Rashid Khan showed some of his magic in sacking Marcus Stoinis with a straighter when the Delhi Capitals faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 Indian Premier League second qualifier on Sunday.
The skater touched the top of the stump as the passing ball cheated Stoinis who was due to go for 38 (27 balls). However, spirits were erupted when the Australian returned angrily looking at Rashid after the Afghan appeared to have said something while celebrating the wicket.
Meanwhile, in-form Shikhar Dhawan smashed 78 of 49 balls to lead the Delhi Capitals to a tough 189/3.
It turned out to be a good decision to beat first as Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis (38) gave the team a good start with their 86 point stand. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (21) couldn’t do much but Shimron Hetmyer, who had been brought in for Sunday’s game, played with an unbeaten 42-point shot.
Dhawan, in his well-paced innings, hit six fours and two sixes. He added 52 points for the third wicket with Hetmyer before being fired by sailor Sandeep Sharma (1/30).
SRH’s sloppy pitching also helped the Delhi Capitals by ditching Stoinis early in the innings and giving them some free runs. SRH also ditched Dhawan towards the end, although it didn’t cost them much.
Once again, Afghan pitcher Rashid Khan (4-0-26-1) was the most effective bowler although T Natarajan played well in the slog-overs.
Stoinis was invited to open the sleeves by the capitals of Delhi. After being dumped by Jason Holder off Sandeep halfway through, the Australian punished SRH bowlers with a flurry of limits.
Stoinis, out of three at the time, was nicely put together by Sandeep but the opportunity was missed.
It was Holder, who was then taken on by Stoinis, who scored 18 points from the West Indies with three fours and a six.
Sandeep was initially flawless with his long balls but later drifted and was punished by Dhawan.
Spinner Shabaz Nadeem won the latest Powerplay and ended up fleeing 14 points as DC hit 65 without a loss.
SRH skipper David Warner mixed up his bowlers, handing the ball to Rashid and Natarajan. The Afghan spinner allowed them to break through with his eighth ball while rocking Stoinis.
Dhawan lifted his fifty with a six from Nadeem.
Iyer struggled to time the ball and was quickly returned by Holder.