer at Axar Patel bowling after being lucky twice in the match.

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Manish Pandey quickly followed his captain to the next lodge after Rabada caught him and bowled. With races in short supply for the team in orange, the wickets continued to fall as Nortje trapped Kedar Jadhav for LBW in the 13th.

Axar Patel got Jason Holder (10) in the 16th. Kagiso Rabada knocked out dangerous-looking Abdul Samad (28) in the 19th, but conceded 14 points. Rashid Khan (22) played an important appearance for SRH before being exhausted in the final round. Sandeep Sharma (0) was exhausted in the last ball of the innings.

(ANI entries)

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