Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 30 November 2020

IPL

IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad register first win of the season

Rashid Khan and Jonny Bairstow star in 15-run victory over Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi

Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad picked up three wickets against Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi. Sportzpics for BCCI
Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad picked up three wickets against Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi. Sportzpics for BCCI

Rashid Khan picked up 3-14 and Jonny Bairstow hit a half-century against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday as Sunrisers Hyderabad claimed their first victory in the Indian Premier League 2020 season.

Bairstow made 53 off 48 balls on a slow wicket at Sheikh Zayed Stadium as Hyderabad scored 162-4 after Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to field.

Afghan leg-spinner Rashid then grabbed the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (34), Iyer (17) and Rishabh Pant (32) to restrict Delhi to 147-7 and give Hyderabad a 15-run win.

“I think I don’t take pressure on myself to create an impact. I keep calm and cool and focus on what I have to do,” Rashid said after dedicating his man of the match-winning effort to his parents.

“It’s been a tough one-and-a-half year, first I lost my dad, then my mom 3-4 months ago. She was my biggest fan. This award goes to them. When I used to win an award, the whole night she used to talk to me.”

Bairstow and captain David Warner (45) earlier put on 77 runs for the first wicket before the Englishman added 52 with Kane Williamson, who recovered from a niggle and scored 41 runs in his first IPL game this season.

Kagiso Rabada (2-21) claimed both his wickets in the death overs when Bairstow and Williamson holed out in the deep.

“I think we were happy with 160 to chase, it was a par score,” Iyer said. “They knew the pitch better than us. We thought dew would play a massive role and the ball would come on well, but we can’t give excuses at this time. We didn’t capitalize on the ground dimension and take doubles. We will make sure we do when we play here next.”

Updated: September 30, 2020 12:14 AM

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