The Delhi Capitals (DC) resumed their campaign in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday September 22 and with Shreyas Iyer back in the mix, last year’s finalists had the ‘opportunity to bring together their Proteas pace bowling duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, who have won a combined total of 52 wickets in the 2020 season.
Nortje didn’t appear in any of DC’s eight first-half games and as soon as he got the chance he immediately made his mark. The very first ball he threw of the match, Nortje registered a speed of 149 km / h, a speed that even skipper Rishabh Pant felt when the ball was brought to him behind the stumps.
But, it wasn’t just a one-off event, as Nortje continued to hover around late 140 and early 150 speeds throughout his winning spell of 2/12 in four overs. Out of 24 balls the South African pacer played, only one delivery was under 130 km / h, while the remaining 23 were all over 140 and five of them were over 150.
– Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 22, 2021
On the way to his fate, Nortje also recorded the eight fastest balls played in the 2021 IPL to his name, all in one match. As Nortje destroyed the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting team with breakneck pace and the heat it brought to the bowling, commentator and former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra joked about the 27-year-old’s pace.
Chopra wrote: “Speeding ka challan kato #SeriousPace. “
Speeding Ka Challan Kato #SeriousPace https://t.co/6U3p8eOGsZ
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 22, 2021
Nortje helped the Delhi Capitals limit Sunrisers Hyderabad to 134 points as former skipper Shreyas Iyer and current captain Rishabh Pant went undefeated until the end to secure an unmistakable eight-wicket victory.